Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Update - October 2nd, 2022
Fright Fest is Here!
Today we check out SFDK for the park's annual Halloween event! Well actually, this year the park has three different Halloween events so let's talk about them!
Halloween at SFDK is in 3 parts: Boo Fest, Oktoberfest and Fright Fest. Let's talk through all 3!
Boo Fest is SFDK's kids daytime Halloween event. I see it in two pieces, the kids Halloween events in Looney Tunes Harbor and the special animal shows.
The Acme play area in Looney Tunes Harbor was transformed into an upcharge mirror maze
Looks like a decent sized one since the play area is pretty big
Throughout the Harbor was a series of Trick or Treat stations where kids could get some candy
I like the color on the little stations
The other aspect of Boo Fest (in my eyes at least) are the animal shows. I checked out the dolphin show
It features some new theming throughout the area and the keepers in skeleton outfits
The dolphins remain as talented as ever
SFDK Ghoul School comes back as well
During the day, park goers can enjoy a small taste of Germany in California with Oktoberfest!
The picnic grove had a little setup with some different German foods for sale
And some entertainers, like this stilt walker!
Or this person, with some hands?
But the real star of the show of course is Fright Fest
This year features 5 mazes, 7 ride rethemes...
...3 scare zones and two shows
The central figure of the year was Maim who had her own show as well
Let's start with some of those ride rethemes. Mostly, they just get some new signs, like Boomerang becoming Double Double Toil and Trouble
But in some cases, like Thrilla Gorilla, they got enclosed. changing the ride experience a little
Along the same lines, some of the gift shops got renames as wll, like the Butterfly gift shop becoming Acropolis Collectibles
And like in years past, the games get little rethemes too
As mentioned, the park features 5 houses, including the Sulfur City Society...
Or CarnEvil (which I thought was a Cedar Fair thing?)
I didn't go through the mazes since they cost extra but they looked like fun!
I did stand here for a minute and watch people running terrified out of this maze
Moving over to the scare zones, Nightmare Hollow ran on the back walkway of the park
The theming ranged from decaying gothic cathedral
To a random shark?
I liked this little picture opportunity
I think this random crib was part of the Dead Man's Party scare zone?
The nursery was all covered up. I'd assume it was to hide the animals from any strobe lights from Dead Man's Party but I'm not 100% sure
DMP had a stage next to the VIP lounge
The portion of DMP near Sidewinder Safari was great! Check out the intro the the video to see the energy some of the scareactors brought
And speaking of VIP lounge, the former Skycoaster site was paved over and a VIP lounge appeared behind it, next to the info booth we mentioned earlier
Continuing on, Creepshow Freakshow was the scarezone at the Toyota Stadium entrance plaza near the former Tazmanian Devil ride. It was clown themed as you'd expect
The coolest part was some former ride vehicles
Or Harley Quinn, may she rest in peace (my unpopular opinion is that I didn't hate the ride and thought it was kinda fun)
I'm not sure if it's technically a part of Creepshow Freakshow but the walkway from the Toyota Stadium to the Medusa plaza was full of rotting pumpkins
And some scareactors, like this chainsaw guy that I really enjoyed watching terrorize people
Kinda random, not sure where to put this but I liked this little touch of adding cobwebs to closed ride vehicles
SFDK put on a great event as always! Some of the scareactors brought some great energy and it's always great to have a scary Halloween event in an area
It's tough to see from this picture but the entire former SkyCoaster pad has been paved over. It's a VIP area right now which I'm thinking might stick around
Especially given the VIP area near the picnic grove that's less Halloween themed
Looking over towards Hammerhead, the queue area got repaved with new concrete. The rest of the removed rides had no noticeable progress
So that'll wrap up our update! Hopefully you have a good idea of what to expect from FrightFest now! It was a ton of fun and a highlight of the park's season. If you can check it out before the season ends! I'll be back at the park in November or December to cover Holiday in the Park!