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^ Yes - because the one thing SFGAm needs to *more* freaking advertising. The park is borderline intolerable as it is..

 

I'm right there with you, but since they're so keen on sponsoring everything right down to individual blades of grass and leaves on a tree, I'm sure they appreciate all the help they can get. There's a lot of leaves on trees in the park- I bet those tasked with the duty sometimes wish they were CFGAm.

 

*ducks*

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A question about parking fee avoidance, where is the nearest all day parking lot to SFGAM? This is my first year with a season pass and a car and I don't intend to submit to robbery ($25wtf) every time I visit. Thanks in advance.

Across the street by Burger King. It's illegal though I think.

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Or undo everything the company did from '98 to '10. (Kidding)

 

All kidding aside, there were some odd choices during those years from a business standpoint. Like opening Deja Vu and Vertical Velocity both in the same year. Marketing just ONE of those coasters effectively could have interested the public enough to drive traffic to the park. *scratches head*

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There are new signs this year as you drive toward the parking gate stating if you parked elsewhere you will be towed...

 

Hold on, these signs are near the entrance to SFGAm's lot? Unless you're using Burger King or some other fast food place/gas station right on top of the lot entrance, how is this even remotely enforceable?

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Gurnee Mills, as someone said earlier, is your best bet if you want to park for free and stay at the park for the whole day.

 

However, I have a long-time trick I've done for the past few years to visit the park without being stabbed in the pocket when having a season pass with no parking pass:

 

NOTE:This doesn't work if you plan on visiting for the whole day, only about the last few hours (usually the 2 or 3 hours before the park closes.)

 

Basically, if you show up about 2 or 3 hours before the park closes, there will be no parking attendants in the booths of the lot and you will be able to park closer to the front gate (since some people will have left already) and most importantly, for free. It's one of my favorite ways to visit the park, especially since I had to work during the day on weekdays and the park empties out a bit more at night. Of course you also need to add that to the fact that rides at night are more fun and you've got yourself a pretty good deal. I'm sure multiple people are already aware of this anyway, but I thought I'd just throw it out there.

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Basically, if you show up about 2 or 3 hours before the park closes, there will be no parking attendants in the booths of the lot and you will be able to park closer to the front gate (since some people will have left already) and most importantly, for free. It's one of my favorite ways to visit the park, especially since I had to work during the day on weekdays and the park empties out a bit more at night. Of course you also need to add that to the fact that rides at night are more fun and you've got yourself a pretty good deal. I'm sure multiple people are already aware of this anyway, but I thought I'd just throw it out there.

 

That might be more common than you (or I, for that matter) would think. For instance, I ran into the same situation at BGW and had a blast.

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A question about parking fee avoidance, where is the nearest all day parking lot to SFGAM? This is my first year with a season pass and a car and I don't intend to submit to robbery ($25wtf) every time I visit. Thanks in advance.

Across the street by Burger King. It's illegal though I think.

 

You will get towed at Burger King. Gurnee keeps an eye on that lot for this reason. You might be able to park at the McDonalds, but I think the same towing signs are up there. I just haven't seen the tow trucks out in person like I have at Burger King. I know people who have parked at Key Lime Cove but that's a bit of a walk.

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A question about parking fee avoidance, where is the nearest all day parking lot to SFGAM? This is my first year with a season pass and a car and I don't intend to submit to robbery ($25wtf) every time I visit. Thanks in advance.

 

Well, you can get a parking pass, but I think they charge about $100 for them at this point. What you really need to do is take advantage of the early season pass offer they usually have in August or September, if you can get four people together to buy passes everybody gets free gold upgrades and free parking passes, It's really a very good deal.

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Maybe if Hurricane Harbor had been a second gate, or an additional fee sooner, they wouldnt need to be jacking up the parking prices so much! Pure speculation here.

 

If I'm not mistaken, Great Adventure (and maybe others) does have Hurricane Harbor as a second gate and still charges as much for parking. Basically, Six Flags is going to charge whatever they can get away with, and the park still always seems pretty full at $25, so clearly it's working. Also, I tend to think that most of what they do (like giving a $5 charge to HH this year for non-passholders) is really just to sell passes, so it makes sense to jack up parking at the same time that the Season Pass offer is "buy four passes get one parking pass free".

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^ Yes - because the one thing SFGAm needs to *more* freaking advertising. The park is borderline intolerable as it is..

 

I personally dont mind train wraps as long as they are somewhat clever.

For instance, I actually liked the Georgia Scorcher's old GA Natural Gas wrap. Same goes for the Blue Man Group ad posted above and the idea of a Big Red train wrap for the red trains on AE.

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