Today we're headed into the terror of Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain, home to some of the best scare zones and talent at any event in Southern California.
We have lots of pictures and video to show off. Enjoy!!
Pictures by Matthew Nelson and Gregg Condon
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Fright Fest 2017 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
This years maze pass prices:
New this year is Club 6 Feet Under which is also included with the VIP Tour
You get a chance to hang out with some friends
Before we head into the event, be sure to check out our video of Highlights from Fright Fest 2017
Our first stop was the all new Scare Zone "Damned in Disguise" (and Justice League since some of us hadn't ridden yet)
The new Scare Zone is awesome
It's always fun catching up with old friends
Hall of Justice looks amazing all lit up for Fright Fest
Aftermath 2 is back
A blast from Fright Fest past
Red is back for her revenge
One of our favorites
The last of the 3D mazes in Southern California is still going strong
Willoughby's is back ... gotta be honest here, it seemed very "dead" in here, and not in the good Fright Fest Scary way. In fact, a couple of the mazes were very quiet, no music, sound effects or talent. Just a lot of walking around in dead spaces.
But it was opening night, we'll be back in a couple of weeks and hopefully will see a bit more life in some of these mazes.
Give me food ...
Ok, this maze has definitely worn out it's welcome 3 years ago. It's definitely time for a change here. We saw maybe 2 monsters in the entire maze and a blackout and security guard having a conversation. Why? Because nobody was coming through the maze at all.
Terrortory Twisted is one of the most photogenic scare zones
Exile Hill is always one of our favorite scare zones
Nun's hanging out in Demons Door ... something you don't see every day
Overall another solid year for Fright Fest. We absolutely love their scare zones, the new maze Dead End is a LOT of fun as well.
Despite a couple of mazes needing a freshening up or replacement it's still one of the most solid events in Southern California and worth a visit or two.
One other note: They will NOT be doing the Rage of the Gargoyles VR on Revolution so be sure you ride this amazing coaster in "Classic" mode until Holiday In The Park begins.
Recently we had the opportunity to check out the Christmas spectacular at Six Flags Great Adventure, “Holiday In the Park” . After premiering just a few short years ago, this event has quickly become a not to miss holiday event and easily our favorite Christmas event in the North East.
We'll also have a quick look at Justice League: Battle for Metropolis
Written by Chris Con
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Since this special time of year is all about spending time with your loved ones and families, we traveled with our preschooler and kindergartener. While we love Six Flags collections of world class roller coasters and rides, this event is so family friendly that we had a wonderful time just enjoying the different holiday attractions.
Walking into the park your are greeted by an incredible Christmas tree that magically comes alive every 30 minutes with dancing lights and festive music.. This is not to be missed.
Your little ones can meet Santa (they do a great photo op here too which is much better than most mall Santa set ups), send a letter to the North Pole, listen to the spectacular live singers, and even roast s’mores at one of the many numerous fire pits. If all Great Adventure offered was this and the spectacular light displays, it would be a top notch event, but as a special Christmas gift for all of us, you also have a collection of top notch coasters to ride between all the merriment.
It should be noted as well that the Joker does run during this event..
We also got a look at Justice League construction. Looks to be about as far along as Magic Mountain's. But since this park is going to be closed for a few months this is likely the last look we'll get until it opens in Spring.
Thanks for reading, we hope you all enjoyed our look at Holiday In The Park at Six Flags Great Adventure. Thanks again to the park for having us out to check out the event. We can't wait for next season!!
Now that Halloween Season is done and we have a few weeks until Holiday Season events begin it's time to look at some 2017 attractions and see their progress.
Can you believe we've never really had an update for Justice League since it was announced? Just our tour in September. So we'll check the progress of Magic Mountain's first dark ride as well as taking a look around the park.
We'll also have some thoughts on the new VR Experience coming to the park for Holiday In The Park.
Written by Gregg Condon
It was a rare "rainy" morning in Southern California, but because it was the last weekend for Fright Fest the park was actually kind of busy even for a Friday morning.
These are new'ish? Promoting The New Revolution and other things. Santa's going to be taking over The New Revolution for Holiday In The Park (more thoughts on that below).
Well, maybe not so busy first thing in the morning. ;)
It was also the last weekend for the Suicide Squad scare zone, all indications are that this was a 1-and-done deal and it won't be back for Fright Fest next year.
However, with the new Metropolis area near Riddler's Revenge and Justice League they could conceivably keep Suicide Squad here and move the Sinister Circuit over to Metropolis. Will be interesting to see which way they go.
As we mentioned in our 2016 Haunt Wrap Up, while the scare zones at SFMM were again amazing, there was a lot of dead space at the back of the park. We think this is because the area around Riddler's was eventually supposed to be closed for FF but was kept open at the last minute.
Alright, let's move on to Metropolis where there have been some big ... ok, we can't lie. There's been nothing going on since our Tour in September.
As you can see through the fence (sorry about that, it's tough getting pics of this project) there has been some ground leveling, but that's really about it.
While the ride building in Georgia is completely built, here we got nothing.
Hopefully these bushes will get trimmed during construction, purely selfish reasons for that. ;)
In just a couple of weeks Santa will be back here.
And this area will be filled with Christmas lights.
A couple of thoughts on "Santa's Wild Sleigh Ride" coming to The New Revolution for Holiday In The Park:
I don't think we've made any secret that we aren't a huge fan of the VR coasters. The experience is great but the negative impact on the rides they are on is difficult to handle for people who just want to ride the ride.
So for Holiday In The Park 2014 when you'd ride Revolution at night one of the best experiences was flying through the trees of lights, even though at the time Revolution wasn't a fun coaster to ride. Obviously Revolution was closed in 2015.
So now for 2016 instead of being able to once again ride The New Revolution through the lights and trees they now have VR on it. Which is a shame although we do like the concept of different themes for different holidays.
Our suggestion to the park, do the VR during the day and then have awesome non-VR night rides through the trees and all of the lights that will be near Rapids Camp and the front of the park.
Most of the other parks that have VR do limited operating hours to allow people to just ride the coasters they are on. Given all the amazing work done to make The New Revolution great again it's a shame it hasn't been run with no VR to give people a chance to ride this amazing ride.
To make things worse, the Single Rider line has been removed from the ride, so if you do want to ride with No VR as a single rider you are no longer able to. (again, sorry about the picture quality here, not sure what happened)
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at the park in, wow, just over 2 weeks for Holiday In The Park (which begins on November 19).
Hopefully there will be another tour of Justice League soon once they start vertical construction.
This past Friday we got an exclusive opportunity to get a back stage look at the amazing Fright Fest make-up process at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Scott Ramp has put together one amazing team to bring terror to the mountain and it shows each and every night of the event.
Written by Gregg Condon
Here is where all the magic happens
There are so many different techniques in use. Some set characters get the same makeup design every night.
Prosthetic's are a big part of some designs as well.
Everybody in this room absolutely loves what they do and is so good at it. They all couldn't have been more welcoming to me and allowing me to get pictures of their process.
Working hard and having a great time doing it
Some characters in process that you may recognize from Fright Fest
So part of the process was me getting made up and then scaring in Aftermath.
My first stop was Wardrobe where the amazing Kevin made me up in awesome attire and then went to town with some blood and scissors. How fun!!
A before shot, looks kind of silly doing "Zombie Face" without the Zombie Makeup.
And then it was off to over an hour of makeup and it was SO fun. The amazing Alanna Suen did such an amazing job as you'll see in the time-lapse below.
A few words I heard were "perfect canvas" and "great model". I can assure you that's the first and last time I'll ever hear that.
But it was awesome that she didn't have any restrictions and could just show off her amazing talent. And amazing talent it is.
Some close up details, I barely recognized myself.
Thanks again to Six Flags Magic Mountain for allowing me to come up for this amazing night, hopefully we will be able to do this again sometime.
A HUGE thanks to Scott Ramp for being so awesome and for all of the hard work you and your team do every night to make our Fright Fest experience so amazing.
And finally, to Alanna Suen, thank you for making the night so fun and for assuring me I'm not one of those "annoying bloggers". ;)
We’ve been incredibly impressed this year with all the changes and additions Great Adventure has made to their annual Fright Fest event. This up charge attraction seems to just keep getting better with age.
For guests that have previously experienced fright fest numerous improvements await them this year.
We've also got some EXCLUSIVE pics of Justice League Battle for Metropolis as well as a look at Rage of the Gargoyles.
Written by Chris Connolly
Perennially, The Dead Man’s Party: Graveyard Rock has been the official start to the Fright Fest festivities. This year numerous improvements have been made to the event including a noticeable addition of production value with more dancers, ghouls, lasers and pyrotechnics on stage. The largest improvement though, has been the complete relocation of the event into the former Batman Stunt Show Theater. This gives the event formal seating and improved sight lines for all guests. It also allows the party to go on throughout the entire length of Fright Fest. We saw dancers still rocking on stage at 10:00pm as we rode up the lift of hill of Nitro.
Another new entertainment addition this year is Slash, an illusionist that mixes gore and dark humor. Think “traditional magic show” meets “horror movie”. The show is located in the Adventure Theater and is performed multiple times each evening. Its another great new use of Six Flags using their existing venues to add new entertainment.
Guests entering the Dark Carnival area of Fright Fest will also be entertained by two new shows. The Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth which is an entertaining dark clowns meets carnival barker humor and Bilkum, Burnham & Laughs Side Show Spectacular which needs to be seen to be believed.
The other noticeable change to the non uncharge events is The Awakening (a parade of ghosts and ghouls that starts the events as become more of an informal walking of the scare actors to each of their mazes. You can refer to our coverage last year of the event to see how the awakening was much more of a formal parade. The diminishing of this event might seem like a negative on paper, but it allows the scare actors to surprise guests in more organic nature; and they are all doing an amazing job of that this year. Scare actors seem to be hidden in nearly every public area.
Mazes and scare zones
Big Top Forgotten Carnival - This remains one of my favorite mazes where it appears that they may have added additional set pieces. The make up of the actors, the use of 3D glasses and the heavy use of black lighting and back light paint really make this a must see attraction
The Manor- The manor is one of Great Adventures oldest attractions and like its sister maze Total Darkness is probably in need of retirement soon. These mazes do serve one singular purpose and that is allowing the mazes to open 3:00pm since this and the dark carnival are the only indoor mazes. While we enjoy both of these mazes we have noticed no changes or “plussing” to them in recent years.
Voodoo Island- Voodoo Island Seemed really amped up this year with changes to make the maze seem more claustrophobic and added spots for the scare actors to really surprise you. This was easily the most improved maze this year.
Waste Land- Waste Land remains another maze that has change little over the years. This year we were fortunate enough to have some of the most amazing scare actors which made a maze we typically aren’t impressed by, a must do.
Blood Shed - Best outdoor theming. Great scare actors. interesting layout. Since this is a relatively new maze we won’t give away too many spoilers. But this is not to be missed.
Cell Block 6- If we had to give you just one reason to visit Fright Fest this year, it is the new maze Cell Block 6. Six Flags has truly outdone themselves with this prison themed maze. This maze is easily on the level of anything Universal has ever done. The scare actors are top notch, the theming is amazing, the layout is unprecedented. Do not miss this.
Of course if all of these things seem a little too scary for you or the younger members of your party, there are numerous events during the day with no frights including a great Trick or Treat Trail, Dance Parties and Character Meet and Greets. There are also safe areas throughout the park if being scared isn’t your cup of tea.
All in all, we felt Great Adventure took an already amazing event and kicked it up many notches in nearly all aspects of the event. If you can only visit one haunt in the north east this year, this is that event.
We've also got a few surprises ... first, we got an exclusive look at Justice League. It's not much more than dirt right now but thank you to the park for allowing us to get these awesome pics.
Next up, we've got some great pictures of Rage of the Gargoyle's VR
Lastly we thought we'd share some park photos since we don't have as many updates from this great park as we'd like.