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SFMM Fright Fest Trip Report For 12 Oct 2013

By on 10/13/2013

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In the hopes of getting some better night time Fright Fest pictures at Six Flags Magic Mountain, I made a quick stop by the park on Saturday, October 12th. The pictures are a little better than my first round, but I clearly need more practice. People were telling me that it was incredibly crowded, but I didn’t find that it was that bad.

I arrived at the park around 9:00 pm and there was a steady stream of cars heading in with me. For those of you familiar with the parking lots, cars were being parked all the way out to the far gravel lot. Since it was already getting late for families that might have already been there all day, I gambled and started to cruise for a closer spot from somebody that had already left. Within a minute, I stumbled upon a car that was just backing out close to Scream! and I took it.

As you can see from all the lights, Scream! is definitely not one of the Terror Tracks:

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There’s a very red and evil look to the entire plaza as you first enter the park:

2013 Fright Fest Photos

These lava statues do look better at night, and without being lit up with a bright flash:

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Be careful where you walk…some of them are active and will erupt on you:

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I thought this next guy was great. I don’t think it was a stilt walker. He was much too smooth for that. And he moved very slowly, like he was floating. I love the hands:

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There are a couple of flame throwers located around the fountain (why not? X2 obviously doesn’t need them) that go off every couple of minutes. This was nice as it got later because it’s been getting pretty chilly at night, at least for us Californians:

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The Full Throttle Plaza was very lively, but it was nowhere near as crowded as one might expect based on how crowded the parking lot was. Check out the fog on the stage:

2013 Fright Fest Photos

Ricky Rocks was banging his drums to a very enthusiastic crowd:

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You must now pass through a zombie crossing to get from Full Throttle to Goliath:

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People keep asking me about this. Both Whistlestop Park and Bugs Bunny World are closed during Fright Fest, after 7:00 pm. What I can’t figure out is why I keep seeing so many people show up at night with infants and toddlers in strollers:

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I ran into a friend of the site at the park, Candice, and we took a night ride on Lex Luthor. Superman had just launch as we neared the top and it was at maximum sway-age:

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I already posted a shot like this before, but I love what my flash picked up in the corner:

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Clown love? They were just staring at each other in the darkness. I ruined their moment:

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There was a lot of fog in DC Universe, even way over by Green Lantern:

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That’s Candice taking Green Lantern for a spin…or at least hoping to get a spin:

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There was absolutely nobody roaming the streets of Coast City after dark:

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Well, almost nobody. Now I know why everyone else was staying indoors:

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It’s funny how fast you can go from the foggy, maniac-filled streets of DC Universe to the clear, well-lit carnival-like atmosphere of the Center Ring Games area:

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The Cursed sign was lit up tonight. I’m amazed at how long the line gets for this:

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I don’t think this kid was an employee. I think he showed up wearing that. That’s why the thing behind him (Bobba Fett?) is going to take him out:

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Gold Rusher was almost a walk on, which makes it a must ride in my book:

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Ninja was most definitely NOT a walk on. The lower queue was filled and the line backed up the stairs, around the station, and out the entrance. They weren’t actually filling the two upper switchbacks (why not?), but that’s still a lot of people:

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There wasn’t much going on in the Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy scare zone. However, one got me good just after I took a pic of this girl sitting on a Revolution support:

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I had no idea what this was as it passed by me in the dark until I looked at the pic:

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This poor guy was being eaten alive by what I’m guessing was his evil bride:

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I met this cutie pie under the X2 bridge. I almost asked her to go steady with me:

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By the time I got back to the Full Throttle Plaza at 11:00 pm, the crowd had shrunk:

2013 Fright Fest Photos

Ricky Rocks was done with his set and the house band was now playing on stage:

2013 Fright Fest Photos

I really like the Fright Fest make-up on the female singer:

2013 Fright Fest Photos

The male singer was doing a good Fright Fest funk dance as his colleague sang:

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The Full Throttle queue was backed up to just outside the entrance, however people were reporting that it was moving fast and only took about an hour to get through it:

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As I exited the park just after 11:00 pm, there were still people lined up to buy tickets:

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The line for the bus back to the parking area was even longer:

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As I was leaving the park, all three exit lanes were full and stopped. However, there were still cars lined up at the toll booths to come in:

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As I passed the toll booths on the way out, I noticed the line of cars in the lane to pick people up from the park was crazy long. It backed all the way up to Magic Mountain Parkway and down the hill to that first stoplight. Crazy!!

And before you ask, I didn’t really talk about the maze lines because I didn’t go through any mazes tonight. However, the maze lines that I did happen to see were really long. In particular, they were The Aftermath, Willoughby’s Resurrected, Weepy Hills INSANEtorium, and Cursed.

Let me hear from you. Who has been to Fright Fest and what did you think?

7 Comments

  1. Al

    10/13/2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’m really easy to scare, so it was really scary for me (and fun at the same time) this year the fright fest was way better than the the last year one! about the terror tracks, there’s nothing chilling for me to ride them in the dark, so there’s no difference, i missed X2, i did a long road trip from Mexico and it was sad to see one of my favorites closed.
    By the way, i remember a zombie from the scare zone near to Riddler Revenge came out from behind a trash can when i was walking by and gave me the scare of my entire life.

  2. Sammy

    10/13/2013 at 10:53 pm

    Great update. Full Throttle plaza lookin’ awesome at night.

  3. Jay

    10/14/2013 at 2:34 pm

    I think Dr. Fright DJ Nel and Ricky Rocks are a real pair! Kept crowd going and extremely entertained throughout the evening!

  4. UNKNOWN.

    10/15/2013 at 7:00 pm

    The flame throwers at the fountain were not X2s. A guy with to small boxes flipped as with and turned to flames on. He was in the cyber cafe outside eating area behind the fountain.

  5. Jorge

    10/15/2013 at 7:22 pm

    Sorry I missed you wish I could’ve said hello. I’m a big fan of your website and gold rusher was a right walk on for me just like batman and nearly Scream!(5 minute wait). Another walk on was Apacolypse and jet stream the only major wait line was colossus which was 35 minutes. I got to the park around 9:30 and managed to get on those rides By the way when I did get on scream we had gotten stuck at the very top and had to restart the ride since it shut down. I didn’t get in any mazes either but I did get a little scared in some of the scare zones. Total darkness seemed to have the longest line it went all the way to scream and half way back around. around 11:00 pm which was when it was a Walk on for batman weepy hills insanetorium was an empty line que aswell. I couldn’t help but price that the side of the park where Apacolypse up to roaring rapids was empty. Thanks for the update. And I hope you enjoyed my little one 🙂

  6. Logan Shalit

    10/23/2013 at 7:40 pm

    I am going to fright fest on sunday october 28th, the last day its open. Should I expect a big crowd? Is it worth it to get the express pass?

  7. vince

    10/26/2013 at 11:55 am

    It was great. Went lastnight and it is better then it has ever been. Full throttle in the dark is awesome

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