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Written by E. B. on 15 Aug, 2004
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…Read More
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 from the supermarket?
Don't forget to bring a jacket for the evening. Although it's scorching hot during the afternoon, the desert cools down quickly at night. This is also the time to ride the water rides since it's cooler. Shorter lines, but colder temperatures. I recommend that you ride the water rides earlier in the morning so that you have time to dry off, or late in the evening if you don't mind being wet as you go home. A change of clothing left in the trunk of your car would be a good idea. Afternoons are the worst time for a water ride. Don't wait for 2 hours or more. It's just not worth it.
Make sure you bring extra sunscreen, film or batteries for your camera, lip balm, and sunglasses. Don't forget to bring good walking shoes. Magic Mountain is on a mountain. It's very hilly, so good walking shoes is a must. If you happen to wear flip-flops, just know that some rides are suspended, so you will have to deal with your shoes. I wore my flip-flops and took them off on the suspended roller coasters, going barefoot. Hats and sunglasses will have to be dealt with as well, otherwise they will fly off and join the personal-item graveyard underneath the rollercoaster tracks. There are lockers for backpacks and purses. Most of the rides run only one car, so people felt safe enough to leave their personal belongings near the ride exits. It's up to you whether you want to chance losing anything at the park.
Written by rovingwriter on 24 Feb, 2007
With Santa Clarita's rich western heritage you'll discover great events such as the Cowboy Festival held every Spring. True West Magazine named it one of the best cowboy festivals nationwide. A western version of the famous Walk of Fame, you can stroll through Old Town…Read More
With Santa Clarita's rich western heritage you'll discover great events such as the Cowboy Festival held every Spring. True West Magazine named it one of the best cowboy festivals nationwide. A western version of the famous Walk of Fame, you can stroll through Old Town Newhall across the Walk of the Western Stars. Tour the home of a western movie star, William S. Hart, or Harry Carey's ranch--where John Wayne, John Ford, and Gary Cooper could regularly be found in the '30s. And when you want to experience the modern west for yourself, just saddle up and enjoy a sunset ride followed by a western BBQ dinner.But Santa Clarita is not lost in her history. From the early '20s until today, Hollywood has used Santa Clarita as "Hollywood's Backlot." Today favorite TV series including "NCIS," "CSI," "The Unit," "24," and "Numbers" are here filming almost daily, and current movie credits include, "Norbit," "Epic Movie," "Zodiac," Pirates of the Caribbean 3," "Spider-Man 3," and many more. In fact, Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio (open by appointment for tours), is the current filming location for the HBO series "Deadwood."So if movies and the west are not your passion, what else is there to do in Santa Clarita?There are seven local golf courses; a beautiful lake on which to go boating, swimming or jet skiing; miles of hiking trails; nearby wineries; basketball, tennis, ice skating, laser tag and paintball; community swimming pools and an aquatics center; even have Michael Jackson's tigers. And there are the day spas, restaurants, and shopping.The City of Santa Clarita was established in 1987, so most everything has a 'new as Disneyland' feel. In the summer there are free outdoor movies and concerts to attend. And walking through Valencia Town Center is absolutely beautiful, especially at night when it is lit up.Santa Clarita's hotels have the highest occupancy rate in Los Angeles County, so you'll want to plan ahead to get the best deal possible.Santa Clarita is a great place to stay and play, as well as to use as 'base camp' to explore Hollywood, SoCal theme parks, the beaches and Los Angeles. If you don't want to navigate the highways, just hop on the metro system and ride the train to your favorite destinations. Close