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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 16 Sep 2012

By on 09/16/2012

I didn’t get a chance to make it over to Six Flags Magic Mountain last week, so I headed over there today to see what the Fright Fest preparations were looking like. While there was some progress, I was more surprised at the work being done for the 2013 roller coaster Full Throttle. This is my photo trip report for Sunday, September 16th.

The first thing you notice when you approach the main entrance is all of the spider webs. I’m personally not a big fan of these. They look like ripped bed sheets and they use way too many of them:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Entrance

The main entry plaza is nice and clean looking. Just pumpkin covers over the lampposts. The Hotel Transylvania ads work nicely with the Halloween theme as well:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Plaza

My first stop was the Full Throttle construction area. Imagine my surprise when I saw markers all throughout the former Whitewater Lake area. After watching the animated video of Full Throttle, I was expecting there to be a lot of left over land in this area. However, after seeing the layout through the markers, it takes up quite a bit more space than I thought it would:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

As seen from What the Fried?, most of the markers are laid out at an angle, going from the far side of the station straight towards the tunnel:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

This entire section of land does not have any markers. I thought the loop was going to be parallel to this patio. If not, there is definitely enough room here to add some fun stuff for the new themed area:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

I did spot a couple of markers up close to the Gold Rusher track. This will be where the track jumps up and over the Superman plaza. There is one marker to the left and another one hiding behind that bush to the right:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

This isn’t related to the Full Throttle build, but I spotted several of these light posts while looking through the brush around the a superman plaza. Does anyone know what they are (were?) for? At first I thought they might be used to light up the Superman plaza at night, but they are pointed up. So now I’m thinking they might have been used to light up Eagle’s Flight at night. If you know, please leave a comment and let me know:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Light

The Superman plaza had several markers as well. They were painted on the concrete and I counted a total of four of them. I initially assumed the supports would be installed on either side of the plaza, minimizing down time for Superman, but it looks like I was wrong:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

The area that was cleared on the other side of the Superman plaza has markers as well. You can see one on the bottom-left and towards the upper-right. When the track clears the plaza, this will be where the dive loop is into the tunnel:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

Looking down the back side from the plaza, I was surprised to see markers all the way on the other side of the path. You can see one on the left of the curb and another in the walkway:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

This is a close-up of the marker on the curb:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

This is a marker I spotted on the hill on the opposite side of the path. I think it’s safe to assume that the track will be going over this path:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

While I was down here, I couldn’t help but notice that the old Samurai Summit sign was gone. It was in really rough shape. What do you think? I think the three options are to refurb it, leave it off, or change it to a new theme. I can’t see them fixing a sign like this, nor can I see them just taking it down. I think something else is going on here:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Samurai Summit

Lots of markers around the entrance to the tunnel, more than I show here. Most of them looked like they were inline with the dead center of the tunnel:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

Another row of markers lead out of the center of the tunnel on the other side:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

There are a ton of markers and markings on the front side of the hill, just past the tunnel. You can see them span from the bottom all the way up to the staked marker in the top-left corner. I think it’s also funny to see the green overspray from where they once painted the Jog Jammer support columns:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle

Rumor has it that the WB Kids Club will either be demolished or moved to another part of the park as this area get an exciting new theme:

Six Flags Magic Mountain WB Kids Club

As long as they are at it, they might as well take the Freshers building that’s next to it. That’s a lot of real estate that can easily be replaced by a much smaller kiosk somewhere:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Freshers

Moving on to Fright Fest happenings, it looks as if the construction of the new Blackout maze in the old Log Jammer station is complete:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

Hmmmm…black walls, at night, in an enclosed space – it sounds like they definitely got the name of this maze right. I’m not sure if this is the entrance, exit, or both:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

From the back it looks like there are a couple of entry points as well, most likely for the cast members to come and go through:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

This is something new that wasn’t there before. It leads over to and up to the top of the new maze walls. After I thought about it for half a second, I realized that it must be for fire sprinklers that were no doubt required for the enclosed maze:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

Here’s another shot of the back, as seen from the Sky Tower. You can see how lined up all the markers are in the dirt that lead away from the station. It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are also pink markings on the concrete that line up with the stakes and continue the line all the way up to the station, at least on the far left row of stakes:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

As I made my way up to Baja Ridge, I noticed this up on top of the old Revolution queue, where the Chupacabra maze is held. It must just be a bunch of electronics for lighting and anything else that requires power for the maze:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

They had the top of the old entrance taken down and on the ground. It looks like they were gluing on some brackets or supports for something, no doubt for the maze:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

Lots of lights being strung up in the plaza. The old entrance looks kind of funny with the top taken off of it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

From above you can see the old queue where the maze is held, the top of the entrance on the ground, and and old pickup truck used as a prop for the maze:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

The Willoughby’s are moving in! Just outside of the Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion was a bunch of shelving units ready to be moved back in after the entire maze was gutted and rebuilt brand new from scratch:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Willoughby's Resurrected

Another piece waiting to be moved back in:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Willoughby's Resurrected

Moving down Samurai Summit, you can see they spared no expense on the bedsheet cobwebs. I don’t know why they make me think of that, but they do:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Samurai Summit

This is the entrance to what had previously been known as Bite II. The new maze is called Black Widow and I assume this will still be the entrance:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Black Widow

There was a huge display setup for something called Oovoo, a four-way video chat service. I would have talked to them about it, but there was nobody around:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Oovoo

All paths to the front of the Action Theater were closed to prep for the Aftermath maze:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

New to Fright Fest last year, the Aftermath maze was extremely popular and has been brought back again this year:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

The inside of the theater was made to look like a post-apocalyptic city that you must then make your way through. I’d say that they already have all the props in place, but they never moved them from last year. Since the theater is no longer used for anything else, a major waste in my opinion, everything has just been sitting there since last Fright Fest:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

The Tidal Wave queue is being transformed into the Cursed maze. During construction of the maze, everyone uses the Flash Pass entrance for access to the ride. Tidal Wave will be closed for the winter season at the end of September, so there won’t be a conflict:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Cursed

You can’t even see Tidal Wave from the midway as the camouflage has hidden it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Cursed

Cursed is the only maze I saw that already had its sign up. As an FYI, the Flash Pass entrance for Tidal Wave is just to the right of this sign, in case you were wondering:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Cursed

The massive lighting structure has been erected in front of DC Universe. If I’m not mistaken, this is where the gRAVE event is held:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest gRAVE

Lots of electronics lying around, waiting to be installed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest gRAVE

I saw this in front of Buccaneer. Somebody taped a color gel over the front of a light that was obviously way too hot for it and it completely melted. Good thing it didn’t catch on fire. I’m not sure what it’s used for, but it was pointed towards the Goliath plaza:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Light

The Wonderful Pistachios contest ended on August 28th, and the signs were taken down. However, the giant box of pistachios is still there. Think they’re still good after being out in all that heat for so long? Maybe the park should remove the top and let the guests help themselves. On second thought, bad idea. Can you imagine how many pistachios shells would be littered all over the park: That would be a very nasty mess:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Pistachio

Looks like everything is being setup for the Off With Your Head show. Or is this for the Dr. Fright’s Happily Never After? I can’t remember:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Off With Your Head

I’m glad to hear that the Jokester’s Hideout will be returning. I like that maze. When they sealed off the section of park that contains the building that it’s been housed in, I wasn’t sure if it would be coming back or not:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Jokesters Hideout

That’s it folks. Let me know if you have any specific questions I might be able to answer. Otherwise, I have a couple of new ride profiles coming out real soon.

28 Comments

  1. Gregg

    09/16/2012 at 8:00 pm

    Nice update. Not much has changed in the last week. I keep forgetting they have an extra week of FF prep vs Knott’s and USH which start this week.

    • Kurt

      09/16/2012 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks, Gregg. I’m looking forward to Knott’s haunt. We’re doing it as part of the ACE event on the 30th. I’ve never been, but I hear it’s way better than Fright Fest. Would you agree?

      • Eric

        09/16/2012 at 11:31 pm

        Knott’s Haunt is usually considered the gold standard in theme park Halloween events. In some ways, though, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is very close to equaling Haunt.

        • Magic Alumni

          09/19/2012 at 2:28 pm

          Honestly, I don’t feel the two (or three) should be compared. Knotts and USH are seperate ticketed events and designed to be a stand alone event. Fright Fest is a bonus to your normal day visit. Once Six Flags decides to close the park at 6 and then charge a seperate higher admission for Fright Fest, then I feel it will be alright to compare the two.

  2. Evan

    09/16/2012 at 8:06 pm

    Good to see some progress with Full Throttle and Fright Fest.

    I love Oovoo. I prefer Oovoo much more than Skype in my opinion.

    • Kurt

      09/16/2012 at 8:22 pm

      I’ve never heard of Oovoo before. I assume it’s a paid subscription service?

      • Evan

        09/16/2012 at 9:11 pm

        No it’s actually completely free. I use it all the time for buisness!

  3. Alex C.

    09/16/2012 at 8:12 pm

    anything on the slingshot pieces?

    • Kurt

      09/16/2012 at 8:18 pm

      Nope…still sitting untouched in the exact same spot.

  4. Andrew

    09/16/2012 at 8:40 pm

    Riddler and Scream are down to 1 train and scream seems to be getting some rehab done. Also there were plenty of people on hand at the Oovoo station yesterday but I never stopped by.

  5. Eric

    09/16/2012 at 9:28 pm

    What a great update! Lots of things going on at the Mountain!

    Did I read somewhere that “What the Fried?” is on its way out? Were there any indications of such a thing, or is that just a rumor?

    I agree that there are too many “cobwebs” at the park, and those “torn sheets” really don’t look that good. But it looks like this year’s Fright Fest is going to be impressive.

    Once Fright Fest is done, I look forward to seeing Full Throttle construction move ahead. It will be interesting to see where the loop ends up going.

    • Kurt

      09/16/2012 at 9:33 pm

      I’ve heard there might be a change there. I can see it spruced up and something else put in there, preferably a known brand, but I’d be surprised if the building went away. I don’t think they’d go that far.

    • CoasterKings908

      09/16/2012 at 9:52 pm

      I also heard that rumor and that you’ll won’t be able to get anymore Dole Whips at the Mountain.

      • Kurt

        09/16/2012 at 9:57 pm

        I’m going to be really sad if that’s true.

  6. CoasterKings908

    09/16/2012 at 9:50 pm

    Based on last year’s Fright Fest event, the stage in front of DC Universe will be used for Dr. Fright’s Happily Never After and the Golden Bear Theater will house Off With Your Head and the hypnotist show.

    • Kurt

      09/16/2012 at 9:56 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, but then where does gRAVE take place? Same stage as Dr. Fright’s?

      • SFMMCrazyPro

        09/17/2012 at 12:11 pm

        gRAVE is In DC Universe and the DJ setup is on top of the Gift Shop across from TeenTitans Pizza. So basically it’s that area.

        • Kurt

          09/17/2012 at 4:00 pm

          I just don’t remember seeing that at all last year, but thanks for the correction.

  7. Byron Lopez

    09/16/2012 at 11:36 pm

    Well I’m going to be glad that the high Sierra territoRy will be getting some life after all it hasn’t had any big crowds since the removals of the metro, flashback, log jammer and Sierra twist

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  9. Magic Alumni

    09/17/2012 at 1:02 pm

    Those poles with the boxes on top are the old speakers for the whole park announcements and music. I think they’re now just installing little speakers on top of the buildings and in the planters but I know there are still some of these around the park.

    • Kurt

      09/17/2012 at 3:58 pm

      Ahhh, that makes more sense. I thought they were really old lights whose plastic lenses had been aged into opaqueness.

  10. Zac

    09/17/2012 at 9:48 pm

    im almost positive that What the Fried? will be taken down. Literally, that building has been then a long time and never been refurbished, it has leaking cielings, no air conditioning, and doesnt make enough money. A resturant will be moved to the palace arcade across the midway. Apparently full throttle might need the space that What the Fried? occupies.

    • Kurt

      09/17/2012 at 10:31 pm

      That doesn’t surprise me. If you follow the path of the markers exiting the tunnel, they lead directly towards the WTF? building, which would allow for the final turn back into the station after the top hat element. It would also explain why they put such a rinky-dink food operation in such a prime location in the front of the park – because it’s only temporary.

    • Eric

      09/18/2012 at 11:01 am

      The building that WTF? is in dates back to 1971 when the park opened. It’s been a few different things, but for the most part unchanged. Tearing it down to make way for Full Throttle’s loop and final approach to the station makes sense. There are a lot of older buildings in the park that were once quick snack stands that can/should be replaced with more modern facilities. But, as we all know, that takes time and money and doesn’t seem like it’s on the top of Six Flags’ list of to-do items.

      • Zac

        09/22/2012 at 9:08 am

        after fright fest, so many questions will begin to be answered, time will tell

  11. Ash

    10/05/2012 at 1:58 pm

    with all the new theming and everything, has Mooseburger Lodge closed (or is it even there anymore?)

    • Kurt

      10/05/2012 at 2:10 pm

      It’s still there and open for business. However, the real question will be what happens to it when they start the re-theme for Full Throttle. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t re-themed to something else.

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