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Fright Fest Media Event – Six Flags Great Adventure

 

This past Sunday, September 25th, I was fortunate enough to attend SFGAdv’s media event for Fright Fest on behalf of TPR. Fright Fest hasn’t always been something on either of our radar until last year after a fun and frightening day. After hearing early positive reviews on new additions, we were eager to get to the park to see if they improved upon last season’s event. Needless to say, they did not disappoint!

 

First, for those unfamiliar, here’s a brief summary of what’s new for this year’s Fright Fest, pulled from the park’s press release from early September.

 

New and improved this season:

 

· New! Rage of the Gargoyles virtual reality (VR) coaster – Riders will use Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets to battle demonic creatures in the world’s first interactive gaming VR experience on a coaster, Skull Mountain. Exclusively for Season Pass holders, active Members, haunted maze pass purchasers and owners of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note7. Must be at least 13 years old to wear Samsung Gear VR. Must be at least 44” tall to ride with an adult or 48” to ride alone.

 

· New! Bilkum, Burnham & Haugh’s Side Show Spectacular – World-famous Lizardman, Murrugun the Mystic and the beautiful sorceress Catalina Askew headline this jaw-dropping and heart-pounding freak show.

 

· New! The Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth – Dark and devilish clowns urge guests to step right up to this uproarious new performance packed with unseemly humor and ample shenanigans.

 

· New! Slash – Gallows humor meets unsettling, gory, hard rock violence as illusionists John Bundy and Morgan blur the line between reality and horror, premiering in Showcase Theatre. Suitable for mature audiences only.

 

· New! Cell Block 6 Haunted Maze – A prison on lockdown is overrun with strange and scary inmates desperate to break free. Guests wind their way through twisting corridors trying to escape before it’s too late. Extra fee to participate.

 

· Dead Man’s Party: Graveyard Rock – Dr. Fright and his friends take over a graveyard for Fright Fest’s signature song and dance production featuring many new Halloween hits and dazzling special effects with the help of celebrity choreographer Ashley Dawson. New location in the Movietown Arena.

 

Below are photos taken during the event, including ones of park decorations (day and night), scare zones, actors, and haunted mazes. I will post a review of the events we attended no later than tomorrow night. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), there is so much to do and see during Fright Fest that there were a couple shows we were unable to fit into the night’s schedule. I’ll try and visit again next weekend in order to attend what we missed so I can have as complete a review as possible.

 

Enjoy!

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It's a beautiful day!

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Rules are rules.

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Decorations are out!

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After visiting Guest Relations to check in, we received our swag! I wonder what we got?

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CANDY!

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Evil Pumpkin Man and the Blood Fountain are back!

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Nothing scarier than choreography.

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Artsy shot #1.

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Early on in the day, the park was pretty empty. That would certainly change later on.

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Decorations.

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Obligatory pumpkins.

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The price guide for haunted mazes at the park.

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Really bad parking job, dude.

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Rikki playing hide and go seek.

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Fun fact: Six Flags employs millions of spiders each year to satisfy the webbing decoration demands of the park. Job creators, people!!

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But... El Toro is the other way.

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Can't sleep, clown'll eat me.

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This guy was just DYING to get inside! YEAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! B-)

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So were these guys. I don't know, the merch isn't THAT great...

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This dude was new this year, in place of the Batmobile in Movie Town. Every minute or so he'd start growling and moving his head around.

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Sky Ride shot.

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I bet there's money in this stand.

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Decided to try some of the candy. Never looks like the picture.

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Next up, Rise of the Gargoyles!

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Yep, the load times suck now.

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Age limits.

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Instructions!

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One plus to the changes is that the station no longer resembles rush hour on a subway. Crowd management does wonders.

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Getting ready!

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These are the newer versions of the headsets. Instead of Velcro straps holding the headset on, there's a plastic knob you turn to tighten its grip on your head. Made it easy to put on.

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For the younguns, there's a Trick or Treat section!

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With its own dedicated advertising!

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Here it is.

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Families getting candy.

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Here's a family friendly magic show taking place on the stage near Skull Mountain.

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Hey Bill, guess what's baaaaaaack!!

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Inside the shop.

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Bloodbath and Beyond covers all your "blood", "bath", and "beyond" needs!

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Assuming your needs are included here.

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Future site of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.

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This'll look very different this time next year.

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At 6:00PM, the ghouls, ghosts, and riff-raff come out to play, starting in the Awakening parade!

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Unfortunately, this is the only photo of the Dead Man's Party set I have. We were going to see it, but the sun's position at the time was ruining any photo we took, so we left with the intent of returning for a later show. We never got around to it.

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Slash took place in the Showcase Theater.

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Yay for scantily clad women!!

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"Dick and Jane". Dick cheats on Jane. Jane impales Dick with her own body. Lesson: don't be a dick.

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"Loser!" Get three questions wrong, you'll either lose your head...

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...or do your best "Carrie" impersonation.

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Can she escape before the knives impale her? Spoiler: no.

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WITCH!! WITCH!!!

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Card trick! Throw the cards in the air, but don't use your hands! Yup, that means...

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...well, once the girls start rubbing, it doesn't take very long.

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Slash was a big improvement over the show from last year.

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Details of the show.

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Let's finish it off by slicing a woman in half.

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Aaaaaand, just leave her on stage for a while after the show.

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Now for the mazes. First, Big Top Terror!

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Circus gatekeeper.

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Total Darkness involves your group holding onto a rope together with a flashlight at one end. Since it's in *ahem* total darkness, I didn't take any photos.

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The Manor was next! Short but sweet!

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Your host, explaining the legend of the maze.

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Bloodshed is in the closed section of the Golden Kingdom.

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Additional photos:

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Cell Block 6 is the new maze this year. Located in Freefall's former footprint, it reuses many aspects to the former Asylum maze, but does so in a much more cohesive way.

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Voodoo Island is underneath the Log Flume.

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Much thanks to Great Adventure for putting on a great event and delivering on many fronts! Go check out the event before it ends!

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A PR meet and greet took place in the evening. We had the opportunity to speak with the new park president, Neal Thurman. He seems like a really great person and is very excited to be with us in New Jersey!

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The atmosphere really stood out at night. Fog machines, lights, and sound effects really helped set the creepy mood.

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Hey guys! Long time reader, new account holder

 

I'm staying in NYC until the 4th of Oct and I wanted to head to SFGAdv sometime this weekend, and I was curious if anyone would like to meet up and show me round the park (and mazes)? As much as I enjoy going to parks on my own it's always more fun with someone else! Ha

 

If anyone lives in NYC and wants to head down there with me that would be great! Just message me and let me know!

 

I'm a little stuck with how to get there from central NYC (Times Square) as a lot of people are saying different things so any travel tips or even a travel buddy would be great!

 

I'm from the U.K. and I really don't want to miss out on this park (el toro...duh )

 

Many thanks,

Ryan

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I can't speak to how long each wait was since I had a VIP/press pass (I know, cool guy, right?), though I will say most mazes barely had lines at all. The only two mazes that had lines when I went through them were Cell Block 6 and Voodoo Island. The other five had a handful of people in line at most. I'd say that's more of an anomaly, though - if you plan on visiting, expect substantial lines. The placement of Cell Block 6 (sandwiched right between the Showcase Theater and Movietown Arena) and the fact that it's new would lend me to believe it'll have the longest lines of all, so go to that first.

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Skull Mountain is "temporarily closed" because it's been replaced with "Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster" which is now open.

 

Part of me thought that was the case, but it's so stupid and pedantic I didn't want it to be true

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Great trip report on the last page! These pics really got me itching to get in on the action. Just debating whether or not it's worth it to go the last weekend in October and fight the insane crowds.

 

Where did they host the magic show you posted photos of?

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Tonight is absolutely dead at the park and I'm loving it. Got 2 laps on Toro, poor Nitro is still closed, VR Skully is pretty dope, not worth the wait again, though.

 

Everything else is walk on, but all the B&M's except Bizarro and Green Lantern are currently down, along with Toro.

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Hey guys! Long time reader, new account holder

 

I'm staying in NYC until the 4th of Oct and I wanted to head to SFGAdv sometime this weekend, and I was curious if anyone would like to meet up and show me round the park (and mazes)? As much as I enjoy going to parks on my own it's always more fun with someone else! Ha

 

If anyone lives in NYC and wants to head down there with me that would be great! Just message me and let me know!

 

I'm a little stuck with how to get there from central NYC (Times Square) as a lot of people are saying different things so any travel tips or even a travel buddy would be great!

 

I'm from the U.K. and I really don't want to miss out on this park (el toro...duh )

 

Many thanks,

Ryan

Recognize it's halfway through the weekend, but your best bet if not renting a car is a bus on NJ Transit from either Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC or Newark Penn in NJ (you can take train to Newark Penn).

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I just got back from the park and like usual, had a good visit.

 

Skull Mountain was not using VR and it's only being used on Friday - Sunday, I didn't mind since the station was empty and I was able to ride 4 times in a row. The 5th car is no longer blocked off for Flash Pass and now Flash Pass merges in the station at the front. The Flash Pass entrance is under the lift hill and the hallway is not covered so there is a lot of light in the first part of the lift hill area and now the ride area is brighter than ever and you can see most of the track easily (even though it wasn't that difficult to see the track before this change).

 

Dinner and snacks with the dining pass are now valid until 9 p.m. I would still like to see the snack available until closing but at least it's better than 8 p.m. like it was before.

 

Superman was closed the entire day, Kingda Ka was closed part of the time with 2 trains running when it did reopen.

 

Crowds were low for the most part. Joker's line was almost to the 90 minute sign and Kingda Ka had a few switchbacks full but mostly everything else was 20 minutes or less.

 

2 of the trails were closed and there were no ride greeters at the coaster entrances so bags were allowed to be left in the station.

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Question for everybody, is Great Adventutre fanny pack friendly? Is there any rides in the park I can't wear one while riding?

 

I'm not telling you break the rules but fanny packs are considered loose articles and need to go in a locker HOWEVER if its small and you can conceal it somehow with your t-shirt or whatever, you can easily get away with it on anything (as a friend of mine did last month) though I cant imagine its comfortable on El Toro. Personally, I'm the king of zippered pockets.

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They are allowed on all coasters except El Toro and Joker as long as they don't interfere with the restraint from working properly.

 

"Cell phones, pagers, or other small items must be secured in cargo pockets, zippered jacket pockets, or waist packs*. All loose articles which cannot be secured must be left in a locker or with a non-rider prior to entering the queue line.

*Waist packs are not permitted on El Toro."

https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/plan-your-visit/park-policies

The website hasn't been updated to mention Joker but I saw it on a sign at the ride entrance yesterday.

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