This is a very short trip report from Six Flags Magic Mountain. Other than the Full Throttle construction, there hasn’t been much going on in the park this past week. That will change as we get closer to the season opening, but for now it’s been pretty quiet. This report is from a trip to the park on 23 Feb 2013.
One of Los Angeles’ most popular radio stations, KIIS-FM 102.7, was on hand for an event in the ticket booth plaza. I’m not quite sure what it was because they were still setting up when I entered the park and they were gone by the time I exited the park:
The park was holding an event of their own this day, a hiring event. Unlike what the other Six Flags parks are still doing today, Six Flags Magic Mountain is no longer hosting open hiring events where you just show up and apply for a job on the spot. Due to an overwhelming turnout of people in the past, you must now fill out an application online (here) and be pre-screened. If they’re interested in talking to you, they will call you to setup an interview. They will bring a bunch of people in at the same time, which it what today’s event was. You park in the very back parking lot and walk down an access road next to Scream, where they have tents, tables and a small building to process and interview you:
The new A/C system for the Coaster Candy Company still doesn’t look done, as there are lots of pieces just sitting on the roof. I’m no A/C guy, but this seems to be taking awhile:
Around 11:00 am, a full half hour after the park opened, I wandered over to Superman. There wasn’t anyone around, but the ride looked open, so I wandered in. Sure enough it was open, so I hopped on and took two rides all by myself. A few more people showed up and the five of us rode it two more times. There still wasn’t anyone else there, and we could have kept riding it some more, but four cycles was plenty for me. This is precisely why I get spoiled and won’t wait in long lines. I just ride the coasters when I’m walking by and see nobody is on them:
Speaking of Superman, I spotted this next gem as I was walking around. Can anyone tell me where it can be found in the park:
I’ve now heard from three different park sources that Jet Stream has been identified as the next major ride to be removed from the park. This is just purely a rumor, but a very interesting one. After the removal of Log Jammer back in 2011 to make room for Full Throttle, people were saying that one flume ride was sufficient for this park. If they remove Jet Stream, they won’t have any. Roaring Rapids and Tidal Wave will be the only water rides left in the park, both of which leave you more wet than I care to get.
When I was waiting in line for the main gate to open, the Six Flags survey employee was working the line. One of the questions he was asking everyone was how important water rides were to them. If they’re seriously thinking about getting rid of Jet Stream, it makes sense that they would be surveying their guests. Personally, this does make sense to me. Like Jog Jammer before it, Jet Stream is very old and showing it’s age. It leaks like a sieve and must be a pain to maintain. This next photo is a very common site for Jet Stream. It’s one of the support columns and you can see the water just pouring down in three different spots:
I think Six Flags needs to completely revitalize the entire Cyclone Bay corner of the park. They have Apocalypse, and just added Slingshot, but they need more. If they remove Jet Stream and add some sort of killer coaster in that spot, they could be onto something. Throw in a major thrill ride in Deja Vu‘s old spot and fix up the rest of the area like DC Universe and presumably the new Full Throttle area, and they have something huge! What do you think?
In keeping with my plan to eventually try every Season Dining Pass option, I opted for the fish and chips today at Food Etc. After placing my order and paying, she took my name and said she’d call me when it was ready. Nobody was in front of me and only a couple of people came in behind me and ordered drinks. After waiting for 10 minutes, and seeing the employee not really doing anything, I went back up and politely asked if she had forgotten about my order. She said they were making it fresh in the back and it should be ready any minute. I sat back down and waited. It finally came out six minutes later. I paid at 11:50 am and got my food at 12:06 pm. Sixteen minutes for two strips of fish seems way too long for anyone to wait for this type of order, especially when it’s the only order they have. The fries were already made and waiting under a heat lamp up front when the fish came out. At that rate, I can’t imagine how backed up they must get when it’s really busy with lots of orders.
Despite the long wait, the fish was actually quite good. I must admit that I was skeptical about ordering fish at a theme park. It was very hot and definitely fresh out of the fryer. There was a decent amount of fish in each strip and just the right amount of batter. It wasn’t greasy, either, which I was completely expecting, meaning it was cooked at the right temperature and for the right length of time. The accompanying tartar sauce was also very fresh and tasty. I was pleasantly surprised with the meal and recommend it if you like fish and chips:
I have no idea what this is, but I saw it out back when I was waiting to get on Scream so I snapped a pic. I’m thinking it may be more pieces for the construction crane:
Speaking of Scream, I met Scott Turtel and his sons while on the ride. They were visiting from Seattle and this was their first time to Magic Mountain, so I wanted to give them a shout out:
On a final note, the Canadian geese have started to arrive back in the park for the season. And what I really mean by this is, make sure you watch where you walk. They’re very messy: