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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 26 Jun 2015

By on 06/27/2015

I haven’t done a basic Six Flags Magic Mountain trip report for 2 1/2 months. Shame on me! But in all honesty, not much has changed since my last report. The below photos were all taken on Friday, June 26th.

It’s only June and they are already advertising Fright Fest in October. The event was a huge success last year after a large infusion of capital significantly expanded the offerings. I can only hope that they saw the return on their investment and plan to do something similar this year. The following teaser can be found in the entrance plaza, between the Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor gates:

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We’re only a week away from the Fourth of July holiday and you can see the decorations starting to go up. The park is planning another big celebration that weekend. I’ll post a full write-up tomorrow on what you can expect to see and do for the holiday:

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I think you all know by now how I feel about the biometric finger scanners, but I’m slowly getting over it. However, going through this particular line made all those negative feelings come flooding back instantly. This scanner is half obscured by the gate. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal of they could scan your left finger, but it has to be your right finger. Unless you’re a contortionist, you practically need to plaster the front of your body against the gate in order to get your right index finger into the scanner. Whoever thought it was ok to install this scanner here is a bloody genius:

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It was a gorgeous day to be in the park, even if it was a bit warm:

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My first stop was the Cyber Café to get my drink bottle filled with something cold. While I was there, I was surprised to still see the Capcom kiosks still setup to show off that Monster Hunter Ultimate game that was being advertised in the Goliath queue before it went down. Nobody was playing either one of them while I was there:

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As I worked my way up the hill, Katy’s Kettle was sporting some red, white, and blue:

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With the heat in the triple digits, the misters were much appreciated:

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The heat also meant that the drink lines were very long:

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The water rides, like Roaring Rapids, were very popular as well:

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There were some cool cloud formations over the park:

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Tatsu was jealous of me taking pics of Full Throttle and wanted one too:

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It was too hot for me to want to ride any coasters while I was there, but most of them seemed to be operating. I was told that Apocalypse was running two trains, but they sure weren’t launching very fast. That was just fine by me because I was standing under my favorite A/C unit as I was waiting for each train to pass by:

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Did you know that you can get a free sample of fudge at the Coaster Candy Company just by asking? If you’ve never had their fudge before, it’s really good:

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Like I said, the water rides were really popular in this heat:

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I guess one good thing about the temperature being above 100 is that all that yucky water that hangs around in the old waterfront finally dried up (but it’s still an eyesore):

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You simply can’t beat this deal! For only $20, you can get unlimited free refills all year long. I filled up four times in this one visit alone:

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One of the original two coasters in the park and still going strong:

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I think there were more people lined up on the Tidal Wave bridge to get cooled down than there actually were on the ride. The water level must have been higher than normal, because people were getting way more soaked than I remember in the past:

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Most people on the bridge know they’re going to get wet, however there are still people crossing the bridge as they are exiting the ride that don’t expect it and get doused. I feel sorry for some of them, because they get soaked to the bone, yet I still can’t help but chuckle:

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The Screampunk District looked pretty dead as I entered it. If you haven’t seen the Kwerk show yet, you need to check it out. Not only is the theater air conditioned, but the show is actually very good. There is some amazing talent on display there. The guy who does the balancing act will blow your mind:

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I still haven’t had the opportunity to eat at Twisted ‘Wiches yet, but it’s always packed. There were people lined up down both sides inside as I passed by:

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This winged beauty was the only talent I saw working the area, but that didn’t surprise me given the heat. Notice there are only people lounging in the shade and nobody on the concrete in the sun. I gotta give her props for having such a great attitude being out there that day:

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Twisted Colossus was closed as I walked by. They were turning people away with no ETA as to when it might reopen. Unfortunately, I hear this is getting to be quite common:

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Perhaps because Twisted Colossus was closed, but Scream was hopping! I can’t even tell you the last time I saw the line all the way out to the entrance:

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I ran into a couple of the Helpful Honda Guys in Blue near the Scream exit. You can read more about them here. They’ll be at the park every Friday this summer:

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They even had satchels full of helpful goodies to give away:

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Wherever there was a patch of shade, there was likely people resting in it:

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After a considerable down period, the Swashbuckler is getting very close to opening once again. It’s fully assembled and there are new lights all over it to shine at night:

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Rides like the Buccaneer have to close in extreme heat because the plastic seats get too hot and can actually burn people. Better to be safe than sorry:

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I don’t have a Marketing degree, but I don’t really think I need one to know that drink bottles lying in an empty metal bin in an outdoor food cart are not the best way to sell beverages when it’s hotter than Hades outside. I’m pretty sure they were selling cold bottles, but you’d never know it just by walking by. At least fill the bin with some ice and make it look refreshing:

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I was getting low on my cold drink, so I headed back towards the Full Throttle Plaza to get another refill. There was a Coca-Cola guy working on one of the Freestyle machines after it started leaking syrup. He was really nice and answered all of my questions. The tray that’s pulled out has replaceable cartridges that are filled with about a gallon of heavily concentrated syrup for all of the main flavors. There are two more trays below it that are also filled with cartridges. The lower tray has all of the extra flavors, like grape, cherry, and vanilla:

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There is a service menu that shows all of the cartridges in the machine and what their current volume and state is:

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As I was leaving with my refreshed drink bottle, they were just announcing the start of a water balloon throwing contest. The winner would get a pair of front of the line passes for any ride they wanted to go on:

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Pairs of contestants lined up across the plaza and were each given a water balloon:

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After each toss, each side would take a step back, widening the distance, and they’d throw again. As long as your balloon didn’t break, you were still in it. I can’t believe this kid in black missed catching his balloon with his eyes closed (see it about to break just under his hands?):

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I was impressed with how far some of them were able to throw and still catch it:

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It came down to a tie breaker between two teams; a couple of older guys and two younger kids. The older guys had to go first and it was a breakdancing competition. Rather than dance, they forfeited and let the kids have the passes (classy move, guys!):

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On a side note, one of the hosts made a kid start crying, but didn’t realize it. The kid accidentally broke his balloon before the game even started. The host went over to him and started making him feel bad for breaking it, but I’m sure he didn’t really mean it. He said he was going to go make the kid another one, but he poured a bucket of water over the kids head before he walked away. The kid immediately started crying hard. I don’t know if he felt bad for breaking the balloon, or if it was the water, or both, but he completely broke down. I walked over and tried consoling him, and then his mom came over. He eventually got another balloon and was able to play, but the host had no idea what he had even done. If you are reading this and host these types of games, please make sure any young kids you are working with know you are only joking when you mess with them like that. I felt really bad for the kid.

I was completely spent after making a trip around the park. After returning to the fountain, and seeing all the cool looking water, I needed a breather:

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There was absolutely nobody on the Cyber Café’s back patio, so I grabbed a cold drink refill, threw my feet up, and waited for my kid in the cool shade:

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It was here that I remembered that the helpful Honda guys gave me some hand sanitizer and tissues. Perfect for keeping your hands clean while in the park:

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It was also here that I noticed how discolored and tattered the six flags around the fountain were starting to become around the edges:

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I hope they replace these before the big Fourth of July celebration next week:

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Before leaving, I headed back to the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine to get one final refill and noticed they were holding another contest up on the Full Throttle stage:

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If you really want to see a great show, be sure to stick around at night for the Full Throttle Nights show, featuring DJ Nel, Ricky Rocks, Velocity, and the Full Throttle dancers. I must shamefully admit that I have yet to see the new show this year, but I hear it’s fantastic. I’ll see it next weekend for sure:

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I know that the park rules say that selfie sticks are banned, but they’ve either changed their mind on that policy or they just don’t enforce it:

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You know it’s summer time when you actually start seeing RVs parked in the RV lot instead of just cars and motorcycles that snuck in there:

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OK kids, that’s it! Again, I apologize it took so long for an update, but I should be doing them more regularly now that the other half of my life is starting to calm down a bit. Leave a comment below if there is anything in particular you’d like to know about what is going on at the park these days.

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  1. edgeboy

    06/28/2015 at 7:04 am

    I can relate to that employee who made a kid cry unknowingly. Over a decade ago, I was an entertainer in a theme park parade. My character was a court jester, and we were given time to interact with the audience. One day, I grabbed a hat off a young girl’s head and played around with it. I saw her face, and I thought she was laughing, so I kept it up for bit. Turns out she was bawling and crying her eyes out (and possibly mentally challenged). I returned the hat to her, feeling awful. Never did that again, but we all often have to learn once.

  2. Gregg

    06/28/2015 at 8:46 am

    That freestyle machine in the Full Throttle store always seems to be broken. Weird.

    Great update.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/28/2015 at 9:27 am

      I’ve noticed it down quite s bit myself. The guy said really busy locations feed the machine from 5 gallon boxes from behind, like through a wall. I’m surprised they don’t do that here. With how busy it is, I wonder if it’s always down because it runs out of product. I know it rarely has ice in it.

  3. Eddie

    06/28/2015 at 9:04 am

    I was there Friday. Very disappointed with Twisted Colossus being opened and then closed with no reason and a possibility of not reopening. I guess I will have to make a second trip.

  4. Scott C

    06/28/2015 at 9:40 am

    About the finger scans….I was in line at the gold pass entrance. My line was barely moving. Every scan was taking forever. The line next to me was moving well. All these people who were behind me were getting in. As it turns out, the line over was not doing the finger scan. I was pi$$ed to say the least. They got an earful from me. Really…if one side is broken, don’t make the other side wait forever getting scanned, while the other side is on turbo entry.

    • Shane

      06/30/2015 at 12:46 pm

      I will be at six flags on July 5. I will be on green lantern during exclusive ride time, first thing once i get into the park. I agree with you about the long gold pass lines. Unless I arrive there at about 8-8:30 A.M, I probably won’t even be able to do the ERT cause the gold pass lines are so dreadfully slow.

  5. robert

    06/28/2015 at 12:31 pm

    I really don’t get the finger scan thing. I took my boys recently in the afternoon and they just scanned the annual passes and let us in. I thought I could just pass this to someone else and they can walk right in.

    Just get rid of them and go back to the old style of taking a picture and having it pop up on a screen like Disneyland does it.

    USH and Sea World switched to finger scans and their lines are long also. Disneyland must be doing something right by not having this technology.

  6. robert

    06/28/2015 at 12:33 pm

    Noticed yesterday that Colossus was only running one car. I drove up to the employee parking because I saw that the cars on Drop of Doom were stuck at the top (no one on them). Noticed then Colossus only running one car. This was about 1pm and they were also going into the overflow parking.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/28/2015 at 12:50 pm

      They’ll usually park the Lex Luthor gondolas near the top of the tower if it isn’t running. That lets people see from a distance that it’s closed so they don’t go there.

  7. Nicholas

    06/29/2015 at 7:36 pm

    What’s the likelihood Goliath will reopen in August? I was thinking of taking a road trip the fourth or fifth weekend of the month. Thanks.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/29/2015 at 8:11 pm

      It’s nothing but a guessing game at this point. There is no official word from the park, so nobody really knows. I’ve heard both Aug and Sep dates. Before that, it was early June then late June. Your guess is as good as anyone else’s.

  8. sfmmforever123

    07/01/2015 at 8:38 pm

    Goliath and swashbuckler may have finally been tested out today, because when I went on Wikipedia it says the Goliath at six flags magic mountain was operating but when I check the six flags magic mountain website it says Goliath is temporarily closed. When I went on coaster wiki it said swashbuckler was operating and yet it says temporarily closed on the six flags magic mountain website. Swashbuckler and Goliath may even reopen tomorrow.

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/01/2015 at 8:58 pm

      Swashbuckler reopened today. Goliath won’t be open for awhile yet.

  9. Justin

    07/02/2015 at 6:20 pm

    I know that they dont have a replaceable chain ready for Goliath, but it REALLY irks me that Goliath isnt fixed after all these months.

  10. Alex

    07/03/2015 at 1:05 am

    Goliath down all summer? Bonehead move sfmm. They’re should have been one on standby at all times. What a joke.

  11. Sara

    07/07/2015 at 11:37 am

    Planning a weekly trip to Magic Mountain this summer with my big kids, and came across your page. Lots of great info, thank you! Quick, and maybe dumb, question – if we have last season’s sports bottles (we have the orange from 2014) can we still get $.99 refills? Or do we need to buy new bottles? I don’t want to cart them to the park if we can’t use them. Thank you!

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/07/2015 at 11:45 am

      Not a dumb question at all! Unfortunately, no. You will not be able to use them. The basic 2015 bottles are red. You get free refills all day long on the day of purchase and then $0.99 refills the rest of the year. There is also a green bottle you can get this year that allows free refills all season long. That’s what I have and it’s paid for itself many times over already.

      • Sara

        07/07/2015 at 12:07 pm

        Thanks so much for the quick reply! We will go for the green too, sounds like the best deal!

  12. JJJJ

    07/07/2015 at 12:54 pm

    “The Screampunk District looked pretty dead as I entered it.”

    I for one am shocked that when you remove all the trees and place cement everywhere people are unlikely to hang around.

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