Johnny Rockets has multiple locations in the park. Food etc by the base of the Superman Tower has multiple options under one air conditioned roof including sushi, fried chicken, chicken strips, hot dogs, turkey legs and Mexican. Mooseburger Lodge offers an all you can eat buffet. Longhorn BBQ in the Movie District is fairly new to SFMM but gets good reviews. SFMM is also one of the few SF parks that offers grilled corn on the cob at the Corn Cart (Gotham City area).
The park is open year round with daily operation April through August. September to March the park is generally only open on weekends and weekdays during holiday weeks.
Established Seasonal events
FrightFest occurs Friday - Sunday during the month of October.
Holiday in the Park - occurs from mid-November to New Year's (mosty on weekends) with limited rides operating.
Access & Location
SFMM is most easily accessible by car and directly off Interstate 5 (I-5).
SFMM lists the following public transportation options on their website, but involves multiple transfers and is time consuming
Metro Red Line – North Hollywood 757 Express route:
From Downtown Los Angeles, take the Metro Red Line to the North Hollywood Station. Then take the North Hollywood 757 Express bus to the McBean Regional Transit Station (MRTC). From there connect to a Santa Clarita Transit routes 3 & 7 to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
From Union Station Downtown Los Angeles, take the Metro Link train (Antelope Valley Line) to the Newhall Station. From there take either Santa Clarita Transit route 1 & 2 or 4 & 14 to the McBean Regional Transit Station (MRTC). Both lines service the Newhall Station every 15 minutes. From the MRTC, transfer onto a route 3 & 7 directly to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Note: City of Santa Clarita Transit will honor Metrolink fare ticket when the origin/ destination pair includes the trip to be taken on the bus.
For more details on bus schedules and fares please visit SantaClaritaTransit.com or call 661-294-1BUS.
There are plenty of options within a couple of miles along I-5. Always check hotel reviews as the quality of the hotels in the area varies greatly.
Virtual Queue Options
Three versions of Flash Pass are offered to greatly reduce wait time. Flash Pass is highly recommended when visiting in the heart of the summer and/or if you have limited time at the park. http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/info/values.aspx
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located about an hour north of Downtown LA and is known for its large selection of coasters, which are around and on top of the large "mountain" at the center of the park. The park is very coaster heavy and has few shows, no dark rides, and few places to get out of the heat, which can be oppressive during the summer months. The coasters run the gamut from adrenaline machines to tamer ones for the family. Expect long lines at the most popular attractions during weekends and holidays during peak season. Lines are much more manageable in the off season for this year-round park.
The park has expanded their children's area recently, but it is still very limited in what families can do together. Food selection is average for the Six Flags chain, with the normal selection of branded offerings and a semi-full-service eatery. This park is a good addition to a Southern California vacation if riding coasters is a priority.
Went to L.A. and insisted we were goig to magic Mountain. For me, it was one of the Holy grails of parks. We went 2 weeks after tatsu opened and it was awesome along with most of the other coasters. Operations could use a little work, but that was when Six Flags was doing alot of restructering so we gave them the benefit of the doubt. Awesome time anyway.
Six Flags Magic Mountain really shows what a "thrill park" should be. Like Great Adventure, Magic Mountain is mostly coasters with a very limited flat ride selection, but with coasters like Tatsu, X2, and Riddler's Revenge, who needs them?!
If you're into any type of coasters this is the park you must visit. The ride operations could be better but the coaster collection at this park is probably the best in the world. If you want tall, fast and adrenaline filled rides then this is the place to be. Just make sure you try to go on a weekday to avoid crowds and in the summer be warned of the hot conditions.
I first visited MM when I was 16 and, frankly, didn't care for it. But years later, it's grown on me. The coaster selection offers a nice variety of, for the most part, very good rides, especially Apocalypse, X2 (which I was shocked that I liked), Goliath, and Tatsu (almost too intense, but what a view). But the park does seem a bit generic, despite some random attempts at theming (a Six Flags trait). It could also use a dark ride to round out its offerings.
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