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March 21, 2001 | NANCY KINSEY NEEDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hundreds of students in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo got to put down their pencils and books Tuesday to take an up-close and personal look at something a little scarier--a poisonous South American tarantula and a 6-foot boa constrictor. The exotic visitors to Lang Ranch Elementary School in Thousand Oaks and Los Altos Intermediate School in Camarillo were from the Animal Action show at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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March 26, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
In the hyperbolic battle for the self-proclaimed title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World," Six Flags Magic Mountain will jump out to a seemingly insurmountable lead this summer as rival Cedar Point continues to fade in the race for amusement park supremacy. The Valencia, Calif., and Sandusky, Ohio, parks have fought for decades over the grandiose title bestowed on the park with the most coasters. The current score: Magic Mountain 19 and Cedar Point 16 (or 17, depending on who's counting)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1997 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tests of manhood come in many forms. This one involved a contraption billed as the world's fastest roller coaster: a linear accelerator that would sling me down a steel rail at 100 mph, shoot me through a body-crunching curve at 4.5 Gs and propel me straight up into the sky until I finally slowed to a point of complete weightlessness at the height of a 40-story building.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Like a lumbering and laborious monster intent on capturing his prey, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to make slow but steady progress toward improving its annual Fright Fest event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain In hopes of keeping up with the twin beasts of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain's Fright Fest has added a spectacular new haunted maze each of the past two seasons that significantly raised the bar for quality at the Valencia amusement park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sheriff's homicide investigators have declined to file charges against a South-Central Los Angeles gang member who was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old Fontana boy in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain. Daniel Vega was killed and his 14-year-old cousin and a 37-year-old woman were injured on April 8 when a gunman fired into a crowd after a dispute between groups of blacks and Latinos. Authorities said all three victims were uninvolved bystanders.
NEWS
May 28, 1993 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The presidential campaign is but a memory, and George Bush is spending his days fishing the coast of Kennebunkport, but his family values have found a new home. This is the summer when amusement parks are bending over backward to lure mom and dad and the brood. Disneyland built Toon Town, with cartoon characters, rides and restaurants designed specifically for children to enjoy with their parents. Now Magic Mountain has answered the call with its High Sierra Territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first drop on Goliath, the new roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, may be the most terrifying moment of amusement since "Jaws." As the coaster edges over the 235-foot-high apex of the track, there's a split-second pause between dread and thrill that feels like eternity.
NEWS
May 31, 1996 | HENRY CHU and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A roller coaster attendant at Six Flags Magic Mountain fell while trying to cross the tracks Thursday and was killed by a train of cars loaded with merrymakers, park executives said. Cherie La Motte, 25, of Valencia, a part-time employee for about two years, died shortly after being struck by the cars of the Revolution roller coaster about 3 p.m., park spokesman Palmer Moody said. No one else was injured in the tragedy that struck just as the summer amusement park season got underway.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1989
COSTS Admission: Adults Disneyland: $23.50 Six Flags Magic Mountain: $14.95 Knott's Berry Farm: $19.95 Universal Studios Tours: $19.95 Sea World: $21.00 San Diego Wild Animal Park: $12.95 Queen Mary/Spruce Goose: $14.95 Admission: Kids 3-11 Disneyland: $18.50 Six Flags Magic Mountain: $10.00 Knott's Berry Farm: $15.95 Universal Studios Tours: $15.00 Sea World: $15.50 San Diego Wild Animal Park: $6.20 Queen Mary/Spruce Goose: $8.95 Admission: Seniors...
BUSINESS
December 17, 1991
Six Flags Magic Mountain says it plans to open another roller coaster, a $4-million ride called Flashback, next spring. It would become the eighth coaster at the Valencia theme park. The Flashback, a steel coaster with six 180-degree swooping vertical dives, would provide a 1 1/2-minute ride and accommodate up to 1,100 riders per hour. The coaster is being built by Intamin AG of Switzerland.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Magic Mountain is in the middle of a four-year expansion of Fright Fest that will see the Six Flags amusement park in Santa Clarita add more monsters, better mazes, additional nights and longer hours to the annual Halloween event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain Magic Mountain's Fright Fest is playing catch-up to the 41-year-old Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, the granddaddy of all Halloween events, which itself is furiously trying to keep up with the upstart Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has emerged as an unstoppable beast to be reckoned with in recent years.  Magic Mountain's revamp of Fright Fest began in 2011 with the addition of Aftermath, a massive outdoor maze that significantly raised the bar for quality.  A complete renovation of the perennial Willoughby's Haunted Mansion in 2012 saw the addition of elaborate visual effects and improved props and sets to a haunted maze that had grown tired and predictable over the years.  This year Magic Mountain will convert the space used over the last 11 years for the woeful Jokester's Hideout into Toyz of Terror, a new maze that is expected to rival Aftermath and Willoughby's. And much like Willoughby's, Toyz will be located in a permanent year-round location that justifies the significant investment.  Looking ahead to 2014, Magic Mountain has already announced plans to further improve Fright Fest with the addition of at least...
BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | David Lazarus
Katherine Gould recently enjoyed a thrilling ride on Magic Mountain's fast-zooming, forward-and-backward-rotating, face-down-plunging X2 roller coaster. Then she underwent a frustrating experience trying to recover from Magic Mountain's lost-and-found department the smartphone that had gone flying from her pocket at some point during all that zooming, rotating and plunging. "I honestly didn't think I'd get my phone back," Gould, 45, told me. "But I did expect at least an attempt at customer service.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
I've visited many theme parks in the United States over the last few years as the theme park blogger for The Times' Travel website, but this summer's crop of rides already has me updating my bucket list. Here's a look at some of the biggest new roller coasters, dark rides, live shows, water slides and themed lands planned for this summer at theme parks across the country. Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City, Mo. If I could visit only one theme park this summer, I'd head to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., to climb aboard the triple-inversion Outlaw Run hybrid (wood and steel)
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Like a slow but determined zombie, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to lumber in the right direction after years of generic Halloween fare. > Photos: Fright Fest 2012 at Magic Mountain Following the addition of more mazes and monsters last season, Fright Fest 2012 introduces a new standard of excellence by which all future haunted attractions will be judged at the Valencia amusement park. A state-of-the-art makeover of the Willoughby's Haunted Mansion, a venerable but aging Fright Fest mainstay for more than a decade, raises the bar for all Magic Mountain mazes and serves as a warning shot that the Six Flags park is prepared to go head-to-head with its Southern California rivals.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Escalating the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia said it would open the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster next spring. The debut of Full Throttle will bring the number of coasters at the park to 18, widening Magic Mountain's lead over its longtime rival Cedar Point. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have battled for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by adding and operating the most coasters of any amusement park.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia announced Thursday what the park says will be the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster, set to open next year. The debut in 2013 of a coaster called Full Throttle will bring to 18 the total number of coasters at the park, putting Six Flags ahead of its longtime rival, Cedar Point, a theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, which now has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain battled in the media for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by trying to operate more coasters than any other amusement park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Six Flags Magic Mountain was forced to close for 2 1/2 hours Saturday afternoon by a power outage, authorities said. No one was injured or stuck on rides during the blackout, a sheriff's deputy said. Between 15,000 and 25,000 visitors left the park and were given complimentary tickets to return at a later date, park spokeswoman Amy Means said. The outage was caused by a malfunction in a transformer, she said.
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