Following the lead of Disney World, another major theme park offers a pay-per-ride option

Last year, Disney World and Disneyland launched their FastPass replacement system, which replaced the ability to skip the queues at major attractions for free with a new paid option. While this actually put Disney with many other parks that were already charging for this ability, Disney went a step further by offering an entirely separate option to pay to skip the line at its most popular attractions. and now Six Flags Magic Mountain followed suit by doing the same on four roller coasters.

Six Flags Magic Mountain already had a ticket add-on called Flash Pass, which allowed customers to skip the line on about 20 rides for between $80 and $180 per ticket, depending on the flavor of the pass you want. the more expensive options advertised greater waiting reductions. . Now, according to CO registerMagic Mountain now offers single-use Flash Pass options for between $5 and $25 per person per ride on four roller coasters: Twisted Colossus, West Coast Racers, Full Throttle, and Goliath.

The system works very similarly to Disneyland and Individual Disney World Lightning Lane option, where customers can choose the return time they want to return and skip the line. Unlike the Disney options, these four rides are also available through the standard Flash Pass option. At Disney, the Genie+ option which covers most rides and the individual Lightning Lanes cover separate rides with no overlap.

There’s definitely a reason why a system like this might be better for some customers. If the four individually priced rides are the ones you really want to do, then even buying a pass for all four will likely cost less than the full Flash Pass option. In a few cases, the full Flash Pass only gave you one hop on those rides anyway.

It’s no surprise to see another park follow Disney’s lead, even though soon after Disney implemented this change, Disney is the theme park industry leader and they largely dictate what is considered normal. Once it’s ok at Disney, it’s probably ok everywhere else.

And Magic Mountain is the crown jewel of the Six Flags empire. It has, at various times, been the nation’s roller coaster capital, so it’s still a big deal in the game, even though it’s seen more as a regional player than Disney or Universal. Other Six Flags parks have toyed with this payout structure and it’s assumed that trying it big at Magic Mountain will be a big test for the rest of Six Flags doing the same.

Assuming there is no massive backlash at this new pricing structure, it’s definitely not going anywhere. And the more places that do it, the more normal it becomes. It feels like we could actually come full circle back in the days when all amusement parks charged per ride. Of course, back when they were doing that, admission wasn’t that expensive.

Harold B. McConnell