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Official Fright Fest 2019 Thread

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Postby Necropolis on July 31st, 2019, 12:37 pm
Fright Fest 2019 is right around the corner! With that being said, the operating schedule is out for this time of the year! I am not sure but Fright Fest may start in the middle of September? The park is open the last three weekends starting September 14th and the last Friday as well. That Friday it's open from 5 - 11 pm so typical FF hours for a weekday. Then in October, the park is open every Friday, 5 -11pm, Saturday 11am - midnight and Sundays 11am - 10pm. Then there's the one off day FF is open on Monday, Oct 14 Columbus Day from 11am - 7pm. I am pleased to see the park is open on Halloween and through that Saturday so a total of 4 days since it's on a Wednesday this year. Then the park is open again the following weekend Nov. 9-10 from 12-6pm. I am glad to see Fright Fest is opening earlier and staying open till later! It just get's too packed and the fact that they are spreading it on more days is fantastic! :D :twisted:

https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/plan-your-visit/park-operating-schedule
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Postby Necropolis on August 29th, 2019, 6:03 pm
https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/s ... fest-night

New additions to Fright Fest for 2019! As suspected, it goes until November 3rd!
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on August 30th, 2019, 8:08 am
Necropolis wrote:https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/special-events/fright-fest-night

New additions to Fright Fest for 2019! As suspected, it goes until November 3rd!


When will the scare actors be done, 11/3 ??
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Postby MrsTaxi on August 30th, 2019, 9:53 am
Clowns in Yankee Harbor? Interesting. Wonder what will be in county fair?
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Postby ChiefBeef234 on August 31st, 2019, 5:50 pm
Hey y'all just wanted to point out a few changes this year I've seen! There will be no new scare zones, besides a refresh of the scare zone in carosel plaza.

Clowns have moved back to Mardi Gras/Joker Bridge this season

Henchman are going to be in Metropolis Plaza.

Vampires are going to New Orleans Place.

Nothing will be in County Fair this year. Besides the new house.

The two new houses this year are Infected (replacing MMC) and the 13th Order (replacing Hell Fest) I know nothing about these houses yet. Big Top, Gates of Hell, Manslaughter Manor, and Infestation! are all returning.

Some keen eyes may have noticed the stage for the uprising is different, this is because Nightmare Rhythm Machine will be on that stage as well. I don't know if this new layout will affect the uprising show.

The schedule has been extended to November 3rd. The following weekend is not fright fest.

If your trying to beat crowds this year I recommend Sundays for the first two weekends, Fridays are generally less busy once you can start going (3rd weekend and beyond), and anytime you can go on a weekday the park is practically dead. Also the park will be open Columbus day, be there will be no scare actors or shows that day.

I'm very excited for this upcoming season and especially excited to see the two new houses. I thought they did great with Hell Fest and I'm excited to see what they do with their own ideas without being tied to a movie license.

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Postby JT2002 on September 12th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Went to Fright Fest tonight, thought I should give some reviews...

Scare Zones: Since this was a preview, I don't think every scare zone was up and running yet. Nobody was in hometown square or carousel plaza, At the north entrance to Southwest territory they now have a scare crow scare zone (Wretched Meadows) and it's probably one of my new favorites. They added some great forest/ cornfield large props and the actors seem very experienced and fun. Also, at the other entrance to southwest territory, they've extended Underworld into the plaza in front of Justice League; the henchmen seemed to have moved there and those actors were having a lot of fun too. I think the clowns moved back to Mardi Gras, and now County Fair feels empty. There are zombies in New Orleans and Steam Punk under the bridge by Goliath (they've switched around some of the big props) and Lumber jacks in Yukon. Nothing else has really changed though, somethings may be added or switched during the season. Pumpkin man is at the front of the park.

Houses: I only was able to go in a few houses due to the long, slow moving lines because they wanted less people going in at once to train the actors. Here we go...

Big Top Terror: Meh. That's all I can say. I think this maze has actually gotten worse as it felt emptier to me as far as scares go. Strobes, stuffed things, clown props, circus tent curtains, it's all there but it feels empty. Nonetheless, I was even more bored to see that we only came across 3 scare actors for the whole house. Hopefully they have many more during the season. 2/5

Gates Of Hell: Holy hell (pun intended) this maze was awesome, it's pretty much the same as last year but the actors inside (there were a good amount) were awesome, they really got me and some of them were pretty funny. 5/5

Infestation: Never been in this one, didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, and I really loved the theming. I went once at sunset and once again when it was darker. All the lights and effects worked better when it was very dark. There were only like 4 or 5 actors, but they were all really convincing; stout guy in the laser room was hilarious, the girl at the end really got me good. 4/5
I also heard from folks that went into 13th order that it was a bit of an improvement over Hell Fest, but not a lot, not as good as Gates of Hell though

Rides: Only Demon and TT2 were open for the night. Demon hurt because it started raining hard when we left the station. TT2 is one of my favorites and it runs a nice cycle this year, went on it 4 times in a row cause there was no wait.

And that is all, thank you for coming to my TED talk. But really, overall this is looking to be one of the better FF seasons since a while.
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Postby ChiefBeef234 on September 12th, 2019, 11:15 pm
JT2002 wrote:Went to Fright Fest tonight, thought I should give some reviews...

Scare Zones: Since this was a preview, I don't think every scare zone was up and running yet. Nobody was in hometown square or carousel plaza, At the north entrance to Southwest territory they now have a scare crow scare zone (Wretched Meadows) and it's probably one of my new favorites. They added some great forest/ cornfield large props and the actors seem very experienced and fun. Also, at the other entrance to southwest territory, they've extended Underworld into the plaza in front of Justice League; the henchmen seemed to have moved there and those actors were having a lot of fun too. I think the clowns moved back to Mardi Gras, and now County Fair feels empty. There are zombies in New Orleans and Steam Punk under the bridge by Goliath (they've switched around some of the big props) and Lumber jacks in Yukon. Nothing else has really changed though, somethings may be added or switched during the season. Pumpkin man is at the front of the park.

Houses: I only was able to go in a few houses due to the long, slow moving lines because they wanted less people going in at once to train the actors. Here we go...

Big Top Terror: Meh. That's all I can say. I think this maze has actually gotten worse as it felt emptier to me as far as scares go. Strobes, stuffed things, clown props, circus tent curtains, it's all there but it feels empty. Nonetheless, I was even more bored to see that we only came across 3 scare actors for the whole house. Hopefully they have many more during the season. 2/5

Gates Of Hell: Holy hell (pun intended) this maze was awesome, it's pretty much the same as last year but the actors inside (there were a good amount) were awesome, they really got me and some of them were pretty funny. 5/5

Infestation: Never been in this one, didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, and I really loved the theming. I went once at sunset and once again when it was darker. All the lights and effects worked better when it was very dark. There were only like 4 or 5 actors, but they were all really convincing; stout guy in the laser room was hilarious, the girl at the end really got me good. 4/5
I also heard from folks that went into 13th order that it was a bit of an improvement over Hell Fest, but not a lot, not as good as Gates of Hell though

Rides: Only Demon and TT2 were open for the night. Demon hurt because it started raining hard when we left the station. TT2 is one of my favorites and it runs a nice cycle this year, went on it 4 times in a row cause there was no wait.

And that is all, thank you for coming to my TED talk. But really, overall this is looking to be one of the better FF seasons since a while.
Any info about the other new house, infected?

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Postby JT2002 on September 12th, 2019, 11:29 pm
^I believe they kept a lot of things from MMC, but now there's a mad scientisty theme to things rather than an asylum; though I did not go in it myself.
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Postby cliffhanger on September 13th, 2019, 8:37 am
I heard the reflecting pool is now dyed black. That's a pretty big change!
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Postby rmceagle2021 on September 13th, 2019, 9:00 am
There are 10 cycles for tt2 this year
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Postby UnclePennybags on September 13th, 2019, 6:35 pm
JT2002 wrote:Went to Fright Fest tonight, thought I should give some reviews...

I thought Fright Fest didn't open until Saturday. Did I miss something?
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Postby ChiefBeef234 on September 13th, 2019, 6:36 pm
UnclePennybags wrote:
JT2002 wrote:Went to Fright Fest tonight, thought I should give some reviews...

I thought Fright Fest didn't open until Saturday. Did I miss something?
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Postby UnclePennybags on September 15th, 2019, 1:57 am
I went Saturday, Sept 14. Park opening was set at 11:00AM. Got there early (10:30AM), but they were already letting people in by 10:38. I picked up my 2020 season bottle at Trolley Treats, but this year you can also pick them up at Carousel Snacks or the Go Fresh Cafe in Orlean Place.

I had purchased a 2020 Platinum Season Flash Pass, so I headed over to get mine at 11:00AM. Ugh. By this time, there were about 60 people already in line, which I later determined was a 45 minute wait. However, when the line didn't move for 15 minutes, I baled to get lunch at 11:30.

I was one of the first in line at Strutters after they opened. By 11:40 I was eating my food. Nice.

I checked the Flash Pass queue again at 12:00. There were now about 100 people in line, but the park had opened a second office, so you could see the line move every so often. This was over an hour wait, so I rode a flat, then saw Love at First Fright (LaFF) in the Grand Music Hall at 1:00.

LaFF is nice, but I thought the sound system in the Hall betrayed the show. To me, the music sounded distorted and the actors voices were not clear. I was a little disappointed this year.

The show ended at 1:45 and I found the Flash Pass queue was down to 20 to 30 people (about 40 minutes). I decided to refill at the Freestyles (Trudy's), which was about a 15 minute wait with 20 people in line. By this time, the Flash Pass line was down to a 20 minute wait, so I bit the bullet and queued up. By 2:25, I had my Flash Pass and was ready to do damage.

I never would have expected that the worst lines I saw today were for Flash Passes. Ironic. I had thought that most people were probably there for their "skip the line" passes that come with memberships, but the Flash Pass guy told me that most people were picking up Platinum Flash Passes. Considering their cost, I was surprised. Daily Platinum, Gold, and Regular Passes were going for $155, $100, and $55, respectively. In August, Platinum Season Flash Passes were selling for only $229, so maybe this was too good of a deal for many people to ignore.

Incidentally, if you are a member who receives "skip the line" passes with your membership, don't assume the long Flash Pass line is for you, too. Talk to the employee standing at the entrance to the Flash Pass office to see where you're supposed to go. When the line for Flash Passes was 60 minutes long, they were sending members in immediately via a different queue. You'll be ticked if you later find out that you waited in line for an hour when you didn't have to.

I didn't have too many problems with the rides themselves. X-Flight went down for about 15 minutes just as I was about to get on. Batman went down around 3:45PM and stayed down. Everything else looked good to me.

The park was packed today. Lines, lines, everywhere, but besides the Flash Pass queue, it didn't feel that bad. I got in a line of about 40 people at Capone's around 4:10, hoping to get to the front of the line by 4:30PM (Dining Pass dinner time). The line hadn't been moving, but as soon as I got in, it moved quickly. I turned around at about 4:25 and there was no one behind me. Empty queue. Crazy.

If you've purchased a 2020 Dining Pass, you're supposed to get a bonus dessert each time you visit the park in 2019. Unfortunately, these are not equivalent to "snacks" and I didn't know where to get one. The food service people at Strutters and Capone's didn't know the difference between snacks and desserts, so they couldn't help. In the end, I forfeited my dessert. Before I go to the park again this year, I'll contact Guest Services to get more information about desserts and where to find them.

The biggest take-away for today? If you are getting a Flash Pass, get into the queue first thing in the morning. ASAP. This is now the worst line I'm seeing at the park. Really bad.
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Postby JT2002 on September 15th, 2019, 9:39 am
^ six flags makes serious bank with flash passes
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Postby UnclePennybags on September 15th, 2019, 12:44 pm
They haven't posted the 2019 Fright Fest map yet, but for those wanting to plan around the September shows, here's the schedule:

Love at First Fright (Grand Music Hall)
Fridays: 9:00, 10:30
Saturdays: 1:00, 2:30, 8:00
Sundays: 2:30, 8:00

The Ringmaster's Cabaret (Grand Music Hall)
Fridays: 7:30
Saturdays: 3:45, 6:45
Sundays: 3:45, 6:45

The Uprising Parade (Hometown Square)
All Days: 5:45

The Nightmare Rhythm Machine (Hometown Square)
Fridays: 9:00, 10:15
Saturdays: 8:15, 10:15
Sundays: 8:15

Nox Meet and Greet (Mardi Gras)
All Days: 6:45

Kid's Club Monster Dance Party (Hometown Square)
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:45

Zombie Jamboree Monster Dance Party (Hometown Square)
Saturdays & Sundays: 7:00

The Witching Hour (Carousel Plaza, Hometown Square)
Fridays & Saturdays: 9:55
Sundays: 7:55
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