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Holidays are merry moneymakers for Southland theme parks
Holidays are merry moneymakers for Southland theme parks

While children waited in line to snap photos with Santa Claus, the aroma of freshly steamed tamales and hot cocoa lingered in the warm fall air. "Yay, it's snowing," a teenage girl screamed at the tiny bubbles that masqueraded as the white stuff sprayed from electric blowers hidden in nearby trees. Christmas tunes blared from outdoor speakers, the music mixing with the rumble of a roller coaster speeding along steel tracks. The holidays have arrived in a big way for the first time at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, known more for stomach-churning rides than for heartwarming nostalgia. Similar scenes have played out in theme parks across the country in a push to boost...

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