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Six Flags lays off 10 park employees

Economy: Park officials mum on whether laid-off workers were at Magic Mountain or Hurricane Harbor

Posted: September 23, 2010 10:33 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

With summer officially over and the rush of vacationing visitors to Six Flags now tapering off, the amusement park has found it necessary to lay off about 10 of its full-time employees.

“These are layoffs and not terminations,” said Sue Carpenter, spokeswoman for Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor.

The distinction is important, Carpenter said, with layoffs always holding the chance laid off staffers could be re-hired.

“It’s in the ballpark of 10 people,” she said, adding she was unable to reveal if the layoffs were at Magic Mountain or Hurricane Harbor, or at both.

The park is already into its fall lineup with Fright Fest weekends set to start Oct. 8 and run until Halloween.

The popular spooky seasonal attraction is sponsored by Snickers and involves turning Magic Mountain into a Halloween playground with scary shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses.

Every October, park promoters turn the “theme park” into a “scream park” featuring 12 days of “terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns.”

On Thursday, film crews were filming a PG-rated family movie at the park, Carpenter said.

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