Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
Total Timber Tour 2 Blog Day 19
Welcome again one and all, including Adrian’s Mum and Tony and family, Ian’s Mum & Dad and family, David & Susan, Adam, Carol and Carol and Diane, Pete and Lisa, Colin, all the park staff on the trip and everyone that has followed our tour and supported us on the way. We’ve been averaging 2200 hits a day, maxing out at 7700, and our readership has been between 64 and 148 from 15 countries. It’s almost at an end, but stay with us as we report on the last few parks and a big surprise for Friday Night!
Today no driving!! We stayed in a hotel a short 20-minute walk to Six Flags Magic Mountain’s entrance. By the way, all those that contacted the park on our behalf, thanks. They responded to an email this Tuesday, so your efforts were rewarded!
The park had shortened its opening hours from planned, so we headed up to the park and arrived at 10am for a 10.30am start. There was a very nice person selling exclusive ride time on Goliath for $10 each for the 30 minutes before the park opened. We knew nothing of this prior to arrival, but it looked like a good deal. Well, us and 2 others took up the offer, so we had one train to ourselves and they had the other. The operators cycled us both for the full half hour. OK so we paid 20 bucks for the exclusive ride time but you couldn’t get more exclusive than just the two of you and your own train!
At 10.30 is was off to the flash pass office to part with many dollars in exchange for 90% line reduction and 2 circuits each ride on all major attractions. Yep – our 3rd Platinum Flash Pass of the trip. This one worked in much the same as before except for a couple of exceptions – no double rides for 1st and last row of the train, X was an additional up-charge of $15 each for a dedicated reservation at a particular time and once only, and there was no control of the queue for double circuits. Each time we stayed on for a second go, we were having to explain to boarding riders that we were going around again and why – sort of fend for yourself attitude.
This is our first visit to the park in 5 years and the trip up the tower was our first. Ideal for photographs of the park and some great museum exhibits up there also, but we were expecting an open observation deck, and not a glass one. Hey, at least it was air conditioned offering 15 minutes cooling. Magic Mountain is a BIG park and quite hilly, so we did a LOT of walking today!
Also a first for us was Tatsu, the biggest of the B&M flyers. We had heard it was good, but couldn’t believe how good it was blowing all the others out of the water by a mile. The closest you could ever get to true flight without wings!
We spent the last hour getting to know Terminator Salvation a little more, with our double circuit wristbands and some repeat riding due to lack of queuing guests. It’s just a shame that we had to endure the pre-show each time we went around, but we did get into double digits for the day. It’s a very good ride, but Prowler remains our favourite on the trip, with Boulder dash a close second.
So, what did our Day cost? Well, if your are due to visit Magic Mountain, make sure you have a healthy bank balance first!
|Early Ride Time||$20.00||£13.89|
|Platinum Flash Pass||$155.00||£107.64|
|X Flash Pass||$30.00||£20.83|
|Bottled Water x 6||$19.50||£13.54|
|Chicken Strip Dinner & Drinks||$29.50||£20.49|
|2 x Shakes and 1 Fries||$18.50||£12.85|
|Total Cost of Day out||$407.40||£282.92|
Tomorrow then and our last big park of the trip, Knott’s Berry Farm. Time to endure the delights of the L.A. rush hour again. Oh joy!