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Break for the Mountain

Posted: April 10, 2009 1:45 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Seven-year-old Yael Doyhn and mom Hadar Dohn, of Van Nuys, ride the Atom Smasher while enjoying spring break at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Thursday afternoon. The theme park hosted a weeklong Battle of the Bands competition.

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Families packed Six Flags Magic Mountain Thursday to enjoy a day off, making it easy to tell that this week is spring break.

"We definitely see a boost in attendance when school is out," Magic Mountain spokeswoman Connie Lujan said.

The park was visited by local rollercoaster fans as well of out-of-state visitors on break from school.

"It's been a great mix of people," Lujan said.

The spring weather works to the advantage of the park.

"The weather is perfect," she said. "(Wednesday) was a little chilly."

In addition to its usual selection of rollercoasters and other attractions, Magic Mountain is hosting a weeklong Battle of the Bands competition along with video-game contests to complement the spring-break vacation and give park-goers something new to enjoy.

"Music is always a huge appeal, so why not bring it to the park?" Lujan said.

The park hosted video-game battles last year, but this year marked the first year for Battle of the Bands, which pits live bands against each other. The top three groups move on to the finals Saturday in the hopes of earning park prizes.

Kids, and even some adults, lined up Thursday afternoon with the hope of earning the top spot playing the hit video game "Guitar Hero."

For spring break this year, Eliana Leyva, 21, decided to bring her 15-year-old cousin, Adrian Leyva, to the park to celebrate his birthday.

The two made the day-trip from Delano.

"I came last year and I liked it," Leyva said.

As the two spent their day at Magic Mountain riding rollercoasters, they stopped at the Guitar Hero stage.

"The songs are fun to play," Adrian said.

While the music played, families lined up all over the park to test their love of the fast-moving rides.

Jim Farmer of Tempe, Arizona, took a break to watch his family ride the Atom Smasher.

Farmer's family is on a five-day trip to attractions like the Valencia theme park.

"The older kids wanted to come here," he said.

Farmer and his four kids, ranging in age from 8 to 20, went on the Colossus and Goliath ‘coasters.

So far, Farmer was pleased with his first trip to the theme park.

"It has great rides. Great rollercoasters," he said.

Carol Street and Vivian Redlich watched their three kids get soaked on the bridge over Tidal Wave, a water ride.

"We have three kids who love crazy rollercoasters," she said.

The families already marked rides like Revolution, Jet Stream and Gold Rush, off their lists of rides to tackle during the day.

They skipped others because of the long lines.

Still, the families and 11-year-olds from South Bay enjoyed the spring break trip.

"They're kind of bored with Disneyland," Street said. "They want the thrills."

Hurricane Harbor, the Six Flags water park located next door to Magic Mountain, opens for operation Memorial Day weekend.

Magic Mountain will debut its newest rollercoaster, Terminator, May 23.


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