Six Flags Magic Mountain in the Movies
Some of your favorite attractions are movie stars! Six Flags Magic Mountain has been featured in over 20 movies and 40 TV shows. Here are some of the park’s most famous on-screen moments:
- All interior scenes of National Lampoon’s Vacation were shot inside Six Flags Magic Mountain. The Griswold family also rides two great coasters in the movie – classic Revolution, known in the movie as “Whipper Snapper,” and wooden Colossus, called the “Screemy Meemy.”
- In the opening sequence of the television show Step by Step, the family is shown enjoying a day of rides, food, and attractions at the theme park, filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The opening and closing credit scenes show the family riding our massive wooden coaster, Colossus, before its makeover in 2015.
- Katy Perry's music video for "Chained to the Rhythm" is set in a futuristic theme park, but most of it was actually shot at Magic Mountain. The singer is also shown riding an adapted version of Full Throttle.
- In 1978, the rock band KISS filmed a television movie at the park called KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Colossus, under construction at the time, was shown in the background of many scenes. Additionally, the concert depicted in the movie was recorded in the parking lot of the theme park in front of 8,000 lucky fans.
- In a 1993 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, the cast visits Magic Mountain and character Andrea conquers her fear of roller coasters by tackling Colossus.
- In Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, the characters help a fellow friend overcome his fear of coasters on the real life Goliath.
- In 1990, Nickelodeon hosted a kids’ game show called Wild and Crazy Kids. One of the games, “Wacky Roller Coaster Spill,” put boys against girls to see which team could keep the most water in jugs while riding Colossus.
- In 2012, the Glee cast visited the park for their senior skip day in “Big Brother,” and they are shown riding Viper.
- Shortly after opening the world’s first looping coaster in 1976, Revolution was the centerpiece in the movie Rollercoaster.
- In the 2011 movie, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, the characters go to a theme park and ride their first roller coaster—our very own Goliath.
- In Space Cowboys, Donald Sutherland is portrayed as the designer of the coaster Viper and is seen riding the inverting snake.
- You can also catch appearances of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Encino Man, True Romance, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, This is Spinal Tap, Drive, Zapped, Entourage, Wonder Woman, The King of Queens, Melrose Place, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Parenthood, Doogie Houser MD, Knight Rider, The A-Team, NCIS, Chuck, and many more.