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Went to the park for about two hours today some observations:

 

Safari Off Road Adventure's Station is near completion the roof is getting some work done.

The snack stand inside of Nitro's line is removed.

More takis advertisement's in Skull Mountain

More work on Congo Rapids.

Big Wave racer's is complete (I believe)

 

Overall a good day at the park!

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Hey everyone,

 

Spent the entire day at the park. Just got home, way too tired to write up about the day, but I have pictures of the construction site, Ill post them tomorrow morning when I wake up!

 

The one thing I will comment right now on that I am scratching my head on is the following:

 

There are extra cars for el toro sitting behind Rolling Thunders station. Is it possible the ride actually has 3 trains? It was running two today, but there are other train cars (in plastic wrapping) back there... could we be seeing replacements for rolling thunder? (I can dream can't I?)

 

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Hey everyone,

 

There are extra cars for el toro sitting behind Rolling Thunders station. Is it possible the ride actually has 3 trains? It was running two today, but there are other train cars (in plastic wrapping) back there... could we be seeing replacements for rolling thunder? (I can dream can't I?)

 

gnight

 

Are you sure those weren't 'Runaway Mine Train cars? They store the third train behind Rolling Thunder's station.

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Sorry for the Double Post...

 

Went to the park yesterday (5/10) and had a blast all day long! The park was dead all day, even with a few school busses of kids. We Showed up to the park as the gate were opening and I must say, I like the new way the open. They used to do security and tickets at the same location and then having everyone excited they got in early, only to find the rope by the carousel or the front of the boardwalk area. Now you go through security, then the ticket booths, then the actual front entrance. Once your in, your in, and are free to run where ever you would like. Onto the day:

 

Green Lantern - Front Road, one ride - No Wait - Its a great ride, but a bit rough (although when you remember its a bit older, I'm ok with it). I must say I think I hate this queue more than any other in any park. It takes for EVER to walk through, plus I cant imagine being out there in the hot of summer, only to find a stack of switchbacks behind the station. Poorly done six flags...

 

Superman - Ultimate Flight - 7th Row - No Wait - Its a good ride, I would of likes SFGAdv to get a custom flyer, but its still a B&M and a fun ride. I must commend B&M and on the intensity of the Pretzel loop.

 

El Toro - Front Row - No Wait - Great Ride as always. Can not complain about a damn thing. except the stupid train wrapped ads. Nothing about an Intamin PreFab Woodie train makes me think of a Kia Soul....

 

Rolling Thunder - Left Side, Front Row - No Wait - It seems A LOT smoother than past seasons. I saw a bit of a retracking on the second hill, so that was quite nice

 

Bizzaro - Front Row - No Wait - I always like this ride, it was my first major ride back in 2000 and started my true love for this hobby. I am so glad they got rid of the speakers.

 

At this point we stopped for lunch and went to "Best of the West" for their Pulled Pork sandwich. Nothin beats this place. Great food, great views. I should also comment We have been in the park for 1.5 hours and have already hit 5 rides! We could tell it was going to be a great day! We took the sky way (which had both sides working all day, without a single break down!

 

Nitro - Front Row - 5 min - We hit a snag hear, the train we boarded needed to be moved into maintenance, they rotated the trains through to get it out of service, and then opened up again. I must say it was nice to finally see staffing that tells us what is going on instead of "Minor Technical Difficulty." The ride did feel a bit rougher than I remembered, especially the track between the hammerhead and the helix...

 

Batman - The Dark Night - No Wait - Normal. I really hate that truck at the end break run, gets me every time...

 

Skull Mountian - 4th row - no wait - With the park so empty, we decided to ride every roller coaster, because we could.

 

Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train - Back Row No Wait - Weeeeeee, ok lets move on.

 

Nap Time - Yup, that dead in the park we could fit in a nap next to the old dolphin stadium.

 

Kingda Ka - Front Row 30 min - Really it was a 10 min wait, but it kept breaking down, the break fins on the launch were acting up and shut the ride 2 times for 10 min each. Great Ride as always, I do have to say, the feeling of your eye lids flapping in the wind is always an interesting experience...

 

Rolling Thunder - Right Side/ Front Row - No Wait - First time on the right side, ever! So funny, the line for the left side was CRAZY Long, no one was on the right side! We got to race the trains too! So much fun! I have to say, I think I like this side slightly better!

 

Runaway Mine Train - 3rd Train - No Wait - standard ride, nothing special to report

 

El Toro - Back Row - No Wait - What a different experience than the front row! Man, this thing hauls through the ride, I love it!

 

 

Overall a great day. I do want to end with two pictures of the construction for the new Wild Safari entrance area. Its clear that you will queue behind the loading building, and then the car will drive out towards the midway, turn right, then head back to the safari. The Building looks GREAT! I can not wait to see what kind of roofing they will put on it. They are using the trucks as PR all over the park, one in front of the construction, one out front of the park. Cant blame them, what else are they going to do with them!

 

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An overview of the loading area inside the park

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A closer look at the station

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^I went the day before you on 5/9, and it looks like they made some decent progress on the Safari station in just one day! Also, Kindga Ka had a rollback on the train right before us, which I don't think I've ever actually seen before. Also we had to wait five minutes each on El Toro and Nitro because people threw up right in the station. Also there was a nice RCT-style puddle of puke on the narrow exit ramp of Batman. But other than that the park was dead and it was a great time!

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Lol hopefully not! I dont do spinning rides for that reason, and so far the only coasters that have ever made me queesy are Batman The Ride at SFGrAM, Batman The Ride at SFStL, and Raptor at CP. But like you said, you never know lol!

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I was hoping to get some help with my visit in June. I am debating about coming the first week vs. the second week. The park is open for 2 more hours until 8 during the second week. My plan is to fly in on June 5 to Newark around 9 am. I would drive to Dorney Park and hopefully get in there by noon. I would then go to SFGAdv on June 6 for open to close and fly out June 7. I am disappointed that the park closes at 6. I am wondering would it be worth flying into Philly June 9 at 1115, paying more for a car rental and getting to Dorney by 1 or 2? Then I would get 2 more hours at SFGadv on June 8 and fly out June 9.

 

I know the park might not be very crowded either day but I am bringing my 8 year old daughter. I want to maximize coaster riding and the park would be open for a shorter day should I pay the money for a Flash Pass even though the park should be light crowds. I always laugh at KI when the park is empty and people bought Fast Lane. I want to make the most of this visit because it will be many years before I make it back. If ride lines are longer than 20-30 minutes I will pay for the pass but does anyone have a guess if the lines would be that long early in the season for weekdays?

 

Thanks for any tips.

 

PS any tips on cheap hotels that are roach or bed bug free?

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June weekdays can really vary. I have been going that time of year since becoming a passholder in 2008 and have had days where the park is empty and there are basically no waits for anything and other days where lines are 30 - 45 minutes for the major coasters. It really depends on the weather and how many school trips there that day. If you go the 2nd week when the park is open until 8, the school trips should be gone by 5 - 6 for the most part so the last 2 hours the park should be empty.

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I'm going on a school trip to GA on Saturday, May 18th, and I was wondering if anyone could share what I could anticipate. We're expecting to get there at approximately 10AM, and I'm hoping to get on the major coasters and SkyScreamer. However 2PM - 3PM are out of the picture for rides. What could I expect for wait times throughout the day, and what would be the best order to go on these rides to wait in line the least amount of time?

 

I know that parks can be hectic when schools have trips, which usually are on the same day. My brother went a few years ago on a school trip and only got on three or four rides, which is why I'm asking. I just hope I could luck out better than him.

 

Thanks!

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In a similar vein to the poster above, I have a class trip on Wednesday June 5. I've been to the park several times, so I know my way around and which rides to avoid at what times. I am wondering how bad crowds would be, since knowing Six Flags, they'll pack the place to capacity with other school groups.

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I'm going on a school trip to GA on Saturday, May 18th, and I was wondering if anyone could share what I could anticipate. We're expecting to get there at approximately 10AM, and I'm hoping to get on the major coasters and SkyScreamer. However 2PM - 3PM are out of the picture for rides. What could I expect for wait times throughout the day, and what would be the best order to go on these rides to wait in line the least amount of time?

 

I know that parks can be hectic when schools have trips, which usually are on the same day. My brother went a few years ago on a school trip and only got on three or four rides, which is why I'm asking. I just hope I could luck out better than him.

 

Thanks!

The park is going to ridiculously crowded tomorrow due to Skate and Surf festival being held in the parking lot. All festival atendees are given free admission to the park. This fest is supposed to draw close to 10,000. Your luck may get better once the show starts at 2, but the morning is going to be a living hell. I'm just hoping to get an el toro ride before I head into the show.

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... Should we start the rumor mill for next years new coaster?

 

Im going to say, X-Flight in the old Batman and Robin location....

 

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I feel like this section of the park needs some love, it seems the other side of the park has received MANY updates in the past decade, while this side decays...

 

Thoughts?

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... Should we start the rumor mill for next years new coaster?

 

Im going to say, X-Flight in the old Batman and Robin location....

 

[attachment=0]Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 5.03.11 PM.png[/attachment]

 

I feel like this section of the park needs some love, it seems the other side of the park has received MANY updates in the past decade, while this side decays...

 

Thoughts?

 

They should put a drop tower where Freefall was while they're at it.

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[attachment=0]Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 5.03.11 PM.png[/attachment]

 

I feel like this section of the park needs some love, it seems the other side of the park has received MANY updates in the past decade, while this side decays...

 

Thoughts?

 

I've been pegging GAdv for an X-Flight coming as soon as Six Flags realized how well the GP receives these wing coasters since...X-Flight opened. GAdv is the perfect park for one of these, if you ask me, and it would keep their B&M collection (every type except for a dive machine, I believe) up to date! The way you have it put down would be great too, with that dive loop right over the entrance plaza!

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