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Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

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Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Hi all,

We (2 of us) will be in LA late June for 9 nights and were hoping to go to the Magic Mountain theme park. I have looked for ways to get there and the tours only seem to go on a weekend.

Does anyone have any tips on getting there easily? I'm not wanting to drive there and public transportation looks like it could be an epic journey!

Thanks so much fo any help you can give.

Kevin

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1. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Alas, you have figured it out....

Six Flags Magic Mountain is a great place to visit, but its location is hard to get to. Starline Tours does offer a trip a couple of times a week, as you have seen. But it is hard to get to using public transit.

One option is to just get a Hotel Room in the area for a couple of nights, and use things like Private (hired) vans to get there.

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2. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

"Epic' is a fair description of West Hollywood-Six Flags Magic Mountain. You may already know this--it would be a "four seat" ride.

You'd take say the 2 Sunset Boulevard bus to Sunset & Highland, then walk up a couple of blocks to the Red Line subway station (this is a short ride on a frequent bus). Then you'd take the Red Line two stops north to North Hollywood, the end of the line (another short ride on a frequent train). Then you'd catch Santa Clarita Transit bus 757 to the McBean Transit Center in Santa Clarita (about 45 minutes on a bus that runs once every 80 minutes, more often during commute hours). From there it's only about a 10 minute ride on Santa Clarita Transit bus 3 or 7, but they only run every 40 minutes combined (maybe a cab from there).

The total time would depend on the waits for the Santa Clarita buses, which you could control to some extent. I think you're looking at about 2 hours. If you really want to go up there and not take a tour, I think staying the night nearby makes sense.

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3. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Just rent a car. Easy drive, 40 minutes. You can rent it for the day only.

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4. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Any idea how far in advance we would have to book the Starline tour to Magic Mountain? Planning on going Sunday 1 April. Should we book it now or would it be okay to leave it until nearer the date?

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5. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Maybe a car is the answer. I drive in London so am used to traffic :-)

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6. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Yorkie, unlike London, our roads are wide, mostly straight, well-illuminated and mostly two-way. If you can drive in London, driving in and around L.A. will be easy. (Magic Mountain is outside of Los Angeles).

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7. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Just to clarify, Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California. Valencia is a community in the city of Santa Clarita, which is in Los Angeles County.

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…_California

One weird and interesting fact, the Number #1 TV Show in America, CSI, is based in Valencia, even though it is supposed to be in the Washington, DC area.

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8. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

To add to Darkbeer's comment, the City of Santa Clarita, which is made up of Newhall, Saugus, Valencia and Canyon Country, shares a city boundary with the City of Los Angeles in the Newhall Pass.

Not only is CSI based in Santa Clarita: there are a number of other studios that do production and post production work there on and off of Rye Canyon Road in the Valencia Industrial Park. Some recent productions include NCIS, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and House. Sorry, these studios don't allow access to the public. . . read the signs. Much more on the entertainment industry's links to the Santa Clarita Valley at this link: santaclaritaguide.com/HollywoodsBacklot.html You'll also get some ideas for self guided movie tours by scrolling down the page.

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9. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Santa Claritia is a popular Movie/TV location, since it is within the 30 mile limit, Much of Fear Factor is filmed in the area (Most ocean shots are filmed in the Long Beach area .

The Walt Disney Company is planning to head to the area...

…latimes.com/2009/…fi-ct-disney29

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10. Re: Getting to Magic Mountain from West Hollywood

Disney is already there. They own the Disney Ranch to the south of Newhall and Canyon Country, which is a huge amount of acreage not available for the public to view, due to the natural topography of the mountains and hills in the area. Much future filming will be taking place on this ranch. Stay tuned.

The Movie Zone (TMZ for short) is the 30 mile limit - and less - where the studios don't have to pay their union employees for travel expenses due to the close proximity to Hollywood, where the center of the TMZ is.