Planet SIX was fortunate to attend opening night for Magic Mountain's 23rd Fright Fest event. This year, the park has focused heavily on improving their mazes, adding two NEW scare zones, a new show and a branded experience inside one of their existing rides. Magic Mountain has been determined to create their biggest & greatest Fright Fest ever!
NOTE: We do not have a review of Willoughby's Garden of Darkness or The Aftermath.
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Voodoo Nights returns for their third season. It's a show which brings out the high energy and party feel out of Fright Fest, making it unique to the Haunt world. The highlights of the show are definitely the Voodoo Doll Dancers. They really went all out for their dance numbers with lights, the use of the runaway and "doll strings." The Full Throttle Plaza as well has traveling squads scaring the living daylight out of you.
Unleashed! is a brand new show complimenting the new Terrortory Twisted. The show sets as a haunted circus show featuring twisted aerialist, stunts people and of course the Unleashed Dancers. Most of the show was similar to the summer favorite, Kwerk but even better! This is a show that is a must see when you happen to go to Fright Fest, it's something you wouldn't expect Magic Mountain to do.
NEW Scare Zones
Sinister Circuit gives new life to the previously popular City Under Siege zone. This year, a new opening ceremony & light show was integrated to bring more energy. Using the same technology as the Rockin' Universe light show during Holiday in the Park, the show runs every 15 mins. Maniacal freaks run amok DC Universe, terrorizing you from BIG to small.
Terrortory Twsited is the largest scare zone in the park. Steampunk'd creatures dominate this area and interact with guest they pursue. The zone alone is INCREDIBLE, featuring gory steampunk elements and projections. Every few minutes fog cannons shoot around Twistedwiches and outstanding projection mapping brings the Gearworks Theatre facade to life. This is the definition of a scare zone.
Chupacabra continues to be the least favorite of the mazes. Ever since, it's appearance in 2011, it has lack the true Fright Fest quality we've expected. It's theme is center around a latino urban legend which they fail to even shown throughout the attraction. There were minor tweaks this year but nothing to be surprised about. We really hope the park looks into replacing this haunt with a better experience with attention to detail. RATE 3/10
Red's Revenge is a new maze introduced last year. The largest indoor maze at the park which bring a twist to the cute little red riding hood story. Some theming elements weren't working properly and just like Willoughby, some of the actors need some more time to adjust. Other than that, it's great! RATE 8/10
Wlloughby's Ressurected, a classic maze which took Fright Fest to the next level. After three years after being renovated, the beloved haunted mansion continues to awe us with details and effects. Some of the actors need a bit of more practice to master the scare techniques, other than that it's still a wonderful maze! RATE 8/10
VAULT 666 bring out the insanity & gore to the max. Amazing attention to details and scares and we spotted some new scaretactics this year. We were really impressed with the improvement from last year. RATE 10/10
Shadows of Evil : The Ride is a shocking surprise for us. The queue line for Apocalypse was transformed into Morg City, a new map, part of the Zombie series in the upcoming Call of Duty : Black Ops 3 game. It's like a mini maze before boarding the ride and is actually pretty neat. Though there we weren't startled or anything, it was still cool to see Magic Mountain taking the time to create this! RATE: 5/10
Thank you Magic Mountain for inviting us! We hope to enjoy the rest of Fright Fest later this season with more to share! Make sure to comment below your thoughts of this year! We want to know!
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Edward De Leon - Editor in Chief of TCI