Any strategy to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain?
Hi guys! After years of waiting, I´m finally planning my first ever trip to SFMM! I´m planning on going on 01/31/2016 which is on a Sunday. I checked the crowd calendar from isitpacked.com and it says that it will be a "Ghost Town" on that day even though it is a Sunday. Does anyone know why it is supposed to be that empty? I always thought Sundays were more crowded than Saturdays.
Anyway, the park will be open from 10:30 am to 6 pm and I would love to know what strategy to take to ride all the big boys. I´m guesing Flashpass won´t be necessary? The rides I want to get on are:
Superman: Escape from Krypton
I would greatly appreciate your help!
SFMM usually is dead for the first few hours of operation, so make sure not to miss out on this time. Below is the plan that I often tell my peers when they are planning to go to SFMM. The plan below is good in terms of walking distance, but its not so great in terms of doing the most popular rides first. If you do decide to do my plan, try to run between rides.
Great. Thank you very much! I will do just that, specially because riding TC twice sounds like something I would do. You can never get enough of those RMC hybrids. I don´t think I will be riding Viper though, as I rode the Great American Scream Machine back in the day at SFGA and it was just too painful and rough.
At Six Flags Magic Mountain, Saturdays can be busy year-round but it is very common for off-season Sundays to be completely dead (except for holiday weekends). You will likely see lines no greater than 15 minutes for any coaster running at least two trains. However, I was just at the park yesterday and several major attractions (Full Throttle, Superman, Tatsu) only have one train available at the moment. Twisted Colossus will also likely be going down to two in order to swap one of the trains out for the green train (it has four, but only three can run at once). Therefore, I would suggest the following:
AJ, I can´t thank you enough for the thorough strategy you provided. You are always on point when it comes to planning a day at a theme park and I thank you for that. As for unexpected events, I just saw on the website that that specific Sunday is a "Bring a Friend Free" day for passholders. Do you still recommend going on Sunday or going on Saturday instead? I honestly don´t know how much that would affect the crowds as there are only two "Bring a Friend Free" days listed and those are Sunday January 31st (the day I am planning on going) and Sunday February 28.
It sounds like there is a bring a friend offer for that specific Sunday (I haven't set up my pass account yet, but will verify there once I do). In that case, I would switch to Saturday if possible. Bring a friend free days can see lines of an hour for the big rides (even longer with one train operation), and you would probably barely be able to get one ride on each of your listed attractions without a Flash Pass. Saturday won't be dead, but I'd expect lines more in the 30 minute range. I doubt a Flashpass will be necessary, but if possible I would suggest budgeting for one just in case.
AJ, I need to thank you again for the professional description you gave me. I will follow the exact same plan and hopefully get all those amazing rides done. I am a passholder for Six Flags Mexico so does that mean I only need to show up at the turnstiles and scan my ID and fingerprint to get in? If so, that would save me enough money to buy the regular flashpass for that Saturday.
Unless the rules are different in Mexico, a Six Flags pass for any of their parks is valid at all of their parks. Just go straight to the gate and you should be able to just scan your pass and enter. If your pass is Gold level, you will also be able to use it to get free parking. However, any of the other passholder discounts are only valid at your home park, so you won't be able to use those at SFMM.
I'm glad to hear that. I hope the flash pass isn't necessary though I wouldn't hesitate to get one if the lines start to get long. Thank you again for your advice and time.
My Great Adventure Gold Pass is valid at Mexico and La Ronde so yours should be fine.
As long as we are on this subject, does this also work for a Six Flags membership? Like can I go to SFDK with my SFMM Membership card?
The membership works identically to a season pass, it is just paid monthly instead of yearly and may offer different discounts. So yes, a membership would be valid at all Six Flags parks just like a season pass.
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