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Locals can tell you how to tackle the park better than I can, my only advice (since it sounds like you've never ridden it) is to ride Raging Bull in the very back row. Not one from the back... the back. It's awesome.

 

Definitely on my "To Do" list. Been looking forward to riding this coaster for a long time!

 

Oh, and if anyone has any food recommendations, I'm looking for good places to eat in and near the park. Probably gonna eat somewhere nearby for breakfast, and then for dinner when we leave.

 

You'll have to google it, but I think there's a Lou Malnati's nearby.

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Hi TPR,

 

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Thanks!

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Hi TPR,

 

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Thanks!

Shouldn't be too hard to get everything in on a Thursday without a Flash Pass. Start with Goliath and work either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Whizzer can actually have one of the longer lines so I'd say try working counter-clockwise and make Whizzer your final credit. Great at night.

 

If the lines are short enough it won't be dark yet by the time you hit Whizzer though. Many flats are on that side of the park so you could mix those in on that leg of your route.

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As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Like Danrarbc said, don't miss Whizzer. A night ride in the very back seat if you can do it. Whizzer is not a big thrill coaster, but rather a very rare chill coaster that is impeccably maintained. An incredible ride if you like that sort of thing. It's easily one of my all-time favorites.

 

As far as non-coaster rides, if you like "classic" stuff you'll want to hit at least one of the flumes: Logger's Run (double drop) and Yankee Clipper (straight drop). Also, Fiddler's Fling ("the fastest ride ever built" I joke to my friends) and Lobster are great flats not found everywhere, both Schwarzkopfs!. Triple Play and Hometown Fun Machine are good too; they are standards, but their setting at Great America is very nice.

 

If you are going alone and want someone to hang at the park with, be sure to post here beforehand. A bunch of us live close... and a handful of coaster/park nerds are always at the park. I usually go at night, when the crowds start leaving. Unforunately, the park has cut hours during the summer again... no more 10 pm closes on weekdays.

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As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Like Danrarbc said, don't miss Whizzer. A night ride in the very back seat if you can do it. Whizzer is not a big thrill coaster, but rather a very rare chill coaster that is impeccably maintained. An incredible ride if you like that sort of thing. It's easily one of my all-time favorites.

 

As far as non-coaster rides, if you like "classic" stuff you'll want to hit at least one of the flumes: Logger's Run (double drop) and Yankee Clipper (straight drop). Also, Fiddler's Fling ("the fastest ride ever built" I joke to my friends) and Lobster are great flats not found everywhere, both Schwarzkopfs!. Triple Play and Hometown Fun Machine are good too; they are standards, but their setting at Great America is very nice.

 

If you are going alone and want someone to hang at the park with, be sure to post here beforehand. A bunch of us live close... and a handful of coaster/park nerds are always at the park. I usually go at night, when the crowds start leaving. Unforunately, the park has cut hours during the summer again... no more 10 pm closes on weekdays.

The lines aren't too bad especially on a Thursday. I typically can get through with everything within three to four hours depending how the day is. I would also start walking towards Goliath and work clock wise around the park. For some reason Superman always has the longest lines and breaks down frequently (or at least it happens every time I'm in line), so if you go early I would ride that one first. I second taking a night ride on Whizzer and if there is a line, it's totally worth the wait. Also if you have time, I would try to take a night ride on American Eagle in the back seat on the red side. As for flat rides SFGAm offers a great line up of different rides. I would definitely hit up Lobster.

I also second coming back to here to see if there is any nerds willing to go with you if you are traveling alone. It's always fun going with someone who shares the same interest as you.

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Making a last minute trip to the park this weekend.looking forward to getting back to SF great America.

Do they still have the fx type show that they had last summer? I can't remember the name of it, but it was in the theater next to the flash pass building.

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My friend and I are planning a Great America trip this Saturday (weather...potentially permitting), and I had a question about the Gold Flash Pass we were planning on getting. I've had FP at this park before, but not since Goliath. Are there any funky rules for certain rides? I think Goliath in it's opening year had like a "ride once and done" policy, or it was just available on Platinum or something. The website doesn't seem to show anything that I can see about it, and I wanted to ask.

 

High Priority: Goliath and Joker (Joker will be new for me!)

Significantly Lower but Still Kinda High: Justice League and Hangover

 

Thank you!

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Hangover is....well...hung over right now.

Fireball in St Louis is also closed (our train or whatever you want to call it has even been removed).

 

Not sure if there's any link between the two being closed at the same time though. It doesn't look like the other parks have closed their loops.

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So for the land clearing, I originally speculated that it would be for a water park expansion. But now, I'm actually leaning toward it being for the dry park. I wouldn't be surprised if it is a Raptor.

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Hi all! My dad and I will have the opportunity to visit SFGAm this Friday from 4pm till probably park closing. I don't really know too much about the park aside from it's coasters, so any tips to have a good time would be greatly appreciated! Also, how's this park's weather policy?

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If you have the money, budget for Flash Pass. We did a similar ~5PM-closing spin and got to ride most of the good coasters, but if it's in the cards, you're 100% gonna have a better time with FP.

 

If the weather is nice, it's probably gonna be fairly busy (25-60 minute waits for most coasters). If you get lucky, the weather will screw around enough to keep crowds light but not enough to actually close anything.

 

Otherwise, Goliath is great in any seat but back car is definitely the place to be. Raging Bull in the very back row is the only seat. X-Flight is awesome in the front left, and likewise, American Eagle and Batman are front seat rides.

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How's this park's weather policy?
If lightning is spotted within 30 miles of the park, most of the rides have to cease operation for atleast a half hour. It's really annoying but I guess it's still much better than other parks. *Cedar Point*

 

Another seat recommendation - Ride Demon in the back car for a pop of airtime on the first drop

 

Have fun!

 

30 miles isn't even close to the range used for lightning detection... It's significantly less than that depending on which system they use. Please don't talk out of your ass...

 

THOR Guard, one of the most popular systems used, has a range of 15-25 square miles. This is at most about a 4-5 mile range with the park at the center... Other systems are very similar.

 

But hey, enthusiasts know all

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30 miles isn't even close to the range used for lightning detection... It's significantly less than that depending on which system they use. Please don't talk out of your A$$...

 

THOR Guard, one of the most popular systems used, has a range of 15-25 square miles. This is at most about a 4-5 mile range with the park at the center... Other systems are very similar.

 

Cool.... I thought I had heard 30 but that does seem a bit high I suppose...

 

For the OP, I was able to get a pretty straightforward answer from an employee since Derek wasn't very clear

 

15 miles for Raging Bull and Sky Trek Tower

10 miles for pretty much every other ride except kiddie rides

5 miles for kiddie rides

 

But hey, enthusiasts know all

I'm not sure why you feel the need to include this in literally 90% of your posts but then again... I guess I don't care either if it makes you feel better about yourself...........

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SFOT closes rides when there's lightning halfway across the world (only slightly exaggerating).

 

SFGAm is definitely better with that kind of stuff, but knowing Six Flags I wouldn't be surprised if they actually closed something when there's lightning 30 miles away, lol.

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We were at the park yesterday, and impressed at how fast things reopened after the rain. Unlike sfne, they kept the park open.

It was actually still sprinkling out when the rides went back up. We got caught on demon when the skys opened up.

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