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Six Flags Magic Mountain Visitor Guide
Six Flags Magic Mountain

Going to Six Flags Magic Mountain

©2010 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Basics

Six Flags Magic Mountain boasts one of the world's largest collections of extreme rides. It lacks the cohesive "theme" of other area parks. Instead, some folks call it an "iron park" for the steel used to build the rides, with a collection of roller coasters that elicit superlatives including fastest, tallest, first and only.

Six Flags Magic Mountain appeals most to fans of fast, scary thrill rides. 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, Fright Fest offers special themed activities.

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. TEA Publications ranked Six Flags Magic Mountain among North America's 20 most-visited parks in 2011, with 2.5 million visitors.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Review

We rate Six Flags Magic Mountain 3 stars out of 5. For many, the scariest ride just isn't worth the wait. Others love the rides so much that they're willing to overlook the park's faults and rank Six Flags Magic Mountain as one of the best California attractions, according to their votes in the poll below.

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.

Good:

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

Bad:

  • 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

Poll: What do you think of Six Flags Magic Mountain in California?

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Details About Magic Mountain

  • Hours: Open every day in summer, weekends only during school year, extra days during holidays
  • Cost: Admission, parking fee
  • Location: East of LA on I-5 (Magic Mountain Parkway exit in Valencia)
  • How Long: Allow a day or more to ride everything, especially during busy season
  • Best Time to Visit: Less busy on weekdays when open

Where Is Six Flags Magic Mountain Located?

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
661-255-4100
Six Flags Magic Mountain Website
Six Flags Magic Mountain is in Valencia, a 45-minute drive northwest of downtown Los Angeles off I-5. From LAX and the west side of LA, take I-405 and/or I-5 toward Sacramento. Exit at Magic Mountain Parkway.

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