Yesterday I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California and these pictures are the stories of our exciting day. I’ve thrown in few valuable survival items that may help you out on your next trip to an amusement park. It was my wife (32), myself (40), our son (11), and his three friends (11,11,14). Taking three pre-adolescents to Magic Mountain was a blast. Having said that, we got a workout!
#1) Get the free refills cup! The drink cup my son is holding cost $12.99. He was able to refill it anywhere in the park all day for one price. At first when my wife suggested getting on, I scoffed at the high initial price. However, after the day was over, when he had refilled it about 10 times at no extra charge, it wasn’t hard to do the math on how much we saved. Ideally, these wouldn’t be shared items but we found that our son and his friends didn’t mind drinking by pouring the cup in their mouth. This way they can share and no one gets germs. This is also probably against the terms, but I haven’t checked.
YOU MAY GET WET! Here’s a tip I am very excited about. If there are water rides, and there are a few quite intense ones at Magic Mountain,
#2) bring a plastic bag the size of a large ziploc or grocery bag.You can keep your electronic items such as cell phones, PDA, video cameras, etc. protected as you carry your purse or bags on board. If a cell phone gets wet, it’s most likely to be history. Bring the bag!
#3) Use “non-ride” attractions to wear the energetic kids down. Waiting in lines can actually be tiring. You can avoid doing it so many times by going to shows throughout the day and taking advantage of photo opportunities such as this one. Can you tell which ones are the grown-ups? LOL. We suggested that the kids flex like “crime fighters” with the great characters Batman and Robin.
Have fun! Your kids will watch you and probably make fun of you or act “too cool.” Still, you are there to set an example. If they watch you having fun, they are likely to be less afraid of the big rides and more ready for bed when they get home! Who said being a parent meant you couldn’t have fun at an amusement park?