So what happens at 7:00 PM at Magic Mountain? The park becomes Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest and the Scare Zones come to life! Or unlife depending on where you are.
New this year is Suicide Squad: The Six Flags Fright Fest Experience. Not a maze and not quite a scare zone, the DC Universe area become Midway City, and the, “heroes” from SUICIDE SQUAD run amuck.
The area is OK. It’s mostly just meet and greets from the SUICIDE SQUAD film that came out last summer. You got the Joker, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Killer Croc. Not sure where Deadshot, El Diablo, or Capt. Boomerang were. Maybe they were worried that Joker would steal the show (which he did).
One cool thing the area had was some projection mapping on the side of one of the buildings that showed the building catching fire, with a little pyro thrown in.
Critically, SUICIDE SQUAD as a movie didn’t perform as well as the studio had hoped so it will be interesting to see how this area does.
Also new this year was a new scare zone called The Ruins, which is located right near the newest maze for Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest. Six Flags is touting Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising as the largest maze ever built for the park. And it is indeed large! It’s an indoor/outdoor maze near the Apocalypse roller coaster. The outdoor areas in particular stood out, with some great pyro effects and set pieces. The fog and lighting with Apocalypse in the backdrop made it extra cool. Aftermath 2 is a great addition to the current maze lineup.
Returning mazes include, Vault 666, Willoughby’s Resurrected, Toyz of Terror 3D, Chupacabra, and Willoughby’s Garden of Darkness and Red’s Revenge.
Also in addition to The Ruins, scare zones Exile Hill, TERRORtory Twisted, Demon’s Door, Zombie Xing, and Nightmares – A Twisted Fantasy, return. All are great scare zones and the performers are awesome. The makeup is some of the best around! Nightmares – A Twisted Fantasy in particular is super cool with the backlight effects!
Voodoo Nights dance party is back! We love this. It’s a high energy band, along with dancers and DJ’s. Lot’s of fun, and you can dance the night away,
Also part of the fun is if you love to ride roller coasters, then all of Magic Mountain’s top coasters are open and in the dark! We rode Twisted Colossus and it was a totally different experience riding it in the dark.
I feel that Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest is one of the best VALUES in southern California Halloween offerings. Universal and Knott’s is a separate admission event. If you are in those parks during the day you are kicked out and can’t experience the fun.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest on the other hand is only a separate cost if you want to do the mazes. Everything else is included with your day ticket. And when 7:00 rolls in at Fright Fest begins you are welcome to stay and experience the scare zones, shows, and attractions. And if you choose the partake in the mazes, they are just as fun and scary as those at other parks. However if you have little ones, you may want to leave for the day.
I’m not saying that Knott’s and Universal are not great, because they are. I just feel that with Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest you get more bang for your buck and you should seriously consider checking it out.