Seems that they're refocusing on their old commercial tag line..."Six Flags is building a better mountain, at Magic Mountain!"
I'm glad the park has someone that truly cares about cleaning up the image and direction of Magic Mountain! Ideally, every theme park should have that attitude.
I will likely try the park again when I'm in Southern California, but there's absolutely no way I'm going out of my way to give this park another chance.
I still want to know how the Six Flags Thrilleaders are going to help revitalize things....??
I look forward to your "average joe" up and coming review. My only concern is that you plan to visit shortly after this recent visit. I have to question the true reality of the changes occurring to your next visit though. I have found that only true time passed will tell of the parks noted corrections to past problems. With this being said, I believe that a much later visit during one of the parks longest operating days will tell of what is really going on. The statement you posted by Thomas, ( "Thomas: We can't really talk about the attendance. That's the directive given us. But our attendance is not so bad." ) I have to wonder why he is being directed to not speek of attendance? Sounds like a ban on not only numerics, but anything regarding paying consumers are to be withheld. Just a personal observance, and may be nothing, but I still have doubts. I'll get my impression soon, but I'd sure like to dwelve deeper into these new directives!
The park is "getting better" by removing tons of flats because they want to save money. They are probably going to add like 1 flat next year, but they took out maybe 5 flats. I don't consider that getting better. They are getting cheaper.
The problems still are going to occur that so many rides aren't going to be open, or they are going to run one train because they don't have enough trains on Batman the Ride. Batman the Ride only has 2. This park is an all year park, but you only have 2 trains for a park that is open all year round.
When I was at the park, they had a number of Gold Rusher, and Ninja trains, but they looked broken. X is getting 3 trains, but they are dumping the old ones. What's going to happen in the off-season when 1 or 2 breakdown? You are down to 1 or 2 trains, and we have the same thing again.
Deja Vu must close during the off-season because they only have 1 train. Fine, it's all great that they are tearing out flats that they don't want to spend the money. They also tore out two roller coasters (Flashback, and Psyclone) because they didn't want to spend the money, and those rides stunk too. If it's an all season park, buy more trains for all your rides even if they can't fit them on the tracks.
The park shouldn't just demolish old flats, and coasters. Put something in there place!! Based on what people say about Revolution, I don't think that ride should stay at the park much longer. There are rumors about that park that eventually Deja Vu, and Colossus will be taken down. That park is just a mess what they are thinking about it.
They need to paint Colossus pronto. I think Revolution, and Superman are the next roller coasters to go, but the brainiacs think Deja Vu should go. Dummies.
I have heard rumors that two wooden coasters are coming next year to Six Flags parks, and I think that one would be going to Six Flags Magic Mountain, and the other I heard would be Six Flags Over Texas. Shapiro did say they will get something new in the roller coaster category next year, and it wouldn't be Tony Hawk, or Dark Knight.
Get on Deja Vu, and Colossus while you still can because it would probably go in either one of those spots.
Also, I don't want to say exactly when I'll be visiting the park (partly 'cause I don't know yet), but I don't want to wait too long, as I want the site to provide some guidance to curious readers for the summer season. And there's nothing keeping me from visiting again after that to keep up on progress (or lack of it)!
Well, other than my crazy personal sked, that is... :-(
No one has time to cut them a break.