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The American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con 42 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

Kicking off the opening night's gala dinner we were all encouraged to add a little bit of ourselves to the parks newest coaster: West Coast Racers.

A big benefit of coming to the "Con" is you get to see people that you haven't seen in forever. like Paul and Adri.   At the taking of this photo it had been an unbearable length of time since I last saw them...a whole four days since I was up in Toronto riding Yukon Striker with Paul and having dinner with Adri.  They say distance makes the heart grow fonder but I hope I don't have to go that long again without getting to spend time with the two of them.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con 42 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

It was super cool getting to sign a part of a ride but the mischief maker in me wishes I had a light blue marker so I could make three or four additional guide arrows like the one on top that show the people putting West Coast Racers together where to line up the bolts.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con 42 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

After the first fantastic meal; of many that Six Flags Magic Mountain put on for the 400+ members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts in attendance, we were turned loose on the park.  What lay ahead was some thirty hours at the park, behind the scenes tours, lots of time with friends and some ten and a half hours of exclusive ride time.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con 42 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

The rides, tours and everything else that goes into a con are fun but what makes it amazing is getting to run into great friends; like Lori, John and Draven, everywhere you turn.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con 42 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

Six Flags Magic Mountain; being in one of the largest markets in North America with competition like Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland has made it's niche and that is going BIG.

If you want BIG here are two big rides for you.  First off there is Superman: the Escape from Krypton that can launch you in reverse up to a hundred miles an hour up this four hundred and fifteen foot tower.  Then there is the Lex Luthor's Drop of Doom drop ride that was bolted to the outside of Superman's tower with a record breaking 400 foot drop when it opened in 2012.



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