It’s been a few months since I paid my first visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Although it was pretty easy to determine my favorite ride there, I did struggle a bit while forming a Top 10 coasters for the park. They have a lot of great coasters, and I would say that any of the rides I’m about to list are must-do’s when you visit the park.
Also, I did miss out on riding 3 major coasters while I was at the park. Riddlers Revenge and Apocolypse were closed for maintenance, and New Revolution had 2 hour lines due to it having VR. It is entirely possible that this list could change if I ride these sometime in the future.
So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
10. Green Lantern: First Flight
Ironically, Green Lantern was number 10 on my list of Top 10 Most Anticipated Coasters at Magic Mountain I made back in January. After riding the Intamin ZacSpin coaster, I can say that it wasn’t a terrible experience!…but it also didn’t “wow” me either. The ride easily had the longest wait time of anything we rode that day, and the wait just wasn’t worth it. We didn’t get flipped upside down at all, which made the experience kind of mediocre. I guess if I went back I’d try it again to see if I just got a bad ride on it, but for now it sits at number 10.
Coming in at number 9 is Viper, the coaster which many consider to be “the worst ride at the park”. Knowing this, I set my expectations lower than the depths of hell, and came out thinking this was actually a pretty tolerable ride! Sure, it’s a bit rough, but I thought the head banging on Scream was far worse than Viper. I don’t know if I was just lucky and got a good ride on it or what, but I definitely didn’t think it was the worst coaster in the park.
I feel like Magic Mountain has a lot of coasters that would be “outstanding” if it weren’t for one terrible part of the ride. Tatsu is a prime example of that. Almost everything is fantastic about this coaster. 3 out of 4 of it’s inversions are great, and the overbanked turns are super fun. The only problem I have with Tatsu is that blasted pretzel loop!!! One moment you’re flying around gracefully, the next you’re slammed with the horrible, over-intense, painful inversion that makes the entire ride less enjoyable. If it weren’t for that abomination, I guarantee Tatsu would’ve been ranked much higher on this list.
7. Batman: The Ride
To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about a Batman clone being in the top 10 of the park with the most coasters in the world. That said, these cloned inverts are great rides! They provide an intense ride with a fun, compact layout. I also thought Magic Mountain’s batman was a bit more forceful than the one I usually ride at Great America, which was kind of interesting. I wasn’t expecting it to be anything special, but it was still a great ride.
Ninja was a very pleasant surprise. I was expecting just an average family coaster that, because it was manufactured by Arrow, would be pretty rough. Luckily, Ninja proved me wrong! The swinging cars and low-to-ground helices made it a much more intense and memorable ride. I’d say it’s actually my second favorite family coaster now! (Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom still reigns supreme).
Here’s a question: Why does it seem like everyone thinks X2 is an amazing roller coaster? It’s good, but not nearly as wild and fun as people say. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I thought X2 was more of a head-banger than Viper! Luckily, it still had a super fun layout, awesome 4D cars, and a pretty sweet fire effect to keep it from being an unbearable ride. It’s good, but definitely not the best.
4. Full Throttle
Coming in at number 4 was my most anticipated ride at Magic Mountain, Full Throttle. Although it wasn’t my favorite ride at the park, it was still a very solid ride. I guess I just have a thing for launch coasters, and that’s why I wanted to ride it most. The only thing that could’ve been better was the length, because it was a pretty short ride. Other than that, the launches are outstanding, and the tallest vertical loop (in the U.S.) is one of my favorite inversions to date!
Arguably the biggest surprise of the trip to Magic Mountain was Goliath, the Giovanola hyper with a 255 foot drop. I did not expect this to be a good ride. It’s been called slow, poorly paced, and boring. Luckily, I didn’t find Goliath to be any of that when I rode it. I got two rides on the coaster, both in back row, and they were both really intense! The second half of the ride actually made me grey out with all it’s helices, which has only ever happened to me one other time in my life. Overall, Goliath was definitely a very pleasant surprise.
2. Superman: Escape From Krypton
“Wow. 400+ feet of wow.” were some of the words I tweeted out after riding Superman, the third tallest coaster in the world. Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with praising this ride. Although it was short, the weightlessness you get on this coaster is out of this world! Being up that high really took my breath away, and was an experience I’ll never forget. I can only imagine how riders on Kingda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster feel.
1. Twisted Colossus
So what could possibly beat an outstanding strata coaster like Superman? A good ol’ RMC of course! Twisted Colossus is easily the best ride in the park, no questions asked. Everything is perfect about this ride, from the airtime, to the dueling, to the inversions. I rode this 3 times during my visit, and dueled twice (4 times if you count going on both tracks). Perhaps the best part of this ride is the crazy high five element you do towards the beginning. You experience this weird, horizontal airtime that’s really hard to explain, but a truly incredible feeling. Magic Mountain really has a winner on their hands with Twisted Colossus.
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