Saturday, February 23, 2008

The ABC's of Magic Mountain

Our ABC’s” From Magic Mountain. This undated brochure from Magic Mountain is from the early 1970’s. I believe the “ABC’s” comment is a direct poke at Disneyland’s ticket book plan. Disneyland even had the little handouts about the tickets that were titled “The ABC’s of ticket books”. This was Magic Mountains way of saying “look what one price gets you” (“o” is for one price).

First up of course you must park you car (“p” is for parking”). So here is your parking ticket, 75 cents! Hey it’s only $15 to park there now, WHAT?

And here is the entire little brochure. I love the trolls and they are sprinkled throughout. Wow, someone likes lime green!

And since there is not much color in this brochure, here are a few post cards from the early days, boy do I remember it like this.

The Grand Prix (autopia with a smaller track) and my beloved Metro. Don’t even get me started on the Metro Monorail. It’s all still there, the stations, the tracks, the cars. REOPEN IT Six Flags!

Ah Eagles Fright, I mean Flight. That thing scared the living daylights out of me. My friends would try to rock the cage at 200+ feet in the air. This was the only time I actually threatened to strangle someone, they stopped – I never rode it again.

And the Mountain Express. Currently Flashback is on this same site. Having ridden both, I can attest that the Mountain Express was a much better ride. I believe Flashback is still there, rotting and rusting away. I read somewhere that the Mountain Express was sold and is still in use, but I don't know where.

I hope you enjoyed a retro look at the Mountain!


Major Pepperidge said...

These sure take me back to the early days of Magic Mountain! That's where I learned to truly love coasters. Ever ride Colossus backwards??

As a kid I looked forward to riding the Goldrusher, the way it followed the hills and curves of the land was very cool! Wish there was more good MM ephemera out there, but I just don't see much.

The Viewliner Limited said...

This is a great flashback for me. Very cool post. Thanks VDT.

jedblau said...

Love the Magic Mountain stuff! I know the track and stations for the Metro were still there, but where are the cars?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I posted a little update for today, come check it out!

Anonymous said...

Excellent memories. The Mountain Express is my first rollar coaster memory. Check out these two photos I found:

Anonymous said...

After some extensive research, I finally discovered that the Mountain
Express is currently at a park in Mexico. The ride is now called Montana Rusa.

Here's a POV video. I never been on it, but I wish it was still at Magic Mountain.