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Wow, hardly any lines again? Someone who went about a week ago told me the same thing. It'll be interesting to see how lines are in 2-3 weeks. Demand was off the charts for this place last year after 4th of July and it looks like that's not carried over into this season. Maybe SFGA shot themselves in the foot with all the nonsense and bad service they've dished out since the Goliath hordes showed up.

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Alright everybody. I am by no means a newbie to SFGAM, I visit 3 or 4 times per year usually, but because these last 2 years I have been traveling around more to get credits, I have not visited since Goliath. I am wondering how it effects line times, and do you have a suggested time to go to each major ride during the day? Now that I have been traveling a lot, I know the importance of a well planned day to get everything in multiple times. I'm assuming rush to Goliath, then work my way around one way throughout the day. Thanks.

 

Many people will rush to Goliath, but I would ask if there's a single rider line first. If that and Superman both have single rider lines then do them later in the day (whenever you want) and head right away to Raging Bull because that can get bad. In the park, Goliath, Superman, and Raging Bull will always have the longest lines and people always rush to one of those three. Bottom line: If it has a single rider line then skip it early and do it later. Hope that helps!

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Today the lines were pretty much the same as the last time. There was added wait time for all the EAP people, almost all of whom were able-bodied. Think I saw one wheelchair and no prosthetics or crutches. Maybe it's some mental disability like autism. Or maybe it's people faking it, I've gone to the park with people that have mental disorders that make them blow up because they can't cope with the often ridiculous wait times and/or crowds. Does that qualify for EAP? I've got legit learning disability diagnoses, would I qualify? It just looks kinda bad to see often more than one able-bodied adult skipping the line with EAP. But I understand that some people mentally can't handle it as I've had to deal with others having blow ups as soon as we get in the park and making us leave or blowing up after being in a line.

 

Guess Six Flags got rid of it at one point

 

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/200709/474/

 

Now I'm digging the coasters a lot more than before. Raging Trimbrake didn't trim as harshly today. Maybe that was because I was in row 2. Wait time was like 15 min at 2:20. Then we watched the wrestling for a bit. I liked it better today than anytime in the last couple years. Ricochet had a wait of a couple cycles. Giant drop was pretty much a cycle or two. Viper's line was a little longer than the last times I went and people kept leaving it. The EAPs were slowing it down a lot apparently. Found the ride choppy still but easier to deal with today. Don't go to JB's over there. They have this sit down option now and it's made the wait times over half an hour. Whizzer's line was a little longer than the last two times. A few flash passers and EAPs made the line stand still a few times. Was probably closer to 40 min of waiting.

 

Earlier in the afternoon the line looked better. This was around 8 something. We didn't end up riding anything else. Parade seems longer than last year. I can't say how, but the last dozen or so trips we've gotten some great parking spots in early afternoon. Snickers 3 this time. Everyone plays follow the leader upon leaving. Some went out through the employee lot and some through the exit to Grand near where the buses usually park.

 

It'll be interesting to see if the lines and flash passes get insane now that mid-July approaches. I'll probably go back tomorrow and/or next week. SFGA always gets better the more you go and the more you ride. For me it's just something about getting one good ride experience and building on it throughout the day that makes it work.

 

David Otunga was escorted by a bunch of gray shirt workers hastily through Viper's exit when we left. The wife spotted him, they were too fast for me to spot. Looks like Jennifer Hudson was with him.

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I'm going this Friday July 10 and I have a "bring a friend free" ticket that I don't plan on using so I'm giving it away. The only complication is that we must enter the gate at the same time and I'm not sure what time I will be getting there. If interested, contact me to coordinate.

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Only had enough time for a couple rides Sunday. Whizzer's line looked a lot shorter, single file instead of wrapping around inside. Demon was a walk up. This time I leaned my head all the way forward during the loops. Not exactly comfortable but no real whiplash. We did X Flight on the left this time. Great ride, total opposite experience of what I dealt with on the right side before. Same row too and was in the outside seat both times. We'll see how the lines end up tomorrow.

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I'm headed out this way for a work trip. Fortunately, I've been to the park recently and have been on all the rides, even got a few rides on Goliath, so this is sort of a bonus visit. Unfortunately, my hours are very limited, so a few tips would be appreciated.

 

Since my hours are so short, I'm not going to get a Flashpass because I can only be in the park for a few hours. But I don't feel compelled to hit every ride.

 

Which would be better: visiting on Monday, July 20 from about 3-8pm, or Friday, July 24 from opening til noon? I do have a Gold Season Pass... do they get admitted early? I'd rather go Friday morning, it does fit my work schedule better.

 

Do any rides other than Goliath and Superman have single rider? Are those SRL's generally always open for the summer? Do they tend to go quick? More interested in the Goliath SRL, don't need Superman (we got Tatsu here at SFMM, lol).

 

I can skip: Superman, Raging Bull, Batman, Demon, Vertical Velocity. Been on all those plenty, or their clones. Can take or leave Viper.

 

Oddly, I almost want to prioritize the unusual flat rides, in order of importance: Condor, Fiddler's Fling, Ricochet, Revolution/Frisbee, Triple Play and maybe Orbit (I'm just a sucker for an Enterprise). Coasters to ride if I can would be: Goliath, X Flight, Whizzer, American Eagle, Dark Knight. I'm not expecting to hit everything on this list given the very short time I have, but any advice would be helpful, especially SRL and any early entry Gold Pass if it's done. I'm kinda hoping X flight has an SRL, but I've not heard anyone mention one.

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Which would be better: visiting on Monday, July 20 from about 3-8pm, or Friday, July 24 from opening til noon? I do have a Gold Season Pass... do they get admitted early? I'd rather go Friday morning, it does fit my work schedule better.

 

I think you may have better luck if you go on Monday for 5 hours, but if you go on Friday, you can get quite a bit done in that 90 minutes if you get to the park early enough to get on Goliath right away.

 

Do any rides other than Goliath and Superman have single rider? Are those SRL's generally always open for the summer? Do they tend to go quick? More interested in the Goliath SRL, don't need Superman (we got Tatsu here at SFMM, lol).

 

I used Superman's SRL and it worked really well. Goliath's SRL on the other hand is spotty at best. They have lanyards that they give out, but they don't always hand them out, particularly in the morning when the line is just starting. If you are able to use the SRL it can be a great time saver, but don't count on it.

 

 

Oddly, I almost want to prioritize the unusual flat rides, in order of importance: Condor, Fiddler's Fling, Ricochet, Revolution/Frisbee, Triple Play and maybe Orbit (I'm just a sucker for an Enterprise).

 

Unfortunately, Condor has not operated at all this season. Orbit has been down earlier this season, but it was operating when I was at the park last Friday.

 

Coasters to ride if I can would be: Goliath, X Flight, Whizzer, American Eagle, Dark Knight. I'm not expecting to hit everything on this list given the very short time I have, but any advice would be helpful, especially SRL and any early entry Gold Pass if it's done. I'm kinda hoping X flight has an SRL, but I've not heard anyone mention one.

 

SFGAm does have early entry for Gold Pass members, but it isn't like Cedar Point's early entry. At SFGAm, you go through the metal detectors and turnstiles at around 9:30 before the main queues enter at 10, but are held by security at the carousel to be walked back by security to Goliath around 10 am (which is new this season and it's awful).

 

X-Flight does not have a SRL, but if you go on Friday and can get on Goliath within the first few trains, X-FLight's line will be really short. If Whizzer is really important to you, I may start with that over Goliath and try your luck at the SRL on Goliath as Whizzer's line in the morning can get really long. If you don't care that much about Whizzer, and you participate in the walk back for Goliath before 10 am, I don't think you will have any problems riding in order: Goliath, Fiddler's Fling, Revolution, X-Flight, Orbit, Triple Play, possibly Whizzer, and then finish with Superman SRL before you leave the park.

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^That is all very helpful information, thanks so much! Bummer about Condor... those things are getting harder to get on.

 

It's especially helpful to know there's some Gold Pass Early Entry, and a walkback to Goliath. That's more than what SFMM does, where you're lucky to just get in 10 minutes early, period. Since I think I'm likely to end up Friday morning, I'm keeping all that in mind.

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Early entry for Gold Pass has been hit or miss for me. Sometimes they do it, and sometimes they let the Gold Pass line in at the exact same time as everyone else. Sometimes they walk you back to Goliath, and sometimes they just let everyone run for it. Nothing is consistent at Six Flags Great America.

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Hey, dose anybody know what's up with Condor? Every time I go to the park now it's always closed. I'm afraid their going to remove it and replace it with a skyscreamer (which I don't really like because Six Flags' version of the tower swings look more lose and less safe than Ceder Fair's version). I like Condor, it's a simple fun ride. If anybody knows what's up with it please tell me.

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Hey, dose anybody know what's up with Condor? Every time I go to the park now it's always closed. I'm afraid their going to remove it and replace it with a skyscreamer (which I don't really like because Six Flags' version of the tower swings look more lose and less safe than Ceder Fair's version). I like Condor, it's a simple fun ride. If anybody knows what's up with it please tell me.

 

The Starflyer swings at SF parks have proven to be reliable--more reliable than Cedar Fair's Windseeker version--and do you really think the rides are not safe just because the seats are supported by chains? They are very safe.

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I would think that there are better areas of the park to place a Sky Screamer. If they put one in Condor's plot your primary view would be of the parking lot. Just my little observation though.

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I have a feeling that SFGAm will get a Sky Screamer next year, mainly because almost all the other "big" Six Flags parks have them, but I doubt they would remove Condor in order to build it. They just opened up the plot of land where Sky Trail was, which is right in the middle of the park, but then again they might need that land if they remove Demon within the next few years, or if they want to add in another upcharge attraction.

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I'm going to the park in just under a month, and I have some questions, mainly about Goliath (the one coaster I haven't ridden there yet.) As a non-season passholder, will getting there early, with the intention to go straight to Goliath and get on it quickly (and hopefully a couple of times), be beneficial? I have seen some talk in this thread of passholders getting early entry, as well as people being held back for a "walk-back". What exactly does that entail, and does it preclude beating the crowd back there? Last time I was at SFGAm, it was the first year of X-Flight, and my friend and I were among the very first people at the park (forgot the time change from Michigan - thought we had arrived at Wally World!), hustled back to X-Flight, and got on the very first train of the day, also getting in two rides back to back with no waiting. I wondered if a scenario like that is possible with Goliath, or if there a lot of other factors in play now to prevent that. Mainly, I want to temper my expectations going in, so I'm not disappointed if things don't play out so swimmingly again!

 

Also regarding Goliath, are you allowed to pick where you sit? Or is it doing the assigned seating thing that seems to be in vogue with all new coasters these days? (I completely disagree with such a practice, even though I understand their reasoning, but that's a different conversation for a different time and place.) If you are allowed to choose, where is the best place to ride the ride? I'm assuming the very front (for the view) and the very back (for the airtime/pull over the lift hill), but which should I target doing my first ride?

 

We're not doing Fast Pass, regardless of the lines, so what kinds of crowds have there been so far this Summer, during the middle of the week? (I'll be there on a Wednesday.) I know that's a hard question to answer, as things like that vary greatly, but I'm just trying to get a sense, again to prepare my thinking in advance.

 

Lastly, what is parking running there now? I think I read somewhere that it is $25... Is that actually right? That's obscene, but I know pretty much par for the course for event/amusement park parking these days.

 

Thanks in advance to all you regulars for all your help! I look forward to getting back to your park, and finally getting on my first RMC!

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I need to ask some of you locals who visit the park on a regular basis. I'm going to Six Flags Great America July 30 August 3 for 4 days. I got the Regular Pass which includes the water park and I will do the water park if it will be a humid day one of the four days I will be there. Buying the Regular Pass acts like a season pass? Will that save me money for my four visits? Regular Pass doesn't say anything on parking? 4 night stay was $189.17 at the Travel Lodge in Waukegan 12 minutes from Six Flags Great America on Grand Ave. And does Grand Ave run right by Six Flags Great America? Saturday for sure I'm buying the flash pass.

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For DILinator, getting to the park early will help. If they let the Gold Season Pass crowd in early, they hold them back at the front of the park. They don't walk them back to Goliath, until they start letting in everyone else. If you're at the front of the regular lines, you can be near the front of the line for Goliath.

Sometimes, they let everyone in at the same time. On those days, they usually just let everyone run all the way back to Goliath. If you run, you can get to the front of the line for Goliath. There's also a single rider line for Goliath, if you want to ride again.

If you want the front or the back of Goliath, they usually let you pick your seats. I've never had a problem. The back row is best for the first drop, but the front row is the best for everything else. I almost always sit in the front row.

For ACES, a regular season pass does not include parking. You will need to pay for parking each day. I think parking is $25, but I'm not 100% sure. I have a gold pass, so I don't need to pay for parking. Also, Grand Ave does run right past Six Flags Great America.

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I'm going to the park in just under a month, and I have some questions, mainly about Goliath (the one coaster I haven't ridden there yet.) As a non-season passholder, will getting there early, with the intention to go straight to Goliath and get on it quickly (and hopefully a couple of times), be beneficial? I have seen some talk in this thread of passholders getting early entry, as well as people being held back for a "walk-back". What exactly does that entail, and does it preclude beating the crowd back there? Last time I was at SFGAm, it was the first year of X-Flight, and my friend and I were among the very first people at the park (forgot the time change from Michigan - thought we had arrived at Wally World!), hustled back to X-Flight, and got on the very first train of the day, also getting in two rides back to back with no waiting. I wondered if a scenario like that is possible with Goliath, or if there a lot of other factors in play now to prevent that. Mainly, I want to temper my expectations going in, so I'm not disappointed if things don't play out so swimmingly again!

 

Also regarding Goliath, are you allowed to pick where you sit? Or is it doing the assigned seating thing that seems to be in vogue with all new coasters these days? (I completely disagree with such a practice, even though I understand their reasoning, but that's a different conversation for a different time and place.) If you are allowed to choose, where is the best place to ride the ride? I'm assuming the very front (for the view) and the very back (for the airtime/pull over the lift hill), but which should I target doing my first ride?

 

We're not doing Fast Pass, regardless of the lines, so what kinds of crowds have there been so far this Summer, during the middle of the week? (I'll be there on a Wednesday.) I know that's a hard question to answer, as things like that vary greatly, but I'm just trying to get a sense, again to prepare my thinking in advance.

 

Lastly, what is parking running there now? I think I read somewhere that it is $25... Is that actually right? That's obscene, but I know pretty much par for the course for event/amusement park parking these days.

 

Thanks in advance to all you regulars for all your help! I look forward to getting back to your park, and finally getting on my first RMC!

 

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with the ride when I rode it in the front last year. Got my second ride this year - in the back seat. So much more fun. The front is great for the view..but you miss out on airtime on the first drop, both turn and drops. The main airtime hill is spectacular on both ends of the train. But trust me - you'd rather be whipped over the hill rather than be leaning against your restraint with your butt in the seat halfway down the hill.

 

I don't think I've heard anyone claim Goliath's front seat as their favorite seat. Prove me wrong? O:

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Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with the ride when I rode it in the front last year. Got my second ride this year - in the back seat. So much more fun. The front is great for the view..but you miss out on airtime on the first drop, both turn and drops. The main airtime hill is spectacular on both ends of the train. But trust me - you'd rather be whipped over the hill rather than be leaning against your restraint with your butt in the seat halfway down the hill.

 

I don't think I've heard anyone claim Goliath's front seat as their favorite seat. Prove me wrong? O:

 

I feel similarly to ole Jizzy here. I rode the front seat first last year and was underwhelmed. I later got a back seat and enjoyed it much more.

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I will be visiting the park on Saturday for the first time. How long can I expect to wait? Tips? I am a counselor at a computer camp, so Saturday is the only day I will be able to go.

 

I would be willing to plunk down for a flash pass, but my friends (who are also underpaid counselors) aren't.

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I will be visiting the park on Saturday for the first time. How long can I expect to wait? Tips? I am a counselor at a computer camp, so Saturday is the only day I will be able to go.

 

I would be willing to plunk down for a flash pass, but my friends (who are also underpaid counselors) aren't.

 

On a Saturday, I would assume they will walk everyone back to Goliath at around 10:00 AM. Arrive at the park early, before 9:30 AM. This will give you a chance to be near the front of the line for Goliath. It should be a very short wait to ride.

Superman has a single rider line, so you can use that to avoid a long wait. That will allow you to ride Superman later in the day. If it's a busy day, most of the lines will get long. I would hit the most popular coasters first, before the lines get really long. If you hope to ride every coaster, you just need to plan on waiting in a few long lines.

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I will be visiting the park on Saturday (I know, it'll be packed) and have a few questions:

1. Do they let people through the gates before the listed 10:30 opening time?

2. Which path is faster to get back to Goliath, East Or West?

3. Does the park give out free cups of water (like the Cedar Fair parks do)?

4. What are the best places to eat lunch?

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I will be visiting the park on Saturday (I know, it'll be packed) and have a few questions:

1. Do they let people through the gates before the listed 10:30 opening time?

2. Which path is faster to get back to Goliath, East Or West?

3. Does the park give out free cups of water (like the Cedar Fair parks do)?

4. What are the best places to eat lunch?

 

1. Yes. If you have a Gold season pass or Discover card, you can enter the park around 9:30. If not, you can enter around 10:00 am, but there will be a larger group in that entrance so you will likely want to get there before 9:30 anyway.

 

2. East, or Left at the Carousel. If you are there before opening at the times mentioned above, security will walk the whole group back to Goliath at 10 am. Be prepared for the walk to suck with people jockeying for position in very small spaces.

 

3. Yes they do. Very small cups. You can also bring a water bottle into the park and fill it up at drinking fountains.

 

4. I like JB's BBQ in Southwest Territory or the Go Fresh Cafe in the front of the park in between the Carousel and the bumper cars. Both of them seem to not have much of a line in the early afternoon and have pretty decent food for Great America. If I were you, I'd avoid the food court by X-Flight like it's the plague. That place is crazy busy and has horrendous operations.

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