Before I start my report, I just want to send a BIG shout out of thanks to Robb Alvey (Theme Park Review), Chris Godsey (RideWorld) and the staff and Management of Magic Mountain yesterday. An incredible event.
Now on to the trip report:
Magic Mountain, as much as I LOVE Disneyland, has ALWAYS been my "home" park. It's the park I've lived closest to since 1978, which just so happens was the year of my first visit to the park.
In those 31 years, I've seen the park go from ups, to down, to REALLY down. So much so that I hadn't actually been to the park since 2006. It was with great anticipation that I made my return to the park yesterday. And I was NOT dissapointed.
First though, we had to deal with the weather. As Fishbulb, Monorail Man, CoasterMatt, Rose and I waited for the park to open, it started POURING. The 700 (yes, 700) Coaster Enthusiasts gathered were not daunted by this by any stretch of the imagination.
The entrance to the park (Saturday was Physics day, not yesterday). The banner was gone later in the day.
As we entered the park, we headed up for Tatsu first. As you can see, the clouds were rather ominous looking.
After a front row seat on Tatsu and some donuts/coffee/juice at Katy's kettle (another benefit of the event, FREE breakfast), we headed to X2.
But alas, due to the weather, they were still having issues, so instead we headed for Viper.
I remember riding this ride when it opened, I remember getting beat up on this ride. But I have to say, this ride on Viper was *shock**enjoyable**shock**. We all agreed it was actually a pretty good ride.
As we were riding Viper we saw that X2 was running, so we headed over.
View from the bridge to X2
Are you Type A or Type X?
I actually decided to sit out X2. I was feeling kind of light-headed, and since we would get to ride it later, I figured it was okay to sit out. Which gave me the chance to get some nice pictures of Viper.
The group getting off of X2
The park was DEAD during ERT. It was awesome.
Since we were in the area, I had the bright idea to ride Revolution.
After the ride, we noticed the absolutely beautiful restoration that was done on the parks carousel. One of those things that doesn't get any press, but is surely appreciated.
There is a new Mr. Six greeting area at the front of the park
Geese hanging out near Valencia Falls (which is also newly rebuilt)
As you can see, the clouds were letting up a bit, although we'd have one more weather "event" before the day was up.
Around the park, the restaurants are MUCH different as Johnny Rockets now has 3 locations in the park. I had some fries here later in the day, and they were yummy.
Entrance to the new Thomas Town area. We'll get back over here a little later.
First, it was time to tackle "GOLIATH"
There was a lot of new advertising in the park, but if it keeps the park clean, I'm all for it.
It was now getting close to park opening, so we decided to head to the back of the park to ride Deja Vu when the park opened.
Revolution doing it's thing
Hey, what's that??? A new awesome woodie!!!! Is it May 21st yet???
We'll get back to Terminator Salvation: The Ride (The Pictures) in a bit. But first, Deja Vu
I love this ride, and we had a great ride on it. Unfortunately it broke down shortly after we rode, needed to have a part replaced and was back open a few hours later. Example A of the difference at the Improved Magic Mtn.
Next up was Jet Stream
New Code of Conduct at the park. And they ARE enforcing it.
Terminator Salvation: The Ride (The sexy photos) as seen from Jet Stream
Fishbulb and Monorail Man on Jet Stream
The totally nice and re-done games area.
Johnny Rockets Location 2
We had the first seating for lunch at 11:30, which was a good thing because we were all STARVING. They had hooked us all up with fried chicken, BBQ Beef, Beans, Rolls, Potato Salad, Soda and Ice Cream. We were sitting under the "Sun Shades" when it started HAILING on us.
And instead of everybody (there were probably 200 people in the area) freaking out, everybody just kind of rolled with it, and made it fun. Mr. Six also made an apperance at lunch and those who chose to do so were sent off on the Trivia Quest.
We opted to head to Thomas Town to check out the new train after lunch.
We all couldn't believe how nice the area looked.
I think Disney could learn something about how to theme a kids train ride *cough*heimlichs chew-chew train*cough*
Everybody enjoying themselves
The conductor would ask questions about Thomas throughout the ride
No, not at the bar, at the Tidmouth Sheds
Bye Thomas Town
That's all for now, stay tuned later for more coaster fun, some back-stage pictures of Terminator Salvation: The Ride and some thoughts on the park.
Hint: For those of you who think SFMM is a gang-ridden, run-down place that is no good for families ... THINK AGAIN!!!