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    Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    In The Parks was invited out to Six Flags Magic Mountain last weekend to get a walk-through of some of their Fright Fest mazes.

    Note: Six Flags Magic Mountain does not allow photo's or video to be taken inside mazes, we were given special access and were escorted through the mazes. Please follow all park rules regarding photo's and video.


    Fright Fest is being touted as "Bigger and Better" than ever. Let's take a look around the park and through the mazes and decide for ourselves.

    The park entrance is all decked out in Halloween during the day and through the evening.
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    Unlike other parks, the park does not close prior to Fright Fest starting, so warnings are posted for families.
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    Access to the mazes is only $10 ($8 for Season Passholders or if you purchase in advance online) in addition to park admission
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    Most people don't know this, but this fog machine near revolution is the source of all the Fright Fest goodness.
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    Fright Fest Starts at 7pm so there is plenty of time during the day to see what Fright Fest activities are available as well as check out the decorations throughout the park.
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    Returning this year is Colossus Backwards
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    Due to the recent re-tracking done on the ride, it's much better than in years past
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    As always, the over-sized Black Widow is a part of Colossus
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    Over at X2, X2:Area 19 is back this year
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    Unfortunately this Alien has seen better days
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    There are props throughout the queue line as well as a new video and audio on the ride.
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    Also new this year is "Fright Feast", this is the parks answer to the Pre-Scare dinner at Knott's. The All You Can Eat Buffet in Mooseburger is good, but the highlight are the monsters walking around and the singers from "Off with your head" serenading you while you eat.

    Fright Feast is $25 if you purchase at the park, or $20 if you purchase online before your visit.
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    The Monsters are very interactive and will actually come and join you for dinner.
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    The singers from "Off With Your Head"
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    As Sunset begins, the park starts getting a little more "scary".
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    The evening starts off with a show in front of DC Universe with some interesting characters. All of the shows that we saw at Fright Fest had fantastic singers.
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    There are 5 scare-zones at Fright Fest, the biggest is City Under Siege in DC Universe
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    The Talent in this scare zone is very awesome
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    Like many Haunt type events, this area has the very popular sliders
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    The Mazes

    Shortly after Fright Fest began, we started our walk-through of the mazes. As a reminder, MiceChat had permission and an escort through the mazes. Magic Mountain does NOT allow photo's or video of their mazes.

    Let's start off with the new mazes

    The Aftermath

    To say that The Aftermath is the biggest and best maze that Fright Fest has ever done would be an understatement. If this is the direction that Fright Fest will be going in the future, they are heading in the right direction.

    The outskirts of The Aftermath are the new scare zone "The Wastelands"

    As seen during the day
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    And at night
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    The entrance to the maze
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    The maze utilizes the "Action Sports Theater" and all it's available effects.

    The Maze starts off with a very disorienting dark hallway filled with fog which sets up the "Aftermath" theme very well.

    Once inside the maze, the talent has a LOT of room to work their magic.
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    One thing that Magic Mountain does better than the other Haunt events in Southern California is crowd control. There are no "Haunted Lines" here. They let no more than 10-15 people through the mazes at any given time, with generally a minute or more between groups.

    There is always room for the talent to work when it's not wall-to-wall people
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    The Aftermath has a post-apocalyptic theme
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    Yes, there are fire effects inside the maze ... something no other maze in So-Cal can claim
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    Bonus points to whoever can tell us where this prop came from (yes we know, we are asking you)
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    One of the other new mazes for this year is "Cursed". This is the same spot where the Zombie maze was last year so it's really more of a "walk-through" scare zone. That being said, I did think the theme worked better than the Zombie maze last year.
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    The Cursed Maze contains a lot of fog, which is always a good thing
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    The last new maze of the year is Chupacabra, located (fittingly) in Baja Ridge. For those of you familiar with the park, the maze utilizes the old Revolution Queue. There isn't a whole lot of room to work with, but they have done a great job
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    The maze is sponsored by Fanta
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    Beware the Chupacabra
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    This truck is supposed to be filled with Fanta, maybe by this weekend
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    The facade at night. I love how they've used the existing facade and really changed the look of it at night.
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    Inside the maze, the talent was great
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    Once again, a fog-filled maze = a good thing
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    Heading up the hill to Samurai Summit are the two permanent mazes, Willoughby's Haunted Mansion and Bite II ... as well as the Exile Hill scare zone.

    Willoughby's Haunted Mansion, now the 2nd best maze at Fright Fest
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    Also up on the hill is Bite II, which seemed a bit shorter this year, but was still great
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    Bite II is, not surprisingly, a vampire theme maze
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    The Exile Hill Scare Zone
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    The talent up here has the best hiding spots
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    The last maze on our tour is another returning maze, Lecter's Slaughterhouse. This maze seemed much longer and much improved over last year.
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    The Talent in this maze was really great
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    Overall, Magic Mountain has really upped their game with Fright Fest this year, and the added mazes and scarezones are worth the price increase for the bracelets.
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    The park also offers a "Premium" bracelet for $25 which will give you front of the line access to the mazes.

    In addition, they are offering a special deal for those of you without Season Passes.

    For $99 you get park admission, Premium Maze Bracelet, Fear Feast and Free Parking. You can find all of the information regarding the mazes, scare-zones, ticket prices and more at the Fright Fest website.
    Fright Fest 2011 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
    We are hoping to head up to Fright Fest again before the end of their run to get some more pictures of the other scare zones.
    Last edited by sir clinksalot; 10-11-2011 at 02:25 PM.

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Good review. Still doesn't look like my cup of tea though. LOVE that there's fire effects in Aftermath. Maybe within the next 2 or 3 years it'll up it's game even more and actually invest in some masks instead of the facepaint stuff :-/

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Great report! Glad to see they are improving the mazes.
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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    After Knotts and then Universal, this looks right up my alley! Thanks for the pictures and explanations. Well done!

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Very nice report. Looks like someday I need to go up there for that.
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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Even though it does look better than it did when I went three years ago, I was thinking about checking it out this Friday, but seeing the "quality" of the haunted houses made my decision. Chupacabra, Cursed, Warehouse, Byte and Lector's look like home haunts just stuffed into a theme park. The Aftermath just looks like one big scarezone but embellished with existing fire effects and big space to make it sound like it's really big. The only somewhat descent haunted houses are Jokester's and Willoghby's--both of which I've already seen a few years ago.

    I think I'll just go to HHN for a third time, Knott's, Old Town and Reign of Terror.

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    ^ The pictures don't really do Aftermath justice. There is more to the maze than what is shown in the pictures. It really is pretty awesome and most certainly a step in the right direction.


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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Thank you Sir Clinksalot. Looks much better than in years past.
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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Quote Originally Posted by In the Parks View Post
    In The Parks was invited out to Six Flags Magic Mountain last weekend to get a walk-through of some of their Fright Fest mazes.
    We are hoping to head up to Fright Fest again before the end of their run to get some more pictures of the other scare zones.
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    Yes, there are fire effects inside the maze ... something no other maze in So-Cal can claim
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    Bonus points to whoever can tell us where this prop came from (yes we know, we are asking you) it from the car fire in the Apocalypse










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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    I for one am glad that Fanta is sponsoring the "Mexican" maze. The report is great makes me want to go twice. Thanks for the report.
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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    This report was so scary, I DID go twice!

    Awesome photos and reportage!

    Fantastic FrightFest Fun!
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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    Quote Originally Posted by mickeyfan4ever View Post
    . Bonus points to whoever can tell us where this prop came from (yes we know, we are asking you) it from the car fire in the Apocalypse
    Nope, I'm not talking about the fire effect (and it's not from Apocalypse). I'm talking about the tipped over statue.


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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    I guess if I had a pass it would be worth checking out, but I don't think I want to ay like $65 dollars for the whole thing.

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

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    Re: Pictures and Review of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest

    I haven't been to Six Flags in YEARS! Looking at what they have going on for Halloween makes me want to go, seems like a good deal to spend the day in the park and then stay for the Halloween stuff.

    Sadly I've got too many things going on this month to really go to any more Halloween events, but I am surely going to visit next year. I recall your trip report from 2010 and it does seem like Six Flags is heading in a good direction with their Halloween event.


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