SFMM in December and Flash Pass

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Advice needed for family of 4 who has to visit on Saturday Dec 3.

From Don Wong
Posted November 21, 2011 at 8:42 AM
My family of 4 will be going to SFMM on a Saturday Dec 3 (after Thanksgiving) and have some questions:

1. Due to time constraint we have to go on a Saturday. Will it be very crowded?

2. I don't mind paying for a gold flash pass but will it save us waiting time? Read in one of the reviews that flash pass doesnt make much of a difference.

From Robert Niles
Posted November 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM
At this time of year, you are completely dependent upon the weather. If it rains, Magic Mountain might just close for the day (as it did yesterday). Ideally, you'll have a gray, cool day that keeps people at home, but doesn't rain enough to close the park.

Even if it's sunny and nice, crowds aren't too bad on non-holiday weekends this time of year (remember, MM is closed on weekdays until late March, except for the two weeks around Christmas). I wouldn't bother with a FlashPass at MM until the summer.

Anyone else?

From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted November 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM
Robert is right. Flash Pass won't make much of a difference. You'll end up spending most of your time waiting for X2, Tatsu and Green Lantern.

As always, arrive in time to enter the park at the official opening time. There are various plans of attack, but the simplest ones are either go left around the park starting with X2 or go right, starting with Goliath.

From AJ Hummel
Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM
I've never used Flash Pass at SFMM, but I've used it at other Six Flags parks and it is absolutely a good idea under certain conditions. I've never done SFMM on a Saturday, but on Sundays during the offseason there are practically no lines. Even X2 is often a three or four train wait. When lines are this short, it would be a total waste of monay.

What I would recommend you do is get there at opening and ride X2 and/or Green Lantern (both are upcharges with Flash Pass), then check out the crowds at the other rides. If most of the lines are in the 10-15 minute range, don't bother with Flash Pass as it is unnecessary. If, however, the major rides have waits closer to an hour, you might want to consider it. Get the Gold Flash Pass (the regular doesn't do much) and enjoy the park at your leisure. This past summer, I used the Gold pass at SFNE and SFGAdv, and at both I was able to do everything and get a number of rides on the best coasters, all of which had 60-90 minute waits for the entire day, all without rushing around to hit everything.

It's up to you, and you can judge based on crowd levels, but good rides to check for crowds are Tatsu, Goliath, Riddler's Revenge and Apocalypse. All of these have obvious merge points, and if the line is not backed up behind these Flash Pass will do NOTHING! Either way, you will have a great day, and if you think you can do everything without one, you might as well save your money.

From Nick Markham
Posted November 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM
I do recall hearing SFMM least crowded month is December because all of the tourists and locals are attracted to more festive parks like Disney and Universal for the season. And as for the comments about the FastPass, regardless X2 or Green Lantern, the FastPass always makes for a less stressful, more coaster-packed day.

From Don Wong
Posted November 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Thanks to everyone for the quick response.
I didn't realise the park will be closed if it rains.
So I guess I'll decide what to do when we reach LA.

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