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Magic Mountain voted No. 1 theme park

Posted: August 14, 2014 2:37 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Fans of Six Flags Magic Mountain have known it for years. But now voters in a nationwide poll released Thursday have christened Magic Mountain as America’s No. 1 theme park.

The Valencia park came out on top in a national “Best Theme Park” contest sponsored by USA Today, the newspaper announced in a press release. During the four-week contest, USA Today asked readers around the country to vote for their favorite theme park.

Magic Mountain came out on top of the 10 best theme parks list, while a second Six Flags park, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, took second place. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., came in third in the voting, according to USA Today.

Magic Mountain beat out Legoland in Carlsbad and even Disneyland in Anaheim on the top-10 list.

“For roller coaster lovers, it doesn’t get much better than Six Flags Magic Mountain,” USA Today said in the press release, which also noted that Magic Mountain “boasts the world’s largest lineup of coasters — 18 of them — including some rather inventive offerings and record-breakers.”

“This is such a tremendous honor,” Magic Mountain president Bonnie Rabjohn said in a press release. “Our fans have spoken and to be voted the number one theme park speaks to our core message of delivering exceptional guest service and world-class rides and attractions.”

Rounding out USA Today’s list were Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, fourth place; Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., fifth place; Legoland, sixth place; Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, seventh place; Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., eighth; Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., ninth place; and Disneyland, 10th place.

Magic Mountain’s press release also reminded visitors that Saturday will be their last chance to ride Colossus, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1978.

The park closes at 9 p.m. Saturday, but anyone in line by then will still get one last chance to ride Colossus, said Sue Carpenter, park spokeswoman.

“The king of wooden coasters ends its 36-year reign this Saturday,” Magic Mountain’s press release said. “The park will announce its exciting 2015 plans on Aug. 28.”

Officials have kept silent about their plans for the Colossus site.

Colossus fans, meanwhile, have scheduled a rally at Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road on Saturday to show park officials they want Colossus spared. The rally will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Save Colossus! campaign organizer Donald Patti said in a press release.

“We want to make sure everyone entering the park that morning knows that there is a concerted effort to save the ride,” Patti said. “In addition to sporting signs that mention and the petition, we will also be handing out swag and raffling off ‘Save Colossus!’ T-shirts that people can bring into the park.”


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