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Post November 25th, 2016, 10:35 am

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Hello all


I'm not quite sure to start a new topic for this, but "bumping" a topic on SFMM doesn't seem like a great idea either, so...

During summer I have to go from Europe to LA. I don't have a lot of time but I really want to visit SFMM. I want to tackle this problem by buying one of their fastpasses. But than I have no experience in this park what so ever. I was wondering about your experience: is this going to be possible with a fast pass?

On their webpage (https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/store/flash-pass) I see they offer 3 types of flash passes:
- $40 (normal): reservation equal to current wait time
- $75 (gold): UP TO 50% faster than current wait time
- $115 (platinum): UP TO 90% faster than current wait time

I always considered those passes as being a bit of a "rip off" but I have no choice. Visiting 1 day without a flash pass is going to leave me with a feeling that I have still not visited the park. I really want to try out the bigger (and classic) coasters. I was hoping, with the international experience on this forum, I can get some advice on this topic?

Thanks!

Post November 25th, 2016, 11:34 am
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SFMM's flash pass system works well but is also a bit of a ripoff. When I went I also had one day and since it was in the beginning of August and bought the Platinum Pass. I was able to do everything but the Platinum Pass also has some restrictions. None of the Flash Passes let you use X2. Even with the Platinum Pass you have to pay 15 dollars extra for a one time use on X2. You also only get one reservation on TC, Superman, and Full Throttle.

I was able to get on all rides that day even with the Flash Pass restrictions. Another benefit of the Platinum Pass is it allows for rerides without getting off the train.
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Post November 25th, 2016, 1:13 pm

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Okay, so if I understand well, i can reride if I want but I can also just go to the next ride? And paying $15 for X2 is indeed a rip off but yeah... If you are there just once, you'll do that anyway. Does anybody perhaps knows if they sometimes do Groupon offers (or other offers like that) on their entrance price?

Post November 25th, 2016, 1:16 pm
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The reservation system allows rerides on all rides except X2, Full Throttle, Superman, and Twisted Colossus.
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Post November 25th, 2016, 2:32 pm

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Six Flags Magic Mountain is a park that often requires two days to do all coasters, particularly on weekends during the summer. From mid-June to mid-August, the park is typically busy every day, and lines are usually 60-90 minutes for the headliner coasters (longer on Saturdays). Therefore, if you only have one day and want to ride everything, a Flash Pass is well worth the investment.

The Flash Pass at SFMM consists of a small device called a Q-Bot. This device allows you to pick a ride and make a reservation for your time to ride. Your return time will be based on the actual wait at the ride and the level you purchase. For example, if a ride has a 60 minute line, your return time will be in 60 minutes with Regular, 30 minutes with Gold, and 6 minutes with Platinum. Once it is time to ride, your Q-Bot will alert you, then you just go to the attraction and enter through the Flash Pass entrance. For most rides, this admits you directly to the station platform, where you will typically wait two or three trains before boarding. Your Flash Pass will be scanned for entry at the attraction, but after it is scanned you are free to make another reservation and do not have to wait until after you ride.

Flash Pass is available on all coasters (except the kiddie rides), water rides, and Lex Luthor, but some rides have restrictions. Full Throttle and Twisted Colossus both require the purchase of at least a Gold Flash Pass to gain entry, and both can only be reserved once. New Revolution and Superman: Escape from Krypton also have the one reservation rule, but both require a Platinum Flash Pass. Lastly, X2 is not included by default and requires a $15 upcharge along with at least a Gold Flash Pass...you also only get one ride on this one. All other qualifying rides are available on any Flash Pass and may be reserved an unlimited number of times in a day.

While I have not used Flash Pass at SFMM myself (as it is my home Six Flags), I have used it at several other Six Flags parks. Based on my experience, I recommend purchasing the Gold level with an X2 add-on unless you are visiting on a Saturday, in which case you should spring for Platinum. While Platinum does include a couple additional rides, it no longer allows for double rides and is therefore a significant ripoff. Additionally, Superman is often a walk-on on any day except Saturday if you get up there within the first 45 minutes or so. New Revolution will be a bit of a wait if they are still doing VR next year, but without VR it would likely be less than 20 minutes most days. Even if you can only afford Regular, you should have no difficulty getting on all the coasters in a day as long as you purchase a Flash Pass.
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Post May 19th, 2017, 10:18 am

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BUMP (sorry). I want to buy tickets for Six Flags Magic Mountain now but I was wondering if there are any "locals" on this forum who can tell me where I can find the cheapest tickets? I am visiting 3 parks during our trip to the West-Coast:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Knotts
- Universal Hollywood

If anybody has any ideas, that'd be great thanks! :)


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Buy online 3 days in advance.
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Post May 21st, 2017, 11:49 am

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Jcoasters wrote:
Buy online 3 days in advance.

Oh okay :)

The same for knotts and universal hollywood?


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I don't know, check out their websites. I think Knott's has an online,advance discount too



Get there early of course so you can be in the front of the line and then sprint to your ride of choice. I'd say X2 and then over to Tatsu before it gets too crazy. Remember that x2 runs backwards so the best seat is the front, which is seemingly the back, closest to the entrance of the park. You want this seat. Without spoilers, this by far the best seat. Also, the ride is very rough, especially twords the end, and the front of the train (remember, seemingly the back, it runs backwards) is wayyyy smoother. Be sure to put the harness fairly tight so that you don't jostle around too much, and be sure to brace yourself.


Also, if you've never ridden a standup coaster let me know and I'll give you my tips.
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