Thrills By Day – Fright By Night at Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2014

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It may still be August, but Halloween is coming. And with it, all the Southern California Theme Parks are gearing up for an incredible season of scares. Last Thursday evening SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN held their Black Carpet FRIGHT FEST event for media and annual passholders.

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8/21/2014 – SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN is going all in with FRIGHT FEST 2014.  With 3 new mazes with amazing levels of detail and a new scare zone that will be sure to scare the pants off you, this year will be the company’s biggest investment to date. FRIGHT FEST will take over MAGIC MOUNTAIN on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on September 27 and ending November 1st .

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN is the only place in Southern California where you can ride all of the attractions by the day and enjoy FRIGHT FEST at night without the purchase of a separate ticket.

This year also introduces the all new MONSTER TOUR.  Exclusive VIP front of the line access to rides and mazes.  Groups up to 15 people will be escorted throughout the park to the most popular rides and attractions.

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This year brings back 7 Scare Zones including City Under Siege, Exile Hill, Nightmares – A Twisted Fantasy, Zombie Crossing, Wastelands, and Demon’s Door. All with enhanced lighting effects and thematic props.

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A new Scare Zone for 2014 is Ravenstich, a western steampunk area with a society of ravens and scarecrows. We got to see some of the characters and these guys are scary!

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Also returning is Fright Fest’s most popular show, Voodoo Nights.

“It’s big, it’s musical, it’s Full Throttle excitement on stage.” said  Scott Stern, producer of Fright Fest.  “It uses 20 of the most energetic dark spirited people that you will ever meet. So it’s all about the dark spirit of Halloween.”

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This year, FRIGHT FEST is going big and features three all new mazes with theatrical style sets and state of the art technology. These new mazes include:

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Willoughby’s Garden of Darkness – Do you dare roam the haunted garden of the Willoughbys?  This dense labyrinth of man eating plants and evil apparitions is no playground for the faint of heart.  Please keep children close at hand as innocents, the Willoughbys youngest is always looking for a playmate.

Vault 666 – In the distance is an old abandoned facility that has recently been discovered with years of secrets of the unknown.  If you dare to enter, be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Unknown animal-like screams have been heard deep within the unsecured vault. Vault 666 features theatrical style sets, dramatic special effects, and is one of the largest indoor mazes.

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Red’s Revenge – Over the hill and through the woods to grandmother’s house you go.  Enter the world of Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.  But in this fairy tale you and the wolf are hunted by Red and her demonic minions.

“With Red’s Revenge, you will be walking through the biggest sets that SIX FLAGS has done inside the park.” said Project Manager and co creator Tony Brauner. “You will become part of the show as you walk through, and the creatures of the night that have been summoned by Red will be seeking her revenge.”

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Also some of Fright Fest most popular mazes from last year are returning.  These mazes include:

Willoughby’s Resurrected –  The Willoughby’s family tale unfolds before your eyes at this once affluent Victorian mansion that has become haven to evil spirits.

Chupacabra – Come face to face with this elusive bloodthirsty creature as it terrorizes a local Day of the Dead festival.

Aftermath – Enter the post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone crushing iron fists, and the dead stop the living.  One of the largest mazes in Southern California returns with new surprises.

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Total Darkness – The lights of the historic theatre has darkened on the anniversary of the demise of the long running show.  The spirits are awakened to haunt tourists who try and catch a glimpse of the ghost who inhibit the decaying concert hall.  Now your mind must find a way around with NO LIGHT to guide you.  Scream of you must, and hold on to those who you think you can trust.

Toyz of Terror in 3D – 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.  No word at this time if the 3D glasses will be an upcharge.

One of the key elements that makes FRIGHT FEST a cut above the rest is the Hollywood quality makeup that separate SIX FLAGS ghouls from all other Southern California events.

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“We take a lot of pride that we’ve put on one heck of an event.” says makeup artist Scott Ramp, who has 22 years of experience with Fright Fest. “We do all prosthetics on all of our characters.  Every single walk around character, every single person, in every single haunted house.”

That’s over 100 people and when asked how long the process takes, Ramp said that it was around 45 minutes per person.

Neal Thurman, Magic Mountain’s Director of Park Operations finished the presentation saying, “With new state of the art mazes, 7 scare zones, the largest cast ever, and the ability to visit during the day and stay in the park to witness the nighttime transformation, Fright Fest is the best value around in all of Southern California”

Six Flags Fright Fest is set to begin on September 27th.

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Written by Daniel Hale

Daniel Hale is a Theme Park Fanatic with a passion for the world of Themed Entertainment, especially Disneyland.  As a podcaster he brings his love for all things Disney to his multiple award winning podcast, The DisGeek Podcast.  He is also the co-host of the Earvengers Podcast, co-host of the Getting Dirty Podcast, and contributes to the Disneyland Gazette Podcast.  Daniel can be found at www.disgeek.com and @disgeekpodcast on twitter.

About Daniel Hale

Daniel Hale is a Theme Park Fanatic with a passion for the world of Themed Entertainment, especially Disneyland. As a podcaster he brings his love for all things Disney to his multiple award winning podcast, The DisGeek Podcast. He is also the co-host of the Earvengers Podcast, and co-host of the Getting Dirty Podcast. Daniel can be found at www.disgeek.com and @disgeekpodcast on twitter.