Magic Mountain is bringing back a popular shortcut for savvy ride-goers and a seat-filling solution for crowd-conscious theme parks as Six Flags reintroduces single-passenger lines to shorten wait times as part of rides. a chain-wide initiative.
Two new single rider queues – for the Tatsu and Apocalypse roller coasters – will bring the total number of lines for a single rider in Six Flags Magic Mountain to seven.
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Single-passenger lines help ride-goers reduce wait times when attraction lines are long and allow theme parks to maximize ride capacity on peak days. The big downside: Riders aren’t guaranteed to ride with their group and usually end up sitting next to a stranger.
COVID-19 pandemic rules that have since been relaxed have put a stop to driving with strangers and forced theme parks to close single-driver lines to promote physical distancing between parties.
Single-seater lines for Viper, Revolution, Riddler’s Revenge and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis are already back at the Valencia amusement park after a pandemic hiatus. A new single-seater line for Tatsu also opened recently.
The solo queue for Twisted Colossus is expected to return this week or next with a new solo line added to Apocalypse during the same time frame.
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Six Flags parks introduced new single-passenger lines to maximize capacity, fill every seat and reduce wait times as part of a chain-wide initiative, according to screamscape.
Single rider lines have been added to Six Flags Over Texas (New Texas Giant, Batman: The Ride, and Runaway Mountain), Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey (Jersey Devil, El Toro, Nitro, and Medusa), Six Flags New England in Massachusetts (Batman: The Dark Knight, Harley Quinn Spinsanity and Supergirl Sky Flyer) and Six Flags America in Maryland (Superman: Ride of Steel, The Joker’s Jinx and Voodoo Drop), according to Screamscape.
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Single-passenger lines have always been a free way for savvy theme park regulars to skip the lines, but Six Flags recently introduced a new paid line-skipping service.
Magic Mountain launched a new pay-per-ride option in January on four popular coasters – Twisted Colossus, West Coast Racers, Full Throttle and Goliath. One-way Flash Pass prices range from $5 to $25 per person and vary per trip per day.
The traditional Magic Mountain Flash Pass is purchased for the whole day and skips the line on approximately 20 rides. All-day Flash Pass prices range from $65 to $180 – with shorter wait times promised with the higher price tags. Magic Mountain Passholders and Members can add an All-Weather Flash Pass for $329-$499.