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Magic Mountain's gay night: Everything you wanted to know about Out on the Mountain

VALENCIA – GLBT people from Southern California and beyond will converge upon Six Flags Magic Mountain for the annual gay night, Out on the Mountain.

The amusement park will be closed to the public from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, for the private event. All ages are welcome.

Out on the Mountain, unlike the more well-known Gay Days at Disneyland, is an official GLBT event, partly sponsored by the park. The Disneyland event, to be held Oct. 1-3 this year, is an unofficial event where GLBT people show up at the park while it is open to the public.
DJ Ray Rhodes of Los Angeles and Six Flags Magic Mountain created the event in 2008. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Organizers say Out on the Mountain combines a fun, safe environment for the GLBT community while raising money for local gay charities and organizations.

This year, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Los Angeles area organizations such as the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, the Center Long Beach, Pacific Pride Foundation, API Equality Los Angeles and the Latino Equality Alliance.

San Diegan Davi Yelton plans to attend, and hopes to gather a group of friends to join him on the two-and-a -half hour drive up. He said he is excited about the event and has created a Facebook invite to spread the word about the event.

Those who purchase tickets to the event will be able to enjoy the entire park, along with all of its rides and attractions in a GLBT friendly environment. Also, there will be a special dance party area, with DJ and go-go dancers from 6 to 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. VIP ticket holders will have access to a special private party in the Mooseburger Lodge.

Special entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by Rhodes, who regularly DJ’s at high-profile events throughout Southern California. The event hostess is Ingenue, who was named Outstanding Drag Diva West Hollywood in 2007 and 2008.

Singer/songwriter/actor Chris Salvatore of "Eating Out" -- who appeared at San Diego LGBT Pride -- and DJ Manny Patel Jr. will perform in the VIP area.

Drag personality Chantal will host the Welcome Party.

Magic Mountain is part of the national Six Flags family of amusement parks and is coined the thrill capital of the world. The park is home to a number of roller coaster thrill rides, including the popular Riddlers Revenge and Collosus. There are also children’s rides, shows and other attractions.

Tickets for the special event are $35 in advance at www.outonthemountain.com. The price will go up to $45 if purchased at the gate. A VIP ticket is also available for $150 and includes access to the park, access to the VIP lounge, which includes a hosted bar, a “Flash Pass,” which provides faster access to rides, $40 in Bugs Bunny Bucks, and premium parking.

More information about Six Flags Magic Mountain is available online at www.sixflags.com/magicmountain and event info is available at www.outonthemountain.com.