Today I went to Magic Mountain and have to say as an ex Disney pass holder I wa shocked to see what kind of disrepair the park was in. Amazing things one would never see at any of the Disney parks. It looks like the park is being ignored to be sold for McMansions.
The Park: Firstly it was presidents day weekend and it looked like a weekday in January, empty. Believe me I'm not complaining about being able to walk onto most of the rides but it made me wonder where everyone was.
Upkeep: As a Disneygoer the thing that kept jumping out at me was that all of the buildings, rides, curbs and structures looked as though they had not been painted in several years. The fact that the colors had faded on several of the rides was painfully obvious. What really got me was the graffiti. Over and over you see rails and building with names carved into them. Stickers in the queue lines that kids had put up and have stayed there. I rode X, a newer coaster, and was amazed to see a beam in one of the fences had rusted away. If you are lucky enough to see rust at Disneyland it's been Imagineered and put there on purpose. I also road a swing ride and saw cobwebs.
Collosus looked horribly old. The wood on the supports and in the line had peeled up and the paint was peeling off. It looks like an abandoned coney island ride.
A LOT of the plants were also dead or dying. I ate lunch next to a planter of palm trees that were dead and brown. The line for Goliath was nothing more than a fire hazzard.
The Staff: The staff members I interacted with seemed disenchanted and bitter. Deja Vu and Psyclone are being torn down. I asked one of the staff why, he gufawed and said the "official answer" is that they are being dismanteld for more parking. The foodservice was slow and uncaring and I did not see anyone smile.
Overall I kept thinking that It was good to get out and see the park before it shut down for good.
The good news is that if you like coasters this is the place to go. X and Tatsu are amazing coasters with relatively short lines. I walked onto Viper and Revolution.