If you bought the new Gold Pass from Six Flags Magic Mountain this year, then you should know that one of the benefits of that card is early access to the park. I wasn’t paying attention when I arrived this morning and instinctively went straight to the Discover card entrance. Upon being let in at 10:25, five minutes before the park opened to the public, I was informed that I could have gotten in even earlier with my Gold Pass.
Starting on January 1st, there is now a special Gold Pass members entrance on the far right side of the main gate:
I took the above photo from inside the park, looking back towards the main gate. As you can see, the new Gold Pass entrance is wide open on the left as the masses huddle behind the main gate on the right. The Gold Pass line opened at 10:15 this morning and the Discover line opened at 10:25. I checked with Guest Relations and they said the Gold Pass line’s official opening time will be 10 minutes before the park opens, and all operating rides should be available for immediate boarding. In other words, they don’t let you in early only to make you wait in a queue for the rides to open at 10:30. Sorry Discover, but I think I’m going to have to jump ship and start using the Gold Pass line.
On a related note, I also asked Guest Relations about the deadline for processing season passes to get the free upgrade to the Gold Pass. She confirmed that it has indeed been extended from January 6th to January 27th. However, the passes still need to be purchased by January 6th to qualify for the free upgrade.