The last few years Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been improving by leaps and bounds. Gone are the "paint on black walls" mazes that dominated the event in the 90's and early 00's and they have been replaced with fully immersive environments and the best make-up effects at any haunt in Southern California.
Written by Gregg Condon
Pictures and Video by Matthew Nelson and Gregg Condon
Welcome to Fright Fest 2016!
Unlike other theme park haunts, Fright Fest doesn't close prior to the scary stuff starting and instead a maze pass is needed to go through all of the mazes.
Due to a couple of events and the last day for "Bring a Friend Free" the park was crazy busy.
Praise on the Mountain and Fright Fest ... a match made in, well, somewhere.
A few years ago, SFMM didn't really do events for Fright Fest. The first kind of "media" event they did was a few years ago (2011) when my son and I got walked through the then all new Aftermath with a member of their PR department (this was back in the MiceChat days).
In just a few short years, 2 has grown into 96 and we couldn't be more happy for the attention this event is getting.
They've figured out how to pack their event with Theme Park Bloggers ... food!! =)
Beware of Zombies ...
Our first stop was the all new Suicide Squad scare zone
The way the scare zone is set up is the actual "Suicide Squad" are set up more like photo ops and the "underlings" are the actual scarers. This actually works very well as you can see how popular the Joker is. This was essentially as close as we got.
The sliders in this area are always amazing
There is some incredible projection mapping on the DC Universe facade. We will be going back to Fright Fest on a slightly less busy night and will get video of the amazing effects.
Be sure to check out the slideshow below for more pictures of this awesome scare zone
Next up was the awesome Aftermath 2 which we got a tour of last week. Be sure to check out that update if you missed it.
Full walk through of Aftermath
Two guesses who took these amazing pictures (hint, it was Matt)
Magic Mountain was totally amazing with the media providing some escorts so we could take pictures and video in all the mazes and walking us through all of the amazing scare zones.
Nightmares A Twisted Fantasy is always one of our favorite scare zones
The always great Demons Door has received some new effects this year
Last year the amazing Terrortory Twisted debuted at Fright Fest and this year it once again doesn't disappoint. All the fog in this area drifts over to Scream and Twisted Colossus which provides some nice effects for both those rides.
Reds Revenge which debuted a few years ago continues to improve every year and this year was no exception.
Have to admit, the first few years of Vault 666 were "fun", but it was kind of overshadowed by Reds which debuted the same year. This year, there was easily double the talent of previous years and the maze was AWESOME.
Be sure to check out our awesome video of this great maze
Toyz of Terror 3D is amazing and one of the few remaining 3D mazes
Hiding behind the short bus
Thanks again to Magic Mountain for an amazing night at Fright Fest. We'll definitely be back this year and stay tuned for a potential surprise in a few weeks.
For MUCH more amazing pictures of Fright Fest be sure to check out the slideshow below