In making plans for this trip, I had some flexibility to make a visit to some of the area parks. I decided to head up to Six Flags Magic Mountain since I had a season pass from Six Flags New England for 2018, with plans to visit other parks of the chain over the course of the year. This would be my second visit to the park after attending Park Journey’s enthusiast event, Mountain Madness, back in June of 2016.
Joining me were Matt from Park Journey, his wife Rose and A.J., whose other reports can be found on Theme Park Insider. Most of the coasters were open, with the exception of Apocalypse and Goliath. Since I had been here before, I was not as worried about getting onto the smaller credits since I had ridden them before at Mountain Madness. Those that we rode included the Bolliger and Mabillard coasters Tatsu, Riddler’s Revenge, Batman and Scream; the classic Schwarzkopf looper Revolution and short but sweet Premier launched Full Throttle; Arrow coasters Viper, X2 and Ninja. In this particular visit, I had my first last row ride on X2, and while the 4-D coaster is a truly wild ride with the rotating seats, getting the whipping effect from the last row makes it an even crazier ride! Of course, I also enjoyed a couple laps on my favorite coaster of the park, Twisted Colossus!
This year the park is also operating every day of the year, as opposed to prior years where they would operate on weekends through much of Winter, and parts of Spring and Fall, saving a majority of their daily operations for Summer. This would lead to the park being having very light crowds, resulting in very short lines throughout the day.
Since my last visit here, Six Flags Magic Mountain opened their new shooting dark ride, Justice League, Battle for Metropolis. I had ridden on another version of this ride before at Six Flags St. Louis, and I really enjoyed it. In my opinion, I would say this version was a tad bit better as they had these pre-show rooms that helped to build up the story of the ride, in a similar fashion to multiple attractions from Disney, Universal and the like.
I also had a chance to experience another ride for the first time, and that was Lex Luthor’s Drop of Doom. This ride had been opened before my first visit, however, on the day of my previous visit, the ride had closed with technical difficulties by the time we had gotten to the location of the ride, thus I was not ale to experience it then. Fortunately, that would be made up for on this day, and I am so happy it was.
This is one of the tallest drop tower rides in the world at 400 feet, reaching a maximum speed of 85 mph! One of the major differences with this ride compared to other drop towers I have been on is how much the ride sways when you are high up. It becomes even more pronounced if you happen to by up the tower as one of the cars from the attached Superman coaster rides up the side of the tower. After sitting near the top from a great height and hearing the voice of Lex Luthor, the vehicle is released for the fall. Since the ride vehicle is smaller, they can get away with starting the brake fins further down the tower, which gives you more time for the free-fall. This leads to a feeling as if the car isn’t going to stop, which can really mess with your nerves when the ground looks to be quickly approaching you. This has easily become my favorite drop tower ride in the world, and I cannot stress enough the need to ride it if you visit the park. It is an incredible rush!
And with that, after some re-rides, our day would come to an end in the evening. It was a lot of fun to enjoy a light crowd at the park and catching up with A.J., Matt and Rose. Thank you to the three of them for giving me some company in the park for the day.
Next, dad and I take an afternoon to wonder around the Los Angeles area with a stop in Venice Beach.