When most people decide to go on a family vacation, there’s always that tough decision about what to do with the family dog Fido. Do you stick him in a local kennel, do you find a friend to come over and care for him, or do you take him with you? Since a family pet is usually more family and less pet, many people these days are opting to take Fido with them when they hit the open road. But what do you do with him when you visit Six Flags Magic Mountain for the day? You can’t leave him in the hotel, you can’t take him in the park, and you definitely can’t leave him in the car. Fortunately, the Six Flags Magic Mountain kennel is there for you.
Many people don’t know that the Magic Mountain kennel even exists. I didn’t for the first couple of years I came to the park, but I’m also a local and don’t usually have a pet in tow. However, if you’re passing through the area with a pet and decide to stop at the park for the day, the Magic Mountain kennel is just what the doctor ordered. After you pass through the parking toll booths, look off to your right as you’re driving out to the parking lot:
You can’t miss it with the giant “Dog House” written across the side:
It’s the only building in this area and there is only one entrance:
Just inside the front door is a small office area, with a desk and sink for the employee on duty. That’s an employee restroom through the closed door:
The room just to the right of the office area is where all the cages are located. There are many cages of varying sizes. Since most pets are more comfortable hanging out in their own carrier, it can be placed right inside one of the cages, like this little cutie is sitting in:
The two opposing side walls also have cages. Here you can see a larger dog hanging out in one of the bigger cages. You provide the food and the park will ensure they have water:
These are the remaining cages in the room. There is a secondary exit out of the building just to the left of these cages, which can also be seen in the exterior shots of the building above:
The employee told me that they’ll watch just about any type of pet for you, as long as it’s safe and in a proper cage. The day I stopped by the kennel, they were also watching a rabbit:
For those really large rabbits, or small dinosaurs, or any other pet that won’t fit in any of the cages inside, there is an oversized cage just outside the front door:
They try not to use this cage if they don’t have to because it gets so hot here during the summer. The inside of the building is fully climate controlled – cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, there are times when all the inside cages are full and they have to use this one as an overflow. They do try to shade it as much as possible and ensure that there is lots of water available as well.
The Magic Mountain kennel service is completely free of charge, is open during park hours, and there is always an employee present whenever animals are being cared for. Please do not ever leave your pet in your car, even for a short period of time, as it’s extremely dangerous for the animal. If park security notices an animal in a locked car, they will contact Animal Services to come extract the animal from your car, at your expense. The kennel service is there for you, and the price it right, so please use it.