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Best way to spend a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain: What's the best plan?

From Joey Till
Posted August 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM
So Im going to Six Flags Magic Mountian in about a week. For those who have been there, what order is best to do the rides? I know what each ride is, so im not looking for tips on what rides I should ride, just what order I should do them. Let me know! Also if you have been there this time of year, it would also be nice if you would include how crowded it was for you. Thanks Guys!


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From Bradley Keith
Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM
If you haven't already bought tickets, try not to buy them at the ticket gate, as that will probabuly slow you down. Try to get there as soon as possible (close to opening) and get to X2 as quick as possible. For the rest of the day, the line will be really long and it breaks down, too. If you do X2 quick enough the line for Tatsu will not be too long. Do Tatsu second. After Tatsu, you can go pretty much wherever you want. Goliath, Riddler's Revenge, Superman, and Green Lantern can have pretty long lines. If you plan on doing all of these, try and do them as quickly as possible. At this point you might want to eat lunch. The food can be very expensive. Some people go to the local mall and go to the food court. It does feel pretty good to relax in the AC for a while. Unfortunately there are a few downsides of leaving and coming back. You have to find a parking space again. And you can only come back to the park once in the car you first came with. Once you're ready to begin the second half of your day, Batman and Apocalypse can have long lines, but usually not that long. Viper, Revolution, and Ninja never have much of a line. Scream is a solid B&M floorless coaster that suprisingly never has much of a line either. Goldrusher and Colossus never are too crowded as well. Good luck, and have fun. Magic Mountain is the best Six Flags park by far!

From AJ Hummel
Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM
What you should do depends a lot on when you go and whether you are getting Flash Pass. Also, it is a good thing to note that I haven't been this summer, so I have no idea how Lex Luthor will affect crowds.

Weekday: Turn right at the entrance and head to Green Lantern: First Flight first. If you wish, you may stop at Goliath on the way there, but usually the line for that ride moves pretty quickly. From Green Lantern, go counter-clockwise around the park until you get to Tatsu, then climb the hill and ride the coasters on top before going down and reversing direction until you get to X2. Gold Rusher, Colossus, Scream, Viper, Revolution, and Ninja rarely get lines, so those can be skipped on your first pass if desired. In general, lines on weekdays are usually 30-60 minutes for the headliners depending on operations, and less than a half hour for everything else.

Weekend: If X2 is open, go here first. Otherwise, bypass it and go to Tatsu, then go clockwise around the park from here. Don't return to X2 until around 4 P.M., and don't go up to the top of the hill until late afternoon. Lines on a weekend can be 60-120 minutes for the headliners, and even rides that rarely have waits can get a bit of a line.

If you are visiting on a weekend, I definitely recommend purchasing a Flash Pass. If you do this, ride X2 and Green Lantern first since they are not included, then get your pass and enjoy the park at your leisure. On a weekday, you can get everything done without a Flash Pass, but you will have a hard time getting re-rides unless you purchase one.

From Joey Till
Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Thanks Guys! Im spending one full day there, and proly another half day. I have a season pass so no need for tickets. So it sounds that Green Lantern gets the second longest line behind X2?

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM
I'd say Tatsu is second. I think AJ said it was one where the Flash Pass wasn't included, the other being X2. That is, if you plan on getting one. Green Lantern's line will be pretty long, I'd say. But the only time I've been to the place, Green Lantern wasn't quite open. I know for a fact you need to do Tatsu and X2 pretty much as soon as possible.

From Joey Till
Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM
Ah, okay. I read that L.A. schools return on the 14th, so if thats the case this could be a BIG win!

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:43 PM
Heck yeah! I went right in the middle of July, and man, maybe that was a mistake. As same as with any other parks, try to go on a weekday also. But with school starting again, that will most certainly help. I'd go as far as say all lines are under 90 min. Like I said, though, I'm no Magic Mountain expert. I'm sure AJ knows more about the place.

From AJ Hummel
Posted August 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM
The top five longest lines in the park are (beginning with the longest): X2, Tatsu, Goliath, Green Lantern, Superman. Apocalypse, Riddler's Revenge, and Batman are the other three that get regularly get significant lines. I've never seen anything more than a five minute wait for Colossus, Revolution, Viper, or Ninja unless you go to one of those in the first couple hours (not Colossus, but the other three get people coming from X2 and Tatsu). X2 and Green Lantern are the only coasters (excluding the kiddies) that are not included on the Flash Pass (although that was as of last year...Green Lantern may have been added if the popularity went down enough due to Lex Luthor).

If you have a day and a half for the park, you won't need a Flash Pass. If you are visiting on a weekday and schools are in session again, you should get minimal crowds (think 30 minutes or less for everything except X2). I've never visited in late August before, but when I've visited in the off season I've been able to do every coaster 2-3 times in one day since the longest wait was about 4 trains (even for X2). I don't think it will be that empty, but if schools are back in you shouldn't need to worry about lines at all, and should be able to do everything as much as you want over a day and a half.

Enjoy your visit!

From Joey Till
Posted August 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM
Thanks, yes I wonder what Lex Luthor's wait will be and how that effects anything. I went to Six Flags Great Adventure during the same time of the year a few years ago and got on everything in a day. SFGadv is one of the more crowded six flags like Magic Mountian, so im hoping thats the same case here. Im especially siked that Scream apears to be forgotten about beeing that im sure ill enjoy the ride.

From cynthia henisey
Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Calculate that it takes a LONG time to get into the lot, park, wait for the tram (or sometimes multiple trams pass you by filled up) then get through the metal detectors.... Or if you don't wait for a tram there's quite a long walk up hill to the main entrance.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM
I would probably head to X2 or Green Lantern first, depending one which you would prefer and which was you want to walk aronud the park. They're both slow loaders, and X2 tends to break down a lot, so you want to get those out of the way before the park starts filling up. Being on the X2 side of the park, you can hit Viper, Revolution, and Tatsu probably before noon, leaving the rest of the day to go around the back side of the park.

If you go to Green Lantern first, I'd probably double back to Goliath next, and then work your way around the park counter-clockwise.

Either way go you, you're going to end up in a 1+ hour line for one or more of the big coasters.

From Joey Till
Posted August 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Thanks guys! I spent my days at the park and it was dead! Heres the longest I ever waited for the ride during my visits.
X2: 30 minutes which was due to a breakdown. The other two times I rode it was only 10 minutes!
TATSU: 15 min, rode twice
GOLIATH: walk on
RIDDLER: One walk on my first day, however my second day I waited the longest of the trip, 45 minutes
LEX LUTHOR: 20 minutes
GREEN LANTERN: Walk on as park closed
VIPER, NINJA, COLOSSUS, SCREAM, GOLD RUSHER, REVOLUTION: walk on
SUPERMAN: 5 minutes
APACOLYPSE: walk on all three rides I took.
BATMAN: 10 minutes

I plan on writing a trip report within a couple of days, along with a unique rating system of each ride!

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