Wow, I really wish I had brought along a camera to my trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain today. I was invited last night around 9:30, so I didn't have much time to prepare.
The first thing my party noticed was how dead the park was. I know it's winter, but aren't people on break right now? We literally walked on every ride and had the option of remaining in our seats for another trip for most of them.
Our first ride was Goliath, a coaster I haven't ever seen before considering the last time I went Riddler's Revenge was brand new. The ride was incredible and the theming suprised me with broken statues littered around the que. Not Disney quality, but decent for a coaster.
After that, it was all down hill. Every ride we rode had paint peeling everywhere, signs with grafitti, and dusty boxes with wires where TVs once entertained guests. Colossus was horribly dingy looking and incredibly painful. Scream was located in a back corner themed with a rotting blue fence and clutter covering the once parking lot floor.
The worst was Superman. The Fortress of Solitude has sections of plaster missing, revealing the mesh beneath, and almost all of the facade is covered in dirt and filth. The exit walkway has paintings of the caped crusader, except the paint was faded and gouged out in many places.
To make the park even look worse, many of the food stands and soveigner shops remained closed due to the lack of crowds, so we were constantly walking by carts and stores with metal windows drawn shut. Then, many of the attractions were also closed without being mentioned on the front gate. Ninja was closed due to the weather (cloudy?) and the Jet Stream was also closed despite no notification. We were also dissapointed to learn that the Batman stuntshow that is pimped all over the park and website is not opperating this season, and many of the park's stages are empty with "Happy Hollidays" on the marquee instead of show titles and times.
Magic Mountain really needs to step up now that they have decided to keep the park. Get rid of some of the lesser coasters (Psyclone, Deja Vu, Scream, the rusting Flashback) and put in a better variety of attractions to attract families. My friends all wondered how a theme park could survive on so few patrons, especially with the difficulty in getting my pal's season pass (he bought a day, got a year free thing). We first went to the Guest Relations to get his pass. No, apparantly the building to get your pass is down an unused walkway, around a corner, and next to the still standing Flashback. The office itself is incredibly tiny and uninviting. They want people to get season passes to bring back guests and spend more money, yet they stick the office in the most remote area of the park?
I really hope they can turn things around. They have some awesome coasters (especially the new Tatsu!) and so much potential, they just need to start thinking outside the teen-aged box.