Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
661-255-4100 or 818-367-5965
2016 Mazes: Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising (new); Willoughby’s Resurrected; Willoughby’s Garden of Darkness; Red’s Revenge; Vault 666; Toyz of Terror 3D; Chupacabra.
2016 Scare Zones: Suicide Squad (new); The Ruins (new); Terrortory Twisted; Demon’s Door; Zombie Xing; Exhile Hill; Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy.
Hours: 10:30am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30am to 11:00pm on Sundays
Tickets: Daily-Admission-plus-Maze Passes start at $69.99. Maze Passes are available separately for $15 (useful if you already have a season pass to Magic Mountain).
Discounts: Advance online tickets are considerably cheaper than at the gate.
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FRIGHT FEST ADVANTAGES:
Long the also-ran in the Los Angeles Halloween Theme Park Sweepstakes, Fright Fest upped its game in 2014, at last becoming a serious contender. The event has always had a singular advantage: an admission ticket allows entrance to Six Flags Magic Mountain all day, so that one can enjoy the regular attractions during sunlight hours, then switch to the scary entertainment after dark.
Like Knott’s “Scary” Farm, the Halloween scares are not limited to the walk-through mazes; there are ghouls roaming free in a couple areas of the park. Often, the usual Six Flags Magic Mountain rides will be altered for Halloween. Unlike the Knott’s Halloween Haunt, your ticket allows you into Magic Mountain all day: the park does not close in the evening and then re-open at night in its haunted version. This gives you time to stand in line for all the roller-coasters by the day and enjoy the Halloween attractions by night.
During the day there are family-friendly events such as pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, costume parties and photo ops with Looney Tunes characters. After dark, there are dance parties, music, and magic shows, in additional to mazes and scare zones.
Unfortunately but understandably, Six Flags eventually began charging extra for its nighttime Halloween attractions. Those who already have tickets or season passes can get access to the mazes for a reasonable up-charge; also, there are combo tickets for that cover both daytime and nighttime activities.
SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST HISTORY:
In years past, Six Flags Magic Mountain took rather a “business as usual” approach to its annual Halloween event, which was basically the regular park, with a handful of mazes and shows added. There was a distinct advantage in this: unlike rival Theme Park Halloween events, which typically charge a separate admission for their night-time shows. Six Flags Magic Mountain offered its regular rides and its season attractions for a single ticket price, so you could spend all day screaming on roller-coasters, then spend all evening screaming in haunted houses. Unfortunately, Six Flags began charging an additional fee for their walk-through haunted Halloween mazes in 2008.
2011 saw Magic Mountain actively trumpeting its elaborate October horror show in no uncertain terms. Offering “thrills by day” and “frights by night,” the 2011 Fright Fest emphasized adult scares and de-emphasized the family-friendly aspect highlighted during previous Halloweens. The goal apparently was to position Fright Fest shoulder-to-shoulder with the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Queen Mary Dark Harbor.Mountain.
FRIGHT FEST HALLOWEEN ATTRACTIONS GONE TO THE GRAVE:
These mazes and rides were offered in year’s past.
- Dead Man’s Bog – the dumping ground for Willoughby’s failed experiments
- Brutal Planet – the highlight of the 2004 haunt, with extensive industrial-strength scares, a great variety of rooms, and a sense of mass pandemonium
- Bite II – The sexy and sinister are out for a BITE in this recently uncovered nest of the undead. Will you be the one to get bit? (Not intended for children under 10, ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
- Willoughby’s Haunted Manion: Not really gone, just resurrected in a new form. Horror awaits you at the Granddaddy of all Six Flags Magic Mountain mazes … there’s hair-raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways. (This attraction is not intended for children.)
- Warehouse 13 – The ultimate test of bravery is at the toxic warehouse where employees are less than happy about seeing visitors. Be forewarned, work is mandatory and escape impossible. Not recommended for children under 12.
- Foggy Nights – Batman the Ride goes upside down and inside out when a notorious Gotham villain releases toxins into the air.
- Lecter’s Slaughterhouse. Step on these deadly docks and enter the world of the celebrity butcher taking wretched revenge on the bowels of society.
- Jokester’s Hide out 3D. Sneak through an all black-light hideout and catch a 3D peek of the funny projects on which the Jokester and his crew are working. But watch your back…sideshow clowns run amuck!
OTHER FRIGHT FEST INFORMATION:
- Children under 12 are allowed to wear Halloween costumes.
FRIGHT FEST DRAWBACKS:
- You have to drive to Valencia. Six Flags Magic Mountain closes relatively early — at 10:00pm. Most of the Halloween attractions do no open until 5:30 or 6:30pm; consequently, even if you finish with the roller-coasters by dark, long lines can still make it difficult, even impossible, to get into all the haunted mazes during the evening. Typically, the mazes are filled with brightly uniformed park staff helpfull pointing you in the right direction; their presence often undermines the atmosphere.
FRIGHT FEST BOTTOM LINE:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain has not been celebrating Halloween as long as Knott’s Scary Farm and the Queen Mary Shipwreck, so it has not developed its Fright Fest attractions as extensively; it also lacks the built-in atmosphere that benefits those theme parks on Halloween. It may or may not be worth the drive out to Valencia if you’re only interested in the Halloween attractions, but it may be worth your time if you’re also interested in the extensive variety of roller-coasters.