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Hi everyone,

I'm in search of some quick advice. I'm planning on going to SFMM with my family on either 12/24 or 12/25 (it's open both days, and we don't celebrate Christmas). I went once on Christmas eve (12/24/2019), and found the crowds to be pleasantly low. Weather might make the decision for us (it's supposed to rain on Friday, 12/24). However, if weather isn't a factor, can anyone advise on which of the two days  (Christmas eve or Christmas day) would be more likely to have lower crowds?  Thanks in advance!

-Doug

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21 minutes ago, scooterdoug said:

Hi everyone,

I'm in search of some quick advice. I'm planning on going to SFMM with my family on either 12/24 or 12/25 (it's open both days, and we don't celebrate Christmas). I went once on Christmas eve (12/24/2019), and found the crowds to be pleasantly low. Weather might make the decision for us (it's supposed to rain on Friday, 12/24). However, if weather isn't a factor, can anyone advise on which of the two days  (Christmas eve or Christmas day) would be more likely to have lower crowds?  Thanks in advance!

-Doug

According to Is It Packed, both days will be alright.  But personally, I think Chirstmas Day will be the less busy of the two. 

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^Those were always convenient when heading up to X2 & Viper, but definitely old. There's really no others that close by, as the bathrooms inside nearest to the front gate have been closed off on my visits (while the ones outside the gate but inside security are open), and from there in that direction it'd be all the way up to Tatsu. Would be great if they could replace those or put some new ones up the hill closer to Viper/Chop Six.

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How good is Uber service at SFMM? 

I mentioned a couple months ago that I was looking into driving down for a day from Vegas next month. I figured out that it's way cheaper to fly to Burbank (like...$30 round trip) and Uber to and from the park. Would this work out okay or is Uber service real spotty from the park?

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^Uber service is EXTREMELY spotty from the park. Getting there wasn't too long of a wait with Uber from BUR in August, but getting back.. I was unable to get one and had to walk almost two miles to my hotel in Valencia back on my August trip. Let alone trying to get back to Burbank. When I did the same DEN-BUR trip in November, I used Burbank Bus' Orange "Noho-Airport" route from BUR to the North Hollywood transit station, Santa Clarita Transit's 757 express bus route from there up to the McBean Regional Transit Center in Valencia, and Santa Clarita Transit's 3/7 local bus route between McBean and the park. Can use the 757 and Orange buses back down to Burbank & BUR too, which I did in both my August and November trips.

Those bus schedules (somewhat easily found with a google search) don't really work for a all-in-one day trip, and don't give a great amount of park time for a one night trip either. But, I spent ~15 hours at the park between two nights/three days (one full and two partial days at the park) back over Oct 31-Nov 2 for about ~$400-450 total trip cost, though I have a SF membership covering park admission & a cheap hotel in Castaic, and only spent ~$15 on transportation with the bus systems. It honestly worked best with the earlier park close time of 6pm, as the last bus (that connected to my other local bus to my hotel) going out from the park was 6:30-6:45ish, and the park was pretty empty during the Nov weekdays. Would not trust Uber to get you around almost at all outside of Burbank, but the bus systems were extremely useful and reliable, no more than 2-3min late max in either my August or November trips. 

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Now that I look more into using Uber, it looks like renting a car for the day is probably cheaper than Uber. Plus no worries about potentially getting cancelled on. Probably will go that route.

All told, $60 for a car rental and $32 round trip for the flight is pretty damn good, especially since everything else about the day would be free (and WAAAAY less than I'd probably be losing in Vegas during the course of the day).

Kinda sucks to be missing Tatsu and Batman among others, but I'll be back for a full LA area trip some day. I know this sounds weird, but my two biggest reasons for going right now are X2 and Viper, because if it's 5 years before I get back you just never know what might not be there.

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1 hour ago, Zand said:

Now that I look more into using Uber, it looks like renting a car for the day is probably cheaper than Uber. Plus no worries about potentially getting cancelled on. Probably will go that route.

All told, $60 for a car rental and $32 round trip for the flight is pretty damn good, especially since everything else about the day would be free (and WAAAAY less than I'd probably be losing in Vegas during the course of the day).

Kinda sucks to be missing Tatsu and Batman among others, but I'll be back for a full LA area trip some day. I know this sounds weird, but my two biggest reasons for going right now are X2 and Viper, because if it's 5 years before I get back you just never know what might not be there.

Yeah, car rentals out there were pretty cheap when I went in mid-December for some reason.

It's funny that you mention your reasoning as going as concern that Viper or X2 would be torn down; that was almost exactly my motivation for my LA-area trip, except for me it was Montezooma at Knott's.

Anyway, have fun!

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10 hours ago, Jew said:

Why is that lame?  It’s the offseason except for MLK weekend in January.

In the past, they always closed at 6PM during the off-season - leaving about an hour for night rides after the sun sets at 5PM.

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1 hour ago, joelwee said:

In the past, they always closed at 6PM during the off-season - leaving about an hour for night rides after the sun sets at 5PM.

Also as someone who can't get there at opening losing that extra hour at the end is a bummer.

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Yeah, I usually get there around 4:00 PM for my weekday visits, which gives me 2 hours to get on a few rides and grab dinner with my dining pass. If the park closes at 5:00, it's not worth the trip. If they want to cut hours, I'd personally rather have them open an hour later and stay open until 6:00.

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

They'd probably rather do this so less people will use the dining plan for a second meal.

I bring a freezer bag in my pocket or tupperwear in the car when I go to SFFT.. almost ALWAYS take my "snack" or a portion of it home.

the food there is generally pretty good, and I paid for the Dining Plan. . I'm gonna use it.
(and since, as far as SF is concerned, my Platinum Season Pass is a Platinum Membership?  I believe my dining plan transfers to other parks too. . so gonna do that when I visit other SF parks in 2022 as well)

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So I decided that my somewhat sane "fly to Burbank, go to SFMM for the day, then fly back" trip might not be enough and I've come up with a second idea. I'm hoping someone will tell me "Your plan isn't even possible, stop being so f*cking greedy and just stay at SFMM" but here goes...

- Land in Burbank from Vegas at 8:50, grab rental car and drive up to SFMM for 10:30 opening

- Leave SFMM around 1:30-2:00 before traffic gets too insane and drive to Knotts

-Hopefully get to Knotts around 3-3:30, stay till closing at 6. Eat a chicken dinner.

-Drop car, fly out of John Wayne Airport at 8:50 back to Vegas.

Flights $70 RT, car $90 (would be $40 less to rent and drop at the same place, but not having to drive back across LA is worth the extra $40). Passes to both parks, so no admission. WOULD be willing to buy fastpasses at either park in order to make this work, though not sure if it would even be much of a help on a Tuesday or Wednesday in mid January.

Must-dos at SFMM (if open): X2, Viper, WCR, Full Throttle, Goliath, Twisted Colossus, Superman, (Tatsu if the painters are still absent)

Must-dos at Knotts: GhostRider, Silver Bullet, Xcelerator, HangTime, Montezooma

Is it even possible to ride the above 12 coasters (with the help of fastpasses if necessary) and drive from SFMM to Knotts in a 7.5 hour timeframe? Does anyone know if any of the above must-dos are going to be closed in January (aside from the aforementioned Tatsu)? Am I out of my mind for even thinking about trying this?

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If you are going on a weekday, trying that with traffic will be quite the mission. It’s possible with flash pass and fast lane as your insurance policy since both parks will have bare minimum staff and operations, but the variable is the traffic from SFMM to Knotts.  It’s more than likely that drive will be closer to 2hrs.

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@Zand  That trip **might** be hypothetically possible, if everything went exactly according to plan.  But I think it would also be stressful af and you'd spend more energy watching the clock and than enjoying yourself.  Also... it has absolutely zero margin for error / delays.

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