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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 26 Sep 2012

By on 09/26/2012

I’m not sure why Six Flags Magic Mountain was open today, but I took advantage of it and hopped over there for a quick update. Is it because it’s Yom Kippur? Either way, here are the changes I saw since my last report.

The first thing I noticed upon entering the park was a new addition to the side of Flags:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Sep 2012

It’s a giant countertop, facing away from the building, and there are several holes towards the back of the counter, like for keyboard and monitor cables to drop through. There are also cubby holes underneath and it looked like it was wired for power. It looks like they are setting up to sell something from here. Based on the goofy cart setup they tried using last year, my guess is that this will be where they will be selling the Fright Fest maze wristbands:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Sep 2012

I do not ever remember seeing a sign like I saw on Revolution today. Everyone gets so frustrated when they are only running one train on a coaster and the line backs up. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the sign is a nice gesture and I give the park kudos. At least they are acknowledging the fact, telling you why, and apologizing for any potential delays:

Six Flags Magic Mountain One Train Operation Sign

With the start of Fright Fest 2012 just over a week away, there was a lot more Halloween stuff showing up in the park today, like the traditional spider in the top of Fresh Cut Fries:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Spider

The stage being setup for the Dr. Fright’s Happily Never After dance review looks fantastic:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Stage

The Wastelands scare zone, in front of The Aftermath maze is starting to be setup:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

More hiding places for the scare actors in The Wastelands:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

Not only does the front of The Aftermath look complete, it sounded like they were doing rehearsals today. I could hear the soundtrack being played inside the theater. The sound of the beating helicopter blades is what first got my attention, although the helicopter wasn’t live when I walked by it. You can still see the tail sticking out from its hidden perch:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Aftermath

Lights, cables, and safety netting have been installed up on top of the DC Universe Store. I think one of you informed me that this is where DJ Demonic runs the gRAVE show from:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Lights

There was additional lighting up on Wonder Woman and The Flash. They were all pointing towards the center of DC Universe, but I didn’t see any other prep work in this area:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Lights

All of the walls in the new Blackout maze are completely black now. You can also see the new fire control system, including alarms, has been installed. I can just see the chaos that ensues when some prankster pulls that alarm in the darkness of night:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

What I’m guessing is the exit to the Blackout maze has been finished being painted and has a nice dark curtain over the exit:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

It’s ironic that a maze that is supposed to be without power has all this new power equipment next to it. Perhaps they had to run the new power so they had something to cut:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Blackout

The exterior of Willoughby’s Mansion is getting some new treatments applied. This is way more than they’ve done in years past and it looks good:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Willoughby's

Lots and lots of construction work going on inside of Willoughby’s Mansion. It seems like they’re cutting this awfully close. You would think they would’ve had all the construction work done by now considering how long ago they actually gutted the interior:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Willoughby's

What was a single door has been removed and it looks like there will be a much wider entrance now. Either that or they just removed the wall for construction purposes:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Willoughby's

The Chupacabra area, in the old Revolution queue, is starting to get a bit more festive:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

The Chupacabra truck is much more colorful now as well:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

Yikes…wouldn’t want to come across these bad boys in the dark of night:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Chupacabra

Speaking of Revolution, it looks like they are doing something to the covering over the bridge in the queue line:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Revolution Queue Roof

This is what it looked like just two weeks ago:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Revolution Queue Roof

More props have been put out for the Hillbilly Massacre scare zone:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Hillbilly Massacre

While I was up in the Sky Tower, some rustling in the dirt caught my eye. I looked down and saw two men put a third guy in a straight jacket and throw him in the back of this van:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Arkham Van

From above, you can see the setup start to take place for the Festival Fanta, a new dance area in Cyclone Bay, close to Apocalypse:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Festival Fanta

Somebody commented earlier this week that they had seen the old Superman statue from the top of the Superman tower now lying behind Apocalypse. That statue has since been rescued and restored by a collector (here). This statue is the one that used to sit on top of the Hero Haven gift store, in the Superman Plaza. Poor guy is trying to hide behind that bush:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Superman Statue

I was surprised that you can actually see some of the pink Full Throttle markers from up at the top of the Sky Tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Markers

I’m not sure why this caught my eye today, but this is pretty much the last remaining part of the Metro monorail that is visible to park guests. It hugs the hill behind Swashbuckler and Buccaneer, hops over the midway, and then crosses over the top of Bugs Bunny World before heading backstage and out of sight again by the old monorail maintenance area:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Metro Monorail

Something else that caught my eye today is the large area of the bone yard that was recently cleaned up. There seems to be a big tent erected that I don’t remember seeing before. I’m sure it’s for something mundane, but I snapped a picture of it anyway:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Bone Yard

This is probably just a repair, but there was a trench dug between the General Sam Tree and the Suit Your Hero gift shop. It seemed rather long to be a simple pipe fix, and the amount of dirt looks like it was rather deep. However, there is nothing located at either end of the trench, so I’m not sure what to make of it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trench

This guy looks like he’s bored stiff driving the hearse around all day:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Hearse

Before anyone asks, I did not see any changes to either Full Throttle or the Sling Shot ride. Everything is exactly where it was during my last trip report.

I’m heading down to Knott’s Berry Farm this weekend with my family for the ACE Haunt event on Sunday night. If anyone else is going to be there, let me know.


  1. Fredy Dagdu

    09/26/2012 at 11:26 pm

    Today i was there too. Like around 2 PM I went to the sky tower and it was closed with the sign of “temporary close due to bad weather” does anyone knows why did they closed it? Another thing that I don’t know if you already published is that I just noticed that there’s a sign hanging fromthe roof of the food area across gold rusher that says monterrey landing like the old themed area.

    • Kurt

      09/27/2012 at 5:08 am

      Monterey Landing is what that area used to be called a very long time ago.

  2. Eric

    09/26/2012 at 11:55 pm

    I totally forgot that SFMM was open today. Unfortunately, I had a few other things to do, so I couldn’t have gone anyway. Besides, I’m supposed to be out there this weekend for a Nissan driving event in the parking lot, and once that’s over, maybe I’ll stick around for awhile. How were the lines today?

    Anyway, I have seen that sign regarding the park running only one ride vehicle. I’m sure that it was at Apocalypse at least one time, and another time at Riddler’s Revenge. No doubt it’s been in front of other popular rides like X2.

    That last stretch of Metro track seems to be the last of it. I’ll bet it comes down after Fright Fest. Taking it out doesn’t seem like it’s too difficult—torch it at the base of supports and remove them, then dig out the rest and fill the hole with concrete. DONE!

  3. Alex C.

    09/27/2012 at 7:27 am

    i was there sunday and superman was only running the right side because the left side had techical difficulties…hopefully it doesnt start it get the same problems as for when it was superman the escape

    • Kurt

      09/27/2012 at 7:39 am

      I’ve been noticing that the cars are already not always going all the way up to the top. I, too, hope that is not a sign of things to come.

  4. Alex C.

    09/27/2012 at 3:25 pm

    oh do season pass holders get fright fest for free and how do the maze wristbands work?

    • Kurt

      09/27/2012 at 3:54 pm

      Everybody in the park gets to experience Fright Fest for free. It’s part of your park admission. However, if you want to go through the mazes, you will need to buy a wristband. Season pass holders get a slight discount on buying those.

  5. byron lopez

    09/27/2012 at 7:55 pm

    was that old arkham van from the old batman stunt show? Do you know why they removed the show?

  6. Xander

    09/27/2012 at 10:29 pm

    Blackout still needs emergency lights and fire alarms, just in case. Should be awesome though.

  7. Byron Lopez

    09/28/2012 at 7:00 am

    True remember what happen at great adventure years ago with the haunted castle. We would not want Something like happen at magic mountain

  8. Byron Lopez

    09/29/2012 at 7:05 am

    Yea it killed eight people

  9. X2fan

    09/29/2012 at 7:49 pm

    gRAVE actually used to be where Dr. Fright’s Happily Never After show is now. gRAVE used basically the same stage setup in front of DC Universe and was fairly simple; a DJ blasting music with some people dancing/standing around. The lights on top of the buildings in DC Universe are most likely for the City Under Siege scare zone. They always have spotlights going in there as well as the lasers that they added last year. long story short, just scare zone lights… gRAVE was replaced by a stage show in 2011 by the way)…

    • Kurt

      09/29/2012 at 8:01 pm

      So if the stage in front of DC Universe is a stage show, and the lights are for a scare zone, where is gRAVE being held? They’re advertising it as being back this year.

      • X2fan

        09/30/2012 at 9:25 am

        Idk.. Last year, it was on the map as well, however there was no trace of a “gRAVE” show at all.. Unless, they
        consider the music that plays on the stage in between the Dr. Fright show to be “gRAVE” than I don’t know where
        else it would be.

  10. Jaryd

    09/29/2012 at 8:17 pm

    Is fright fest super scary or is it just the mazes that are scary?

  11. nick

    09/29/2012 at 10:31 pm

    Heard from an employee that for the blackoutmaze you get a flashlight before entering as that is your only light for the maze

  12. Byron Lopez

    09/29/2012 at 10:35 pm

    I hope they do that got blackout they were suppose to do that for welcome to silent hill but plans were cut off for hhn

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