Six Flags Magic Mountain is known for its extreme roller coasters and thrilling attractions. The hair-raising, scream-inducing rides are an extreme rush designed to push even the most adventurous coaster enthusiast to the edge of their seats. Which rides should be on your must-ride list? Follow my guide to the best rides at Magic Mountain for a pulse-pounding day of fun.
As the world’s first 4D coaster, you know X2 is an intense experience. As a diehard coaster fan, I rarely ever get scared on roller coasters. But, X2 had my heart beating rapidly. With my feet dangling below me, the backward ascent up the first hill leads to a head-first 360 degree seat flip before dropping 20 stories! Reaching speeds of 75 mph, the over 3,600-feet of twists, spirals, and head-over-heels loops make X2 super intense and super amazing.
Tatsu is the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the world. You lie-down in your seats, creating a flying-like experience as you soar through 3,602-feet of winding tack. Flip upside down four times, plunge down hills, and dive into the world’s highest pretzel loop and only zero-gravity roll on a flying coaster. Speeds up to 62 mph and heights of 17 stories make this ride even more incredible.
Smooth yet incredibly speedy, Goliath is one of the tallest and fastest rides in the world. Brace yourself for 4,500-feet of zero gravity hills, sheer drops, dizzying spirals and even an enclosed tunnel—all at record-breaking speeds of 85 mph. The near vertical 61-degree plunge is stomach-dropping yet oh-so-amazing.
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom
Nothing makes my heart leap into my throat quite like a drop tower. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the world’s tallest drop tower, and the 40-story fall makes me scream. The. Entire. Time. The 85 mph speeds and five-second free fall makes Drop of Doom easily one of best rides at Magic Mountain. Just don’t forget to breathe!
The Riddler’s Revenge
Have you ever been on a stand-up roller coaster? Sounds crazy, right? And The Riddler’s Revenge is just that—crazy. It’s the highest, fastest, and longest stand-up track in the world. Oh yeah, it also has biggest loop and the most upside-down action for any stand-up coaster. No big deal, right? Speeds of 65 mph, six viscous inversions and tight corkscrews over almost 4,500-feet of track beg to differ.
Another word-record holder, Full Throttle is the tallest and fastest loop coaster in the world—a total blast. Loop 160 feet in the sky, and then just for kicks, do it again. Three accelerated launches zoom to 70 mph. One even goes backwards. Switching directions, sci-fi tunnel stops, continuous loops and a top hat trick – riding on the outside of the track – makes Full Throttle a fantastic Magic Mountain ride.
Superman: Escape from Krypton
100 mph. That’s all you really need to know about Superman: Escape from Krypton. The track is relatively short at 1,315-feet but it bends straight up into the sky at 415 feet. And those 100 mph speeds? You reach those in seven seconds flat. The totally vertical trip has a backwards fall at a racing 92 mph. It’s a high-speed, high-flying adventure. All you need is a cape to make the experience complete.
An innovative hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus combines steel and wooden coasters. The intertwined track stacks a steel frame on a wooden base, turning the classic Colossus people know into Twisted Colossus. The unrelenting rolls, spiral and steep banks are made even better do its dual tracks. At times you ride track-to-track with another train of cars. Other times, they’re speeding below or above you.
A one-of-a-kind floorless ride, there is no track above or below you—only sky and ground. The airtime induces a flying effect. And the steep crests, breathtaking 141-foot drop, high-rise loops and 60+ mph speeds of Scream will make you do just that. Get ready to lose your voice!
These are some of the best rides at Magic Mountain. In 2016, a new thrill ride will debut adding even more adrenaline-pumping excitement to this Southern California theme park.
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