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Six Flags Magic Mountain Is Open! Here's What to Expect

by Leap on September 11, 2021 41 Los Angeles

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Park Entrance Before Pandemic 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." 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!

But wait. Not so fast. There are new safety protocols in place as of Oct. 7, 2021, and they can differ each day based on projected crowd level. Mask rules also vary by day.

What Is Six Flags Magic Mountain Like Right Now?

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Scream with Reduce CapacityAs mentioned, there are a few recent changes to note. Due to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, updated health and safety protocols are required for certain designated days. On certain busier days, guests 12 and up need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen). Refer to specific designated days on the calendar below. You'll want to check the safety protocols section of the site and the park operating schedule before you visit. On-site rapid COVID-19 testing is available at the park on select days.

You can expedite your entry process with the CLEAR app. Downloading the CLEAR app on your mobile device and upload your vaccination information:

1. Create an account by uploading a government-issued ID and snapping a selfie.

2. Select the blue digital vaccine card tile on the home screen and link to your COVID-19 vaccine info.

3. Show your digital vaccine card when you arrive at the park.

Face Coverings

Be sure to bring a face covering. On designated days, all guests 2 and up must wear a face covering both indoors and outdoors. All people ages 2 and up must wear a mask indoors on other days. Mask rules apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Exemptions include guests under 2, people with medical conditions that prevent mask wearing, and guests who are hearing impaired or people communicating with someone who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Masks must:

  • Be made with at least two layers of breathable materials.
  • Fully cover the mouth and nose.
  • Secure under the chin.
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face.

Because mask policies change all the time, we keep our guide to current theme park mask policies up-to-date. It's always a good idea to hop over to that post before you visit.

In hoppy news, Six Flags welcomes back out-of-state visitors. We have said goodbye to empty seats on coasters and hello more riders!

Six Flags Magic Mountain Dates and Hours

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Person going down water slide without maskHours vary by date, and as mentioned, safety protocols vary by date as well. Consult the calendar for hours and rules so you can arrive prepared and know what to expect.

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. Hurricane Harbor is now closed for the season.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Ends Reservation System

The theme park no longer uses 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.

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.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Empty Rows for Physical Distancing

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.

Increased Sanitation

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Games will be sanitized and modified

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.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Reopening-Tatsu seen through loop of another coaster

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."

Are you as excited as we are for the Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening? Psst ... your favorite froggy friends can save you some green with discount Six Flag Magic Mountain tickets and Los Angeles Go Cards, which can save you money on multiple Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego attractions.

Keep hopping!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Oct 9, 2021 at 6:19 p.m. laurita14 Says...

Will Six Flags Magic Mountain (Santa Clarita) be open next January 2022? Thanks!

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Oct 12, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, Six Flags Magic Mountain is open year-round (though it's likely the park hours for January 2022 are not confirmed so they aren't published on the website just yet!).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 18, 2021 at 3:38 a.m. Anonymous Says...

Six flags Magic Mountain still does not say if it will be open in 2022. Do you think it will be open?

Thanks, Jim

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Nov 18, 2021 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

It looks like Six Flags Magic Mountain still has not released park hours beyond January 2, 2022, but the park is open year-round. Six Flags has confirmed that a new coaster is coming summer 2022, which is super exciting!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 22, 2021 at 6:31 p.m. Jim Says...

Hey Leap, do you think that magic mountain will be packed on Dec. 31? All of the crowd tracker websites are saying different things.

Thanks, Jim

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Nov 22, 2021 at 2:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

Crowds are harder to predict this year because of the increasing demand for travel, but in general, any holiday can draw in more crowds!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 1, 2021 at 6:57 p.m. Joe Smithy Says...

Is the LA park open in November 2021?

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Oct 4, 2021 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open in November 2021. Note that starting Oct. 7, you'll need to present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of entry.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 14, 2021 at 12:21 a.m. Alan Says...

Do the park open for members before actual time of opening?

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Aug 17, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan!

Early park access is not a listed benefit for pass members.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 24, 2021 at 8:34 p.m. Robinson Figueroa Says...

Hello, after searching the portal and my emails for a few days I would really appreciate it if we knew when the "Bring a friend for free" days are.

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Jul 21, 2021 at 5:08 p.m. GRACE Says...

HOW LONG ARE THE LINES IN THE MORNING ,BEFORE OPENING.(THIS THURSDAY JULY 22) WE HEARD YOU HAVE TO BE THERE LIKE 3 HR TO PARK YOUR CAR!

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Jul 20, 2021 at 3:09 p.m. James Says...

I’ve heard of very long lines at rides and concession stands. I am a senior citizen with a disability and can’t stand in long lines. I have a personal assistant but 4hour lines.are the line times really that long and what can I do to make a visit enjoyable?

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Jun 28, 2021 at 10:36 p.m. Dustin Says...

Do diamond elite members need to reserve parking spots

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Jun 29, 2021 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dustin!

Yes, in order to use the parking benefit, you must make a reservation in the online Member Services portal by midnight the night before you want to visit. Please note that parking is subject to availability and reservations are first-come, first-serve (Diamond Elite Members receive priority).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 14, 2021 at 9:28 p.m. Karla Danyellie Says...

Hello, will the park be open to non residents by July 3rd? I am planning a trip to Cali during the first week of July.

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Jun 15, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla,

Yes, the park will be open to out-of-state visitors, starting today, June 15.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 12, 2021 at 2:33 a.m. Rene Canseco Says...

Will the park fully open on June 15th

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Jun 14, 2021 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rene,

At this time, we know the state of California has plans to reopen June 15, but Six Flags has not updated its health and safety policies in regards to those reopening plans. We'll update once we have more information.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 10, 2021 at 12:44 p.m. Savannah Brummett Says...

I am only 16 and will be at the park in late July. I do not have any of the ID requirments to be at the park. My friend who is 17 has a Drivers Lisence. Does each person have to prove residency no matter their age?

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Jun 10, 2021 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Savannah,

By the time you go in late July, things could be different, as the State of California is expected to reopen and lift restrictions. We should know a little bit more about how this may affect theme parks by then, so stay tuned!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 7, 2021 at 9:39 p.m. Adam Philip Talmadge Says...

Any guess when the CA residency requirement might end? I'm thinking of traveling with my son on June 17-20.

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May 7, 2021 at 5:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

No word just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2021 at 6:26 p.m. ROB Says...

when will the park be open for non residents?

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May 3, 2021 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob,

Six Flags has not yet announced a date for when the park will start to allow non-residents. We'll keep you updated!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 3, 2021 at 6:55 a.m. Nicole Ponce Says...

I have the membership for Six flags magic mountain and I want to know when can we bring a friend for free this month

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May 3, 2021 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

You should be able to find the "Bring a Friend Free" dates in the park newsletter, the Membership Portal and the Six Flags Mobile App, at least two months in advance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 16, 2021 at 3:27 a.m. Rachael Vinson Says...

I tried to look at the calendar on the member portal however it doesn't show anything regarding bring a friend free days?

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May 28, 2021 at 5:33 p.m. Cynthia Hernandez Says...

Hi!! I want to know if August 4 2021 is a bring free friend day, to know if I buy a one day pass or the membership. Im only going on that date, I will be moving out of Cali soon! But single day pass is $45 and maybe buying the membership will be cheaper and have the bring a friend free!

Can someone tell me if August 4 is available for bringing a free friend please

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May 1, 2021 at 4:07 p.m. Darlene Says...

2 questions...

If you now live here in California but only have your out of state license how do you show proof of residency? Will my Covid vaccine be enough for entrance?

And, is there such a thing as riding a ride multiple times without getting off and having to wait in line again?

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May 3, 2021 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darlene!

Currently, Six Flags is only accepting California residents, so you'll want to be sure to bring proof of residency, such as a utility bill in your name or a mortgage or lease agreement. You won't need to show proof of your COVID vaccine.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 21, 2021 at 12:41 a.m. Ver Says...

What kind of proof of residency will be required upon arrival to the park?

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Apr 22, 2021 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ver!

We'd make sure you have your ID on you - some parks are doing spot checks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 16, 2021 at 2:52 p.m. Heidi Says...

I purchase one day tickets fir my family but do to my daughters health condition in the moment I need to change the date of my ticket and reservation. Can I change my ticket to a later date do to something medical ?

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Apr 19, 2021 at 7:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi!

You can modify your reservation here. There is a button that says “Modify an Existing Reservation” that will allow you to change your reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 12, 2021 at 9:58 p.m. Alicia Skow Says...

Any plans in the next 30 days to allow school groups in?

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Apr 2, 2021 at 10:15 p.m. Joseph Says...

Im a diamond elite member and just purchased 2 multi-park season passes and 2 platinum flash passes for 2 friends and can not make a reservation for this saturday. So frustrating

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Mar 25, 2021 at 7:33 p.m. Blanca Medina Says...

Hello, I noticed when selecting a date that it prompts me to select a time. Does that mean guest will only be allowed at the park for a specific amount of time?

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Mar 30, 2021 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanca!

The arrival timeframe is just to stagger when guests are arriving to avoid crowding - you may stay as long as you want once you're in the park! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 8, 2021 at 5:48 a.m. Allison Says...

Can you enter after your reservation time? What if you leave and come back in later in the day?

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Apr 8, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

You can still get in if you arrive late. If you leave the park, you may get a hand stamp for reentry. We do not anticipate large crowds entering the park later in the day. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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