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Aftermath 2 Preview at Six Flags Magic Mountain
A small group of us were invited over to Six Flags Magic Mountain earlier this week to get a behind the scenes look at one of the most anticipated new mazes coming to Fright Fest, their annual Halloween event, this year. The Aftermath maze premiered just a couple of years ago in the old action theater as the largest outdoor Halloween maze in Southern California. It was an instant hit and has been a crowd favorite ever since. Since the theater that hosted it has since been torn down to make way for a new attraction coming to the park in 2017, they decided to create a new maze, only bigger and better.
Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising has been erected over the top of the old Déjà Vu location, next to the Apocalypse roller coaster in the very back corner of the park. It uses many of the larger set pieces from Aftermath, plus a whole lot more. Saying that Aftermath 2 is bigger than Aftermath is a bit of an understatement. It’s roughly 40,000 square feet and will contain more than twice the number of scare actors than any other maze in the park. It’s big!!
This is the new entrance to the maze, just past Apocalypse and the Slingshot ride:
Just to the right of the entrance is where you’ll be exiting the maze:
The maze actually utilizes the old Déjà Vu queue/switchbacks, which is still there:
At the end of the queue, they will stop you and take small groups of people into the first room, the “evacuation route,” where they will explain what is going on and what you need to do to save yourself:
This is the first outdoor scene to make your way through as you enter the maze:
And this is why you always wear your seat belts, kids:
I was impressed with how much of the infrastructure and set pieces from the old Aftermath maze they were able to save and incorporate into the new maze:
This room contains a mystery box that will start spewing out a toxic gas that will end up infecting you. Look what it did to this poor guy:
About halfway through the maze, when you exit this doorway, you get to choose your own path. You can go left or you can go right, getting a different experience either direction:
This maze is so big that it has it’s own scare zone right in the middle of it:
More maze to walk through after the scare zone:
If you’re familiar with Aftermath, you’ll recognize the plane and helicopter:
Many of you will recognize this statue from the former Gotham area of the park:
When you finally reach the end of the maze, you’ll need to go through a decontamination process in the HAZMAT building. Pay no attention to he body bags out front:
I’m not too confident that I’m going to get decontaminated in here:
If decontamination doesn’t work, they’ll just toss you on the pile:
Something special is going to happen here, as you are exiting the maze, but they wouldn’t tell us what it’s going to be. You’ll just have to experience it yourself:
That’s it! Of course it’ll be a lot scarier and entertaining when it’s dark out, with all of the lights and special effects going, and filled with scare actors.
Fright Fest runs for a total of 19 nights this year, starting at 7:00 pm on the following dates:
September 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, October 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Admission to Fright Fest is included with your park admission, however you will need to purchase a wristband to enter the mazes. For more information, please visit Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest web page.