The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby coneyislandchris » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:18 am

FWIW, when I was there this past Monday and they had a 6 PM closing, they had closed down X2's queue by 5:30 (even for Flash Pass holders that could still make and/or had reservations).
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby FeelTheFORCE » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:32 am

I can understand during the summer when leaving the line open until park closing would mean the crew stays working until 2am or whatever, but closing at 5:30 instead of 6 seems like they're just stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby scottiemon » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:36 am

When I was there last week, I got into the queue for X2 right at 5:30. They were only running one train, and I finally got on at 6:25. FWIW.

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby edgeboy » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:56 pm

At least they let you ride if you're in line. I had a miserable experience at Carrowinds last year. Park closed at 10pm, got in line for their mouse at about 9:55. Line was short, and we were happy we made it before the cut off.

Waited our time, got to the front, was next to ride, then the ride ops said "10pm! Ride's closed!" and didn't let us ride. And there were still people behind us, and more entering the line--and they turned them all away. I always thought that was pretty low. Fortunately, it was more for the credit than the thrill, but still pretty bad. I have never seen a park handle a ride's closing like that before.

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:40 pm

^I can tell you that's not normal for Carowinds. They always have let people that are in line before they close the line ride it.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby BigBad » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:54 pm

I'm really surprised Carowinds did that. When I asked at Cedar Point, an employee said that it was their policy that anyone in line at closing gets to ride, and Carowinds is another Cedar Fair park.

But that's the exact kind of bush league move I meant on the previous page!

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby DoubleDown » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:16 am

fpsphil wrote:Every park I've been too will close the line either at park close or 15 min before park close (if its long). It all depends on supervisor on duty and the crew. Ive been in the station before 2-3 min before closing and they were making announcements of people running into the long line and jumping the barrier to leave since they had closed the line.


Well I wouldn't know about every park I've been to, but certainly at Magic Mountain, Knott's, Cedar Point, and Disneyland, I have on *multiple* visits done the "hustle to that one last ride 5 minutes before the park closes" and never been turned away unless the ride was closed already due to technical issues. I'm talking X2, Ghostrider, Valravn, and Space Mountain.

Cj1990 wrote:^^. I’m not sure about every coaster at SFMM, but I know for sure they always closed X/X2 early. Granted, that was 2001, but I can’t remember any of the other coasters closing earlier than park closing.


I went on X in 2001 (or was it 2002) a week after it delay-opened (think it was like a January or February trip) and can't remember that far back specifically, but lines back then were like 4+, 5+ hours long, so it would make sense that maybe they closed the line early if it got that absurd. But I just know there have been *plenty* of times where we got in line for X2 or other major rides in the park just minutes before the park closed, and feel like I would remember if I got turned away.

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby edmx » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Hey guys!

I'm visiting the park on November 20th and I was wondering how the crowds will be. I've never been to any Six Flags outside Mexico but I've been on a few Cedar Fair parks and I'm seriously concerned about the operations. I've heard they're pretty bad at SF Parks. So, being my first time and only one day available to visit it, do you consider as a good idea to get the flash pass in advance? Do you recommend any other days between November 18th and November 23th?

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby DoubleDown » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:57 am

I feel we should have a general information disclaimer or a link stickied at the top of this and the more popular threads like Cedar Point, laying out a plan of action for folks visiting who have never been to the park before, or just things that are known enthusiast knowledge, because it seems like we repeat the same crap to the same questions on almost every page?

I don't think ANYONE on this site has EVER suggested buying a Flash Pass BEFORE YOU GO TO THE PARK. It doesn't save you time, it doesn't save you money, it's just the parks way of getting people to spend money on upcharges they don't need but think they do before they even walk in the gate. It's like buying a parking pass before you get to the park...you don't get to skip the line or anything, and it's not any cheaper, so what's the point?

Everyone's plan of action is always go to the park, scope out the crowd, and decide from there. Very rarely will they go "unavailable" on a typical day, hell have they EVER gone unavailable? Maybe on the busiest 3 or 4 days of the year (bring a friend for free day)...so there's NO REASON to buy them before you get to the park.

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:54 am

On Nov 20 you are good to go! It is also Holiday In the Park. All Gold pass holders can bring a friend free those days. I am planning to do that, as the light displays are really well done. The fall is a really good time to go, only weekends have the chance of being busy. I would not buy FP in advance.

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