Six Flags theme parks across the U.S. and Mexico will take part in a worldwide attempt to set a new world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 24, along with all coordinating time zones in 42 countries comprising five continents.
This is the Thrill the World organization's third attempt to set a new record, with a goal of 10,000 to 50,000 individuals dancing to "Thriller." In the wake of Jackson's untimely death in June, organizers say this year's event is intended to be an unprecedented global celebration of the music icon's life and legacy.
Fright Fest Dancers at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be performing in their tribute at 5:30 p.m., to coincide with the performers in various time zones. The performance will be taped for a compilation with other parks' entertainment.
"Anyone in the park at the time is invited to join in," said Sue Carpenter, park spokesperson.
Participating Six Flags across the country include Six Flags America (Bowie, MD), Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, CA), Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX), Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL), Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (Louisville, KY), Six Flags Mexico, Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA) Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX), Six Flags St. Louis (Eureka, MO), and The Great Escape (Lake George, NY).
Carpenter said that while the dance will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita, regular Fright Fest activities will begin at their regular time of 7 p.m.
"The weekend before Halloween is always a lot of fun," she added.