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Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Estates at Magic Mountain?

The owners of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor in Valencia are considering selling the park, including dismantling the rides and offering the land for real estate development.

This may not be a bad idea. In recent years, the park has become a haven for gangbangers and doesn't attract the family element that spends money on more than just admission. Six Flags new ownership is looking to re-orient the brand to a more Disney-esque family friendly one, and in order to pay off some of the company's debt, a number of stinker parks will be put up on the chopping block.

The 250 acre property could be re-developed in a mix use commercial, retail and residential project. My one suggestion would be to keep the park's trademark observation tower and develop it as a restaurant. It would nice to leave it as an icon for Santa Clarita.


Blogger Matt said:

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June 24, 2006 7:41 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

If Magic Mountain splits, I wonder if the county will stop screwing with annexation / incorporation politics up here. Here's to hoping.

June 24, 2006 7:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to the ACLU, another SoCal institution is on its way out. If Magic Mountain had been allowed to screen patrons according to a dress code, they wouldn't have all those gangbanging problems there.

The ACLU is the most dangerous organization in America.

June 24, 2006 10:11 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

The tower and the Viper. Leave the Viper. Love the Viper.

Is the Viper still there? I rode it in 1990.

June 24, 2006 11:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Viper is still there and it isn't filled with gang bangers. I live 5 minutes from their parking lot to my driveway and I'm not afraid to drop my kids off there on summer days. They have very few gang related problems. One parking lot shooting several years ago and the place is now overrun by gang bangers? Hardly. The worst they do is skip the line. They've been talking about how to either dump the place or revamp it to make more money. I guess developrs to over develop it would be an excellent capitalistic venture for them.

June 25, 2006 1:15 AM  

Blogger Matt said:

1011: Blame the ACLU?

Even if what you said were true on some level (it is not), it's as if you imagined gang members lacking functioning brains... if you said "red scarf, you can't come in," do you think a gang member would just wander away wondering what happened?

Brain-dead conservative crybabies are the most dangerous force in America. The ACLU. Jesus, that's stupid.

June 25, 2006 2:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MM has really gone downhill lately. I was there a few months ago and the place is dirty and run down. Bathrooms were filthy, there was trash all over the grounds, lights were burned out, and paint was peeling all over. I don't expect the place to be Disneyland but when your full-price ticket is $59 (I didn't pay that much) there's a certain cleanliness that you expect.

June 25, 2006 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

gang bangers are now infiltrating places just to loiter. They're now at Universal City Walk and scary. They use intimindation and stare down at people. But the ACLU say they have a right to be where ever they want even though people feel unsafe.

June 25, 2006 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Belasera at Colossus". And Carl Reiner will be the onsite sales broker.

But don't worry about the ACLU right now. They are too busy fighting to have a 50 year old cross in San Diego removed which honors veterans and war heroes to be bothered with some gang bangers civil rights. From the Thomas Moore Law Center:

ANN ARBOR, MI – “A three–judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay Federal District Judge Gordon Thompson’s order to remove the Mt.Soledad Cross pending an appeal. Thus, the City of San Diego must remove the Cross by August 1, 2006, or face fines of $5,000 per day thereafter. In its decision, however, the Ninth Circuit scheduled oral arguments on the matter for the week of October 16, 2006, weeks after the Cross is to be removed. The 43- foot Cross was erected in 1954 and currently is the centerpiece of a national memorial honoring American veterans of all wars.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been fighting to save the Cross since 2004 when it received information that the private memorial association operating the memorial site and the City were about to agree to settle the case, which had been on going for 15 years, by removing the Cross.

Richard Thompson, the Law Center’s President and Chief Counsel, commented on the recent order: “It is an outrage and insult not only to Christians, but people of all faiths, that this memorial site to our veterans and fallen war heroes would be desecrated by removal of a universally recognized symbol of sacrifice just because one atheist was upset about it. We will continue our legal fight to save the cross. A quick answer to the current legal challenge would be for the federal government to step in and take the land under its power of eminent domain. So far they have remained silent.”

Continued Thompson, “The Cross and memorial honors those Americans of all faiths who have given their lives to preserve our religious freedom; we are now called upon to do whatever it takes to prevent the courts from destroying the Cross that symbolizes our religious heritage and their sacrifice.”

June 25, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you for that incredible insight on the Magic Mountain story, 10:59.

Now go tell someone who cares about the cross in San Diego.

June 25, 2006 12:51 PM  

Blogger Ken Camp said:

I was just in Denver this last week and Six Flags is thinking about doing the same to its downtown Elitch Gardens park. With all kinds of new development and mixed use facilities in downtown Denver, they're doing a great job of revitalizing their urban core.

June 25, 2006 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:51 PM

I care about the cross in San Diego, as should all of us. A godless society gets you Magic Mountain gangbangers and the ACLU. Get out from behind your computer and see what's happening to California. No wonder good people are looking to escape.

June 25, 2006 8:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A lot of old parks have been redeveloped. Marineland is one of them. Its probably Magic Mountain's time. The land is just too valuable.

June 25, 2006 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The last time I went to Magic Mountain some ese was writing graffiti on the log jam thing I was riding in.

June 25, 2006 9:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:31-Santa Clarita isn't an urban core.

8:26-I'm waiting for the right wing Christian nut jobs to up and leave already. Don't just threaten - hit the road. Somehow I think we'll be just fine, gangbangers and ACLU or not.

June 25, 2006 11:04 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

To hear it from some, you'd think Magic Mountain is Santa Clarita's urban core.

Don't worry, in the long run they'll run out of space or resources, and will have to flatten the McMansions to build up.

June 27, 2006 1:52 AM  

Blogger Creative-Type Dad said:

I use to work at "tragic" in college and now live in Valencia with my family.
I was there when the riots happened in '93 (or was it '94) during that rapper Paperboy concert.
That should have been a wake-up call to the Six Flags management to stop catering to the teen-thrill crowd and more to the family crowd. All they get now is the gangster-valley crowd who end up trashing the place.

I say close the place down (keep Hurricane Harbor) put houses, OR sell it to Busch Gardens to clean it up and take half the thrill coasters out.

June 28, 2006 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My son got pushed out of line on the log ride by ganbangers last week. I live in Valencia and my kids have season passes they don't use because they say the place is too scary. I was there about 3 years ago and 3 hispanic ganster girls pushed their way through to the front of the line on Batman the ride. They were rude, obnoxiuos and had no regard for the others that were waiting in line. No one from the park stopped them either. When they came off the ride there was a group of gangster guys waiting for them. The place was full of trouble makers and I would not recommend to anyone that they waste their money going there.

February 14, 2007 7:35 AM  

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