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With the Green Lantern, it is odd that people aren't giving Green Lantern good reviews such as on ThemeParkInsider.com, the Riddler's Revenge is rated a 9 and Green Lantern is rated a low 7. Though, it is known to be the best and smoothest stand-up coaster. The question is: Does it still hold the honor of best stand-up coaster?

 

You realize that most of your posts, including this one, make no sense, right?

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I was at Great Adventure the past 2 days - Friday & Saturday. I had a great time (as usual), except for Friday morning. Friday morning I took the walk back to Green Lantern. I normally go to Superman. That was a big mistake. They were testing the ride with 3 trains. They the decided to take one train off, and the track never returned to normal operating position. They had at least 5 maintenance guys there with no success. I then went to Superman got to the platform, and then no dispatches. No announcements were made, and a loudmouth guy at the loading gate started screaming at the rideops (who were hiding). One rideop came out and told the guy they could hear him across the platform. The rideop then proceeded to tell him to shut his mouth. He was also told to leave before they call security. The guest had a big mouth, but there was no need to tell him to shut up and leave so everyone could hear. It was now nearly noon and I've yet to ride anything! I then walked to El Toro and got 10 rides in a row.

 

They closed all the rides around 2 because of storms 15 miles near the area. I understand that. I went to my hotel and came back later and got lots of rides. Saturday was good except for all the G.P. puking!

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^^Whether or not Green Lantern is the best stand up coaster is a matter of opinion, but it is nowhere near the smoothest. They should have named it the Green Rattler, the name would have been more appropriate.

 

Riddler and Georgia Scorcher are both much, much smoother, and the ride I had on Mantis this year was like glass.

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Yeah Green Lantern was a big mistake knowing what Mantis was like. I literally prayed for it to be over, and couldn't pay attention to the ride because I was too caught up in keeping my head stationary. If it wasn't even worth the 8 minute queue with a Flash Pass, it's not gonna be worth the hour wait either.

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^^Whether or not Green Lantern is the best stand up coaster is a matter of opinion, but it is nowhere near the smoothest. They should have named it the Green Rattler, the name would have been more appropriate.

 

Riddler and Georgia Scorcher are both much, much smoother, and the ride I had on Mantis this year was like glass.

 

Amen, I agree with 2 out of 3. I haven't been on Mantis this year yet, but I can say I've NEVER had a ride on Mantis that was like glass.

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^Nor have I until this year. Rode in the back row and it was the best ride I've ever had on it. Turning the trim off has done wonders for that ride.

 

Thanks for the advice. I always like the last row on steel. I'll try it again in a few weeks when I'm there. This week it's NTAG , and Bizarro Bash in New England.

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I'm visiting Great Adventure either the fourth, which is labor day weekend, or the eleventh. Both are sundays. I want to try to go to the fourth because they're open two hours later than the eleventh, but how are crowds on Labor Day weekends?

 

If you are not planning on getting a Flash Pass (which appears to be the case since you are asking about lines) go on the 11th

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I just got back from the park a few hours ago (7/26/2011) and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The weather was nice for a change, (high 80's, low humidity) and the park wasn't too crowded. We arrived at the safari around 9:45am or so and got into the park just after 10:30am. We headed straight for Kingda Ka...figuring we would get it out of the way first. The line was probably 30-45minutes long and as soon as we got in line the ride shut down and they kicked everyone out of line. We thought about going to Green Lantern but figured that was everyone else's plan. We went to El Toro which was a walk up to the station and maybe a 5-10minuted station wait. We rode in the Stride wrapped train which I think is very ugly and we a sat on a wheel seat (last row of the second to last car) and you could definitely feel any bumps on the track, however it still delivered. The ejector air was even more intense than I remember. After that we went onto Rolling Thunder just because it was a walk up the the station and then headed to Bizarro (also a walk right into the station) which had audio working on our train. The ride didn't have the B&M rattle I remembered except for right after the cobra roll before the MCBR. It did have to Auger of doom with the mist and lights working. After that we rode Runaway Mine Train which was meh in the front and felt more like you were getting pushed which wasn't very comfortable. Then we headed to the opposite side of the park to Skull Mountain thinking it was air conditioned, it wasn't, and it wasn't that fun towards the front either. Then we went to Dark Knight, which WAS air conditioned, yay!! Boring generic mouse but it didnt have a line (one cycle behind going into the show area.) but we rode it to get out of the heat. After that came B:TR which had about a 20minute wait and then Nitro front row which was about a half hour wait. We went on Kingda Ka later in the day and it was extremely rough for me even though we sat in the second row of the second car. We went on Green Lantern to end the night which was pretty go, 10000x better than Shockwave at KD (my only other stand up.) Overall it was a good trip and the lines were not very long. I did notice in almost all the stations when they did visual scan the ops put their hands above their heads which didn't look like they could see very well.

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I'm visiting Great Adventure either the fourth, which is labor day weekend, or the eleventh. Both are sundays. I want to try to go to the fourth because they're open two hours later than the eleventh, but how are crowds on Labor Day weekends?

 

If you are not planning on getting a Flash Pass (which appears to be the case since you are asking about lines) go on the 11th

Thank you, and no I'm not getting Flash Pass so I'll go on the eleventh.

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hello, I am visiting GADV for the first time next week for one day. I'm going to wait and see how long the lines are before i decide on buying a fast pass. Do you guys know if it's select seats on the train for the fast pass or can you sit anywhere?

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I believe you can sit anywhere with a flash pass, but it will still be a longer wait for the front. If I remember correctly a flash pass brings you to the station, the part where you pick your row. Then you have to wait after that.

 

Please do not answer questions like this if you are not 100% certain. It doesn't help the person asking the question? Some of the Flash Pass entrances merge into the queue and some bring you right into the station.

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I believe you can sit anywhere with a flash pass, but it will still be a longer wait for the front. If I remember correctly a flash pass brings you to the station, the part where you pick your row. Then you have to wait after that.

 

Please do not answer questions like this if you are not 100% certain. It doesn't help the person asking the question? Some of the Flash Pass entrances merge into the queue and some bring you right into the station.

 

Okay thank you for your help!

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I believe you can sit anywhere with a flash pass, but it will still be a longer wait for the front. If I remember correctly a flash pass brings you to the station, the part where you pick your row. Then you have to wait after that.

 

Please do not answer questions like this if you are not 100% certain. It doesn't help the person asking the question? Some of the Flash Pass entrances merge into the queue and some bring you right into the station.

 

He did accurately answer his question - no ride at GAdv assigns particular rows to FlashPass users, and each FP line merges before you choose your seat.

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I believe you can sit anywhere with a flash pass, but it will still be a longer wait for the front. If I remember correctly a flash pass brings you to the station, the part where you pick your row. Then you have to wait after that.

 

Please do not answer questions like this if you are not 100% certain. It doesn't help the person asking the question? Some of the Flash Pass entrances merge into the queue and some bring you right into the station.

 

He did accurately answer his question - no ride at GAdv assigns particular rows to FlashPass users, and each FP line merges before you choose your seat.

 

Thank you for confirming. My concern is that we should be helping each other and when a sentence starts with "I believe" or "I think" or "It used to be like this" it does not clearly answer a question about present procedure.

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Unless something has changed since last month, Skull Mountain assigns Flashpass to car 5, Runaway Mine Train assigns Flashpass to the first row of the 3rd car. Rolling Thunder now merges before the stairs (which can still be a 20+ minute wait with the slow dispatches if filled), Kingda Ka merges at the path to walk to the station, Rapids go up the exit and to the further staircase and everything else either merges at the station or at the stairs to the station (like Superman).

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So I'm going to Great Adventure on Wednesday with a friend. We are going to get a regular Flash Pass and stay from opening to close. I haven't been since 1997 when I was 12, and I know the park has changed a lot since then, both for the better and for the worse. Do you think we should be able to get everything in with a reg. flash pass? I like to do flat rides as well (and I know the park only has like 5) and take some time to just soak up the theme park atmosphere. Also I'm guessing crowds on a Wednesday should be some of the lightest of the week, correct?

 

I've read the park tips in the park database here, but does anyone have a suggestion as to how to navigate the park? Should I start with El Toro or start with Kingda Ka (if it's running)?

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^I just went today, and hit them in this order:

 

El Toro (x2) -> Kingda Ka (x2) -> Bizarro -> Runaway Mine Train -> Skyride to the other side -> Skull Mountain -> Nitro (x2) -> Batman -> The Dark Knight -> Green Lantern (x2) -> Superman -> Rolling Thunder -> El Toro again (x3)

 

We never waited more than 10 minutes for any ride all day. The lines for Green Lantern and Superman were an hour apiece earlier in the day, but around 330pm we headed back and they were dead. We got a LOT done today from 1030-5, and with Green Lantern pulling crowds the way it does I would advise that path to anyone. Honestly, there's no reason to have a Flash Pass of any rank. I'd save the money!

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SIX FLAGS GREAT FREAKIN" ADVENTURE

PHOTO TRIP REPORT

JULY 2011

 

We were planning to be there at 10:00, park opening, but we got there at 12:00 because of my stupid GPS. Anyway, we got there and there was nobody there. The crowds were light, there seemed to be a lot more landscaping to the park since I've last been (2 years ago), and there were new shops and attractions. I could careless about Green Lantern because I went on Chang at Kentucky Kingdom and it was terrible so I didn't want to experience that again. We went straight to Kingda Ka. We waited 10 minutes and it was my first time riding. It's now my favorite ride ever! It was well themed, and such a great ride. Then we went to El Toro and there was not a single wait for the back row! We walked on at 12:00! El Toro never dies down. Then we headed on over to Nitro. There was no line until some stupid fat slob decided to throw up in the second row during the ride making the rest of the rows smelly and drenched in puke. Luckily I wasn't on that train. We rode the back and is still one of the best B&M Hypercoasters out there! It does NOT disappoint! Nitro needs some painting though. We then rode Batman: The OVERHEATED Ride! Batman has the hottest entrance. Luckily I wasn't in the gray room too long. I was probably only in there for three minutes. I go to wait for the front row until a fat lady slob decided to throw up in the third row. GREAT! Six Flags Great Adventure cleaned up Nitro faster and better than Batman. We then walked on Dark Knight and Skull Mountain to get the credit. Skull Mountain was terrible though. Almost everything was a walk on except Kingda Ka and Green Lantern. We rode Bizarro front row and they had the music running well and all of the mist and effects were working well. We then went to Superman around 4:00 and there was NO WAIT! I REPEAT NO WAIT!!! We walked on the back row and waited one ride for the front row!!! We decided to ride Kingda Ka one more time before we left and waited 10 minutes. It was such a great day at the park. Everything was handled almost perfect today. The new Coke store is amazing!!! Any flavor you want with anything. Can't wait to see what they have in store for the future.

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Hello SF. Wait...which SF am I at???

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Kingda FREAKIN' Ka (according to their T-shirts)

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You can't resist to take a picture of this while you are standing right there.

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Onward to El FREAKIN' Toro. I'm serious. Almost every T-shirt said that even Green FREAKIN' Lantern.

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Airtime hill! El Toro = what every coaster person wants :) .....BUT WE WANT IT LONGER!!!!!

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Wait...

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Hairitme!!! TRAIN!!!

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How many roller coasters are in this picture? Next year...hopefully only two! Rolling Thunder needs to roll away!

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Where did Kingda FREAKIN' Ka go? You will take that down and not Rolling FREAKIN' Thunder?! Haha JK

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So Beautiful...

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El Toro's FREAKIN' turn. Are you getting sick on the FREAKIN'S?? It was on every T-SHIRT THERE!!!

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El Toro through the landscaping...WAIT??? Landscaping at SF???

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Kingda Ka added some new lights this year.

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Back side of El Toro's FREAKIN' Turn!

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Ze Golden Freakin' Kingdom

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Reminds me of Windseeker.

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The Ferris FREAKIN' Wheel. I'll stop...for now.

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Ferris Wheel.

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OOOOOOOOOOo.......AAAAAAhhhhh

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Movie Town!

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Batman the OVERHEATED RIDE!! No A/C in the queue especially in the room before the station! Now this is SF

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NITRO!!! Still one of the best Hypercoasters!

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Lift hill................................................................

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NITRO

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airtime??? YES

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again...

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ooooooooooo

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Batman was running great though...really smooth and intense!

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BTR BATMOBILE

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The DARK Knight Coaster! Walk-on all day long.

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Onward to Frontier Adventures

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I really like this land at this park.

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If you go to SFGAdv...it is a requirement to take this shot!

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The SAW MILL

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New pathway and Skyride station...the Skyride was down a lot when I was there.

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Runaway please!!!

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I'll leave you with this shot of Bizarro! I had a better ride this year than in 2009. Part 2 coming tomorrow. More PICTURES!! STAY TUNED!

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