A guide to sixflags

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain boasts one of the world’s largest collections of extreme rides. It doesn’t have the cohesive “theme” of other area parks, but it has its fans. Some folks call it an “iron park” for the steel used to build the rides, and its collection of roller coasters come with superlative descriptions that include fastest, tallest, first and only.

    Six Flags Magic Mountain Basics

    Fans of fast, scary thrill rides like Six Flags Magic Mountain best. Some attractions are geared toward the under-48-inch-tall set, but most visitors are in their mid-teens to mid-twenties (especially on weekends).

    On select days between mid-March and early September, Six Flags puts on an evening parade that ends with fireworks. Six Flags Magic Mountain also hosts musical concerts and other special events. In October, their Fright Fest offers special themed activities.

    Good and Bad at Six Flags Magic Mountain

    This is a summary of Six Flags’ good and bad characteristics, based on our visits and reading lots of online reviews.


    • Lots of thrill rides
    • Online reviewers who give the park high ratings think the thrill of their rides outweighs other factors. You can read some of their reviews on Yelp.
    • Six Flags Magic Mountain has made progress in keeping people from cutting in line (a huge problem a few years ago).
    • Johnny Rocket and Chop Six have improved the food choices.
    • To minimize the “fry” factor while standing in line on a hot day, misters help keep the queues cool.


    • Mediocre maintenance: too much peeling paint, chewing gum on the sidewalks and smelly bathrooms.
    • Waits can be 3 hours at the worst. With fewer visitors, they run fewer cars and lines are still long.
    • Online reviewers who give Magic Mountain low ratings write about questionable cleanliness, poor customer service and “rude, vulgar” behavior.
    • On a summer day, the heat can be nearly unbearable.
    • Lots of extra costs (locker rental, parking, some activities).
    • It’s a long drive out to Valencia and traffic can be more than aggravating.

    What’s New at Magic Mountain in 2019

    Six Flags Magic Mountain opened as just plain Magic Mountain in 1971, with trolls named Blop, Bleep, Bloop, and the Wizard as mascots. Six Flags Corporation bought it in 1979. Today it’s a place where new attractions appear every year.

    In 2019, Magic Mountain’s newest attraction is West Coast Racers, a racing coaster that will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed launches.

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    Magic Mountain Tickets, Coupons and Discounts

    Buying Tickets at Magic Mountain
    ©2010 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    You already know the easy, obvious way to get Magic Mountain tickets: Go there, walk up to the ticket booth, buy tickets and go in.

    However, if you get a little organized ahead of time, you can save some money.

    All the (sometimes confusing) ticket options, passes, discounts and coupons are outlined in the Magic Mountain Tickets Guide.

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