Santa Clarita Journals

A Day of Fun at Magic Mountain

A July 2004 trip to Santa Clarita by E. B.

Quote: When you say, "Six Flags," we know you’re not from LA. Magic Mountain is the original name before Six Flags bought the park out. Magic Mountain is in the city of Valencia, where it's brutally HOT. Here are a few insider's tips to make your trip as smooth as possible.

A Day of Fun at Magic Mountain

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Overview

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Ride the eXtreme rides like Scream, X, Goliath, or Déjà Vu. My favorite is Goliath, followed by X. My friend’s favorite is X, followed by Déjà Vu. Goliath is a roller coaster than plunges down 255 feet at 85 mph. It’s a thrill ride. Scream is a floorless roller coaster that lasts quite a long time. It’s a smooth fast ride. Déjà Vu is a suspended boomerang roller coaster. Because of the boomerang nature of this ride, there is only one car, so be prepared to wait. X is an amazing ride. The seats flip 360 degrees, so when you ride, sometimes it feels like you’re on your head. Get wet by riding the water rides (...Read More

Suzette's Bakery

Restaurant

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Suzette's Bakery serves funnel cakes. There are other bakery items as well, but most people go for the funnel cakes. You can get a funnel cake with strawberry syrup for $7.99 or a funnel cake and drink combo for $6.99. I looked at how much powdered sugar was sitting on top of the funnel cake and realized it was enough to put a diabetic into shock. I decided to go for a funnel cake and drink combo, and I ordered coffee for my drink. Anything else with sugar would have been brutal. As I waited for my funnel cake, I noticed that the two girls in front of me ordered two cakes. One had strawberry syrup splashed on top. The other not only had strawberry syrup, but whipped cream thickly layered ove...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2004

Suzette's Bakery
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Santa Clarita, California 91355
(818) 367-5965

El Torito

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Restaurant

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I was starving, but I didn’t want to eat inside Magic Mountain since the prices would be inflated. My friend and I instead decided to eat at one of the restaurants near Magic Mountain. It was located in a plaza near Magic Mountain Parkway. There were several fast-food places, but my friend nixed most of them. So we decided on El Torito. El Torito is a Mexican restaurant, but it is definitely NOT authentic. It’s more like a California-Mexican blend (Cal-Mex). Some people call it Tex-Mex, but since El Toritos are concentrated in California, it appears to be have a more health...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2004

El Torito
27510 The Old Road
Santa Clarita, California 91355
(661) 254-2994

Food Etc.

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Restaurant

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We decided to eat at Food Etc. because it’s an air-conditioned food court. We wanted to get out of the desert heat. There is a variety of food stands to choose from: sushi, pasta, pizza, tacos, nachos, sandwiches, turkey legs, salads, and desserts. My friend chose to get a turkey leg from the barbeque stand. I chose to get a turkey sandwich from the deli stand. My food cost about $8 for the sandwich, chips, and a small drink. The sandwich was rather bland, even after smothering it with condiments. It was prepared in advance, so it was dry. At least my bag of chips was a decent size, and the "small drink" was more like a large. My friend’s meal was also about $8. She received a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Food Etc.
Colossus County Fair
Santa Clarita, California 91350
(661) 255-4100

Denny's

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Restaurant

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We had some trouble finding Denny’s because it’s hidden on the other side of the hill. Most people frequent the restaurants that are right across from Magic Mountain since they’re easily visible. After finding it, we practically crawled to our seats. Our feet were killing us. It was also cold inside the restaurant, so I went back for my jacket while my friend ordered coffee to keep herself warm. I became colder still after drinking my cherry lemonade. My friend decided to order the new Apple Fruit-Filled Pancake, which is a light, fluffy, oversized buttermilk pancake loaded with cinnamon-apple filling. It’s served with two eggs, two crispy strip...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Denny's
27541 Wayne Mills Pl.
Santa Clarita, California 91355
(661) 253-3961

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction

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Magic Mountain is in the desert. It gets HOT, so load on the sunscreen before stepping out. Don’t worry about getting there ½-hour to an hour after the park opens. Park employees don’t get there in time. We decided to ride Déjà Vu first because that was my friend’s favorite ride. We waited slightly over an hour for that ride, but it was worth it. It’s a suspended rollercoaster. You sit with your feet dangling. You go forward through the track, then backward on the same track. Because of the boomerang nature of the ride, only one car operates at a time, so the lines are long. Since it was near the back of the park, we decided to hike there first. Most people tend to start at the front...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2004

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction | "15 Rides in 1 Day at Magic Mountain: Part 1"

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My friend and I went to Magic Mountain Monday since the weekend revelers would be too sleepy or hungover from having a great weekend. We got there 10:30am due to my late start. My plan was to ride X first, but we couldn’t figure out where the entrance was. We ended up getting on Viper first. As we waited, we asked the park attendant. He instructed us to go over the bridge. Viper was a quick start to the day. We waited 1.5 hours to ride X. Only one car was operating. Around noon, they ran two cars. This sped up the line. My friend exclaimed th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Attraction | "15 Rides in 1 Day at Magic Mountain: Part 2"

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After we ate, we went back for more. By this time, it was 5pm. I worried that the food in my stomach hadn’t sufficiently digested enough to go on Goliath because of the huge downward plunge. Our wait in line should bide us time. We were on and off the ride in less than 15 minutes! Had I discovered this secret before, I would have saved all the big-ticket rides for dinnertime. Scream was next after another brief wait. We waited about 40 minutes for Batman the Ride, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, California 91355
(661) 255-4100

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Unlike Disneyland, you are not permitted to bring snacks into the park. Some people actually get away with it. It totally depends on who is working the security area. Most folks will be told to leave the snacks behind. Don't chance it. Why bother when you can eat lunch or dinner outside the park? With your $8 parking fee, you are allowed to leave only ONCE, so decide whether you would rather leave the park for lunch or dinner, but you will have to eat one meal in the park if you are staying from opening to closing. Luckily, they will allow water into the park, so you will at least save money on water. Do you really want to pay $3 for a bottle of water that you could have paid less than a $1 fr...Read More