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With Coasting for Kids this Sunday, will there be significant crowds? Weather is just about perfect, so figuring on a significant walk up crowd as is... Just not sure how much Coasting for Kids will add...

 

The place will most likely be mobbed because it's also fright fest opening weekend

 

In my experience, while all of Fright Fest tends to be very crowded, it's lighter at the beginning and gets worse as the month goes on. So this weekend will certainly be busy, but will very likely be better than later in October.

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Hey guys. I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Friday, October 16 for the first time. How are the crowds usually on a Friday night for haunt? Should I get a Platnium flash pass to ensure I get all the credits or will I be fine without it? Thanks!

In my experience, Fridays are the ideal day to go. Bonus points if the weather is cooler or there is a threat of rain (or both). If that works out in your favor, no form of quick queue is required.

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^I don't believe you need any sort of pass, but notify an attendant at the ride that you'd like to participate in the Kid Swap program, and one adult can wait with the child at the exit while the other rides and then switch when the riding adult returns. There's a new building called the Ride Information Center in Mardi Gras across from Big Easy Balloons where you can get more info.

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We always just go through the line like normal. When it comes time to board, I usually ride first while my wife stays with our daughter. Instead of waiting at the exit, they just stay in line. If it's a rollercoaster running more than one train, she'll let someone in front of her for the next train(s) until I get back, then she boards and I take our daughter and wait at the exit. We've always done it this way at every park we've been to.

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Does anybody have the price to rent the M4 rifle for the Apocolypse Zombie Experience ? Also, the SFGA site says that passholders get a discount for the express wristband. Does anyone know what the price of that is with the discount?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Does anybody have the price to rent the M4 rifle for the Apocolypse Zombie Experience ?

 

I'd like to know more about this!

 

From the Fright Fest guide, it looks like you can go through this haunt after purchasing the wristband and for an extra fee, rent an M4 rifle (I suspect it's either paintball or similar) to shoot the zombies. I'm curious how much the rental is and how much the express wristbands are with pass holder discount.

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How are crowds during Sundays at SFGAm?

 

My home park is Kings Island and Sundays are significantly less crowded, curious if this park was similar.

 

I plan on going Sunday Oct 18th

 

Thanks

I went on Sunday 10/4 and crowds were surprisingly light. Worst wait was about 40 minutes for Goliath in the early afternoon, and towards the end of the day things gradually approached walk-on territory.

 

I don't keep track, but over the past few years it feels like the park has gradually pruned squares from the operating calendar prior to and after the peak-season, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover the park is open until 10 on Sundays in Fright Fest.

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How are crowds during Sundays at SFGAm?

 

My home park is Kings Island and Sundays are significantly less crowded, curious if this park was similar.

 

I plan on going Sunday Oct 18th

 

Thanks

 

Well, last sunday (10/12) was the most busy day of the year so far, but it was Columbus day weekend so that could have been the reason. Whether or not next Sunday is busy depends mainly on the weather.

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Six Flags Great America-(10/16) TR

 

Theme Park Engineering and Design (TPED) at Purdue was invited to Six Flags Great America for a behind-the-scenes tour of the park. After the tour, they provided 2 free ERT rides on Goliath! TPED were free to go to the park when it opened at five thanks to the complimentary tickets they provided us. First, I would like to thank the administration for pulling the strings to allow us to come to the park for free as well as take us on the tour. This was actually my first time to the park, so I have some ride reviews ahead! Overall, the actually public experience was okay even with some frustrations about park operations, certain food pricing, etc. While our group had a rough start to the night with these things, it progressively got better! We opted to not get Flash pass, so we were only able to get one lap on every coaster except for Spacely's Sprokets.

 

Goliath: The best part of our tour was being allowed to ride Goliath twice! I chose the backseat both times since many had said it was the best seat. During our tour, there was lots of hype built up for this ride, and I had also read mixed reviews online. There are quite a few things to be said about this ride Yes, the ride should be longer, but at the same time, the pace gets killed rapidly. There's a good amount of airtime, but the two inversions are the highlights of Goliath. Overall it lands in my top 10 woodie list. Even for being "the bottom" RMC, it still is better than a large percentage of other rides!

 

Raging Bull: What a surprise! So many reviews for it have been negative saying there's no airtime, but I certainly felt some. That first drop in the back seat was crazy! There's a lot of little pops of air all over the ride. I honestly thought this ride was really great, and definitely a surprise!

 

Whizzer: Solid Schwarzkopf that Great America has preserved well over the years. This was actually a highly-anticipated ride and it did not disappoint! It gave a great night ride and had some good tree headchopper moments. Whizzer still runs butter-smooth after all of these years!

 

X-Flight: This was number 3 of the 4 American wing coasters. Another solid coaster by B&M! I really liked the inversions featured and I think the slow inline roll was fantastic! It probably is tied with Gatekeeper for me, although Thunderbird is still much better.

 

American Eagle: What I found weird is that a lot of the coaster is pretty rough, but I still liked it. The helix was best-described to me as an "earthquake simulator" and that couldn't have been more true. There were some good airtime hills mixed in as well.

 

Viper: Another surprise for me! Lots of laterals and great airtime mixed in here. Easily the best part was the double-down. I came into this ride not expecting much and was shocked! There's a lot to love about it.

 

Batman the Ride: I have ridden some other clones before, but it felt nice to ride the original. Can't say much else about it though other then me loving its intensity.

 

Superman UF: One of the few coasters were it fufilled it's expectation. This was my first Superman clone, but I knew I would be disappointed. Besides the pretzel loop, no other elements stand out.For some reason, the ops decided to pull off a train after the park being open for a solid 15 minutes. A painfully slow line became even slower. The first of a few gripes in our trip.

 

V2: Having ridden Wicked Twister, V2 just does not stack up. Intamin impulses are a unique experience in themselves, so I still enjoyed it.

 

Demon: Well, it's better than Corkscrew at CP, but not by much. The tunnel was honestly the best part of the ride.

 

Dark Knight: This was actually our last ride/credit of the night. It was also my first Dark Knight clone. Nothing to write home about and many effects were not working, so pretty well got nothing out of this ride.

 

Little Dipper: our group did a TPED takeover on it. Fun little wooden coaster but mainly just rode if for the credit.

 

Giant Drop: Another fantastic Intamin Drop tower. I actually prefer this model to the gyro drop at KI/KD.

 

Terror Twister: Pure INSANITY. Who knew Teacups in the dark with strobe-lights would turn out to be one of the most intense experiences ever. I just could not stop laughing the entire time!

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More backstage-y-ness

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History and more history

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Love me some Batman

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Great-looking entrance.

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It was pretty neat seeing the coasters cycle. Plus it helped me in getting my bearings straight

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This was one of the few backstage parts of the tour. It's the largest warehouse on the property.

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The majority of the backstage tour was actually being inside the park a few hours before it opened.

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Raging Bull was certainly a highlight of the trip!

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Goliath certainly has a large presence in the park

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One more because I love the look of its lift hill.

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The only nighttime picture I took. Seriously, the first drop in the back is amazing. Once again, I'd like to thank Six Flags Management for allowing us to tour the park and visit for free. It was a fun day for TPED!

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X-Flight is such a photogenic coaster.

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Loved this angle of Goliath

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The zero-G stall is probably my favorite element on the ride...

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Meh.

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TPED was allowed to park in the Employee lot for the tour. Pretty nice view from here ;)

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koaster, I'm glad you had fun at my home park. You did well being able to ride every coaster without a flashpass on a short hours night.

 

I'm a newbie here, but I didn't know Goliath was considered "the bottom" RMC. I think it packs a great ride into a small space, which you have to take into account. It's as long as anything that has occupied that spot, and way better. I'm surprised you didn't mention the drop. 180ft is sweet

 

I completely agree about Bull, and even though the eagle is rough, I don't know anyone who doens't like it.

 

Thanks for the pics of Goliath from the back side BTW. You don't see it well from the park.

 

P.S. Does anyone know why Jack isn't in front of the Fountain? I'm going this weekend and always look forward to seeing him.

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I'm a newbie here, but I didn't know Goliath was considered "the bottom" RMC. I think it packs a great ride into a small space, which you have to take into account. It's as long as anything that has occupied that spot, and way better. I'm surprised you didn't mention the drop. 180ft is sweet

 

 

I've only been on three RMCs, and I rank them as follows: Texas Giant, Twisted Colossus, and Goliath. That being said, Goliath is still an excellent ride (and the best one at Great America). It does pack a lot of punch in a small space.

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koaster, I'm glad you had fun at my home park. You did well being able to ride every coaster without a flashpass on a short hours night.

 

I'm a newbie here, but I didn't know Goliath was considered "the bottom" RMC. I think it packs a great ride into a small space, which you have to take into account. It's as long as anything that has occupied that spot, and way better. I'm surprised you didn't mention the drop. 180ft is sweet

 

I completely agree about Bull, and even though the eagle is rough, I don't know anyone who doens't like it.

 

Thanks for the pics of Goliath from the back side BTW. You don't see it well from the park.

Thanks for reading! Goliath is a great coaster in itself. However, I also rode Wicked Cyclone and Outlaw Run this year, and Goliath simply does not have that level of intensity the other two do. That's not to say it is a bad coaster, because it is definitely not! Just a bit underwhelming compared to the other two RMC's. However, the fact that we had mini-ERT certainly helped make the experience even better!

Thanks for the trip review, great pics!

Thank you!

Love the pics!

Thanks, me too! A lot of the angles of Goliath I got were from the backstage tour since it is not very visible elsewhere. Being able to walk under Goliath's zero-g stall was pretty neat!

I've only been on three RMCs, and I rank them as follows: Texas Giant, Twisted Colossus, and Goliath. That being said, Goliath is still an excellent ride (and the best one at Great America). It does pack a lot of punch in a small space.

Yup, between Whizzer, Raging Bull, and Goliath, I found them to all be fantastic. The park's overall coaster collection was surprisingly really good!

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Anyone think this weekend will be crazy busy? The last time I went in October was the Sunday before Columbus Day and NEVER AGAIN. Rides were 3 hrs or more. Tomorrow it's open until midnight. But wondering if it would be less crowded on Sunday. I don't want to be tempted to get a flash pass.....

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Anyone think this weekend will be crazy busy? The last time I went in October was the Sunday before Columbus Day and NEVER AGAIN. Rides were 3 hrs or more. Tomorrow it's open until midnight. But wondering if it would be less crowded on Sunday. I don't want to be tempted to get a flash pass.....

Sunday is supposed to be sunny and in the mid 60's... I'd venture to say that there will be a healthy amount of people at the park... Not sure if it'll approach what it was back on Columbus Day since there is school on Monday however... Saturday might be manageable for the first half of the day since they're talking AM rain showers...

 

I have a friend driving in from Iowa to process his season pass on Sunday, so I'll be there regardless.... Hoping to get in early and just do what we can with the day... Not expecting many rides after 2pm or so...

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