The off-season is here and Six Flags Magic Mountain is hard at work getting ready for Fright Fest. Some preparations are being done in advance of vertical construction of Full Throttle.

Before we look inside the park let’s take a look at the awesome Season Pass Deal the park has going on until early 2013

You can currently purchase a Season Pass for the remainder of 2012 and the rest of 2013. So a full 16 months for only $64.99. In addition you can utilize the payment plan and receive your passes for $5.89 per month.

In addition, if you purchase 4 or more passes you will be automatically upgraded to the new “Gold” pass.

The Gold Pass includes Free Parking for all passes, admission and parking at all Six Flags Parks, Hurricane Harbor admission and more benefits. You can find out more at the parks website here:

Fright Fest Preparations

The entry area is getting spooky in preparations for Fright Fest

Heading into the park, more Fright Fest decorations are popping up

Nearby construction has cut the power in the area plunging the new BlackOut maze into total darkness where the panic of pounding hearts will be the only guide through the winding labyrinth. 

Announcements near the Golden Bear Theater for Fright Fest

Fright Fest Decorations are appearing under Superman/Lex Luthor

Mechanics were preparing the trains for the popular Backwards Colossus

Cursed, featuring roaming gypsies and werewolves who hunt for fresh is returning to the Tidal Wave queue

The Aftermath, where brave souls enter a post apocalyptic city inhabited by nomad warriors who rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living is returning to the Action Sports Arena.

Some props can be seen from the exit of the maze

An overview of Aftermath from the Sky Tower

Chupacabra, where guests come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes the local Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival is returning to Baja Ridge. The only visible construction from outside the maze are popcorn lights.

From the Sky Tower you can see they are working on the maze

Some Fright Fest vehicles are waiting backstage to be placed in their respective mazes/scare zones

A reincarnation of the Willoughby family’s beloved haunted mansion, Willoughby’s Resurrected, will include more hair-raising horror around each nightmarish-turn and down long harrowing hallways. Outside the entrance of the maze, no work is visible.

Black Widow, ground zero for an ever-growing blood-thirsty army of spiders that hunt and haunt at night is the last new maze for 2012 and will be in the former location of Bite II.

Fright Fest 2012 will feature the following mazes:
Blackout – Former Log Jammer Queue (New Maze)
Jokesters Hideout – Former Flashback Queue
Lecters Slaughterhouse – Gotham City
Cursed – Tidal Wave Queue
Aftermath – Action Theater
Black Widow – Samurai Summit (New Maze)
Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion – Samurai Summit (near Ninja and Sky Tower) (New Maze)
Chupacabra – Baja Ridge

Fright Fest will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – October 5 through 28.

The full Fright Fest Press Release can be seen in the following thread: Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Full Throttle

Vertical Construction has not started on Full Throttle yet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t preparing for the oncoming construction.

Survey markers are being placed throughout the area

Markers are also visible from the Superman Entry area

Soon Full Throttle will be launching riders right over this area

The Backwards Launch Tunnel

The view you will see standing above the tunnel. Watching the coaster from this spot should be fun once some of this brush is cleared.

The other part of Full Throttle construction that hasn’t received a lot of news is the full re-theme of the High Sierra Territory. Not much has been revealed on what the re-theme will include but it’s safe to say most of the High Sierra Themeing will be taken out or perhaps moved to another location in the park.

This could include the nearby arcade

The MooseBurger is also likely to be rethemed

This entire area will be closing down after Fright Fest for it’s retheme.

No word on if this will include the entry tree to Bugs Bunny World

Around the Park

Not really much more happening around the rest of the park. The “Shakes and Fries” sign is gone from the front of What The Fried. This area is likely part of the Full Throttle re-do as well.

The Off-Season has officially arrived. Lex Luthor had a 5-minute wait on a Saturday afternoon. Operations on the ride have been great with about 45 seconds between dispatches. It appears most people are intimidated by the ride, but take our word for it, it’s fun!!! Ride it.

Some kind of retaining wall is being constructed back stage. Not sure if this is part of a Fright Fest Maze or just general backstage maintenance. Our guess is the latter.

In contrast to our last update when no beverage locations were open, the Lemonade stand heading down to Apocalypse was open. Haven’t seen this location opened in awhile.

That will wrap it up for this week. Our next update we will hopefully have some more news on Fright Fest.