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USA
(West Coast)
(27 Jul 2012 - 19 Aug 2012)

Day 18

Los Angeles (13 Aug 2012)

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Good Morning LA! Having our breakfast at HIE and the spread here is good! :)

Pancakes in 45 seconds! Coolz!

Such beautiful landscape and open spaces that you’ll never find in Singapore….  :P

On our way to Six Flags Magic Mountain now (1 hour drive)…. The highlight of Vance’s trip… Why do I say Vance and not our trip? Cos I’m never a fan of thrilling rides whereas Vance is a crazy addict of all extreme rides! On his wish list would include bungee jump and skydiving…. Definitely not for the faint hearted (like me)…

Pricey parking at US$17

This place is huge so if you are not prepared to walk from the huge car park to the main gate, wait for this little tram that will bring you to the main gate from your car.

Vance: This place is really hot! I’m prepared to get fried out here! :)

Six Flags Magic Mountain boasts one of the world’s largest collections of extreme rides. For the roller coaster buff, this is just the right place for you. From X2, Tatsu, Green Lantern to Riddler’s revenge…. Take your time to explore this place… Buy your tickets online at US$39.99 (at least 3 days advance before your visit) and pay much lesser compared to buying the tickets at the park (US$64.99). However, there’s a processing fees of US$5.99 per order. [P/S : There's hardly any tourists here unlike Universal Studio or Disneyland. I think Six Flags is truly an American's theme park. BTW, Six Flags can also be found outside America, in Mexico and Canada]

Get the Flash Pass after passing through the main gate. Six Flags then forces all renters to endure a four-minute-plus video training session about how it works (even if you’ve used one before). The video runs down the basic rules of how to use the Flash Pass and most importantly of all, you are not supposed to bring the Flash Pass out of the park and if you break your pass, you must pay US$250 to replace it.

We brought the Platinum Flash Pass (US$105!) for Vance, which in our opinion (after the whole experience), it’s really not worth it. You get to ride 2 times on each ride, which was the biggest bonus. The platinum flash pass was suppose to take off 90% of the ride’s waiting time. However, he still ended up waiting for almost 20-30 mins before each ride. This is unlike Universal Studios’ Express passes which bring one straight to the front of the line. There’s another problem with Magic Mountain’s version of the Flash Pass : If you want to ride its most popular rides, X2, you have to pay another US$10 per ride. Hello, we are paying US$105 for the platinum pass, which is easily more than 2.5X of the admission ticket, so why do we still to fork out another US$10 for this ride??!! X2 should be included in the Platinum Flash Pass FOC.

Loose articles are not permitted on most of the rides. So either you rent a locker or get someone to take care of your belongings.

Vance: Like how I brought my wife along to take care of my belongings.. while I ride :P

Get a Souvenir Drink Bottle for US$14.99 and you get free refills all day. And if you use the bottle again the same year, refills are US$0.99. So share 1 drink bottle and get it refilled throughout the day to stretch the dollar! :P

Superman : Escape from Krypton

 

 


[Credits to Theme Park Tourist for the above video]

 This record-breaking 100-mph-in-seven-seconds coaster has been elevated to the next level of extreme by reversing the direction of the vehicles and sending you backwards.

Vance: My favorite ride!!!!!

Apocalypse

[Credits to wwwCOASTERFORCEcom for the above video]

With five belly-flopping hills and six high speed banked turns, Apocalypse combines state-of-the-art technology with the classic heart-pounding thrills of a wooden roller coaster.

Vance: This one is pretty old-school, the cracking sound on wooden planks is interesting :)

Green Lantern : First Flight

[Credits to wwwCOASTERFORCEcom for the above video]

Green Lantern : First Flight featuring a never-been-done-before completely vertical zigzag pattern track, this new spinning coaster takes coaster riding to another galaxy.

Vance: This one is really interesting, vertical roller coaster! There’s several long durations of inverted moments that just sent all the blood in your body to your head! Nice experience, went on this twice :) This ride always give me a feeling that someone from Japan designed it, it takes up so little land area!

Batman the Ride

[Credits to Sharp Productions for the above video]

Batman the Ride offers coaster lovers high speed dips, turns, and loops. Not for those who hates strong turns.

Vance: Those who loves loops must try this! Pretty aggressive too the swing from side to side.

The Riddler’s Revenge

[Credits to Coaster Crutchfield for the above video]

The Riddler’s Revenge is a blazing-fast coaster with a twist: you’ll stand, not sit, as you race at 65 mph head-over-heels six times over nearly one mile of twisting, looping, inverted steel track — for nearly three minutes. Careful of your ears as they do bang into the headrest the whole time!

Vance: Hey, this one is cool, a STANDING Roller Coaster! Done twice too, just a very different experience!

Tatsu

[Credits to Sharp Productions for the above video]

Fly at the speed of Fear @ Tatsu, which is a steel roller coaster, considered to be Six Flags Magic Mountain’s signature roller coaster. Seats are boarded normally, then rotate 90 degrees into flying position once engaged. Aboard the wings of Tatsu, you’ll fly at speeds in excess of 62 mph through deep plunges, huge spirals and sharp dives that send you flying through the Park’s mountainous terrain. This is definitely one of Vance’s favourite ride in Six Flags Magic Mountains.

Vance: One word, Shiok!

We brought meal vouchers (Katy’s Kettle) online in attempt to save some $$ and was unable to utilise it as the restaurant was closed before 4PM (Strange that this particular restaurant closed at 4PM when the park closes at 8PM?!) We hopped over to the guest relation counter to see if we could exchange the voucher for something else but was initially rejected and were told to use it on some other days. We explained that we’re tourist and we would not be coming back to USA anytime soon. Finally, we were able to get the meal voucher refunded though we suffered some foreign exchange losses.
Lesson Learnt : DO NOT buy Six Flags’ meal vouchers online!

We had dinner at Food Etc for the hand battered fish and chips which was presented on fake newspaper! Coolz!

Time to beat farewell to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Will we be back to Six Flags? From the way Vance adored the rides, I seriously think he would bring me back one of these days!

Vance: Yes! Let’s go back to a Six Flags when we can!!

We headed back to Coral Sand Motel mentioned in Day 16 of our trip. Looking forward to tomorrow where we will visit Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store! :D



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