TR: Six Flags Magic Mountain - 02-27-2005

A better day than our Knott's visit.
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TR: Six Flags Magic Mountain - 02-27-2005

Postby robbalvey » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:20 pm

To see the photos from today's visit click:
http://www.themeparkreview.com/sfmm0227/sfmm0227.htm

After our somewhat miserable day at Knott's yesterday, we decided to head to SFMM today, especially since Dave hadn't been on X yet. Overall, our day at SFMM was better than our day at Knott's. Marginally better, though. I mean, both parks have plenty of issues, but our day at SFMM was much more 'hassle free' than our visit to Knott's.

We decided we'd get to the park EARLY, mainly because since everyone now gets a season pass when you buy a park ticket, we didn't know how insane the season pass line would be.

We got there around 9:15, and yeah....there were a LOT of people there. So the first shocker of the day was that there was a couple of groupers in the area that were telling people that you did not HAVE to stand in the season pass line anymore, and you could use ANY entrance turnstile. That was really great that actually had someone out there managing the crowds! I mean, Knott's couldn't even bother to staff the season pass office with more than one person with a line out the door, and SFMM had groupers out in the crowd! Good for them!

So then the next shocker....the park actually opened EARLY!!! At 9:40 they opened the main gates, and it wasn't just to open them to let people in the plaza area, they actually had coasters open early too!!! WTF??! I am certainly NOT complaining, that's for sure!

So we ran up to the bridge leading to X, and the line for X wasn't quite open. It did, however open RIGHT at 10am, and we managed to get on and off X by 10:15!!! They were running two trains and seemed to be doing the best job they could dispatching. The ride itself was just 'ok.' Not the worst ride I've taken on it, not the best. I don't know why, but I just don't really like the ride all that much. But oh well....

Next we walked around to the closed Deja Vu so Dave could get his picture in front of it. He now has his photo in front of ALL THREE closed Deja Vu's! Awesome! =)

We then made the rounds going on Goldrusher, Riddler's, then Batman. Ahh, Batman! At least it was cool to ride a B&M invert with forces this weekend! =)

We made our way around to Scream! which was fine, I guess. It's Scream....clone of Medusa over a parking lot...fun, but nothing special, but fun.

Colossus was down so we moved over to Goliath. Again, it was more like 'going through the motions' riding SFMM's coasters. They are all just 'ok.' Nothing really bad about most of them, but nothing that makes you really want to ride again.

We noticed that Superman was stuck near the bottom of the tower. Turns out they 'broke it' as it ran yesterday morning, and today the car was just sitting there. You'll see a photo of what I mean if you click on the update.

We noticed that Colossus was back open, but I don't think any of us cared to ride, so we let Josh & Amanda go ride some stuff in Bugs Bunny World, and then we headed out for lunch.

I mean, overall it was a really good visit to SFMM. It sucked that Deja Vu and Ninja were closed, but the fact that they opened up early, had coasters open early, and we rode X by 10:15 was pretty amazing! Everything else we did was totally "hassle free." There were no waits, nothing annoying like running coasters 'one train empty, one full,' Batman, Riddler's, Goliath, Scream, X were all running two trains, and most of the crews seemed to be doing an 'ok' job.

Anyway, that's my weekend report! Pathetic trip to Knott's....somewhat ok trip to SFMM! =)

--Robb

ps. To see the photos from yesterday's Knott's visit, click:
http://www.themeparkreview.com/kbf0226/kbf0226.shtml
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Postby Montu » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:57 pm

Sounds like fun, and much better then your day at Knott's. Amazing that they opened the park early. I didn't know Superman could stall out in the middle of the course. That looked weird.

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Postby kenshinmac » Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:18 pm

Um I believe he was saying that it is broken... IE not running not stalled out on course... If it stalled there they would have had to have really screwed something up.

I wonder if anything will come of the rumors of doing something new with the tower... I mean that ride seems to keep going down and really doesn't seem to thrill many people anymore. I still need to get to Magic Mountain someday...

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Postby Cid » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:18 pm

Awe, I wish I lived near a year round amusement park. I'm having my offseason withdrawls!!

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Postby Mr.Six » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:20 pm

After everyone else had left my cousin and I spent about 2 more hours or so at the park. They got superman runing right before we left the park. We were walking RIGHT under it too going over to Goliath when it fired for the first time and wanted to grace us with its delightful sound. Anyway thanks again for letting us hang out with you guys at the park today! The group photo turned out well :)

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Postby Hattuchili » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:36 pm

Hey Robb,

nice pictures. I liked them. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun at SFMM. :wink:

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Postby josephwanek » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:45 pm

Awe, I wish I lived near a year round amusement park. I'm having my offseason withdrawls!!


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Postby robbalvey » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:49 pm

Ahh...good to hear they got S:TE back up and running. I'd love to know what happened to it! At least it wasn't too serious.

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Postby ebl » Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:44 am

It was nice meeting all of you. Our trip today was literally last minute. What was funny was that on our way there, Diana asked if anyone from the site would be there. Of course, I didn't know because no one had said anything. And I"d forgotten that Dave and Mary were going to be out to visit. I hope they enjoyed themselves.

Too bad Diana, Holly, and I missed being in the group photo. Funny thing was that we spent a lot of time in Bugs Bunny World later on, right where the photo was taken! Diana and Holly ran around like children riding all the kiddie rides---oh wait...they are children! :P I joined them on Canyon Blaster, then we went to get a funnel cake (the girls polished that off; I got a small diabetic portion!).

We took the Orient Express up to ride Ninja and/or Superman, but skipped 'em because Ninja was closed and Superman had a line out the door. But we did ride Gold Rusher one more time, then Diana and Holly had their portrait done by the caricature artist. That came out great! If I can get it scanned, I'll post it here if it's OK to do so.

Like our last visit to SFMM, we went to Bob's Big Boy in Burbank for dinner, then headed home to Camarillo.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:53 am

^ Hey Eric! Glad we ran into you guys. It ended up being a really nice group today at the park.

And if you get that image scanned, of course you can post it!

--Robb

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