Insider’s Guide to Six Flags Magic Mountain

July 6, 2022

A day filled with all the quintessential theme park thrills is just what the doctor ordered! Coast through the air, glide down slippery slides, and feast on classic amusement park noms.

For the complete theme park experience, Six Flags Magic Mountain, located near Los Angeles, California, truly has it all. Line up for some heart-racing thrill rides in the theme park, then cool off from the hot California heat at the water park. Our Six Flags Magic Mountain tips will make planning your day of delight a breeze.

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation lays claim to an impressive multitude of theme parks throughout the country. To name a few, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Great America are all on the list.

Six Flags Magic Mountain proudly resides in Valencia, California. To put it in perspective, it's located less than an hour from Los Angeles and about two and a half hours from San Diego. Ready to pay a visit to this California hotspot? Keep reading for all the Six Flags Magic Mountain tips you'll need for a seamless day of adrenaline rushes!

wide shot of rides during sunny day at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain via Facebook

Why You Should Go

Tagged "The Thrill Capital of the World," Six Flags Magic Mountain is a dream destination for adrenaline junkies. Six Flags Magic Mountain offers high-speed fun with roller coasters like Goliath, Scream, and Ninja.

In addition, eager thrill-seekers line up for other rides such as Buccaneer, CraZanity, and Dive Devil. So many attractions in one place mean a Six Flags Magic Mountain map is a must! View one online before you go.

Pro Tip: The park's newest ride, WONDER WOMAN Flight of Courage, makes its debut in summer of 2022! This impressive roller coaster is the tallest and longest coaster in the world. So get in line if you dare!

The lengthy list of Six Flags Magic Mountain rides also caters to the kiddos. Beloved attractions like the Grand American Carousel and Pepe Le Pew's Tea Party will have them begging to ride over and over again!

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As if the landlocked thrills weren't enough, this theme park paradise is complete with a water park! Hurricane Harbor delivers oodles of splashes and watery wonders.

people aboard CraZanity attraction at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain via Facebook

Six Flags Magic Mountain Tickets

Our first piece of advice? Skip the ticket lines so you can get to the ride lines faster! Instead, purchase your tickets from Tripster online so you can show your tickets on your phone (or print off a paper copy before you go if you prefer!) as soon as you arrive at the gates.

Pro Tip: Another perk of purchasing from Tripster is that there are no online processing fees!

The Six Flags Magic Mountain FLASH Pass is one way to speed through ride lines. For an additional fee, this allows you to make ride reservations ahead of time. However, we recommend forgoing this pricey option and using more strategy when planning your day at the park instead!

When to Go

We have good news. The park is open year-round! This makes planning your visit a much easier feat. However, six Flags Magic Mountain hours vary, so check the attraction operating schedule and park calendar before your visit.

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Unsure of when to visit? Let the crowds be your guide. Naturally, the park is in full swing in the summer months when kids are out of school, and the workforce goes on vacation. This is the busiest time of year.

You will likely encounter thinner crowds in the winter. However, hours are typically more limited during this time of year. 

aerial view of rides surrounded by trees with mountains in distance at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain via Facebook

What to Know Before You Go

Even if you've never been to Six Flags Magic Mountain, you can navigate your day like a seasoned pro with these insider tips!

What to Bring

Pack your bag carefully! You don't want to be lugging unnecessary items around the park, but you also want to ensure you have everything you need.

Here are our recommended essentials:

  • Small backpack or bag
  • Valid ID
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel (for the water park)

Dress Code

Dressing comfortably is a must for maximum fun! Keep in mind that Six Flags does not allow clothing with rude or offensive language or graphics. Additionally, swimsuits are only allowed inside the water park. 

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When visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain, the weather is something else to consider. You'll want to dress accordingly! It will likely be very toasty if you visit between June and August. If your visit falls between November and March, plan for cooler temps. The rest of the year is fairly mild. 

Furthermore, comfortable shoes are crucial. We recommend tennis shoes or sandals with arch support. Opt for shoes with a back, or you'll have to take them off for several rides!

child at entrance of Pepe Le Pew's Tea Party surrounded by greenery at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Wouter Van Eenaeme via Facebook

Growing Pains

This one's for the littles. Ride height requirements are known to cause some unfortunate snafus. However, these can be avoided! Make sure you know your children's heights before you go, so you can avoid wasting valuable time in line for rides they won't be able to ride. 

Six Flags Magic Mountain also offers the Parent Swap service! This allows one parent to wait with a child who is not tall enough for a ride while the other parent rides. The parents can switch at the end, so both enjoy the ride!

Where to Eat

Running through the park, waiting in long lines, and using plenty of energy to scream at the top of your lungs on the roller coasters is bound to work up quite an appetite. Luckily, there are dining options galore located on-site! Theme park classics like turkey legs, cheeseburgers, and soft pretzels are sure to please.

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Pro Tip: Beat the food lines so you can spend more time on attractions! Avoid restaurants at peak dining times. For example, they're bound to be swamped around noon at lunchtime and around 6 p.m. at dinnertime. 

close up of Maxd Out Mac and Screaming Spuds dish at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain via Facebook

Where to Stay

Are you planning on driving back to the city to get some z's after your action-packed day at Six Flags Magic Mountain? Los Angeles hotel options are countless! 

Here are a few great stays to choose from (as a bonus, they're budget-friendly!):

A light blue pool with chair to lay out on surrounding it along with palm trees at Radisson Blu Anaheim in Los Angeles, California, USA

photo credit: Radisson Blu Anaheim via Facebook

Six Flags Magic Mountain Transportation & Parking

General parking is $35, while preferred parking is $40 and front gate parking is $45. Remember that you cannot pay for parking with cash once you get there. So, be sure you have a credit card on you! Or, pay online before you go when you purchase tickets.

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Where Else to Go

Finally, take your trip to the Los Angeles area to another level when you visit other attractions while you're there! La-La Land boasts an impressive portfolio of things to do

Add these top picks to your trip itinerary:

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(CC license)

Make the Most of Your Day With Our Six Flags Magic Mountain Tips!

Whether you're in it for the thrills or the chills, the rides or the eats, a visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain will make all your theme park dreams come true. Fan-favorite rides like Apocalypse, Twisted Colossus, and West Coast Racers will have you getting back in line again and again. 

If you're making the short drive to nearby Los Angeles, filling up the rest of your trip with even more things to do will be a cinch. Now, grab your spot in line! The roller coaster is about to take off.

Have You Been to Six Flags Magic Mountain?

Which was your favorite ride? Leave us a comment below!


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Written By Michaela

Michaela is a journalist who views every story she writes as an adventure, leading her to explore new places and meet new people. She is based in the Midwest ...

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