2016 has been a huge year for Halloween events in Southern California, and Magic Mountain is no exception. This year, the park has amped up the chills and thrills by adding three major attractions to it's fall line up. Suicide Squad : The Six Flags Experience comes to life as DC Universe is transformed into Midway City where you can meet the Worst. Heroes. Ever. like never before. Across the park, Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising arises, bigger and better than ever in a new location. With only one weekend left of Fright Fest, this year is definitely one for the books.
NEW - Aftermath 2 : Chaos Rising
Scare Rating: 4.5/5
Brand new this year is the return of the monstrous Aftermath maze. Now located in Deja Vu's previous location, the park was able to make it bigger than ever. This new maze gave more of a storyline and you felt immersed into an actual apocalypse, but the ultimate let down was the choose-your-path idea AND amount of actors. The maze is too huge for the amount of actors that were casted. The choose-your-path idea felt more of a fill in the gap rather than having different experiences. Overall, it was an outstanding maze, had a very different vibe compared to its predecessor, and we hope to see this gigantic maze improved upon as time goes. Hit and miss.
Scare Rating: 3.5/5
Chupacabra takes you through a village, which has been terrorized by the blood thirsty creature during their Dia Del Los Muertos festival. As it is the reminiscent of the old Fright Fest event, the cast for maze simply did wonders for this aging giant with high energy and great use of their environment around them. It felt like they were coming left to right in each corner, something that the other mazes simply don't have. Walking through repeatedly, it's obvious that it is time for it to go. We hope to see a new maze in it's spot next year.
Scare Rating: 5/5
Introduced a few years ago, this maze is still going strong. This maze is a take on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, but now, Red has turn the tables to hunt anyone in her way who have failed to protect her. The sets are still amazing and there have been some new additions to this maze, but most of it is still the same with a good cast. Overall, it is one of Magic Mountain's superior mazes that will continue to be really popular.
Toyz of Terror 3D
Scare Rating: 3.5/5
Toyz of Terror was also introduced a few years back and is the best 3D maze we've ever experienced. The overall theme of this maze is an abandoned toy factory that is taken over by a toy maker and this demonic toys and its approach to the theme is spot on, works perfectly. The only downside about this maze is the slow death of 3D at haunts in general. It has become a overused gimmick, and we are slowing seeing it disappear, everywhere. The maze had an ok cast, but could of had more scares in general.
Scare Rating: 5/5
Another maze introduced at the same time as Red's was Vault 666. This is the goriest maze out of all maze. You venture through a laboratory where genetic experiements between human and animals go completely bonkers. The energy is superb as each scare spot was able to get the best of us. The length of the maze feels eternal and the quality of the sets are great as well. This maze takes the crown for this year.
Willoughby's Garden of Darkness
Scare Rating: 2/5
Most disappointing mazes at the event as it is a poor excuse to call a maze. Located at Exile Hill, this ties along with the Willoughby family theme. We really appreciate the hard work of the actors, but they do not have much to work with. We've noticed that there have been changes in the maze since it first premiered, but removing elements made it worse.
Scare Rating: 4/5
The Willoughby's are a stapled tradition to Magic Mountain and we absolutely love this maze. The details and rooms are amazing! There's always something new to see in this beautiful mansion. Just like other mazes, this one had it's cons. Although we love the gorgeous sets, some rooms were too big for there to be one or two actors. We would love to see more actors casted in this maze.
Demon's Door is the first scare zone you encounter once you walk through the gates and it's grand! This scare zone had great new set pieces added to it this year and made the environment better along with the great cast.
This is the longest running scare zone at Magic Mountain and it's probably the scariest. The overall theme ties in with the Willoughby's family and the cast is ON POINT. Innocence, Bloody Man and the Exile Bros are example of dedicated actors who make this area special. Well done to the cast and crew.
Nightmares : A Twisted Fantasy
Have you ever wondered what would happen to beloved storybook characters if they all turned bad? This is the perfect example. We believe this zone to be the most creative out of all due to the use of UV technology. Though it is a small scare zone, the cast has made it amazing to experience. We hope to see this zone grow it's atmosphere and continue to have a fairytale-like charm.
NEW - Suicide Squad: The Six Flags Fright Fest Experience
The WORST. HEROES. EVER. come to Magic Mountain! When we first heard about this at Midsummer Scream, we were beyond excited! This zone was a huge step for Magic Mountain, bringing them into the world of IP (Intellectual Properties). Though it wasn't necessarily scary, it was definitely a fun one to be in. We hope that the park considers to bring more IPs in the future. Harley Quinn & Killer Croc were probably the best looking characters in the area.
Magic Mountain largest scare zone comes back! It's a steampunk aesthetic gone wrong, with monsters roaming through a mechanical world. Visually, this area is quite beautiful, but just like Aftermath, there is too few actors for this large zone. The area consists more of props and theming scattered about and has nothing, but Twisted Colossus luring people in. We hope Unleashed! would return once again next year.
NEW - The Ruins
The Ruins is a brand new zone, perfectly fitting next to Aftermath. It wasn't anything grand, but definitely added to the atmosphere around Apocalypse and the new maze.
Traveling Scare Squads
One of the best things about Fright Fest are the traveling squads. They are the groups who fill in the empty scare zone gaps. The classic DC clowns joined them this year as Suicide Squad kicked them out, but it feels as if it was a good choice. We love the idea that they can go just about ANYWHERE!
The last zone on the list and the worst. Nothing better than zombies that totally fit in with the average guest, eh? Needless to say, this has to go.
Voodoo Nights returns for their fourth season. It's a show that brings out the high energy and party feel out of Fright Fest, making it unique to the haunt world. We absolutely love the Voodoo Doll dancers, they are always a treat to see every year. Did you hear that most of the Mad T Party band now resides here??
This has been at the event for a really long time. Nothing is better than falling asleep under the Hypnotist's spell.... MAGIC.
Thank you Magic Mountain for inviting us! We hope everyone gets a chance to experience the event before it goes away for the year! Make sure to comment below your thoughts of this year! We want to know! Like us on FACEBOOK.
Edward De Leon - Editor in Chief of TCI