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Notice row 2 from WC's first public lap. And yes, he posts here/ watches this thread.

 

^I asked really nicely for a preferred seat on a slow day (queue was to mid-staircase) and was told (a) no and (b) no, I couldn't wait another train for it. In 10+ laps I've had the misfortune of never getting anywhere near the front or back row.

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Does SFNE do any type of twilight pass? I checked the website, but it only looks to sell day and season passes. Perhaps I am overlooking or is this something that Six Flags just doesn't do?

 

Reason I ask is that we were thinking of trying to do a few hours in the park on Friday evening if I can get out of work early. As I mentioned in a post a few pages back, I really only want to do WC and Bizarro a couple of times as we have already done the rest of the park.

 

If not, no biggie as we are planning on going to the park on Monday and from what some folks are saying on here, the park shouldn't be too crowded anyway.

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^I asked really nicely for a preferred seat on a slow day (queue was to mid-staircase) and was told (a) no and (b) no, I couldn't wait another train for it. In 10+ laps I've had the misfortune of never getting anywhere near the front or back row.

 

Wow, that's so Six Flags. Force people to sit where they might not want to. I mean what if someone who's afraid of coasters wants to ride in the middle, but gets stuck near the ends. Hopefully this is just temporary until the park can get everything ironed out. Reason why I asked is because I'm planning a trip for August, and I might have hit this, but I think that I'll wait till next year to see if things run more smoothly op-wise.

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Hey all.... Visiting this park for first time on Sat, Aug 1, and had a couple questions on the flash passes...hoping you can help me out.

 

We are a family of four and love our coasters. Is a pass absolutely necessary or will we spend all our day in lines without some? How much are the passes? I see prices on the park website but it says 'for the first one'. Does that mean for our crew of four, they get cheaper the more we get? We're just passing through but planned to spend a full day. I just have a hard time dropping over $600 or so for a day at the park. Any info would be really appreciated!

 

My family of four are going that day too! As far as Flash Pass goes, always see how the park shapes up when you arrive. It's a Saturday, so it will be busy, be prepared. Always arrive BEFORE opening. A platinum pass, which is needed to go on Wicked Cyclone, is going to set our parties back $90 each, $360 total! The price is just too expensive for many, so even if it's packed, you will walk on almost everything. If money is no object, your going to have a fantastic day. If it's too much, only thing you can do is visit on another day, even Sunday is better.

 

We are visiting from Canada, on a coaster trip. We have budgeted the FP if neccessary, because we may never return. If this was a park I frequent or my home park, I wouldn't splurge.

 

We are visiting from Canada as well....NB to be exact. I really wish Saturday wasn't our only option but we have to be in NYC Sun afternoon. Our drive down to Mass is on Fri so that only leaves us one option day to head to the park.

 

I guess we'll play it by ear once we arrive. I won't say that money is no object, but we could get the platinum passes if needed. It just seems like so much for one day.

 

You say you can't ride WC without a pass? Is that only due to the line ups?

 

Thanks for the info!

 

It's Canada Day at Six Flags! Platinum is the only pass which lets you reserve WC. FP requirements can really be judged on what your goals, expectations and tolerances are. Are you arriving at opening? Are you staying all day? Must you ride every coaster? For example, if you hit WC on rope drop, (be there at 10am not 10:30am), then hit Bizzaro and Batman, you have just rode the best three coasters and it's probably not even noon yet. The rest of the park sans WC, can be done on a gold FP quite easily and fast. Heck, you could still line up for WC again, if you don't mind a 1h+ line.

 

Since I've visited before, I am really only interested in multiple day and night rides on WC and Su,,, Bizzaro, while fitting in most of the other rides for other party members. The FP is likely my only way.

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^I asked really nicely for a preferred seat on a slow day (queue was to mid-staircase) and was told (a) no and (b) no, I couldn't wait another train for it. In 10+ laps I've had the misfortune of never getting anywhere near the front or back row.

 

Wow, that's so Six Flags. Force people to sit where they might not want to. I mean what if someone who's afraid of coasters wants to ride in the middle, but gets stuck near the ends. Hopefully this is just temporary until the park can get everything ironed out. Reason why I asked is because I'm planning a trip for August, and I might have hit this, but I think that I'll wait till next year to see if things run more smoothly op-wise.

 

It's not just Six Flags. It's becoming a popular trend at most parks during a new coasters' first few years. I visited Carowinds last month and the No Preferred Seating signs and announcements were quite prevalent on Fury325. Despite that, the day was dead and I simply timed my entrance into the que when the line disappeared into the station and got a front row ride! Popular coasters should all have extended front and sometimes back row lines. After say 10' cycles deep, then no more until the line dies down, but assign the other rows. So simple. I always wondered if you slipped the grouper $10, if they would let you pick a row, LOL. The best stragedy I have used before, is to talk to your grouper. This is more easily done with passes as you will likely be near the front of the line often and quickly. Simply state where your from, (small talk) and explain that you are going to try for a front row ride. You may not get it right away, but after your third consecutive time in line and jokingly reminding the grouper what your up to, you will probably get the row.

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As I mentioned before, with platinum FP I got front row nearly every ride on WC. They were prioritizing FP riders before the standby queue every cycle.

 

Also, the reason they must group on WC is the station is extremely narrow. Any more than a 2 train wait per row would cause chaos. I'm not so sure even if they go the El Toro route that it would work.

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As I mentioned before, with platinum FP I got front row nearly every ride on WC. They were prioritizing FP riders before the standby queue every cycle.

 

Also, the reason they must group on WC is the station is extremely narrow. Any more than a 2 train wait per row would cause chaos. I'm not so sure even if they go the El Toro route that it would work.

 

NICE! I love your tip. Front row, here I come!

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Does SFNE do any type of twilight pass? I checked the website, but it only looks to sell day and season passes. Perhaps I am overlooking or is this something that Six Flags just doesn't do?

 

Reason I ask is that we were thinking of trying to do a few hours in the park on Friday evening if I can get out of work early. As I mentioned in a post a few pages back, I really only want to do WC and Bizarro a couple of times as we have already done the rest of the park.

 

If not, no biggie as we are planning on going to the park on Monday and from what some folks are saying on here, the park shouldn't be too crowded anyway.

 

Since today was a Monday, let me tell you hat I encountered today during a warm sunny day.

I hit some traffic so got the the turnstiles at 10:30 on the dot. I forgot how many people carry big bags that take time to search to the water park. So I didn't get through the gates until 10:40, not bad. Headed straight to Wicked Cyclone, They were only running one train and it took 20 to get to the station, but then they decided to put on the second train which caused a 15 minute delay. I got right back on line again and with the second train the line moved quicker. However, again right when I got up the stairs they stopped the ride and take one train off the track, another 20 minute wait. I heard Mr. Expert say that this happens quite frequently. A lot of people left the line because of the delay so I got right back in line for a 15 minute wait. SkyScreamer had no line at opening but was up to about 25 minutes by 11:30.

 

Then I headed across the park to ride Bizarro a few times, it was a 40 minute wait so I only rode it once. Dark Knight was a walk-on. Rode a few flats with no lines then headed back to Wicked Cyclone and SkyScreamer. Wicked Cyclone had two trains running and I got three more rides in with about a 20 minute wait. SkyScreamer was still about 25 minutes so I passed. It seemed like most of the people not in the waterpark were in the queues for Wicked Cyclone and Bizarro. I usually ride Houdini, but completely forgot about it today.

 

BTW, I forgot that I hate the extremely limited menu of the Panda Express at SFNE. But I had a hankering for it and stopped at a mall with Panda Express on the way home. In the mall's Food Court I noticed a Chick-Fil-A. I did not realize Chick-Fil-A had expanded into Connecticut (4 stores opened in the past 12 months). It turns out one of them is in Enfield, CT right at near the I91 exit I use to get to SFNE.

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It's not just Six Flags. It's becoming a popular trend at most parks during a new coasters' first few years. I visited Carowinds last month and the No Preferred Seating signs and announcements were quite prevalent on Fury325. Despite that, the day was dead and I simply timed my entrance into the que when the line disappeared into the station and got a front row ride! Popular coasters should all have extended front and sometimes back row lines. After say 10' cycles deep, then no more until the line dies down, but assign the other rows. So simple. I always wondered if you slipped the grouper $10, if they would let you pick a row, LOL. The best stragedy I have used before, is to talk to your grouper. This is more easily done with passes as you will likely be near the front of the line often and quickly. Simply state where your from, (small talk) and explain that you are going to try for a front row ride. You may not get it right away, but after your third consecutive time in line and jokingly reminding the grouper what your up to, you will probably get the row.

 

But at least Cedar Fair is a little more lax with the policy. I went to Cedar Point over Memorial Day weekend, and Rougarou had signs for this policy and a grouper. Even with a 90+ minute wait, the op was nice and asked me if I cared where I sit. I told him that I would prefer the back row, and he said that it was alright, even though there was already a full group there. I can see why parks want assigned seating in early years for capacity reasons, but there is no reason to be a stickler about it. Cedar Point allows the queue to fill up, then cut off the line, but still lets you choose where to sit.

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Pardon my ignorance, but if I purchase a Platinum Flash Pass will I be able to choose my seat on all of the rides (excluding Wicked Cyclone)? I've never had to buy one before since I never use them at St Louis.

 

Also, what are the rides eligible for the Ride Twice feature? Thanks.

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Pardon my ignorance, but if I purchase a Platinum Flash Pass will I be able to choose my seat on all of the rides (excluding Wicked Cyclone)? I've never had to buy one before since I never use them at St Louis.

 

Also, what are the rides eligible for the Ride Twice feature? Thanks.

 

On my trip, yes, I could choose my seat on all rides. On Batman he asked our preference, as well as Goliath. Bizarro's FP queue leaves you off at the station entrance.

 

And every ride but WC and NESS allow you double rides, including Bizarro in any row.

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Does SFNE do any type of twilight pass? I checked the website, but it only looks to sell day and season passes. Perhaps I am overlooking or is this something that Six Flags just doesn't do?

 

Reason I ask is that we were thinking of trying to do a few hours in the park on Friday evening if I can get out of work early. As I mentioned in a post a few pages back, I really only want to do WC and Bizarro a couple of times as we have already done the rest of the park.

 

If not, no biggie as we are planning on going to the park on Monday and from what some folks are saying on here, the park shouldn't be too crowded anyway.

 

Since today was a Monday, let me tell you hat I encountered today during a warm sunny day.

I hit some traffic so got the the turnstiles at 10:30 on the dot. I forgot how many people carry big bags that take time to search to the water park. So I didn't get through the gates until 10:40, not bad. Headed straight to Wicked Cyclone, They were only running one train and it took 20 to get to the station, but then they decided to put on the second train which caused a 15 minute delay. I got right back on line again and with the second train the line moved quicker. However, again right when I got up the stairs they stopped the ride and take one train off the track, another 20 minute wait. I heard Mr. Expert say that this happens quite frequently. A lot of people left the line because of the delay so I got right back in line for a 15 minute wait. SkyScreamer had no line at opening but was up to about 25 minutes by 11:30.

 

Then I headed across the park to ride Bizarro a few times, it was a 40 minute wait so I only rode it once. Dark Knight was a walk-on. Rode a few flats with no lines then headed back to Wicked Cyclone and SkyScreamer. Wicked Cyclone had two trains running and I got three more rides in with about a 20 minute wait. SkyScreamer was still about 25 minutes so I passed. It seemed like most of the people not in the waterpark were in the queues for Wicked Cyclone and Bizarro. I usually ride Houdini, but completely forgot about it today.

 

BTW, I forgot that I hate the extremely limited menu of the Panda Express at SFNE. But I had a hankering for it and stopped at a mall with Panda Express on the way home. In the mall's Food Court I noticed a Chick-Fil-A. I did not realize Chick-Fil-A had expanded into Connecticut (4 stores opened in the past 12 months). It turns out one of them is in Enfield, CT right at near the I91 exit I use to get to SFNE.

I was actually in line with you when they decided to put the second train on the track. It took almost an hour before I got to ride. I was at the bottom of the steps when they put the train on. I must say that I was happy I decided to wait to ride it. Wicked Cyclone is easily a top 5 ride for along with Bizarro. I didn't have a lot of time at the park so I just rode Bizarro, Wicked Cyclone, Batman and a couplf of flats. I wanted to get down to Lake Compounce and ride Boulder Dash as well since I was in the area. You guys got yourselves some great coasters.

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Pardon my ignorance, but if I purchase a Platinum Flash Pass will I be able to choose my seat on all of the rides (excluding Wicked Cyclone)? I've never had to buy one before since I never use them at St Louis.

 

Also, what are the rides eligible for the Ride Twice feature? Thanks.

When are you going to visit the park? You may not need a flash pass. I thought about buying one on Monday when I first got there because it looked a little crowded but most people were in the water park. As long as they run more than one train on WC then it should be ok. I guess it depends on how much time you have and the day that you go.

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^ I'll be there next Monday (7/13). I've read that Monday may not be very busy, and I won't need to worry. Having read that, I'd like to have a backup plan just in case. I don't know when I'll be back in the park and wanted to make sure I got on everything with lots of laps on Wicked Cyclone and Bizzaro. I will certainly wait and see how the crowds are before I drop $180+ for flash passes.

 

I am also taking the Peter Pan bus from downtown Boston, meaning that I theoretically arrive at 10:30am and leave at 8:30 pm. I should be at the park almost all day.

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Does SFNE do any type of twilight pass? I checked the website, but it only looks to sell day and season passes. Perhaps I am overlooking or is this something that Six Flags just doesn't do?

 

Reason I ask is that we were thinking of trying to do a few hours in the park on Friday evening if I can get out of work early. As I mentioned in a post a few pages back, I really only want to do WC and Bizarro a couple of times as we have already done the rest of the park.

 

If not, no biggie as we are planning on going to the park on Monday and from what some folks are saying on here, the park shouldn't be too crowded anyway.

 

Since today was a Monday, let me tell you hat I encountered today during a warm sunny day.

I hit some traffic so got the the turnstiles at 10:30 on the dot. I forgot how many people carry big bags that take time to search to the water park. So I didn't get through the gates until 10:40, not bad. Headed straight to Wicked Cyclone, They were only running one train and it took 20 to get to the station, but then they decided to put on the second train which caused a 15 minute delay. I got right back on line again and with the second train the line moved quicker. However, again right when I got up the stairs they stopped the ride and take one train off the track, another 20 minute wait. I heard Mr. Expert say that this happens quite frequently. A lot of people left the line because of the delay so I got right back in line for a 15 minute wait. SkyScreamer had no line at opening but was up to about 25 minutes by 11:30.

 

Then I headed across the park to ride Bizarro a few times, it was a 40 minute wait so I only rode it once. Dark Knight was a walk-on. Rode a few flats with no lines then headed back to Wicked Cyclone and SkyScreamer. Wicked Cyclone had two trains running and I got three more rides in with about a 20 minute wait. SkyScreamer was still about 25 minutes so I passed. It seemed like most of the people not in the waterpark were in the queues for Wicked Cyclone and Bizarro. I usually ride Houdini, but completely forgot about it today.

 

BTW, I forgot that I hate the extremely limited menu of the Panda Express at SFNE. But I had a hankering for it and stopped at a mall with Panda Express on the way home. In the mall's Food Court I noticed a Chick-Fil-A. I did not realize Chick-Fil-A had expanded into Connecticut (4 stores opened in the past 12 months). It turns out one of them is in Enfield, CT right at near the I91 exit I use to get to SFNE.

 

Thanks Larry...all good things to know!

 

Perhaps we might skip WC and head for Bizarro first in hopes that we can get a ride in before the masses arrive. Sounds like WC wasn't too bad of a wait later in the day, although I realize that attendance can obviously change from day to day and that will affect the queue time. Hopefully it won't be too bad.

 

This might be a foolish question and this was probably answered several pages ago, but are there single rider queues for any of their coasters? My partner is a little unsure of WC going upside down with only lap bars and little to grab onto, so not sure if he'll do it right away or not. I may have to ride it first to let him know how it is.

 

It sounds like doing the water park might be a really bad idea. It's supposed to be 86 on Monday so I have to assume that it will be crammed packed with people. I remember the last time that we went there...I ended up hauling our swimsuits & gear back out to the car (and that's a long-ass way!) because the water park was so ridiculously crowded - one of the worst crowds that I ever recall seeing at a water park. We took one look, said "Uh-uh", turned around and walked out...and that was on a Tuesday if I recall.

 

Also thanks to the gentleman that mentioned that SF does not do twilight tickets. That's good to know, although I just went ahead and purchased full day tickets through Club TPR/Tickets At Work.

 

I'm going to have to dig out the 'Good Eating Near Theme Parks' forum to see if there are any decent places outside the park. We are staying at the Hampton in Elsin that night and will be looking for a good place to go eat and have a couple of beers after leaving the park.

 

Also can't remember...does the park serve beer? 86 degrees and I am going to be wanting to down a couple of cold one's throughout the day. I would think that they would have a Sam Adams place right in the park given it's proximity to Boston?

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Edit - just saw this on their website. I'm good! ;-)

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SNFE is about the most booze-friendly park in the region. There have got to be at least ten places throughout the park to get your buzz on. A nice Boston lager to wash down some pulled pork-topped fries at JB's across from Goliath is my fave.

 

Not much in the 'good food near parks' thread for here. The only local restaurant I've hit up was Parthenon a couple miles away which was a perfectly average Italian place with big portions, decent prices, but nothing to write home about.

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^ I'll be there next Monday (7/13). I've read that Monday may not be very busy, and I won't need to worry. Having read that, I'd like to have a backup plan just in case. I don't know when I'll be back in the park and wanted to make sure I got on everything with lots of laps on Wicked Cyclone and Bizzaro. I will certainly wait and see how the crowds are before I drop $180+ for flash passes.

 

I am also taking the Peter Pan bus from downtown Boston, meaning that I theoretically arrive at 10:30am and leave at 8:30 pm. I should be at the park almost all day.

Good thinking. It's always better to be prepared. I think one reason why it was a little busier on Monday was it was the Monday after a holiday weekend. A lot of people were still off of work. Hopefully it should be a calm day. The operations were a little bad on Monday as well. WC kept breaking down and with the one train operation the lines moved a little slower than it should have. Good luck.

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Does SFNE do any type of twilight pass? I checked the website, but it only looks to sell day and season passes. Perhaps I am overlooking or is this something that Six Flags just doesn't do?

 

Reason I ask is that we were thinking of trying to do a few hours in the park on Friday evening if I can get out of work early. As I mentioned in a post a few pages back, I really only want to do WC and Bizarro a couple of times as we have already done the rest of the park.

 

If not, no biggie as we are planning on going to the park on Monday and from what some folks are saying on here, the park shouldn't be too crowded anyway.

 

Since today was a Monday, let me tell you hat I encountered today during a warm sunny day.

I hit some traffic so got the the turnstiles at 10:30 on the dot. I forgot how many people carry big bags that take time to search to the water park. So I didn't get through the gates until 10:40, not bad. Headed straight to Wicked Cyclone, They were only running one train and it took 20 to get to the station, but then they decided to put on the second train which caused a 15 minute delay. I got right back on line again and with the second train the line moved quicker. However, again right when I got up the stairs they stopped the ride and take one train off the track, another 20 minute wait. I heard Mr. Expert say that this happens quite frequently. A lot of people left the line because of the delay so I got right back in line for a 15 minute wait. SkyScreamer had no line at opening but was up to about 25 minutes by 11:30.

 

Then I headed across the park to ride Bizarro a few times, it was a 40 minute wait so I only rode it once. Dark Knight was a walk-on. Rode a few flats with no lines then headed back to Wicked Cyclone and SkyScreamer. Wicked Cyclone had two trains running and I got three more rides in with about a 20 minute wait. SkyScreamer was still about 25 minutes so I passed. It seemed like most of the people not in the waterpark were in the queues for Wicked Cyclone and Bizarro. I usually ride Houdini, but completely forgot about it today.

 

BTW, I forgot that I hate the extremely limited menu of the Panda Express at SFNE. But I had a hankering for it and stopped at a mall with Panda Express on the way home. In the mall's Food Court I noticed a Chick-Fil-A. I did not realize Chick-Fil-A had expanded into Connecticut (4 stores opened in the past 12 months). It turns out one of them is in Enfield, CT right at near the I91 exit I use to get to SFNE.

 

Thanks Larry...all good things to know!

 

Perhaps we might skip WC and head for Bizarro first in hopes that we can get a ride in before the masses arrive. Sounds like WC wasn't too bad of a wait later in the day, although I realize that attendance can obviously change from day to day and that will affect the queue time. Hopefully it won't be too bad.

 

This might be a foolish question and this was probably answered several pages ago, but are there single rider queues for any of their coasters? My partner is a little unsure of WC going upside down with only lap bars and little to grab onto, so not sure if he'll do it right away or not. I may have to ride it first to let him know how it is.

 

It sounds like doing the water park might be a really bad idea. It's supposed to be 86 on Monday so I have to assume that it will be crammed packed with people. I remember the last time that we went there...I ended up hauling our swimsuits & gear back out to the car (and that's a long-ass way!) because the water park was so ridiculously crowded - one of the worst crowds that I ever recall seeing at a water park. We took one look, said "Uh-uh", turned around and walked out...and that was on a Tuesday if I recall.

 

Also thanks to the gentleman that mentioned that SF does not do twilight tickets. That's good to know, although I just went ahead and purchased full day tickets through Club TPR/Tickets At Work.

 

I'm going to have to dig out the 'Good Eating Near Theme Parks' forum to see if there are any decent places outside the park. We are staying at the Hampton in Elsin that night and will be looking for a good place to go eat and have a couple of beers after leaving the park.

 

Also can't remember...does the park serve beer? 86 degrees and I am going to be wanting to down a couple of cold one's throughout the day. I would think that they would have a Sam Adams place right in the park given it's proximity to Boston?

I can't remember seeing single rider lines to be honest. I went by myself and it wasn't too much of a wait on most things.

As far as Wicked Cyclone and the lap bars I felt totally safe on the ride. There are also leg restraints that hold the front of your shins to keep you from moving and seatbelts as well. With the lap bar, leg restraints, and seat belts your partner should be good.

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Alright, I'm all set for tomorrow at the park. Any suggestions on what coaster I should go to first thing when the park opens, and what are the best seats on each on the coasters? I'm highly anticipating Wicked Cyclone and Bizarro!

 

Also, we are on limited time, so we are most likely purchasing flash passes unless every coaster is a guaranteed walk-on.

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