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Six Flags Magic Mountain: Best days to go?

From Jarod Rydalch
Posted October 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM
Next year in June we are planning a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. We are going to be there for 3 or 4 days. Wich week should we go and would monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday be good days to go? Thank you for any info you have.


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From parker reave
Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM
You should go the second week in June. Monday-Thursday.

From AJ Hummel
Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM
Are you planning a 3-4 day trip in Southern California (with a visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain included) or a 3-4 day trip to just Six Flags Magic Mountain? Assuming it is the first one, any weekday (Monday to Thursday) is about the same, and the first two weeks in June should be pretty dead. The rest of June will be a little busier, but still less crowded than July or August and the heat shouldn't be as bad in June. I'd say go as early in June as practical, with one exception: if you are into credit counting, wait until late June so there is a better chance of SFMM's new family coaster being open.

If you are planning a 3-4 day trip just to Six Flags Magic Mountain, then I strongly encourage you to rethink that. Under most conditions, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a ONE DAY park. Even for someone who can only visit on a holiday weekend and can't get a Flash Pass, I wouldn't recommend more than two days (three if also doing Hurricane Harbor). There just isn't enough to do at the park to justify a 3-4 day trip, especially on weekdays where the max wait will probably be around 45 minutes (except possibly X2...that one will probably be a little over an hour) and most rides will be under 30 minutes. If planning a 3-4 day trip, I would highly encourage you to add a day at Knott's Berry Farm and at least one day at the Disneyland Resort in place of extra days at SFMM.

From Jarod Rydalch
Posted October 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM
Hello earlier this year we went to disneyland and sfmm but sfmm was packed and the whole day we were only able to go on 5 or 6 rides. this next trip we are going down to Carona California and going to Sfmm for probably 4 days (in order to get good povs of all the rides)then we are going to fly out and go to hawaii. so sfmm is just a fun thing to do and we arent going to spend that much to go to another park. So would the 1st or 2nd week of june be good and less packed also do you know if batman and collossus will still be running backwards?

From AJ Hummel
Posted October 28, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Wait, hold on a minute. Get good povs of all the rides? I'm assuming you're talking about bringing a camera on and filming during the ride.

At Six Flags Magic Mountain (as well as pretty much every major park in North America other than Disney), bringing a camera onto any thrill ride without permission from park management is strictly forbidden. It is a major safety hazard, as a loose camera could potentially injure someone or damage something. If you violate park rules and sneak a camera onto a ride, you likely face a one year ban at minimum if you are caught. (Note: I have never worked at a park but I do have a number of friends who have...most parks take this seriously)

I'm sorry, but if you are planning to engage in activities that violate the park's rules during your visit then I cannot give you any further travel advice. I apologize if this seems harsh, but I've had way too many interrupted rides due to rule breakers and have nearly been hit by lost objects before.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:22 AM
+1 AJ.

Jarod, if making POV vids is the reason you want to ride roller coasters, then you're off my train.

From Jarod Rydalch
Posted October 29, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Oh I guess i shouldve thought of that. I didnt know it was aagainst the rules i assumed it was fine because of all the videos people have of them on youtube and when i asked one of my local parks they said it was fine but thanks for the info now i know not to do that but we will still be going so thanks for that notice.

From parker reave
Posted October 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM
"So would the 1st or 2nd week of june be good and less packed"
The 2nd week would be good and less packed.

From AJ Hummel
Posted October 31, 2013 at 11:57 PM
You should never assume something is okay just because people have done it or the rules are different elsewhere. As a general rule of thumb in the industry (at least in North America), Disney and small independent parks generally allow on-ride filming and larger parks or any park in a large chain typically doesn't. In any case, never try it without checking the park's rules, the ride's rules, and getting an okay from the operator, or you could face serious consequences.

Now that the issue is settled, I stand by what I said before: Six Flags Magic Mountain is a one day park. I'm guessing your visit was on either a Saturday or an event day if you were only able to get 5 or 6 rides in. As long as you're visiting on a weekday, you should have no problem getting 15-25 rides done in a day in early/mid June. Just have a plan (I recommend starting at Full Throttle and working counter-clockwise around the park), be there 30 minutes before opening, and don't get frustrated if something messes with your schedule. The crowd difference between the first two weeks probably will not be significant, but the first week would probably be slightly less busy as fewer schools will be out. If you are concerned about credits and don't want to miss the new family coaster, go as late as possible as SFMM is notorious about missing deadlines. If you want to ride backwards Colossus and Batman, go as early as possible in case those are limited time promotions (note: if the Iron Colossus rumor is true, don't expect that ride to last beyond Memorial Day). Whatever you choose to do, just have a good time.

From Jarod Rydalch
Posted November 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

thanks for all the info just one more quick question
about the no cameras allowed. Would they let you record if you had a gopro that was securely fastened to your chest? Or will they still not let you film?

From AJ Hummel
Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM
No, as far as I know they will not. To my knowledge, only the Busch Gardens/SeaWorld parks allow an exception with a chest mounted GoPro, and only with prior permission. It would be best to contact the park about this type of question, but as Six Flags is pretty strict in general and California has the strictest amusement ride regulations in the country I'm guessing the answer will be no.

From Jarod Rydalch
Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM
OK too bad but thank you for all the help!

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