March 19-21

“West Coast Bash” at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Jim, Randy, Susanne and I attend this year's "West Coast Bash" at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. On Friday, Susanne and I drove over to Santa Nella where we met up with Jim and Randy. We then rode in my car down to Valencia where we stayed two nights at the Hampton Inn in Santa Clarita which is two exits past the park on I-5. Once at the hotel, we took advantage of the warm weather and hit the pool. That evening we went to shopping area in Valencia and had dinner at Salt Creek Grille.

That Saturday morning we all work up early for a quick breakfast before driving to the park at around 7:30am. We picked up our shirts, lanyards and other materials before entering the park at 8:30am for our coaster ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on X2, Tatsu, Terminator. We made a beeline to X2 for a couple of rides, then up the hill to Tatsu for a few laps. Then we had donuts and something that didn't quite resemble coffee. Down the hill we went to ride the new coaster, Terminator Salvation: The Ride. This wooden coaster was themed after the recenter Terminator movie. Boy does this coaster book. It's fast yet smooth with an elaborate queue line and effects during the ride, like flames! The park then opened at 10 for the GP (General Public), we then boarded a few rides before the event sponsored lunch. Then we took a break from the park, headed back to the hotel for a nap and laying out by the pool. That evening we had dinner at Outback Steakhouse before re-entering the park for more coasters and evening ERT from 10pm - midnight. The placed cars on both tracks to race on Colossus... sweet! We ended the evening with a couple of laps on X2, just the way we started the day.

On Sunday, we packed up and headed home. West Coast Bash was a success this year, and the weather sure cooperated this time (unlike last years freak cold, wet, and hail!). Until our next coaster trip... FWEEE!

  • Randy, Jim and Alan at the Hampton Inn pool in Santa Clarita.

  • Hanging out at the pool!

  • Dinner at Salt Creeke Grille in Valencia.

  • Early morning at the gate to Magic Mountain.

  • Susanne and I boarding X2.

  • New coaster experience: Terminator Salvation: The Ride.

  • Randy at Terminator.

  • What's that Mooselodge Restaurant hat doing on your head Jim?

  • It's Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck!

  • View of X2 and Viper from the top of the observation tower.

  • Hands up! We couldn't resist this photo op at the top of the tower.

  • Group photo!

  • Deja Vu and Terminator as seen from the tower.

  • A view of Superman, Colossus and Goliath from the tower.

  • Riding the family coaster Goldrusher.

  • It's Wiley Coyote!

  • It's Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck!

  • Ericka on Riddler's Revenge.

  • Susanne and Jim on the night time ERT on Terminator.

  • Randy and Susanne win the Colossus coaster racing cars.

  • The gang at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

  • Scream coaster onride photo! FWEE!