Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Developed by SeaWorld in partnership with local real estate developers, Magic Mountain opened May 29, 1971 in Valencia, California. Featuring a world-record 19 coasters, Magic Mountain became part of the Six Flags chain in 1979 and welcomed 3.6 million visitors in 2019, making it Six Flags' most-visited park.

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Some locations may not be available due to pandemic restrictions.

New for 2022

  • Wonder Woman Flight of Courage
    Standing 131 feet and with 3,300 feet of track, this Rocky Mountain Construction Raptor will be the world's tallest and longest single-rail coaster when it opens in summer 2020.

Roller coasters

  1. Twisted Colossus ★ ★ ★
    A 4,990-foot mobius-track Rocky Mountain Construction rebuild of the former Colossus wooden coaster, with a 128-foot drop, top speed of 57 mph and two inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Twisted Colossus.
  2. X2 ★ ★
    A 3,610-foot Arrow Dynamics 4th dimension coaster with a 215-foot vertical drop, top speed of 76 miles per hour and two inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Robert Niles' X2 review.
  3. Tatsu
    A 3,602-foot Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster with a 111-foot drop, top speed of 62 mph and four inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
  4. Full Throttle
    A 2,200-foot Premier Rides Sky Rocket III with a 70-mph launch into a 160-foot-tall loop. Height requirement: 54 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Full Throttle.
  5. West Coast Racers
    A 4,000-foot mobius-track Premier Rides coaster with a 55-mph launch and four inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Robert Niles' West Coast Racers review.
  6. Goliath
    A 4,500-foot Giovanola mega coaster with a 255-foot drop and top speed of 85 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
  7. Apocalypse
    A 2,877-foot Great Coasters International wooden coaster with an 87-foot drop and top speed of 50 mph. Opened as Terminator: Salvation before Six Flags lost the IP rights. Height requirement: 48 inches
  8. Ninja
    A 2,700-foot Arrow Dynamic suspended coaster with a top speed of 55 mph. Height requirement: 42 inches
  9. The Riddler's Revenge
    A 4,370-foot Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster with a 146-foot drop, top speed of 65 mph and six inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
  10. Scream
    A 3,985-foot Bolliger & Mabillard floorless coaster with a 141-foot drop, top speed of 63 mph and seven inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
  11. New Revolution
    Opened in 1976 as Great American Revolution, this 3,457-foot Schwarzkopf coaster with a top speed of 55 mph and one inversion was the world's first modern coaster with a vertical loop. The ride included VR headsets in 2016-17. Height requirement: 48 inches
  12. Batman: The Ride
    A 2,700-foot Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster with a top speed of 50 mph and five inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
  13. Superman: Escape from Krypton
    A 1,235-foot Intamin freefall coaster with a 100-mph launch up a 415-foot tower. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Superman: Escape from Krypton.
  14. Gold Rusher
    A 2,590-foot Arrow Dynamics mine train with a top speed of 35 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
  15. Viper
    A 3,830-foot Arrow Dynamics custom looping coaster with a 171-foot drop, a top speed 70 mph and seven inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches

For younger riders, Six Flags Magic Mountain offers Canyon Blaster, an E&F Miler family coaster; Magic Flyer, a Bradley and Kaye little dipper; Road Runner Express, a Vekoma Junior Coaster; and Speedy Gonzales Hot Road Racers, a Zamperla family gravity coaster.

Other attractions

Top recommendation

  1. Justice League Battle for Metropolis
    Interactive dark ride. Height requirement: 42 inches

Other notable attractions include the Bugs Bunny World children's area; CraZanity, a 170-foot Zamperla Giant Discovery pendulum; Roading Rapids; and Lux Luthor Drop of Doom, an Intamin drop ride on the side of the Superman tower.

Map

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California - in the Santa Clarita Valley - 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Strategy

Six Flags requires advance reservations to visit, so book your day on the SixFlags.com website or the park app. Then plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before park opening (60 minutes during the summer or other vacation periods), in order to park and be at the front of the line to enter the gates.

Magic Mountain's newest coaster is West Coast Racers, but we still recommend starting with the low capacity Fill Throttle first, assuming you are among the first guests to enter the park. Based upon reader recommendations from before the pandemic, we suggest this ride order:

  1. Full Throttle
  2. Goliath
  3. Twisted Colossus
  4. Scream
  5. Lex Luthor
  6. Batman
  7. Justice League
  8. Riddler's Revenge
  9. Gold Rusher
  10. West Coast Racers
  11. Apocalypse
  12. Tatsu
  13. Viper
  14. X2 (try to do this around 3-4pm for the shortest waits)
  15. New Revolution
  16. Helpful Honda Express (funicular to the top of the hill, if available)
  17. Ninja
  18. Superman