Six Flags Magic Mountain will become the first theme park in Los Angeles County to partially reopen, starting next week. And it is doing it in a way that no other theme park in area has done for a very long time.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will reopen one week from today, on November 20, for its Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience. That's right. A drive through experience. Fans will get to drive their cars through the 125-acre theme park for a holiday light display.
"We are delighted to be reopening our park to safely celebrate the holidays with this unprecedented and magical event," New Six Flags Magic Mountain President Don McCoy said. "We have successfully transformed the traditional operation of our beloved Holiday in the Park into a new drive-through experience that is sure to delight guests and team members alike. We are proud and honored to help our guests create special holiday memories, and to provide a feeling of hope and a small reprieve during this very difficult year."
Check out the promo video for some looks.
The last drive-through "theme park" experience I remember in Southern California was the old Lion Country Safari down in Orange County back in the 1970s. But drive-through and drive-in experiences this year have become a popular way for local themed entertainment providers to welcome guests under California's lockdown rules. (Check out our Natalie Niles' coverage Los Angeles Haunted Hayride's drive-in experience from Halloween.)
The Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience will start at 6pm each day and run November 20-29, December 4-6, 11-13, and then December 18 through January 3, 2021. Tickets will be available today on the Six Flags Magic Mountain website and must be purchased in advance. Only a limited number of cars will be allowed each night. [Update: Looks like tickets are $20-25 per person, depending upon date. Individual tickets are required for each person in the car over age 3, but only one reservation is needed per car. There's a two person minimum per car, too.]
While there's no stopping inside the park, Six Flags will be selling holiday snack packs and holiday swag bundles for pick-up at the park. The drive-through route starts near DC Universe and winds around to exit through the Screampunk District.
The eight themed zones through the park will be...
...with the finale including a physically distanced greeting from Santa Claus himself.
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