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Fright Fest 2016 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 09/28/2016

It’s that time of year again. The haunting season is upon us, and Six Flags Magic Mountain has so much to offer that they had to start their annual Fright Fest event even earlier this year to fit it all in. The event started on September 17th and runs for an unprecedented 19 nights this year. These photos were taken over the course of the first two weekends of the event.

Unlike some other theme parks, Six Flags includes Fright Fest admission with your regular park admission ticket. Therefore, you can “play by day and fright by night,” as they say. There’s no missing the fact that Fright Fest is underway by the giant sign across the main entrance to the park:


If by some weird chance you did miss the entrance sign, you’ll have to pass by a couple of massive new statues for the Demon’s Door scare zone as soon as you enter the park. These things look great during day or night:


Without a doubt, one of the most talked about and anticipated new features of Fright Fest this year has been the Suicide Squad: Six Flags Fright Fest Experience. Exclusive to Six Flags Magic Mountain, and announced during Midsummer Scream a few month’s ago, this is a unique and immersive experience that ties directly into the recent release of the movie of the same name. Displacing the clowns that usually run amok in this area, the Suicide Squad experience has completely taken over DC Universe:


In a massive nod to the movie, there is even a crashed helicopter that was brought in to serve as the backdrop for a photo op with the Clown Prince himself, The Joker:


The guy who built this did an amazing job! It looks very real:


In another nod to the movie, a cage was built to serve as the backdrop for a photo op with the lovely, yet extremely crazy, Harley Quinn:


The photo ops are typically found where you see these signs:


The entrance to the Suicide Squad area looks even better lit up at night:


As mentioned before, you can have your picture taken with The Joker. He’s hilarious and his laugh is quite infectious:


The Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn can be found taking photos in front of her cage. I love the stare down between her and this young girl:


Killer Croc is another Suicide Squad character you can take a pic with:


Last but not least, Katana is also available for a photo op:


Video projection mapping is used to make the Ace O’ Clubs façade come to life. Look for fun elements on it as you’re walking by. When fire breaks out on the ground floor, it eventually makes its way to the to roof and out the top:


More projection mapping on the same building:


The other big change this year is the debut of the brand new Fright Fest maze Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising. Aftermath has been a hugely popular outdoor maze for the past couple of years. Since the area that it was located is being repurposed for the all new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis attraction coming next year, they needed to move the maze. They used the opportunity to make it even bigger and better than it was before. You can see a full overview of the new maze here.

The entrance is located just past the Apocalypse roller coaster:


Some of the larger set pieces from the previous maze were saved and moved over to the new location, but they were enhanced with more special effects:


The new maze is the largest maze they’ve ever built. There are cars, planes, and even helicopters crashed all over the place:


After 7:00 pm, the entire park takes part in Fright Fest. There are no safe zones, so be prepared to be scared wherever you roam:


One of my favorite scare zones is Nightmares, just because it’s very colorful. However, there are some very bizarre decorations throughout:


Hansel and Gretel enjoying a bit of candy:


Looks like he may need some help with the park map:


Other than Aftermath 2, the rest of the haunted mazes were pretty much untouched from last year. Red’s Revenge is still one of the most popular ones to visit:


One of my favorite mazes is Toyz of Terror 3D, again because of the visuals. It’s just so bright and colorful. Plus, don’t even get me started on how much I like the tunnel:


I had mentioned earlier that the psychotic clowns had been displaced from the DC Universe area. However, they are not gone. They are now free to roam the entire park, providing scares wherever they wander, like Tweak here:


As far as the stage entertainment is concerned, Dr. Fright is back once again as your demonic DJ for VooDoo Nights, keeping the music pumping and action rolling all night long:


Of course, VooDoo Nights wouldn’t be the same without Ricky Rocks banging on the skins, keeping the drums beating until the wee hours of the morning:


The Cursed is also back as the house band that covers some great songs you’ll not only recognize, but you’ll want to dance to as well:


This was such a great moment when mid-song, the lead singer turned over lead vocals to a young girl in the audience who was really into the show:


If you’re lucky, the band will come down into the audience for a group circle sing along:


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the VooDoo Dolls, the dancers who perform multiple routines throughout the night. They are very entertaining to watch:


There are also interactive games that you can volunteer to participate in. This young lady was quite shocked when she took the toilet paper off her face (she was decorated as a mummy) and found herself face to face with a demon:


Peaches the Clown making his way through the Full Throttle Plaza:


Lots of stilt walkers this year, all over the park, even dancing to VooDoo Nights:


At the very end of the night, you can join Dr. Fright, Ricky Rocks, the VooDoo Dolls, and some of the local monsters in the Full Throttle Plaza for the nightly Thriller dance. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do it, they’ll teach you how:


If you stick around after the show, you can meet and have your picture taken with Ricky Rocks and Dr. Fright:


That’s it for this update. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain is bigger and better than ever! If you haven’t experienced it before, or even this year, go check it out! You’ll have a lot of fun. It runs these nights:

September 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, October 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

You can get into Fright Fest with a normal park admission ticket, or a season pass, but you will need to buy a wristband if you want to go through the haunted mazes. For more information, please visit Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest web site.

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One Comment

  1. Steve

    09/28/2016 at 4:33 pm

    Great shots. Thanks for the info. I have never been through any of the mazes, but we are thinking of going this year. Do you have any advice to make it easier and more fun for my girlfriend and I? What day is best? What time to start? Which wristband and how to buy? Any info would be very much appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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