SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST
Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces
April 1 Re-Opening
Park is Ready to Open with Extensive New Safety Measures in Place
VALENCIA, California — March 18, 2021 —Six Flags Magic Mountain announced plans to
reopen the park to members and passholders on April 1 and 2, and to the general public on
April 3, 2021. In accordance with state reopening guidelines for theme parks, Six Flags Magic
Mountain will operate at reduced attendance levels utilizing a new reservation system. The park
is also implementing extensive safety measures including several new advanced technology
systems to protect guests and employees. The plan, developed in consultation with infectious
disease experts, sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social
distancing protocols. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure
compliance with state and county recommendations.
“Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, and we are excited to
get our park open and our world-class collection of coasters running again”, said Six Flags
Magic Mountain’s Park President Don McCoy. “Our team is eager to return to work and
entertain our guests in a safe environment, providing the much-needed fun and escape we have
all missed this past year. I am also looking forward to seeing guests come out and experience
West Coast Racers, our newest racing coaster that was only open briefly in 2020.”
Los Angeles County will continue to operate a COVID-19 vaccination site in Six Flags Magic
Mountain’s parking lot.
The park’s reopening date is subject to change based on local, state, and federal guidelines
related to COVID-19. Detailed reopening plans include:
Park Reservations System to Control Capacity
Six Flags Magic Mountain has established attendance caps that are in accordance with current
state guidelines to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass holders and all
guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at
http://www.sixflags.com/reserve. Guests who need single day tickets will be able to reserve during the
Protocols for the safe operation of rides
• Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all ride queue lines;
• Handrails, ride units, and restraints will be regularly sanitized throughout the day;
• Riders on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions will be physically distanced in accordance
with state guidelines; and
• Masks must remain on while experiencing a ride or attraction.
Health Screenings for Guests and Team Members
• Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and
employees prior to entry;
• Advanced security screening technology will allow for touchless bag checks;
• Individuals will be required to acknowledge and abide by the company’s health policies,
which prohibits park entry if guests have recently been exposed to or are experiencing
symptoms of COVID-19;
• Following CDC guidelines, all guests over the age of two and all team members will be
required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day;
• Disposable masks will be available at Guest Relations, and reusable masks will be available
for purchase at in-park retail locations.
Strictly Enforced Social Distancing
• Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all park entry, restroom, retail
locations, and ride and dining queue lines;
• Dining areas have been adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties;
• Viewing areas are marked for guests to observe animal exhibits as well as game play, and
arcade games have been reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing
• Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by a minimum of six feet.
Extensive Sanitization and Disinfecting Protocols
• Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place;
• Increased sanitization and disinfecting of high touch points including all public seating,
tabletops, counters, handrails, doors, and trash cans will occur frequently;
• Restroom staff will be available to disinfect each stall and sink area on a frequent basis;
• Multiple alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park; and
• All work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected.
Sanitized Food Preparation and Service
• Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless
• Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food;
• Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as
• Attendants will serve beverages, and guests will receive drink bottle refills in a paper cup
each time they refill.
Commercial-Grade Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
• All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include: two reusable
face masks, safety glasses, and disposable gloves;
• Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas;
• Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available;
• Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces; and
• Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing.
Multi-Layered Guest and Team Member Communication
• Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training;
• Safety messaging and reminders will be communicated on Six Flags’ website, newsletters,
and in-park announcements;
• Distance markers and physical distance indicators will be in place; and
• Informational safety signage will be posted throughout the park.
Virtual Hiring Fairs
As one of the largest seasonal employers in the country, Six Flags Magic Mountain is currently
hiring team members for the 2021 season. The safety of park guests and employees is always
the company’s top priority, and applicants may now apply for jobs in a virtual and contact-free
About Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, is home to more than 100
rides, shows, and attractions, including world-class roller coasters like West Coast Racers,
Twisted Colossus, Full Throttle, and X2
Fright Fest Discovery Kingdom is a fun event. You can still ride the rides after dark but beware the roaming monsters. There are several haunted attractions that you can also upgrade to experience. The live shows on the front stage are open to everyone at the event. I thought the stage shows were really well done and entertaining. The haunted mazes had interesting themes and some really great moments. The creative mirror scare and seeing live sharks inside of a haunt were moments that stood out to me most. Overall it was a fun event that seemed to be geared slightly younger and a bit more family friendly than the other Six Flags Fright Fests I’ve attended in the past. Thank you to Discovery Kingdom for having us out to the event.
I don’t usually share my ventriloquism here because that’s a whole different channel, but I happened to take Darwin with me to Northern California for my visit to Fright Fest and we made this video at the event. I hope you enjoy this unusual look at Fright Fest.
I love Six Flags Fright Fest in my home park of Magic Mountain, so I figured I’d attend Fright Fest at Great America while visiting the Chicago-land area. I was sorely disappointed. It’s nearly impossible not to try and compare the two parks, but they are so drastically different that they can’t really be compared. I came to Great America with the expectation of seeing professional haunted attractions like their sister park and what I found were teenagers running around in plywood mazes decorated with cheap props and hardly any set pieces. The Hell Fest maze was one of the best overall, it had a few visually impressive scenes. All of the mazed lacked scares. The actors didn’t seem to grasp the concept of setups for scares. The cast also seemed to lack motivation to remain actively in character. Almost all of the characters seemed to specifically avoid my camera while trying to catch them in action in the scare zones for social media and my youtube channel. The one stand-out exception is the Ring Master. The Ring Master seemed like a very well trained, talented performer among a cast that overall appeared like they didn’t even want to be there. I also noticed one female chainsaw actor that was working very hard in a scare zone while everyone else trudged along looking like overworked lumberjacks. I honestly can’t remember most of the mazes now as I write this only a few days later because they were that forgettable. I do remember the price tag…$50 for front of the line fright fest pass on top of park admission. I have an annual pass that allows me access to the park, but even so this event isn’t worth the general line cost of $35 unless you are a local that plans to attend multiple nights and just wants something to do in the evenings that’s Halloween related for the month of October. I made it through all of the mazes, but didn’t have the opportunity to see any of the shows. It does appear that there are some fun live performances on the schedule. Thank you to the Ring Master that turned around my night right at the end as I was leaving.
I also want to take a moment to point out that the guests at this Six Flags theme park seemed much less respectful than all other Six Flags parks I’ve visited. I saw kids in the mazes playing on a set piece, kicking walls, grabbing props and all around being jerks whether they were in groups with friends or with their parents. I imagine being part of the cast at this park can be especially difficult at times.
Overall I can’t really recommend Great America Fright Fest 2018, but want to reiterate that every Six Flags Fright Fest is unique so this doesn’t reflect my opinion of Fright Fests across the country.
I absolutely love Six Flags Fright Fest in southern California. This is one of my favorite haunts to attend each year. I will admit that not many changes have been made to the mazes or scarezones, but if you haven’t attended in a while I highly recommend it. There are a few new additions this year such as the Dead End maze, Club 6 Feet Under, Damned ‘N Disguise scarezone and most notably the Hidden Haunts VIP Tour.
I always enjoy the mazes at Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. I especially enjoyed the Willoughby Mansion after hearing the tale of the haunt on the Hidden Haunts VIP tour. Learning the story behind the maze added a new level of appreciation for it. I’m also always impressed by the creativity of Vault 666, aesthetic appeal of Red’s Revenge, spaciousness of Aftermath and fun of Toyz. This year I was especially impressed with the creative and hard working actors in the Chupacabra maze, as well as the Nightmare and Demon’s door scarezones. One of the things I find most impressive about the ghouls at this event is their dedication and spirit. I’ve even found myself following a few of them on social media. Voodoo Nights really shined this year, too. I found myself hanging out and enjoying the show a few times.
As much as I love Fright Fest, there were a couple of disappointments this year. My favorite circus show is not performing this season and there was nothing replacing it. The new Dead End maze fell a little flat for me. I’m not a huge fan of the flashlight technology. (It didn’t seem to work properly for me here or at Knott’s this year. Maybe it’s that magnetic personality my mom loves about me so much interfering with the technology.) I love the concept of Damned ‘N Disguise and thought it was really awesome make-up, however the area felt a little more like a photo op than a scarezone.
My favorite experience this year was hands down the Hidden Haunts VIP Tour. This special tour is an add on for the VIP Tour. It is a special walking tour behind the scenes into areas guests are not normally allowed to go. We got to see the Fright Fest make-up Scream Team hard at work, as well as talk to the incredibly talented Scott Ramp. We heard stories of real spirits that haunt the park all season long, not just during Halloween. I recommend it for anyone with a fascination for the paranormal.
Don’t forget that during Fright Fest you can also get your thrills on coasters or take a break to sit and enjoy the hypnotist show. There are also many food options, including a few good options for gluten free folks like myself. Please consume alcohol responsibly at the event. Above all have fun, but remember to respect the hardworking people behind the event and the monsters working tirelessly to make your experience the best they can.
The following videos were recorded with permission during the Press Event. Six Flags does not allow video recording inside the mazes.
Below is a list of Halloween events and haunts in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas in no particular order with links to their sites.
Delusion (initial run sold out)
Way of the Shadow Haunted House (2016 dates: 29, 30, 31)
CookHaunt (New Location: Anaheim at the Pumpkin patch – catty corner from Cinema City)
FAMILY EVENTS (not scary)
Boney Island (magical yard display)
Crown City Theatre Company Nosferatu (theatre)
Maverick Theatre Night of the Living Dead (theatre)
OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES