^I don't know why they couldn't turn the bottom section into something that's very similar to the top, I don't think the staffing matters, all that's in that bottom section are emergency spotlights in case the park blacks out.
I believe it was closed down due to people throwing stuff out, there's a couple open grates up there where you can even poke your head out and look straight down. It's very cool being on that bottom section though, just because at 400 feet, you get to feel the wind and all that.
Thanks for clearing up all the traffic bologna up, that must really blow! In my opinion, the best way to get to the park if you're going Northbound (when the traffic is bad) would be to exit East on McBean, take it to MM parkway, and head West from there.
Welcome To Magic Mountain. Cheer up, you could be at Knotts!