thats what im doing when i go at the end of july
1. This time of year, do I need a Flash Pass GOLD to get on everything?
2. Will I need to go Sunday as well?
3. Best suggested sequence for coasters/rides, with or without a Flash Pass?
All advice welcomed. Thanx in advance!
PS I live in Los Angeles. If anyone needs advice regarding SF Magic Mountain (or all the other parks here), lemme know: I've been going to SFMM since it opened in 1971!
If you intend to ride Kingda Ka, I recommend you do it as soon as you can. It doesn't take much for them to close that ride, just a bit of wind. I've been to the park 6 times so far this season and Ka has been closed for significant time periods each time. Ride it while you can. Beyond that, I like to build up to El Toro. It's my personal favorite and I find that if I ride it too early in the day, the other rides seem tame by comparison. Here is the order that I use on days when I want to ride them all:
1. Runaway Mine Train
2. Rolling Thunder
3. Skull Mountain (use the monorail by RMT)
4. The Dark Knight
This is good time for a lunch break. Bring your own food and leave it in a cooler in the car. The food in the park is expensive and awful.
7. Great American Scream Machine
10. Kingda Ka
11. El Toro
This list is based on ideal conditions. Again, if Kingda Ka is important to you, I suggest not saving it for the end. Also, if you're not too hung up on riding them all, you can leave out Skull Mountain, The Dark Knight, and RMT without taking much from your day. Also, many people complain about Scream Machine being too rough on the head and neck. If you're sensitive to that sort of thing you may you want to leave that one alone. Personally, I prefer to skip the so-so rides in favor of hitting my faves (Nitro, El Toro, Medusa) multiple times. This list only includes coasters. That's usually all I go on, so take that into account. I based this list on how the rides relate to each other, in location as well as fun and intensity. I hope this helps. Have fun.