Six Flags Magic Mountain’s biggest Fright Fest Ever

Written by Gregg Condon. Posted in In the Parks, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Southern California Parks

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Published on October 03, 2012 at 8:15 pm with 10 Comments

Fright Fest 2012 begins Friday, October 5th at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Today, we have an EXCLUSIVE first look at one of the new mazes this year, Willoughby’s Resurrected, as well as some news on one of the other new mazes this year, Blackout.

Willoughby’s Resurrected
Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion was the long-standing permanent maze located in the former location of the Magic Pagoda in Samurai Summit near Ninja. This is one of the stand-out mazes for Fright Fest every year with a core group of talent that make sure guests would get a decent amount of “scares” in the maze. This year they have completely gutted the entire maze and rebuilt the experience, with little left that resembles anything from years past.

The first evident change at Willoughby’s is the facade, which actually looks like a haunted house.


After waiting in line, guests will enter a holding area inside of the maze. There is a surprise element that I won’t spoil for you, it’s that good.

Once inside, we are led by a butler into the Mansion.

In this corridor you will see some paintings of the Willoughby’s that give an
indication as to what is coming throughout the maze.



As we move further through the maze we start to see some of the technology that is being used with the level of precision normally only seen at Universal.

The set pieces being used throughout the maze are impressive


Anybody ready for some dinner?



Into the bathroom

Neal (Director of Park Operations) demonstrates one of the effects for us

Heading through another hallway we see additional images of ghouls that can’t seem to get out

The Music room was one of my personal favorite scenes


The detail is even shown on the wallpaper throughout the mansion

The Library was another strong scene

Up into the attic, more new effects are used.

Finally we are led outside into the garden.


The maze is one of the most well themed mazes we’ve seen, and not just at Magic Mountain. The park has transformed one of their most popular mazes into one of the marquee haunted attractions in Southern California. We can’t wait to see the maze with all of the talent this weekend.

Fright Fest Preparations
Willoughby’s Resurrected isn’t the only thing to look forward to at Fright Fest this year. The park has been pulling out all the stops to truly transform the event. Below, we will detail what else is coming for Fright Fest, plus different options for getting into fright fest and some of our suggestions on how to make the most out of your visit to Fright Fest.

Preparations for Fright Fest are happening around the park.

This year they are going to have a more permanent location for the Maze passes at the entrance to the park in front of Flags.

This should make lines go quicker for guests and make things easier on employees

Heading up to Baja Ridge, the maze Chupacabra is coming back for it’s second year.

 This was a fun maze last year with lots of great talent.

Heading up to Roaring Rapids and Tatsu, the “Gypsy Hollow” scare zone is being prepared

Near Apocalypse, a new stage is being constructed which will be a dance area.

This Saturday (October 6) is Resident Evil night. You can get a special admission ticket if you pre-order the game at GameStop, they will also have demo’s of the game at the park for guests to play.
The Waste Lands outside of the breakout maze from last year “After Math” is taking shape

 Since the After Math is a maze that is almost completely outside, we recommend waiting until it’s completely dark before experiencing this maze.

Lights and Lazers are being set up for City Under Siege in DC Universe

A new stage show is being set up in front of DC Universe. As you can see, the props being used are above and beyond anything the park has done for this show before.

More Haunt Themeing has been placed under Superman

The other new maze for this year is Blackout, placed in the former queue of Log Jammer. The backstory for this maze is that nearby construction has knocked out all power. The development of this maze may seem rather simple, but the execution of the maze is something that has us very excited.

From what we understand, guests will be placed in groups of 8 people and each person will grab a section of a rope. The lead person will have a pen-light and will attempt to lead the group of 8 through the maze. The switch-backs from Log Jammer have all been removed which means there is plenty of room for  twists and turns along the pitch black path. Who knows what terror awaits before you come out the other side.


The Hearse is back at the front of the park


The last new maze for this year is Black Widow, placed in the former location of Bite II. If Willoughby’s is any indication, this should be another great maze.


Fan Favorite, Jokesters Hideout 3D is also coming back this year.

Jokesters as seen from the Sky Tower

There are still a couple of props backstage waiting to be placed near their respective mazes, including one for Jokesters.

Overall, this looks to be a huge step forward for Fright Fest and one that shouldn’t be missed for Halloween Fans. In addition, to all of the mazes and shows, the following rides will be available with the Fright Fest experience

  • Colossus Backwards
  • Thumper Bumpers
  • X2: Area 19
  • Terror Tracks (Batman, Goliath, Tatsu, Apocalypse, Viper, Riddlers Revenge) IN THE DARK!
General information link from Six Flags Fright Fest website: http://frightfest.sixflags.com/magicmountain
Here you will find all the information you need for maze description, ticket options and prices, photo’s, videos and even how you can win tickets to Fright Fest.
There’s a new Fright Fest commercial the park put out earlier this week:
  • Online tickets are $44.99 which includes admission to the parks but do not include the mazes once Fright Fest begins
  • Maze Passes are $13 ($10 for Passholders) / Express Maze passes are $30 ($25 for Passholders)
  • Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s is $24.99  (We did get a sneak peek at the location for Fright Feast and it’s going to be a fun time)
  • Monster Pack is $99.99. This includes park admission, Express Maze Pass, Fright Feast and Parking (This is in our opinion the best value if you do not have a Season Pass)
  • You can also get a 2013 Season Pass for only $64.99 (or $5.89 per month) that will get you in to Fright Fest (but does not include the Maze pass)
Our thanks to Entertainment Manager Scott Sterner, Marketing Supervisor Jody Hutchinson and Director of Park Operations Neal Thurman who were kind enough to take us on our walk-through.
Fright Fest is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October. The park is open 10:30 to midnight on Friday and Saturdays and 10:30 to 11:00 on Sundays.

 

About Gregg Condon

Gregg Condon, also affectionately known as Sir Clinksalot, is MiceChat's Six Flags reporter. He is frequently featured in MiceChat's In The Parks columns.

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  • mratigan

    Looks great
    Glad to see them stepping up there game

  • jcruise86

    Thanks, Gregg!
    You wrote, “The maze is one of the most well-themed mazes we’ve seen, and not just at Magic Mountain. The park has transformed one of their most popular mazes into one of the marquee haunted attractions in Southern California.”
    Wow! If Six Flags keeps allowing us to spend the day at the park and then go to their mazes in the evening with just a reasonable upcharge, I’ll make the trip in a year or two at the latest. Gotta try Lex Luxor’s drop ride, the backwards Superman and. . . actually that’s it. I’ll bring a book.

    • jcruise86

      Sure Willoughby is up to no good in “Sense & Sensibility,” but who’d have thought that 6 Flags of all people would top the hastily written “Pride, Prejudice & Zombies” with the ultimate Jane Austen nightmare? PLEASE tell me that Marianne Dashwood dashes his brains out with wood!

    • Gregg Condon

      Honestly, I was expecting to go in and it to be a re-hash of the former Willoughby’s. Lots of black lighting, things painted on walls, etc. What I saw was far and above anything I expected it to be. It’s truly amazing.

      They were also doing a little bit of work in a couple of area’s so I didn’t even see the entire thing in it’s completed state. It’s going to be a good one!!

  • SoCalbma

    Wow, the pictures of Willoughby’s Resurrected looks very exciting indeed.

    Planning on visiting Fright Fest sometime this month. Hope it turns out to be a good experience. Might even get the express pass depending on how crowded it is.

    • Gregg Condon

      I think we’ll end up at Fright Fest a few times this month. Still trying to figure out what day we are going to head up this weekend. My son is pushing for Resident Evil night of course. :)

      After getting our sneak peek at Willoughby’s he’s more excited than ever for FF this year.

  • RonNYC

    Wow, that maze does look amazing. Being a permanent maze does that mean it’s there for the entire operating season of the park or just for Fright Fest?

    As for themeing, it looks terrific and nothing at all like I’d come to expect from a Six Flags park.

    Thanks for the update. Willoughby’s Resurrected looks like something worth checking out!

    • Gregg Condon

      I don’t think they’ll open it up other than Fright Fest, they didn’t with the previous incarnation. But who knows, I certainly think it would work as a simple walk-through attraction even without any of the monsters in there.

  • CoasterKings908

    Never, in my wildest imagination, would I have expected to see this great of quality at the park. I really like the direction management is heading and can’t wait for future seasons to come.

  • JMazz

    Jcruise, I was thinking the same thing (value of time in park + FF). This keeps us away for the past years due to lack of general admin for day guests. If they up the number of day hours, then this is def a target location for next yrs roadtrip!