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Hey everybody !


On tuesday I decided to finaly travel to the US with my girlfriend. I borrowed my parents car and I was determined to go to SFGadv, which I did, and LOVED it ! It was my first time in the US and I wanted to go visit some US amusement park for a pretty long while (since I was about 13, and now I'm 20). I only visited SFGAdv due to lack of time since I had to be back here on friday for work. I will post pics of my trip in parts that will go like

1. A little past the border and Adirondack region + my first Taco Bell experience

2. Six Flags Great Adventure

3. On the way back




1. A little past the border and Adirondack region + my first Taco Bell experience


So, me and my girlfriend left at about 1pm on tuesday for what has been an insane car ride. We had looked at the directions on the internet to go all the way to Jackson, NJ by crossing all of the Adirondacks which I found really beautiful and worth of passing through. It was a bit long at times, but the beauty of it made up for it ! When we were in Malta, we stopped at Taco Bell there to eat a bit. It was my first time eating Taco Bell and now I so wish there was more of them over here in Montreal, or in Canada. I took the chicken grilled taquitos which were godly and really worth the money. My girlfriend took some taco's with spicy sauce which was more spicy than we thought it would be, and it was good too ! After our stop in Malta, we continued our way to New Jersey heading to Garden State Parkway.


Next up, Great Adventure !


Some nice scenery


The Adirondack are so peaceful


A beautiful lake


Cool cliff !


Some bridge that we liked the shape of !


On a funky bridge (see below)


My car got dirty because of insects hitting the windshield ...


This was on our way back, but I'll tell you something about it later on ;)


Yay, Plattsburg downtown or something alike !

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2. Six Flags Great Adventure


On wednesday we went to SFGAdv and we had a lot of fun ! When we arrived, we bought a parking ticket and parked in the huge parking lot the park has. The view was amazing with (from left to right or where we were) : KK, El Toro, Superman, GASM and Nitro. I am used to La Ronde, so I was a pretty impressed at how the park looks compared to La Ronde. The ambiance was very nice with music and dancing loney tunes characters + dancers and everything before we even entered the park. I just won't forget the ambiance the park has, it was just really amazing.


We went to the guest relations to have tickets by showing our season passes and the staff was very kind with us. It took about 2 mins to get the tickets and then we were in !


First thing we did when we entered the park was that we bought a flashpass for 2 people, which costs 42$ and was really worth it. After that, we walked a bit to see what ride we wanted to do first and we decided we would go for El Toro. With our flashpass, we only had to wait 6-7 mins before getting on the ride, on the last row. We never rode anything bigger than Goliath at La Ronde, so we were kind of intimidated of that 76 degree drop. When we were in the drop, I couldn't believe how much airtime there was, it was just really crazy. The ride was really fast and we left the ride wanting for more !


Then after that we went to do Medusa, which was our first floorless coaster. We rode in the front and we loved it. Despite it's age, I found that this ride is still really smooth and fun to ride. After this, we went for GASM. It was a bit rough, but I liked it anyway. It's still way better than Le Super Manège.


I will save you the rest, because it would be long to detail everything, but I can say that I do not regret going there. I plan to go back in the future, like next year or the other one to reride all the coasters.


The only downside that we found was that at the restaurants, the staff was really slow and really rude. As for the rides, the ops were really nice and looked like they liked their jobs. The operations were faster than what I am used to. I can't compare to other SF park except La Ronde, but I thought that this one had really fine operations.


The flashpass we bought was really worth it ! The ride that we waited the most was Kingda Ka, and that was 33 mins + about 20 mins waiting in the station for the front row. The other rides were at most 30 mins with flash pass time + being in line.


Here are the pics that might make my TR more interesting ...


I have about 30 more coming soon !














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Kindga Ka was really awesome but, the funny thing is that when we got on the train, they moved us to the launch section and then the ride broke ...


So we came back to the station and waited about 5-10 minutes more for the mechanics to repair the ride. Our OTSR were still locked and it seemed like a minor problem. Within a couple of minutes, the moved us again to the launch track and our ride started.


I still remember the feeling of the acceleration. In my POV, everything around the ride became really blurry except the track itself and I could feel my skin being pushed back and tapping against my face ( I don't know if this makes much sense to you, but it makes sense to me ..).


For the rest of the ride, it was fun and the view that you get from the top is amazing, but brief


Anyway, I'll have more pictures of the park later on. It depend on when the photo film will be developped !

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^Yeah, I think your description is about right. When I first went on TTD, no kidding, it took me quite a while to find my onride photo because I was just looking at the faces instead of clothes and I didn't recognize myself or my friend because are skin was pushed back so hard against our faces.


Nice TR. The adirondacks looks great. Lots of good pics man. I'm really starting to think about just taking off for NJ. I haven't done much in the way of parks this summer and I'm really wanting to randomly road trip to a new park. SFGAdv might win that election if I actually decide to do it. Again, cool TR.

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Next time I am near that area, I should do some activities in the adirondack region and hit Great Escape on my way back. We would have went to it, but when we passed by on I87, it was 6 pm and we had about 1:30-2:00 more to go before being home. I might go there on a weekend soon if I have nothing to do since it is not far.


I wanted to know how SFGAdv compares to other US parks ? Is it one of the best parks in the US or one of the worst ?


If it is the latter, I'm curious to know what makes it bad compared to other parks. Sure, I found the park really fun and everything was positive about it, but did I end up being there on a good day, or is it always like that ?


I also wanted to know if the pretzel loop on other flying coasters was as intense as the one on Superman ?

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I wanted to know how SFGAdv compares to other US parks ? Is it one of the best parks in the US or one of the worst ?


If it is the latter, I'm curious to know what makes it bad compared to other parks. Sure, I found the park really fun and everything was positive about it, but did I end up being there on a good day, or is it always like that ?


Depends on what you're looking for in a park.


It's arguably the best collection of coasters you'll find anywhere on Earth (though the flats leave something to be desired), but in the past, the park could be incredibly over-crowded and poorly-run (though most reports say things have really turned around this year). Also, food and drinks can be over-priced, and there can be an over-abundance of rude guests due to the location.


It really depends on how heavily you weigh each of those variables - some people prefer smaller family parks with older rides, some people prefer the big corporate parks with all the state-of-the-art coasters.


My wife and I absolutely love the park, but we avoid going on Summer weekends.


Glad you had a great time, though.

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