2013 Fright Fest Review At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Fright Fest officially kicked off this weekend at Six Flags Magic Mountain and I was there to check it out. The park is pretty much business as usual during the day, but you better watch out when the sun goes down. Starting at 7:00 pm, the park transforms into full-on Fright Fest mode, and nobody is safe. You never know when or where a monster or zombie is going to jump out and get you. There are no safe zones!
My son and I were signed up to attend the Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s, an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet up on Samurai Summit with a terrorizing twist. We got to the park a little early so we walked over and checked out the Cartoon Network setup in front of The Riddler’s Revenge. They were promoting a cartoon called Regular Show. I had never actually heard of it before, but they had a photo booth setup with free pictures:
Here’s the picture they took of me:
It was now close to seating time for dinner, so we headed back up the hill:
This location had been a couple of different restaurants over time, most recently the Laughing Dragon Pizza Company, but has only been used for special events for the last several years. It was pretty nice inside and was all decked out for the event:
The all-you-can-eat buffet was very good. There was salad, fruit, pizza, boneless wings, dessert, and drinks. The pizza included the unique JB’s Smokehouse BBQ Tri-Tip pizza. If you like their tri-tip, then you’ll love this pizza. The decorations were great too:
Throughout the dining experience, members of the Willoughby’s family were hosting the event, making you feel welcome and ensuring you were having a good time:
I’m really sorry about the quality of these photos. I’m not very good at taking nighttime photos and I wasn’t using a flash throughout the night as a courtesy to others. I’m going to try and go back to the park and get better photos in the coming weeks.
The main dinner entertainment was a special show by magician Michael Turco. We weren’t allowed to take photos during his performance, but we had a great front row seat for the show. It was very entertaining and he included the audience in the act:
I had an opportunity to meet with and talk to Michael after the show. I’ll be posting a recent interview I had with him in the very near future:
After dinner, we set out to find our first Fright Fest maze. When we started to see a bunch of spider webs, we knew we were getting close:
Sure enough, we found the Black Widow maze. “Tangled in a web of terror, even the dead struggle to survive the Black Widow’s nest. In the shadow of Willoughby’s mansion, it is permanently shrouded in darkness and the infestation has grown and is now ground zero for an ever-growing spider army that hunts at night.” Yikes!
I have no idea what this is, nor do I think I want to know:
After barely escaping from the Black Widow’s lair, we stopped by the Willoughby’s Resurrected maze to have a nightcap with our old friends. “Horror awaits you at the Granddaddy of all Six Flags Magic Mountain mazes…the beloved family has resurrected and renovated their eerie home with more hair-raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long harrowing hallways.” They were scary:
On the way to our next maze, we passed an overturned truck going up in flames:
Everywhere we turned, there were creatures stalking our every move:
The Aftermath was our next stop. This is a fantastic maze! It’s huge, outdoors, and very well put together. There’s lots of actors, smoke, fire, overturned cars, and even a helicopter. “Enter a post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living.” Enter at your own risk:
This lovely young lady was our hostess at the Aftermath entrance:
You can see all the carnage as you look back over the Aftermaze maze:
We got out just in time, before a small plane crashed into the site:
The next maze was Cursed. “There is always a full moon over this cursed land where gypsies roam and werewolves hunt for blood.” I’m not a big fan of this maze. You basically just walk through the Tidal Wave queue, which has been covered in camouflage. There’s really no place for the scare actors to hide or do anything special:
Yes, I’m afraid that werewolves do in fact exist, and nobody is safe from them:
Some of the monsters stalking the streets are quite large:
The City Under Siege scare zone in DC Universe was mostly dark. However, they pump it full of fog and shoot a bevy of lasers over the crowd. It not only looks cool, but it really gives you the feeling that there is a roof over your head, even through you’re outdoors:
The line for the Weepy Hills INSANEtorium was crazy long. This was a new maze this year, replacing the long running Lecter’s Slaughterhouse. “Just when you thought it was safe to leave your loved ones in a bright and cheerful residence for them to regain their mental health…once you say your good-byes, the torment and suffering begins by the corrupt and abusive staff. No group outings, no fresh air and meals are best left uneaten. Your bodies and souls now belong to the deranged. Try your hardest to get out before it’s too late for you.” Honestly, this maze was so dark that I couldn’t see a single scare actor or anything related to the theme. It was just feeling your way along the dark corridors. All I remember seeing is an operating table, which I didn’t understand being in a sanatorium. Perhaps I’m just over thinking it. Others seemed to enjoy it:
Speaking of crowds, we were wearing the Express Access wristbands for the mazes. They cost a little bit more than the regular maze wristbands, but they are very much worth it! We didn’t wait in a single line. We used the special entrance for each maze and walked right in with nobody in front of us at all. I’ll never do another Fright Fest event without investing in these. They made the night very enjoyable:
Six Flags Magic Mountain was gracious enough to donate a pair of the Express Access wristbands for me to give away. Throughout the night, I was tweeting clues to my location for somebody to come find me and claim the free wristbands.
Our next stop was another new maze, Total Darkness. “Unexpectedly, the lights of the historic theater have darkened on the anniversary of the demise of the longest-running show. The spirits are awakened to haunt tourists who try to catch a glimpse of the ghosts who inhabit the decaying concert hall. Now your mind must find your way around with no light to guide you. Scream if you must and hold on to those you think you can trust.” Located inside the Magic Moments Theater, this maze replaced the popular Blackout maze from last year, which was displaced by Full Throttle:
The line for Total Darkness snaked all the way down the hill from the theater, almost to Colossus. Again, with the Express Access wristbands, we literally walked right in:
Since we were right next to Colossus after going through Total Darkness, we had to take our customary annual backwards ride on the classic coaster. I think it’s a law now:
With most of the mazes under our belt, we decided to sit and enjoy the hilarity of the comedy hypnotist. This year it was Chris Mabrey. If you’ve never seen one of these shows, and you like comedy, you should definitely check it out. He randomly selects a group of people from the audience and puts them under light hypnosis. Then, using the power of suggestion, gets them to do hilarious things. For example, he tells one guy that whenever hears the phrase “full moon” he will get up and start howling at the moon. You forget about it until a little while later he says “full moon” and the guy hops up and starts howling at the top of his lungs. It actually gets much funnier than that. Check it out:
Here he is feeding the group new suggestions as they “sleep” in the background:
After the hypnotist, we headed over to the last of the new mazes this year, Toyz of Terror. “This now defunct toy factory is haunted by a chilling turn of events that took place when the admired inventor went psychotic, adding demented spirits to his beloved toys, leaving them all possessed. Wicked windups, freakish furries, and deranged dolls haunt those who dare to enter the factory. Playing with dolls and trucks will never be the same.” This maze was known as Jokester’s Hideout in years past, and has been given a slight makeover. This is actually my favorite maze. There’s something about the bright colors and black lights that I really like. I also appreciate being able to see the freakish clowns and demented toys. The “tunnel” also gets two huge thumbs up from me:
I don’t recommend a midnight walk by yourself around the toy factory:
The fountain in the Six Flags Plaza has flame throwers that may catch you off-guard:
There are also some lava fountains scattered around the main entry plaza:
The eighth and final maze is Chupacabra, located in the X2 Plaza. “Guests come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes the local Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.” This maze is inside the old Revolution queue:
I’m not sure if this was the Chupacabra, but I wasn’t going to stick around to find out:
It was getting late, but somebody finally caught up to me and claimed the free Express Access maze wristbands. Congratulations to Christopher Clausen:
After going through all those mazes and running from all the monsters, I had built up quite an appetite. It was time for a Grim Turtle Funnel Cake from Suzette’s Bakery. It’s a chocolate funnel cake, topped with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and whipped cream. Delicious! Everything a growing boy needs:
We walked over to the Full Throttle Plaza to check out the new Fright Fest stage show called VooDoo Nights. There were a lot of people and a very positive vibe:
The band performing on stage was called The Cursed and were pumping out rock hits:
There were also some dancers performing on a small stage in the center of the plaza:
The female singer of the band was extremely attractive:
Ricky Rocks is also back for another month of his demonic drumming:
After all the mazes were done, rides were ridden, scare zones survived, shows watched, and funnel cake was eaten, it was time for all of us little monsters to disappear into the foggy night from whence we came:
I can now officially attest that Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a lot of fun. If you were on the fence about going, just go. There’s something for everyone and you’ll really enjoy yourself.
My sincere thanks to Six Flags Magic Mountain for hosting us. We had a lot of fun!!