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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2015
Review by Steve Rowin -
Magic Mountain, best known for its extreme roller coaster rides in Southern California turns on the fear with it’s Fright Fest! Fright Fest is an add-on ticketed event, meaning general admission gets you in the park all day and up until closing. With no extra charge you get to see the park transform as darkness falls. At 7pm, creatures of all types invade the park and spread out into every dark corner they can find. No place is safe! As the night begins the fog rolls in, creepy things come out and screams can be heard all over the mountain. In addition to the spooky transformation of the park, Magic Mountain offers up several haunted houses / mazes as well as entertainment on the main stage with dancers, DJs and bands.
Some of the Fright Fest extras that visitors who don’t buy the haunt bracelet can see are the scare zones, areas filled with fog, lighting, scary sounds and monsters. The largest being the “Terrortory Twisted” area near Twisted Colossus and my favorite “Nightmares” on the opposite side of the park. Nightmares was really dark with Blacklights everywhere so the creepy creepers were glowing. I liked it because it was an isolated path away from all the lights and noise in the park making it one of the more spooky areas.
There are seven haunted attractions throughout the park. Each with it’s own theme, as with all big haunted attractions everyone will have their favorites. My top 3 were Vault 666, Red’s Revenge and Toyz of Terror 3D. I also appreciated that the staff was only allowing small groups in at a time, staggering the flow. There’s nothing worse than standing in a line inside a haunt and that was not a problem at all at Fright Fest.
Vault 666 -
This maze had a real strong story setup right from the start. About 10 of us were lead inside the building which resembled a dirty factory. As we entered, there was a security command post with big screens showing cameras throughout the facility. As we are being told about the company, a laboratory that does strange experimentation, the security room lighting ups and alarms sound. From there I’ll leave the rest a mystery but I will say the quality of the sets and the characters inside were on point. What made this my favorite was the effort to set up the scene from the beginning then letting things go horribly wrong!
Red’s Revenge -
I guess she was tired of that wolf stalking her? In this story Red and her demonic minions hunt the wolf! A good mix of scenery and scary stuff, a forest like adventure where we encounter giant spiders and of course Red who doesn’t look like the little girl in the fairytale. Instead, her face is distorted and witch like.
Toyz of Terror 3D
A classic 3D maze, Toyz of Terror had really amazing 3D artwork throughout. With the 3D glasses everything popped out including plenty of scary dolls and freakish things. The pace of this haunt was good and there were lots of characters. Plenty of classic effects made this one really fun! It’s hard to describe the 3D experience except to say that it’s worth waiting for!
Willoughby’s Resurrected -
Located up on top of the hill, Willoughby’s is a classic spooky themed maze that takes place in an old house. True to the theme we go room to room through this once affluent Victorian mansion full of evil spirits. I love classic “Halloween” themed mazes and Willoughhby’s hit the spot on that level. This was a heavily themed haunt one of the bigger budget haunts that was visually impressive!
Blood Thirsty Creatures. This one seemed thin on the blood, pretty much a maze without much theming or sets. It wasn’t something I’d wait for if the line was long. Probably one of the least favorite of all the attractions.
Garden of Darkness -
The Garden was another maze only, low themed haunt. I think it has potential and could be great but it was too bright and the “things” didn’t have much surprise factor working for them. Garden of Darkness just needs to turn the lights down, be dark, filled with fog and add some great sound effects. Simple isn’t always bad in fact it can be really scary when done right. With plenty of time in the season for tweaks I’d give it a try and see how it is during your visit.
The Aftermath -
I was waiting for Mad Max to save us! Instantly upon entering, the creative team did a great job of making the space chaotic! With the sound of voices over bullhorns urging people to get out and helicopters flying overhead the space felt realistic! Some other notable features were a giant fireball that blasted up right near us in the war zone like cityscape. Only downside was that it was a bit short compared to all the other mazes which were pretty long.
Visiting Fright Fest was a fun and unique experience. Unlike other types of Haunted attractions I’d say Magic Mountain’s event is best as a mix between daytime Magic Mountain and Halloween extras throughout the park at night. Because the park stays open during the transition to Fright Fest, the park was busy but the lines for the haunted houses weren’t very long until later in the night. In addition to the mazes there is a full lineup of entertainment on the main stage near the front of the park. From DJs to dance crews, to full live bands dressed as skeletons it was a great place to end the night after the mazes and coasters!
(9/29/15) Activision has teamed up with Six Flags Magic Mountain to create a unique Fright Fest haunt creation. The park’s Apocalypse wooden coaster has been transformed into ‘Shadows of Evil”, themed to the 1940’s themed Shadows of Evil zombie mode that will be part of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
(9/7/15) Today is the last day to ride Revolution... click here for the details.
(8/26/15) Screamscape sources tell us that one of the GCI Millennium Flyer trains from the now closed ROAR coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom arrived at Six Flags St. Louis this week. The two trains from ROAR were rumored to be sent out to the two Six Flags parks that could use them as spare trains... or for spare parts, for American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis and Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I would expect the other train to already have arrived at SFMM by now as well.
2016 - The New Revolution - Confirmed - (9/16/15) A quick update on those new Revolution trains coming in 2016. According to further reports, Magic Mountain is "designing them in-house", but will contract out the work to build them.
Also, while new effects are being considered for the ride when it reopens, one of the old long removed effects of having strobe-lights in the tunnel, was already confirmed as NOT returning in 2016 for one reason or another.
(9/14/15) I'm told that Six Flags Magic Mountain answered some questions about The New Revolution over the weekend at the West Coast Bash event, where they said that they were building the custom new Revolution trains themselves. I'm not sure if this means they are really going to manufacture them on-site, or if they are simply overseeing the plans for what they want and contracting out the labor and manufacturing to unknown 3rd parties.
(9/7/15) According to a tweet from Six Flags Magic Mountian today will be the last day to ride Revolution before they begin work to turn it into The New Revolution for 2016. The park will have a DJ, music and more at the ride from 12-8pm for everyone to get their final rides.
One thing I've been curious about is to find out who will provide the new trains for The New Revolution. While the initial thought many had was that they would probably buy the same new trains that Hersheypark did a couple of years ago for sister-ride, SooperDooperLooper, I don't see that happening at all as those trains were produced by Gerstlauer. If you've forgotten, Six Flags and Gerstlauer have been locked into lawsuits and disputes as part of the fallout from the accident on the Texas Giant a few years ago, where Gerstlauer provided the lap-bar only train for that particular attraction. So with Gerstlauer out of the picture, who's left to make the new trains for Revolution.
(9/3/15) The park will at long last renovate and restore the park’s classic Revolution coaster in 2016 with all new trains and promise an improved ride experience.