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.
In addition to our first Justice League tour we also got to check out the all new Aftermath 2 Chaos Rising that is coming to this years Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Be sure to check out all the great pictures and video from this amazing tour.
Written by Gregg Condon
Video of the tour including a bit of explanation of the new maze from the amazing designers
The new maze is located near Apocalypse and is the biggest maze in Fright Fest history.
Welcome to Ash Valley, who's population is probably a bit less than that now. =)
Follow the Evacuation Route and you will be safe for sure
Hmm, something isn't right here
That doesn't look good
Have you seen them?
So not only are there multiple paths through this maze (that are totally different) there's also a scare zone ... in the maze.
When you've gotta go you've gotta go
Wonder if Walter White know's what they've done to his camper
David Wally explaining a bit about the maze ... you've gotta watch the video to hear more
This maze has got a pretty high body count
Heading to the Dock and safety ... maybe. They wouldn't tell us what the ending of the maze was. We'll have to find out on Saturday.
Maze and Scare Zone location signs are up throughout the park
The Suicide Squad scare zone is looking awesome
Loved the way this picture came out
This was just added yesterday, can't wait to see it all lit up
Thanks to Mark, Pam and Scott for the amazing tour. Be sure to watch the video for more details on what is going to be in the Scare Zone
We'll of course be back at Magic Mountain this Saturday for the kick off of Fright Fest, so be sure to follow us on our social media pages for live updates all night.
This morning we realized we hadn't actually been up to Six Flags Magic Mountain since Mountain Madness, and that was at the beginning of June.
And because of a lot of stuff going on over the next month, we're not actually sure we'll be back before Fright Fest. So we figured we'd head up and take a look at what's going on at the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
At just about 10:30am they were already using the 2nd lot. Surprisingly enough, the park didn't seem too busy, but we bet Hurricane Harbor was.
Note to self, be sure to get to the park in time for Gold Pass early entry.
Note to SFMM, the fingerprint scanners are still excruciatingly slow. Not sure why the machines at this park seem to be slower than the other SF parks we've visited.
Note to girl at the left of the picture, you're at Magic Mountain ... could ya smile maybe? =)
Suicide Squad promotions at the front of the park. Even though the movie hasn't been getting great reviews, we're still very much looking forward to the Scare Zone during Fright Fest.
Random coaster shot ..
We had walked over to ride Scream as we assumed Colossus would be too long of a line. Turns out, it was a 2 train wait for the front. Or a walk on for any other row.
So let's talk Fright Fest ... the Suicide Squad Scare Zone for DC Universe is starting to get lighting.
It's pretty minimal for now since the park is open daily still.
The lights are up, just need to be untangled or something. =)
Raise your and if you knew there was Air Conditioning in the Batman queue. I dont' see any hands raised. But guess what, there is, and it was on ... and it was on GOOD. I honestly can't even remember the last time this was on. A welcome minor addition that won't get any fanfare, but we'd like to say thank you to the maintenance staff at the park for this.
Because you can't use any Olympic symbols without paying a crap load of money, be sure to check out the "Summer of Games" at the park.
Tidal Wave is back open and we totally got soaked riding it for the first time in FOR-E-VER.
Another kudos to the park for keeping small touches like this for 27+ years
They are running 2 boats, but do have to drain them once in awhile (apologies for the zoom)
Alright, let's move on to Project 2017 (which will be announced on Sept 1).
Nothing has really changed at all in this area.
So a few months ago we did a bit of project speculation (see the video below) that we'll kind of touch on here a bit. (also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, we have some awesome stuff on there)
We did a Periscope later in the day and one of the comments was something like "I forget how large that plaza is". And yes, it's actually quite large.
So here's what we know as of right now (that we can actually say):
As you can see, there's a lot of room for them to play with if they so choose.
A look at the area, it's huge. There's more to the left than what you can see in this picture.
A look at the area they are working with from Google Satellite. As you can see, they've got no shortage of room here.
So with that, let's move on to take a look at the work going on near Apocalypse for the new maze
Apocalypse is closed, supposedly for some retracking. We did see some work going on in the final turn around and it does look like some track has been removed.
The entrance to Aftermath 2
Again, apologies for the zoom, but you can see they've got a crane back here and are moving in some pretty big set pieces. Could be another reason why Apocalypse is closed.
Alrighty, that's going to wrap it up for this update from Six Flags Magic Mountain. We hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out our upcoming coverage of the Six Flags 2017 announcements on September 1st.
We're thinking of doing a YouTube live chat that night to talk about the additions but we'll figure that out closer to the announcement day.