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Fright Fest soft opening

Despite opening on September 8, Fright Fest has yet to unlock the doors of its two new mazes…

Six Flags Magic Mountain tried to get a jump on the Halloween season by opening Fright Fest on September 8. However, as of September 18, the two new mazes, Sax X and The Conjuring, are not in operation. A September 15 announcement on the Six Flags Facebook page addressed the latter: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening of our Fright Fest haunted attraction, The Conjuring, has been delayed. Updates on the attraction opening will be made on our social media channels and website…” According to the website, Saw X is “opening in late September,” and The Conjuring is “coming soon.”

Meanwhile, tickets are still being sold, and visitors can enjoy Fright Fest’s returning attractions, which include Condamned: House Party (ported over from this spring’s Scream Break scare attraction), Willoughby’s Resurrected, Vault 666: Unlocked. Sewer of Souls, Aftermath: Chaos Rising, and Truth or Dare. Somewhat prophetically, Truth or Dare – Fright Fest’s only new maze last Halloween – suffered from technical glitches on media night, opening late and then breaking down, adding over an hour to the wait time, even for those with a fast pass. It would be a bit absurd to draw sweeping conclusions from a single example, but after last year’s stumble, one would have hoped that Six Flags Magic Mountain would have worked to avoid an even bigger glitch this year.

Hopefully, everything will be up and running by the time media night rolls around on September 30. We will let you know….

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.