We took our Six Flags Fiesta Texas season passes and headed for Magic Mountain. This theme park is known for its roller coasters! Check out their web site at http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/index.aspx.
We rode the following rides, in the order I remember them:
It was definitely different. You sit at the same level as the track. The seats, each of which are equipped with loudspeakers, tip back and forth through almost 360 degrees.
This picture of X2 is not from our trip. It is just a great picture from MSNBC.COM
This is a tall coaster with lots of loops. Think of what it would be like to ride a corkscrew with irregular coils.
This is the most aggressive white-water raft ride I have been on. The only problem? My wife and daughter got soaked, while I stayed dry!
This sounds more intriguing that it is. These are your standard bumper cars.
The Tram - I forgot the name
Like most older carousels, this was originally configured with two benches. Unfortunately, one was missing and, from the marks on the floor, had been missing for quite some time. This meant that the other was always full.
This ride is a strange one: you can either stand up or sit down while riding it! The entire seat moves up or down to accommodate you, although is appears to lock into position once you reach the top of the first climb.
The picture at right is from About.com: California Travel.
Terminator® Salvation™: The Ride
While we were waiting for this ride, a 5.4 earthquake struck Palm Springs, CA. For safety reasons, Magic Mountain shut down all of the rides for about half an hour. We thought the earthquake was just the ground vibrating due to the ride.
This ride includes a “station fly-through” in which trains come screaming through the loading area in front of and above people just just before they board.
Part of the fun of a theme park is people watching. In addition to the usual families with children in tow (or should I say groups of children with parents in tow), theme parks also attract large numbers of dating couples. California is ethnically and racially a very diverse state. Thus, I expected to see great diversity among the park patrons.
Among the couples, I saw many white couples, black couples, latino couples and oriental couples, where both were of similar ages. I saw quite a number of older men with younger women, but I was surprised by the number of young men with older women. I also saw many white men with black, oriental or latino women.
What struck me as very strange is that I did not see any black, oriental or latino men with white women. I wonder why.