USA, California – Six Flags Magic Mountain II
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
If you happen to get a sale (nothing extraordinary), you can save a lot. A day ticket on sale costs around 50 dollars (ca. 1200 Czech crowns). Standard price for a day ticket is 77 dollars (around 1900 crowns). However, should you visit the park more then once, you can buy a season pass . The pass gets you also a discount to the restaurants in the park. Usually, these are more expensive than outside park’s premises.
Americans are known for their love to eat. If you want to unleash your inner eating devil than you can buy here food cards which usually get you three meals every time you are in the park.
The park is almost always full. Therefore, expect long waiting lines for individual attractions. The times when the number of visitors is at its lowest are usually work days (the park is open from 10:30 to 20:00 or 21:00) in the morning or in the evening before the closing time. Still, expect to spend most of your time in the park waiting in lines.
Park started to use the so called flash pass which will make you waiting shorter. The more you want to shorten your waiting time the more you pay. The price can rise up to 130 dollars.
Last time we told you about some thrilling rollercoasters. It might have seemed the park is designed to be accessible only to adults or teenagers. However, it is a great place for small children as well. Therefore, all family can have loads of fun.
Again, there are attractions in the style of DC Comics Universum. One of them is Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth. Basically, it is a centrifugal disc on which you will be pressed against its inner rim.
On hot summer days Tidal Wave is the place where you can bit cool down. You sit inside the boat which takes you up to 15 meters of height only to slide down at incredible speed and make a huge splash.
Should you long for more water than run to Roaring River and even take children if you have them. Board a huge, circular raft which will take you down the wild river. There are several jumps so prepare for some thrilling falls.
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Text: Maxim Kucer
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Last week we got some taste of the Greek mythology when we tried Cassandra’s Curse ride. It absolutely messes with your sense of direction. However, there are many other great and amusing rides at Europa-Park.
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We have introduced you several of the best European amusement parks. We mentioned Tivoli Gardens as well. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.
Last week we spent some time in Denmark in the second oldest but one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe - Tivoli. Today we visit the Netherlands. Home to the another popular park - Efteling.
A while ago we mentioned Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. Its name is quite long and hard to pronounce. No wonder then that people call it simply Bakken. It is about 10 minutes by car (20 minutes by train) from Copenhagen.
Yosemite valley (situated in the area of the park of the same name) is encircled by grey granite rocks rising atop thick forest. El Capitan is the most well-known granite massif. This rock is a place where amazing climbers from all around the world come to. The Nose is the most famous climbing trail. Half Dome is the second most well-known summit. Its name comes after its shape.
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
California is a country in the southwest coast in the US. Many foreign and domestic tourists are lured to this state. There is the wild Pacific Ocean coastline, interesting cities and towns and other amazing places created by nature. Mt. Whitney (4421 m) is the highest mountain of the Sierra Nevada moutain range stretching in the south of California. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain of continental United States. Some areas in California are national park or nature reserves.
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
Eureka is the largest coastal city of California, 50 million north of San Francisco. Victorian architecture, complemented by various art installations, is unforgettable.
We return to Legoland, Florida to see some of its most interesting rides.
We left the Islands of Adventure for another theme park of many others surrounding Orlando, Florida. There is a lot to choose from. We, however, take a look at a place that is somewhat closer to us in some respects.
Marvel superheroes, Jurassic park... So far it seems this theme park is all boys can dream of. However, to many standing for hours in long lines to get a three-minute thrill is rather a sobering moment.
We mentioned last week the great theme park of Islands of Adventure. One of its sections is home to Marvel super heroes. We also took (albeit imaginary) ride on the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. As its signature superhero the ride is green and you can even experience zero gravity there.
In the preceeding weeks, we focused on California’s theme parks. Today, we move thousands of kilometers to the east – to Florida, the sunshine state. Florida is another Mekka of the entertainment industry.
California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
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I gave myself a four-day vacation in San Francisco in the middle of my two-year au-pair stay in the US. Everyone, who ever was there, never said anything except superlatives and mentioned the difference between east coast and west coast cities.
Next day morning we set out to explore Lombard Street, a street that is world famous for its zigzag character. And really, houses are built to allow everyone who live there to drive in or out on this steep hill.
In the last article devoted to the United States we have learned something about Alcatraz, a former maximum security prison. Now we move from the Rock and have a glimpse at one of the most distinct cities in the US.