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2014 Fright Fest Overview At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 10/05/2014

This is my overview of the annual Fright Fest event at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It actually opened last weekend, but it was my birthday and I wasn’t able to make it due to other plans. It’s the biggest and best Fright Fest in Magic Mountain’s history, with three brand new mazes. This review is from Friday, October 3rd.

We arrived in the early evening, but it was still quite light outside:

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The park very very empty. Only the first parking lot was full and it definitely showed as soon as we passed through the main gate. Demon’s Door isn’t very scary in the light of day:

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Of the three brand new mazes this year, Red’s Revenge was the one that I was anticipating the most. The sign for it was teasing me over the fence that wouldn’t be open for another hour:

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Although Fright Fest is attended for teens and adults, the park hasn’t forgotten the little ones. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 pm, the little ones can trick or treat with their parents and the Looney Tunes characters throughout Bugs Bunny World:

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There’s also Witch Hazel Pumpkin Patch Crafts in Wonderful Pistachios Park from 12-5:00 pm:

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The maze directional signs are very well done and easy to read in the dark:

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In order to get into the mazes, you’ll need to buy a wristband. In addition to the main sales stand in front of the Flags gift shop, you can also buy them throughout the park. Just look for this sign:

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Our evening was going to start with dinner and a show at Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s:

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In addition to an all you can eat buffet, there’s also a great magic show by Michael Turco:

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As some of you already know, the park’s Director of Operations Neal Thurman was recently promoted and is the new Park President of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Even though his work at Magic Mountain is done, and he’ll be on a plane to Texas within days, he honored us with his presence one final time to say goodbye. The next time you’re at Fiesta Texas, be sure to look him up and say hello:

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Even though Fright Fest didn’t technically start until 7:00 pm, there were some creepers floating around that I’m hoping weren’t regular park guests. Check out those eyes:

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Fright Feast is held in the old Laughing Dragon Pizza Co. building up on Samurai Summit. It’s made to feel like part of the Willoughby’s home and you get that vibe as soon as you enter:

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I’m pretty sure that everyone has chains and cobwebs hanging around their house:

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Welcome to Château Willoughby:

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Lots of food, including a salad bar, pizza, and pasta:

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Lots of desserts to choose from as well, including pie and cake:

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I’m pretty sure all the ghouls walking around are supposed to be the Willoughby family, after all it is Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s, but I have no idea who is who:

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Seating is limited and there is a small stage from which Michael Turco performs his show, but just about everybody has a good view of the performance:

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That will teach me to leave my glasses just sitting on the table, unprotected:

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This woman (can you call her that?) got into a staring contest with my son Aaron. He put up a good fight. She even sat down, not wanting to give up the fight, and she did eventually win:

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As expected, the magic show was great. There wasn’t any photography allowed during the performance, but I did get a photo with Michael and his Fright Feast dancers afterwards. I’m in the middle:

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Now it was dark outside and time to get down to business. You’ve been warned:

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The flame thrower in the Six Flags Plaza fountain was working well and putting out the heat:

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The monsters were now starting to roam the park:

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Our first maze was one of the new ones this year, The Willoughby’s Garden of Darkness:

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This maze replaced Black Widow, and is located up on Samurai Summit. Located between Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s and Willoughby’s Resurrected, it continues the Willoughby’s theme by giving them a garden for you to walk through. It was basically one long hedge maze with scare actors dressed as plants to seamlessly blend into the walls and then lunge at you. It works really well and a couple of them got me good. My only critique is that it was too much of the same thing. It needs something to break it up.

Samurai Summit is still referred to as Exile Hill. There was virtually no fog up there like there has been in years past. It was also so dark that you couldn’t tell who was a monster and who was a guest. Like the above maze, I think the theme of this hill needs to be changed to work with the Willoughby’s theme:

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The Willoughby’s chauffeur Rip was stationed nearby with the family hearse. I tried to get him to give me a ride, but I guess I wasn’t dead enough:

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At first I thought this guy with the nasty head wound was one of the monsters, but then I realized he was a regular park guest who had just ridden Revolution (I’m kidding!):

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I’m at a loss as to how it happened, but I just realized as I was writing up this review that I didn’t take a single picture of Willoughby’s Resurrected. It’s a great maze and basically the same as last year, however we didn’t stop for a group photo at the beginning of the maze like we’ve done in the past.

I’m not sure who the cast of characters are in the Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy scare zone, but I love all the bright colors and the black lights:

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Our next maze was Chupacabra, located in the old Revolution queue in the X2 plaza:

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Chupacabra was basically the same as last year, but I felt there were more actors this year, and they did a better job. The fog machine in the maze tried kicking on, but just a few puffs of fog came out. I’m not sure if it was broken or out of juice, but the maze definitely would’ve been better full of fog.

Up next was the second new maze of the year, Vault 666. A few of us got a lights on tour of this maze several weeks ago. This maze was very well done using some great lighting and special effects. It was even better going through it on the dark with scare actors inside. I have a feeling this will be one of the more popular mazes this year:

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Lots of music, smoke, and lights coming from the other side of Vault 666, in the Full Throttle Plaza:

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The Toys of Terror maze was updated this year to be in 3D, and I thought it was AMAZING:

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I think the reason I like this maze so much is because it’s very colorful and fun. You can actually see what’s going on, and the monsters as they come after you. Many of the other mazes and scare zones are so dark that you can’t tell the monsters apart from park guests. It’s a shame and a complete waste of awesome makeup and wardrobe. But not in this maze.

They will give you a free pair of 3D glasses if you’d like to walk the maze in 3D, but you don’t have to. You can still experience the maze without the glasses, but it’s definitely not the same. For example, the red squares in this next photo completely jump off the wall in 3D and you have to walk through it:

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This scene looks a little hokey in 2D, but comes to life in 3D:

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If you’ve never done this maze before, you need to do it at least once to experience the spinning tunnel. It’s so freaky! I can barely walk through it without falling over, and the 3D makes it harder:

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Now it’s time for the most highly anticipated new maze of the year, Red’s Revenge:

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I guess this maze is so popular that you need a boarding pass, even though we aren’t boarding anything:

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Even though it was touted as having a brand new, dedicated building built specifically for it, Red’s Revenge is located in the old monorail maintenance building. However, it is dedicated and the building has been sealed up for this permanent maze:

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There was a small room just inside the entrance where I think an actor gave the back story and set the stage for you. However, there was so much noise from inside the maze, and the lady was talking so softly, that I had no idea what was said. I believe the story is that Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother became ill and Red went to the villagers for help, but they wouldn’t help her. When she returned, her grandmother had been killed by the wolf. Now Red is out for revenge.

This maze really is unique inside and is far beyond what Magic Mountain has ever done with a Fright Fest maze before. It’s got state-of-the-art everything in it:

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I apologize for the crappy photos. I’m still learning how to use the manual settings on my DSLR to take photos in a dark room with no flash and things moving. Not an easy task. This was a very well decorated room with a big fireplace:

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As you exit, you must pass underneath Red, high up on her throne:

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There was a cashier at the exit, but I’m not sure if it was for photos, merchandise, or something else:

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As I passed by the Full Throttle Plaza, DJ Nel, aka Dr. Fright, was putting on quite a show:

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Like last year, there was a Cartoon Network Regular Show Fright Zone photo op booth setup in front of the Golden Bear Theater. I didn’t go through it, so I’m not sure if it differs at all from last year:

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To get to our next maze, we needed to pass through the Zombie Xing scare zone:

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This poor guy didn’t stand a chance:

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His only consolation is that the driver didn’t make it out alive either:

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Next up was the Total Darkness maze in the Magic Moments Theater:

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I don’t find this maze to be scary at all, but it is fun. The premise is that your group, all holding onto the same rope to stay together, needs to find its way through a maze in the pitch black. Unfortunately, it’s not pitch black. There is light coming in from above, since the maze doesn’t have a ceiling, and there are also LED floor lights that partially guide the way. I find it fun cracking jokes in the dark with the people you’re with, but it’s not the least bit scary:

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My son and I absolutely love watching the hypnotist, Suzy Haner, each year. She is hilarious! She saw me take a picture of her when she first came out on stage and promptly told me that she wasn’t ready for it. She then struck a pose for me and asked that I take it again:

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She randomly pulls a group of people from the audience and puts them under light hypnosis. She then proceeds to make them sing, dance, and act out very funny situations with each other on stage. Not everyone she picks goes under and she just has them return to the audience. It’s hard to explain how it works, but you should check it out at least once. It’s very funny to watch:

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Ravenstitch is a brand new scare zone made up of demonic ravens and scarecrows:

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Don’t get too close, as their beaks are very powerful:

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The make-up on these creatures in incredible. That’s now what I want to be for Halloween:

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We next went into the scare zone The Wastelands, which has some very weird and bizarre people:

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Aftermath was our last maze of the night:

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These were the gatekeepers that we needed to get past to get into the maze:

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Aftermath is an outdoor maze, in the old Batman Action Theater, and is one of the largest mazes in all of Southern California. This is one of my favorite pictures of the night, showing all of the destruction and fire in the post-Apocalyptic world:

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Lots of ruble and debris everywhere, including a crashed airplane:

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The last scare zone of the night was City Under Siege, in DC Universe:

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Like the Toyz of Terror 3D maze, I like this scare zone because of all the brightly colored outfits that the clowns wear. I also like the fact that they talk and interact with you:

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This hotty nurse will sure cure whatever ails you:

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I love the colored lasers that they use in this area. There’s usually a really heavy layer of fog in here, enhancing the lasers, but it was really light and almost non-existent:

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I was a little nervous when this psycho butcher started coming after me with a machete:

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At one point, I saw more clowns in the area than guests:

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Voo Doo Nights was in full swing back on the Full Throttle stage:

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I could swear that Dr. Fright was giving me the evil eye as I was taking this picture. Very freaky:

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No evil eye coming from Ricky Rocks doing his thing over on the other side of the stage:

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In addition to great music and dancing, there was also lots of fire and smoke coming from the stage:

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Ricky Rocks and Dr. Fright. Whoever did their makeup did an absolutely amazing job:

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Demon’s Door looked more scary in the dark, but there still weren’t many people around:

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One of the Demon’s Door props:

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We had a wonderful time tonight and would like to thank everyone at Six Flags Magic Mountain for having us out, including these two characters, Connie and Jerry:

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Even the entrance sign looks much better at night in the dark:

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Have you been to Fright Fest yet? What was your favorite part?

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20 Comments

  1. Josh

    10/05/2014 at 8:59 am

    Kurt is the flame thrower new to fright fest Or did they start coping hhn. I’ve never gone to fright feat and next week is going to be my first time. I’ve always gone to hhn but it seems to have a lot of similarities

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/05/2014 at 9:30 am

      They’re not new. They’ve had them before, although I only remember seeing one this year. They’ve had multiple around the fountain in the past. Perhaps that’s where the flame throwers on the Full Throttle stage came from.

  2. M. Smith

    10/05/2014 at 9:36 am

    Did you do any “coasters in the dark?”

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/05/2014 at 9:52 am

      We did X2: Area 19, but none of the coasters in the dark. I know the layout of each coaster so well that being in the dark doesn’t add much for me. I’d rather spend my time experiencing the unique aspects of Fright Fest.

  3. SAVANNAH c

    10/05/2014 at 11:55 am

    Sorry if I may have missed it but how much are the maze wristbands?
    I am a pass holder but this will be my first year attending. I know they’re $15 online, but was told they were $20 in park even for pass members. Was wondering if that’s true. Thanks!

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/05/2014 at 12:15 pm

      No, that’s not true. Even in the park they’re $15 for season pass holders, and $20 for everyone else.

      • Miklo De La Noche

        10/05/2014 at 12:43 pm

        so the price is fixed this year? i remember last year it was more expensive some nights than others. just by a few bucks.

      • SAVANNAH c

        10/05/2014 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks!

  4. daniel

    10/05/2014 at 2:07 pm

    Were the ride lines shorter? Are all the rides still open? Did the park end up filling up?

  5. james

    10/06/2014 at 12:37 pm

    Toyz of Terror was amazing. The guy in the final room right by the door was super scary.

  6. Kevin

    10/07/2014 at 4:18 pm

    I was wondering what night is better to go to Fright Fest, a Friday or a Saturday? I know that Sunday is normally the best day but that doesn’t work for me.

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/07/2014 at 4:48 pm

      Depends on what your definition of “better” is. Do you prefer a lot of people with high energy, or would you prefer it to be more dead (no pun intended)?

      • Kevin

        10/08/2014 at 7:27 pm

        I mean “better” as in less crowded and, as you said, more dead.

        • Scott C.

          10/09/2014 at 8:36 am

          Saturday is always the busiest day at any theme park.

  7. Erik

    10/07/2014 at 6:34 pm

    happy belated birthday, Kurt!

    thanks as always

  8. Katie

    10/09/2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi all. I’ve never been to either a SF fright fest or Knottscary farm. I’m told Knotts has the better night stuff with SF FF kinda lagging in years past. The trade-off being SF has the better coasters. It looks like the game might be a bit different this year. How does FF compare to Knottscary farm? If you can only do one, which would ya’ll recommend?

  9. Chris

    10/11/2014 at 2:14 pm

    Do they ever run out of maze passes

  10. tina

    10/16/2014 at 4:53 pm

    I love Ravenstitch and City Under Siege!! In Ravenstitch, the bird with the skull on a stick said that I sounded like a tayradactyl and my friends laughed at me. Then we went to City Under Siege and Spanky (the monkey) and I went skipping off into the fog together. That scarer guy that you posted, Kurt, that was dressed in fancy cloths at Fright Feast is my homie! Every nigh I go, I go up to Exil Hill, and I growl at him. He now recognizes me every time.

  11. joshua wright

    11/04/2014 at 6:17 am

    haha, hope you enjoyed my maze (aftermath) year 3 and i feel were going strong. R.I.P is actually my father ^-^

  12. michaelochs

    04/20/2015 at 12:15 am

    Hey Kurt, you got a pick of me and my mom (we’re the two people at the cashier spot after you ext Reds Revenge.) Cool to see us on here that was a fun day. Looking forward to more updates thank you.

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