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So it's an extra $30-35 for double rides basically since Joker won't be open in early May.

 

Fun fact. Double ride platinum is no longer a thing at any Six Flags park according to the websites. All of the park websites were changed about a month or two ago to take out the double ride stuff and now only advertise a 90% shorter wait.

 

Edit: whether or not this holds true I don't know. Also the fine print at the bottom of the sfgam site still says it's only available at select rides, even though it was removed from the main description, so, *shrug*

 

I can confirm that double rides on the Platinum Flash Pass are a thing of the past (at SFMM). Just visited SFMM this past weekend and got a Platinum FP, but I didn't get a wristband and there was no mention of double rides. I would think that this change would be across all parks, so I'm interested to see if any parks will still offer the double rides. It's not a huge deal with the Platinum as your next window to ride is generally open by the time you get off a ride.

 

I did a Platinum FP when I visited SFGAm last summer and got 50 rides in, including 10 on Goliath (which didn't allow double rides). There were no restrictions on how many times I could ride Goliath, I just had to get back in the FP line each time. The only ride that limited my FP reservations was JL:BFM, which I was limited to only 2 reservations. I was fine with the JL limitation as two times was plenty for me, I was mainly there for the coasters.

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Anyone have any idea how busy the "sneak preview weekend" will be? Friday in particular. My girlfriend and I were thinking of driving down from Minneapolis.

 

Friday and Saturday are going to be overcast and thunderstorms, but it's also BAF for $9.99 so it's a bit hard to tell. (I actually heard that the park themselves has NO idea how crowded it will be) If it's an option for you, Easter Sunday will probably be empty by default

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Anyone have any idea how busy the "sneak preview weekend" will be? Friday in particular. My girlfriend and I were thinking of driving down from Minneapolis.

 

Friday and Saturday are going to be overcast and thunderstorms, but it's also BAF for $9.99 so it's a bit hard to tell. (I actually heard that the park themselves has NO idea how crowded it will be) If it's an option for you, Easter Sunday will probably be empty by default

 

I'm going on Friday hoping the park will be empty.

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Anyone have any idea how busy the "sneak preview weekend" will be? Friday in particular. My girlfriend and I were thinking of driving down from Minneapolis.

 

Friday and Saturday are going to be overcast and thunderstorms, but it's also BAF for $9.99 so it's a bit hard to tell. (I actually heard that the park themselves has NO idea how crowded it will be) If it's an option for you, Easter Sunday will probably be empty by default

 

I'm going on Friday hoping the park will be empty.

 

Same here - really hoping it goes that way and not bad weather and packed too. Last year near the end of the season we came down for a Friday when the weather looked bad, and we ended up with an empty park (6k guests according to an employee) and the rain held off until about 10 minutes before closing. We rode Goliath 15 times in 5 hours, along with many on raging bull and x flight. It was the best!

 

Next day was the opposite - packed and rainy and cold...

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I thought crowds were WAY higher than expected. Weather turned out perfect and nearly all the schools were off leading to a home run opening day for great America. One question though, do any of the other six flags parks have the stupid bottle flip game? And $12.99 for a beer? Are they crazy??

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Criminal

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$12.99 for a beer? Are they crazy??

 

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-Six Flags is a corporate-run park that requires millions of dollars for any sort of capital expansion.

-The high prices cuts down on drunkenness--good for visiting families.

-Even at that price point, there is still demand for it. As long as demand remains, so does the price.

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American Eagle's status? When we were there yesterday at around 12:30 it was chained off and the rest of the day it never opened. It looks amazing with probably 70% of the entire structure repainted.

Sounds like it's down for the time being for the repaint.

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And $12.99 for a beer? Are they crazy??

 

On the plus side, it looks like that's for a 22 oz. beer, which isn't quite as criminal as it would be for a 12 oz beer.

 

I would pay that for a 22 oz. Leinenkugel shandy if it was really hot (and if they didn't offer any craft IPA's)...but I would pass on paying that for a Miller Lite - even if my eyeballs were melting.

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I went to the park yesterday (Saturday) for preview weekend, and I had a pretty good time. I thought it would be excessively crowded due to the stunning weather (It was 81 at one point in the day I believe) and the bring a friend for $9.99 deal, but it was only like a normal July day. I'd say last year's closing day (November 6th) was way worse. I got to the park around 12:45 and stayed a bit past closing, which was extended until 7 P.M.! Upon entering the park, we headed towards Logger's Run and saw The Joker on the way. After seeing it, I have to admit it looks quite nice in that spot. Not much progress on the queue, it seems they were doing work on the transfer track during my visit. Logger's Run ended up being too long of a wait (Looked like an hour) but that was expected because of the temperatures, so we hit Fiddler's Fling instead. It's cycle has been shortened to increase capacity. This kind of sucks though, because FF already had it's cycle cut a bit last year too, so now it's one of the shortest flat rides in the park. After that, we still needed our water ride fix so we went to Buccaneer Battle, and, I sh!t you not, that was the longest line of the day at 31 minutes. I'll never forget the time I waited more than a half an hour for Bucky It was only running 3 or 4 boats (Seems they stopped running it at full capacity in 2016), so that explains the queue. Family got in line for Strutter's while I headed to Superman: Ultimate Flight for my first coaster ride of the season. I noticed the queue was empty with a mob waiting in front of it, and realized it was broken down. I got to the SRL and was only behind 3 flash passers. About 10 minutes later, it opened up and they let us go first. I got to the station and saw that there was no attendant to assign me a row, so I snuck to row 8 xD. I had only had to wait one cycle, which they dispatched fairly quickly, but when it came to my turn, I was in the loading position for a good 8 minutes or so before they sent us off. Ah well. While on the lifthill, I actually saw the SFGAm Evaluation Squad walking through the ADA line, I guess that was kind of cool. Fast forward an hour, done with lunch at Strutter's, it's about 4:00 now. Did quite a bit of walking around before I decided to go on Whirligig. I kept checking on Batman's line as I really wanted to hit it up, but it remained at 45 minutes almost all day. (We'll get to that later ) After this I went to Revolution, which, I hate to report, has had it's cycle shortened as well. :/ We went back to Yankee Harbor and played some games in the Gotham City Arcade and then went over to Viper. (For reference, it was now 6:00 or so) 20 minute wait for the back row. It was running much better than my last ride(s) on it on Halloween night. After this we had some snacks (ICEE and nachos) and I rode Chubasco, which has also had it's cycle noticeably shortened. 6:30. We made our way to Yankee Harbor and did a bit of stalling, as our goal was to be last ride of the night on Batman. Well, we go to B:TR and it was only 6:45 or so, so we just got on. No line. Just walked right up to row 3 and waited 1 train. I haven't been on Batman in quite some time, reminded me how fun (And intense) it is. It took us a while to get on due to some girl having to be re-measured, so it was like 6:54 when we were off. (The lines are chained off two minutes prior to closing). We debated running to Goliath and risking it be chained off already, but ultimately decided to hit up V2 for the last ride of the night, another ride I hadn't been on in awhile. We stood on the staircase to let everyone else pass us to achieve that goal. I ended up being on the last train of the night, my first time doing that. By the time we got off it was 7:15 or so. Ended up not leaving the parking lot until 7:40 due to a bit of traffic and of course the long walk back to the excess lot. All in all, it was a great start to the season. Can't wait to come back!

 

Fiddler's Fling, x1

Buccaneer Battle, x1

Superman: Ultimate Flight, x1 - Backrow via SRL

Whirligig, x1

Revolution, x1

Viper, x1 - Backrow

Chubasco, x1

Batman: The Ride, x1

V2, x1 - Last ride of the night

 

Total: 9 - Coasters: 4

 

Pictures:

 

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I saw this Batman souvenir cart in Carousel Plaza. It seemed new (Can anyone confirm?) I bet it will sell capes and those light sticks

 

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Finally saw the Joker in person, not going to lie, it looks pretty neat

 

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It's weird how different this area looked 4 years ago compared to today

 

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Still not entirely sure how this ride will rank for me.. guess I'll have to wait to find out

 

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Bucky's excess queue, which I'm pretty sure has never been used

 

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I didn't even make an attempt to ride X-Flight today. From what I saw, it had a full queue all day, though it was a station wait around closing, but I feel like they may have roped it's line off early due to the 1 train operations on it

 

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It's a bird. It's a plane. Nah, it's Pretzelman: Ultimate Flight!

 

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Not the best quality shot, but I just want to say, The Joker looks great by the pond next to Little Dipper.

 

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After 5 months of the offseason I was really looking forward to some airtime on Viper again

 

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Love this ride

 

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Didn't do the Bull today, but had to get the obligatory shot

 

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Last ones in line!

 

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Tried to get a shot with the train, but failed

 

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One last shot of The Joker before heading out (It is pretty photogenic as you can tell)

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And $12.99 for a beer? Are they crazy??

 

On the plus side, it looks like that's for a 22 oz. beer, which isn't quite as criminal as it would be for a 12 oz beer.

 

I would pay that for a 22 oz. Leinenkugel shandy if it was really hot (and if they didn't offer any craft IPA's)...but I would pass on paying that for a Miller Lite - even if my eyeballs were melting.

 

Yeah, I feel the same way. Leinenkugel Shandy is excellent and I'd totally pay that. Miller Lite is fine, but it's the kind of beer I only drink if there's an awesome drink special on it.

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I'd even pay $15 for Miller Lite, if I had to. Aside from when Yuengling is available, I mostly stick to piss beer like bud lite, anyway. It helps me avoid the bloat/fullness feeling of my fragile screwed up gastrointestinal system.

 

What the hell is the bottle flip game?

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