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Magic Mountain voted No. 1 theme park

Posted: August 14, 2014 2:37 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Fans of Six Flags Magic Mountain have known it for years. But now voters in a nationwide poll released Thursday have christened Magic Mountain as America’s No. 1 theme park.

The Valencia park came out on top in a national “Best Theme Park” contest sponsored by USA Today, the newspaper announced in a press release. During the four-week contest, USA Today asked readers around the country to vote for their favorite theme park.

Magic Mountain came out on top of the 10 best theme parks list, while a second Six Flags park, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, took second place. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., came in third in the voting, according to USA Today.

Magic Mountain beat out Legoland in Carlsbad and even Disneyland in Anaheim on the top-10 list.

“For roller coaster lovers, it doesn’t get much better than Six Flags Magic Mountain,” USA Today said in the press release, which also noted that Magic Mountain “boasts the world’s largest lineup of coasters — 18 of them — including some rather inventive offerings and record-breakers.”

“This is such a tremendous honor,” Magic Mountain president Bonnie Rabjohn said in a press release. “Our fans have spoken and to be voted the number one theme park speaks to our core message of delivering exceptional guest service and world-class rides and attractions.”

Rounding out USA Today’s list were Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, fourth place; Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., fifth place; Legoland, sixth place; Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, seventh place; Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., eighth; Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., ninth place; and Disneyland, 10th place.

Magic Mountain’s press release also reminded visitors that Saturday will be their last chance to ride Colossus, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1978.

The park closes at 9 p.m. Saturday, but anyone in line by then will still get one last chance to ride Colossus, said Sue Carpenter, park spokeswoman.

“The king of wooden coasters ends its 36-year reign this Saturday,” Magic Mountain’s press release said. “The park will announce its exciting 2015 plans on Aug. 28.”

Officials have kept silent about their plans for the Colossus site.

Colossus fans, meanwhile, have scheduled a rally at Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road on Saturday to show park officials they want Colossus spared. The rally will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Save Colossus! campaign organizer Donald Patti said in a press release.

“We want to make sure everyone entering the park that morning knows that there is a concerted effort to save the ride,” Patti said. “In addition to sporting signs that mention and the petition, we will also be handing out swag and raffling off ‘Save Colossus!’ T-shirts that people can bring into the park.”


bobforte: Posted: August 14, 2014 5:56 p.m.

What theme? Maybe amusement, but definitely not theme unless the theme is trash left on the ground, dirty grounds and parking lot, unhappy employees, etc.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: August 14, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Oh, c'mon. I agree with Bob. Not well-maintained, dirty at times, half-a**ed theming. Lame attempts at parades and shows. The ground under "Scream" still has parking lot stripes on it. Parks like Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm are leagues above this place.... and..... a much safer family environment as well. Go to Disneyland and look for trash on the ground, you won't find any.

tpaul: Posted: August 14, 2014 6:29 p.m.

Bring back the trolls & Mr. Wizard

longdebbie12: Posted: August 15, 2014 12:51 a.m.

I may be crazy, but does anyone remember that you could take a photo with a real lion? Maybe it was just a dream?

chefgirl358: Posted: August 15, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Don't forget the gangbangers who go there! There's a reason there is an actual LASD station on the grounds!

I worked there in my teens and the gang problems were just starting, and they multiplied quickly. Now, no local kids work there. The majority of their employees are bused in kids from the valley, etc., and like foreign exchange students, except they're just young people from other countries that want to come here. MM puts them up in ghetto apts on Jake's Way - swear to god that's true.

timothymyers02: Posted: August 15, 2014 2:55 p.m.

With Disneyland coming 10th (and Disney World not even on the list) this "poll" definitely needs some peer review.

bbcalvin: Posted: August 15, 2014 7:12 p.m.

Put on your glasses Timmy, Magic Kingdom Park was 8th.

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