Well, 2020 into 2021 has been a roller coaster of a year! You know what I could go for right now? A ride on my favorite real roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Now that the park has reopened, we can go "Full Throttle." The Magic Mountain reopening was April 1–2 for pass holders and April 3 for the general public. Up to this point, it has felt like we have been on Superman: Escape from Krypton. We have been strapped in, sitting still, socially isolated and anticipating the 0 to 100 miles per hour acceleration that will be the Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening. Finally, we can race back to the thrill capital of the world with the rides open! It's hoppening!
What Is Six Flags Magic Mountain Like Right Now?
Magic Mountain is moving closer to pre-pandemic operations. How thrilling is that? But be sure to bring a face covering again. Due to the Los Angeles County mask mandate, all people ages 2 and up must wear a mask indoors. That's vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Employees will continue to wear face coverings and undergo temperature checks. Six Flags welcomes back out-of-state visitors and no longer requires online advance reservations, as ride capacity and attendance can now go up. Goodbye empty seats on coasters. Hello more riders! California has ended its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which rated each county's risk level as it relates to COVID-19 cases and placed restrictions on theme park operations.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening Dates and Hours
It's no April Fool's joke. The Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening was April 1, 2021 for pass holders and April 3 for everyone else! (Well, for California residents that is, but as of June 15 everyone can visit.) Hurricane Harbor water park reopened May 15-16 for pass holders and members and reopened to the general public May 22.
Initially, the Six Flags Magic Mountain hours were 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout April. But this summer, the park is open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday and until 10 p.m. on Saturday and holidays. Hours are subject to change, so check the site before you visit for the latest hours.
So what changes can we expect during the Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening, as well as the Hurricane Harbor water park reopening? Frankly, the theme park is moving back to a more normal phase of operation.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Ends Reservation System
The theme park may operate a little differently following the pandemic. That’s to be expected, and we applaud the steps Six Flags has been taking to keep guests and the employees safe so far. But the park is increasing attendance and ride capacity and is no longer using a reservation system to limit capacity. The state no longer requires the park to enforce physical distancing. You can learn about other parks and all the changes to theme parks in our post on What to Expect when the California Theme Parks Reopen.
Health Policy for Guests
Before visiting, all guests have been asked to review the health policy during the initial reopening period. All guests should be healthy for at least 14 days prior to visiting. As of June 15, only employees will continue to undergo noninvasive temperature checks before entering.
Face Coverings Return
As of June 15, guests no longer needed to wear a mask outdoors in the theme park or water park. However, the county has a mask mandate, so all guests (ages 2 and up) are required to wear a mask indoors. Team members continue to wear face coverings. If you opt to wear a mask outside, face coverings are not allowed in the water at the water park. Acrylic face shields may not be worn on any attractions.
Physical Distancing Measures During the Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening
Expect to manage your own physical distancing to stay a safe distance from other parties, if you choose, as physical distancing is no longer enforced.
During the initial reopening period, steps were enacted to reduce contact between guests and team members, such as:
- Minimized guest contact during security screenings using state-of-the-art technology to efficiently perform bag checks and metal detection with no contact.
- Mobile order.
- Cashless transactions - Six Flags accepted card and mobile payments only at all locations including restaurants, retail stores, games, ticket windows, and parking toll booths. You can pay for purchases with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a debit card. You can convert cash to a pre-paid Visa debit card within the park.
- Physical barriers when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Encouraged purchasing parking and tickets in advance.
- Provided employees with protective equipment.
- Food service items such as napkins, food wrappings, condiments, and cutlery were accepted into the warehouse, quarantined, disinfected and secured prior to disbursement and utilization.
- The restaurants eliminated and reconfigured buffets to eliminate guest contact with food.
The team members frequently sanitized the park and frequently touched surfaces, such as chairs, tubes, benches, tables, cans, etc. Six Flags enacted the following sanitation measures:
- Team members sanitized game items and reconfigured games for social distancing.
- Guests were able to use hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the parks and at the entrance and exits of rides.
- Hygiene signage reminded guests to practice good hand hygiene.
- Employees frequently monitored and sanitized restrooms/water park changing areas.
- Team members frequently sanitized ride units.
- Employee work areas were sanitized in both front and back of house.
- Only unused cups were used at beverage filling stations.
- Hygiene signage reminded guests to practice good hand hygiene.
Increased Training for Employees and Guests on COVID-19
Team members received training on how to stay safe and keep guests safe. In addition to training, each employees receives Personal Protective Gear. All employees receive a kit featuring a face mask, gloves and safety glasses to use during their shift. Employees can refresh kits daily or as otherwise needed.
Six Flags educated guests on these measures as well. During the initial reopening period, guests with reservations visited an On-boarding Program to receive information about the visit and expected social distancing and hygiene guidelines. The program included emails, documentation and videos. A newsletter communication program also encouraged guests to get on board with the new procedures.
Risks Associated with the Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening
Despite all the safety measures, visiting a theme park during a pandemic has its health risks. Six Flags Magic Mountain has a safety disclaimer on its site. It says:
"Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. By coming to the park, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance."
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