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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2015
Review by Steve Rowin -
Magic Mountain, best known for its extreme roller coaster rides in Southern California turns on the fear with it’s Fright Fest! Fright Fest is an add-on ticketed event, meaning general admission gets you in the park all day and up until closing. With no extra charge you get to see the park transform as darkness falls. At 7pm, creatures of all types invade the park and spread out into every dark corner they can find. No place is safe! As the night begins the fog rolls in, creepy things come out and screams can be heard all over the mountain. In addition to the spooky transformation of the park, Magic Mountain offers up several haunted houses / mazes as well as entertainment on the main stage with dancers, DJs and bands.
Some of the Fright Fest extras that visitors who don’t buy the haunt bracelet can see are the scare zones, areas filled with fog, lighting, scary sounds and monsters. The largest being the “Terrortory Twisted” area near Twisted Colossus and my favorite “Nightmares” on the opposite side of the park. Nightmares was really dark with Blacklights everywhere so the creepy creepers were glowing. I liked it because it was an isolated path away from all the lights and noise in the park making it one of the more spooky areas.
There are seven haunted attractions throughout the park. Each with it’s own theme, as with all big haunted attractions everyone will have their favorites. My top 3 were Vault 666, Red’s Revenge and Toyz of Terror 3D. I also appreciated that the staff was only allowing small groups in at a time, staggering the flow. There’s nothing worse than standing in a line inside a haunt and that was not a problem at all at Fright Fest.
Vault 666 -
This maze had a real strong story setup right from the start. About 10 of us were lead inside the building which resembled a dirty factory. As we entered, there was a security command post with big screens showing cameras throughout the facility. As we are being told about the company, a laboratory that does strange experimentation, the security room lighting ups and alarms sound. From there I’ll leave the rest a mystery but I will say the quality of the sets and the characters inside were on point. What made this my favorite was the effort to set up the scene from the beginning then letting things go horribly wrong!
Red’s Revenge -
I guess she was tired of that wolf stalking her? In this story Red and her demonic minions hunt the wolf! A good mix of scenery and scary stuff, a forest like adventure where we encounter giant spiders and of course Red who doesn’t look like the little girl in the fairytale. Instead, her face is distorted and witch like.
Toyz of Terror 3D
A classic 3D maze, Toyz of Terror had really amazing 3D artwork throughout. With the 3D glasses everything popped out including plenty of scary dolls and freakish things. The pace of this haunt was good and there were lots of characters. Plenty of classic effects made this one really fun! It’s hard to describe the 3D experience except to say that it’s worth waiting for!
Willoughby’s Resurrected -
Located up on top of the hill, Willoughby’s is a classic spooky themed maze that takes place in an old house. True to the theme we go room to room through this once affluent Victorian mansion full of evil spirits. I love classic “Halloween” themed mazes and Willoughhby’s hit the spot on that level. This was a heavily themed haunt one of the bigger budget haunts that was visually impressive!
Blood Thirsty Creatures. This one seemed thin on the blood, pretty much a maze without much theming or sets. It wasn’t something I’d wait for if the line was long. Probably one of the least favorite of all the attractions.
Garden of Darkness -
The Garden was another maze only, low themed haunt. I think it has potential and could be great but it was too bright and the “things” didn’t have much surprise factor working for them. Garden of Darkness just needs to turn the lights down, be dark, filled with fog and add some great sound effects. Simple isn’t always bad in fact it can be really scary when done right. With plenty of time in the season for tweaks I’d give it a try and see how it is during your visit.
The Aftermath -
I was waiting for Mad Max to save us! Instantly upon entering, the creative team did a great job of making the space chaotic! With the sound of voices over bullhorns urging people to get out and helicopters flying overhead the space felt realistic! Some other notable features were a giant fireball that blasted up right near us in the war zone like cityscape. Only downside was that it was a bit short compared to all the other mazes which were pretty long.
Visiting Fright Fest was a fun and unique experience. Unlike other types of Haunted attractions I’d say Magic Mountain’s event is best as a mix between daytime Magic Mountain and Halloween extras throughout the park at night. Because the park stays open during the transition to Fright Fest, the park was busy but the lines for the haunted houses weren’t very long until later in the night. In addition to the mazes there is a full lineup of entertainment on the main stage near the front of the park. From DJs to dance crews, to full live bands dressed as skeletons it was a great place to end the night after the mazes and coasters!
(9/30/15) For anyone interested, there is actually a coaster event night scheduled at Six Flags Magic Mountain this Friday (Oct 2nd) from a group of websites (Park Journey, The Coaster Guy and Metro Atlanta Coaster Club). Admission is open to anyone, and is $80 (or $70 for passholders) for which you get free parking, two hours morning ERT on Scream and Twisted Colossus, a backstage lights-on tour of the Fright Fest mazes, an all-you-care-to-eat dinner at the park and a wristband for front of line access to all the park's haunted mazes when Fright Fest kicks off in the evening. Plus there will be other unannounced surprised to come as well for this long day (8:30am to 1am) at Six Flags Magic Mountain. If you are interested, go here for details and instruction on how to buy tickets through the SFMM website ticket portal.
(9/29/15) Activision has teamed up with Six Flags Magic Mountain to create a unique Fright Fest haunt creation. The park’s Apocalypse wooden coaster has been transformed into ‘Shadows of Evil”, themed to the 1940’s themed Shadows of Evil zombie mode that will be part of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
(9/7/15) Today is the last day to ride Revolution... click here for the details.
(8/26/15) Screamscape sources tell us that one of the GCI Millennium Flyer trains from the now closed ROAR coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom arrived at Six Flags St. Louis this week. The two trains from ROAR were rumored to be sent out to the two Six Flags parks that could use them as spare trains... or for spare parts, for American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis and Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I would expect the other train to already have arrived at SFMM by now as well.
(7/23/15) While not the good news you want right now, I did reach out to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check on the status of Lex Luthor. While they don’t have an exact ETA as to when it will reopen, I was told that it “Should be back up quickly” so you can get your terror-induced scream sessions once again.
(7/22/15) Alexander Graham Bell one said that "When one door closes, another opens..." but unfortunately for Six Flags Magic Mountain fans, the opposite could also be said of the park this summer. After sitting closed since April, the good news that Goliath finally reopened last week came in... along with the start of reports claiming that Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom was now closed. Unfortunately, it has now been closed long enough that the park has even updated their website to list it as being temporarily closed, which often is a sign that they expect it could be closed for several weeks, or longer. Anyone know more? As I recall, the ride has been known to suffer from some heat-related downtime issues in the past during the peak-summer months. No word on if this is the case this time, or if something else is wrong.
(7/18/15) Good news for Six Flags Magic Mountain fans... Goliath reopened yesterday afternoon after an 3+ month slumber after breaking a lift hill chain back in early April. Go get your ride on!
(6/18/15) According to Los Angeles County Coroner Lt. Fred Corral, the 10-year old girl who passed away after becoming unconscious at Six Flags Magic Mountain died from natural causes related to “an underlying medical condition” and that she was not injured at all by riding anything at the theme park. The nature of her pre-existing medical condition was not made public for privacy reasons.
(6/16/15) In a heartbreaking update, the local news reports that the 10-year old girl who returned to the station unconscious after a ride on the park’s Revolution roller coaster has died. She was airlifted from the park to a nearby hospital for treatment where she passed away. The exact cause of death is not known while they await the results of the pending autopsy, though the state investigators have already determined that the cause was “not related to the operation of the ride” and have allowed it to reopen.
(6/15/15) The local news reports that a 10-year old girl was airlifted out of Six Flags Magic Mountain over the weekend after she returned to the station after a ride on the Revolution coaster unconscious, but breathing. It is unknown exactly what happened or what her current status is.
In other news, I checked with the park to find out the status of Goliath and unfortunately the coaster is still closed while they await the shipment of a new lift hill chain. There is no estimated date yet for it to arrive and reopen.
(4/9/15) Interesting news from Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, as it was reported on social media that Goliath's lift hill chain broke over the weekend. The ride has been closed ever since, with reports of workers cutting the chain into small sections to haul away.
Now, back in the day, parks would often have a spare chain on hand for just such a problem... but this doesn't seem be to the case anymore, which means there could be a bit of a wait to have a new one made and shipped out. On the plus side, with Capcom having paid good money to transform Goliath into a ride-on advertisement for their Monster Hunter game series, I'm sure there is significant pressure on the park to get Goliath up and running as fast as possible.
(3/31/15) A couple of pictures showing off the new Monster Hunter 4 themed trains running on Goliath as well as a statue of a monster hanging out in the bushes near the coaster can be found here.
(3/25/15) This is kinda interesting, though I’m sure many SFMM locals will find it also “groan” worthy, but Capcom has signed a deal with Six Flags that will see the Goliath trains at Magic Mountain given custom skins starting this weekend to look like the “Gore Magala” monster from the “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” game for the Nintendo 3DS. (Which begs the question if anyone tall enough to ride Goliath still plays with a Nintendo 3DS anymore, but that’s a topic for another day…)
Even if you haven’t touched a 3DS in years, the park’s Cyber Cafe will have an assortment of 3DS units on hand to play with, loaded with a demo of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate of course. Goliath will keep the Monster Hunter theme through from March 28 to August 10.
2015 - Twisted Colossus - (5/27/15) Lets take another look at Six Flags Magic Mountain with a look all around the park's new Screampunk District, plus more Scream and Twisted Colossus fun. Thanks to In The Loop for the video.
(5/22/15) Twisted Colossus opened for a special media preview and it simply looks incredible... words can't do it justice, so I'll let the video below show it off properly.
(5/5/15) An awesome video of Twisted Colossus in action was posted to YouTube by PlanetSix...check it out below. Meanwhile, I can't wait to see it start to test with TWO trains at once, because it is just flying around the track already.
(4/30/15) I'm happy to report that the official word from Six Flags Magic Mountain is that Twisted Colossus will open to the public on Saturday, May 23rd! If that wasn't enough, the park posted a video yesterday showing off the first official train test on the ride taking the big drop. Meanwhile, scroll down a little more to see the latest Behinds the Scenes tour of the Twisted Colossus / ScreamPunk District area from our friends at In The Loop.
(4/22/15) The latest look at Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain comes in today from ThrillCapitalInsider, who has posted a number of new pictures of the most anticipated new coaster on the West coast this summer.
In other news, for those wondering Goliath is still reported as being closed. There has been no posted update about when we can expect it to reopen, though some claim to have heard it may be at least 2-3 more weeks.
(3/3/15) The latest photo construction report from Six Flags Magic Mountain is posted to ParkJourney this week, taking a look at Twisted Colossus as well as the bright new colors on Scream which look great. One more thing… a photo posted to Facebook shows off the mountainside around Ninja, which has now seen the complete removal of almost every single tree that used to cover the terrain. This gives you a very revealing look at Ninja’s layout for the first time ever on the hillside, as previously it was mostly hidden by the trees.
(2/18/15) A fun behind the scenes construction video showing off the Twisted Colossus construction site has been posted by In The Loop, which you can see below. They also have footage of some of the new train cars now on site. They say that there will be four trains total, Orange, Blue, Purple and Green. The plan is to keep 3 trains running on the ride at all times, and the forth train will be used for maintenance rotation.
(12/16/14) Our friends at In The Loop were invited on-site to the Twisted Colossus construction site the other day to see how things are progressing, as well as hear from park officials more about what is planned for the future of the park’s new ScreamPunk district, including a new total repaint of Scream as well. It is also interesting to note that the green lift hill had to be pushed over by 12 inches to allow for the wider safety envelope of the new trains. It is also worth noting that certain sections of the old Colossus track runs will remain in place, unused, when it reopens as Twisted Colossus, as these sections are needed to remain to help support the structure, even though they wont be used anymore.
(10/20/14) ParkJourney posted an interesting tweet on Sunday, showing off concept art of a new “Screampunk District” themed area to serve as the entrance and pathway down to Twisted Colossus and Scream. I have to admit, I kind of like the name.
Speaking of Twisted Colossus, you can see a complete POV video of the entire ride experience (Blue & Green sides) in a new video posted only over at the LA Times.
(8/28/14) It’s official… TWISTED COLOSSUS is coming! “Wood meets steel when the iconic woodie returns as the new Twisted Colossus — the longest, most innovative hybrid coaster in the world. Still in its landmark location along the perimeter of Six Flags Magic Mountain and nestled inside the tracks of the behemoth coaster, Goliath, Twisted Colossus will remain the coaster monument most recognizable to millions of people who pass by the park each year…but now with an exciting twist.”
It will still feature two different sides of racing action with new interwoven twisted track featuring banks, rolls, spirals and two inversions that may give some of the most incredible views ever as one side rolls upside-down over the top of the other side. The two sides will be represented by different color rails as well… blue and green and the first “High Five” on a Hybrid coaster. And just when you think it is all over, the blue rails will change color to green and you’ll head back up the lift-hill for a second run around Twisted Colossus on the other side of the tracks. 5,000 feet long… and a ride time of just under 4 minutes… this is going to be epic! It’s going to get a little taller too I think, because the first drop is increasing to 128 feet taken at 80º. This ride will become the focal point of a new themed area called Back Alley.
I could go on and on, but you have to just watch the video below to see it in action.
2016 - The New Revolution - Confirmed - (9/16/15) A quick update on those new Revolution trains coming in 2016. According to further reports, Magic Mountain is "designing them in-house", but will contract out the work to build them.
Also, while new effects are being considered for the ride when it reopens, one of the old long removed effects of having strobe-lights in the tunnel, was already confirmed as NOT returning in 2016 for one reason or another.
(9/14/15) I'm told that Six Flags Magic Mountain answered some questions about The New Revolution over the weekend at the West Coast Bash event, where they said that they were building the custom new Revolution trains themselves. I'm not sure if this means they are really going to manufacture them on-site, or if they are simply overseeing the plans for what they want and contracting out the labor and manufacturing to unknown 3rd parties.
(9/7/15) According to a tweet from Six Flags Magic Mountian today will be the last day to ride Revolution before they begin work to turn it into The New Revolution for 2016. The park will have a DJ, music and more at the ride from 12-8pm for everyone to get their final rides.
One thing I've been curious about is to find out who will provide the new trains for The New Revolution. While the initial thought many had was that they would probably buy the same new trains that Hersheypark did a couple of years ago for sister-ride, SooperDooperLooper, I don't see that happening at all as those trains were produced by Gerstlauer. If you've forgotten, Six Flags and Gerstlauer have been locked into lawsuits and disputes as part of the fallout from the accident on the Texas Giant a few years ago, where Gerstlauer provided the lap-bar only train for that particular attraction. So with Gerstlauer out of the picture, who's left to make the new trains for Revolution.
(9/3/15) The park will at long last renovate and restore the park’s classic Revolution coaster in 2016 with all new trains and promise an improved ride experience.