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Hey coasterbill, what did that Safari run you and how long did the tour last? My boyfriend surprised me with a penguin encounter and wolf tour at BGW last year during their christmas event and it was awesome! We rode the safari at SFGAdv last year and loved it as well so I bet the VIP tour would be even better. Those pics of you guys petting the rhino and giraffes are great.

 

Too bad about major understaffing at the rides and rude people in the queues. We are planning on going up to Jackson area this coming weekend for something during the day and would pop over to SF in the evenings. Did it last year and ponied up for the grand slam flash passes but got on more rides in a few hours at night than we would have any other time. However, there weren't problems with staffing thenso I hope we have a good experience this year! Thanks for the heads up.

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First of all... did you say Wolf Tour? Where do I sign up??

(That's a figure of speech before you all send me links to "Let me Google that For You"... don't get any ideas, lol)

 

But anyway the total was $260 for 2 people (including taxes fees and whatever so $130 each). That's the price if you have a season pass, if you don't it's a little more but includes park admission. For us that's a pretty significant chunk of change but for a gift or something it's really nice, and we absolutely recommend doing it once if you're an animal lover. You won't be disappointed.

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Damn this park has so much potential. When I look at some of those pics, I really think Six Flags should be giving this park SFMM financing. I know each park is ran separately, but GADV could easily turn into one of the best parks in the US.

 

Welcome to the eternal struggle that has been being a GADV local for the past 8 or so years.

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Damn this park has so much potential. When I look at some of those pics, I really think Six Flags should be giving this park SFMM financing. I know each park is ran separately, but GADV could easily turn into one of the best parks in the US.

 

Welcome to the eternal struggle that has been being a GADV local for the past 8 or so years.

 

 

DITTO!!!!!!!

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Damn this park has so much potential. When I look at some of those pics, I really think Six Flags should be giving this park SFMM financing. I know each park is ran separately, but GADV could easily turn into one of the best parks in the US.

 

I guess maybe it's just me but I'm thrilled with how Six Flags has treated Great Adventure lately. We got a ton of great family and flat rides which we desperately needed like Sky Screamer, Fender Bender and Deja Vu, we got SORA which is a complete game-changer and has been an overwhelming success, we got the tallest drop tower in the world, we have a holiday event now that will allow us to ride Nitro and Batman into January and we're getting a coaster in 2016. Remind me again what the problem is... I have no idea what you people are taking about.

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Damn this park has so much potential. When I look at some of those pics, I really think Six Flags should be giving this park SFMM financing. I know each park is ran separately, but GADV could easily turn into one of the best parks in the US.

 

I guess maybe it's just me but I'm thrilled with how Six Flags has treated Great Adventure lately. We got a ton of great family and flat rides which we desperately needed like Sky Screamer, Fender Bender and Deja Vu, we got SORA which is a complete game-changer and has been an overwhelming success, we got the tallest drop tower in the world, we have a holiday event now that will allow us to ride Nitro and Batman into January and we're getting a coaster in 2016. Remind me again what the problem is... I have no idea what you people are taking about.

 

 

The problem as i see it, is that GA will get nice stuff like the biggest/bestest ride...but the other sections of the park start to feel lacking. For example there are parts of the park that have not been really altered since the 1980s, the entry area for example was modified in the early 90s or late 80s, and have remained that way since. Meanwhile they keep removing theme elements, like the giant teepee, without replacing it with something big and unique. Basically SFGadv is turning more generic as time goes on. You have too many dead sections of the park, for example you have the Autobhan bumper car building sitting empty on one end of the park along with the torn apart musik express ride.

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I have also been happy with what has been added to the park and in addition to the rides they reopened the closed rides Red Zone left SBNO like Tango and Houdini and some a bunch of kiddie rides. Holiday in the Park is something I have wanted for years. Normally it would be just a month to go until the off-season and now if the park opens in March (with Easter early next year) the only month they won't have an operating day is February.

 

Not related to that but I was very surprised to see such low crowds on Sunday. I was there from 1 to 6:30 and other than Superman at 20 minutes and Kingda Ka (didn't ride since it broke down when I was near the ride), I didn't wait more than 10 minutes for anything. Even the Fright Fest attractions looked like they had hardly any people in line. It was quite the opposite of 2 weeks ago when Skull Mountain had an almost full queue and Bizarre had a 2/3 full queue.

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Everything but Skull Mountain and Dark Knight will shut down in thunderstorms/lightning. Everything else EXCEPT KINGDA KA will run in rain without lightning/thunder. KK will not run any type of precipitation. On the plus side, potential rain keeps crowds light so if you want to marathon Nitro or Toro in the rain it shouldn't be a problem.

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Everything but Skull Mountain and Dark Knight will shut down in thunderstorms/lightning. Everything else EXCEPT KINGDA KA will run in rain without lightning/thunder. KK will not run any type of precipitation. On the plus side, potential rain keeps crowds light so if you want to marathon Nitro or Toro in the rain it shouldn't be a problem.

 

Awesome... thanks for the info, boldikus

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Earlier this year at Coasters After Dark it was about 40 degrees and the park was dead so we marathoned Toro continuously for the last hour, only since it was so cold they were making everyone sit toward the front of the train for fear we would valley right before the brake run. And believe me, it felt like it could. So instead of the park saying "its really too cold to be operating this ride" they just said "f*ck it, lets run it til it valleys, if all the weight is in the front, we should be good." LOLOLOL

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^Lol I was there too and I remember that. Three things that are great about this park in terms of policy are A. as previously mentioned their awesome rain policy. B. If you get back to the station and there is nobody waiting for your row you get to ride again. And C. If you get off the train and there is an empty seat somewhere else you can occupy it and ride again.

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^Lol I was there too and I remember that. Three things that are great about this park in terms of policy are A. as previously mentioned their awesome rain policy. B. If you get back to the station and there is nobody waiting for your row you get to ride again. And C. If you get off the train and there is an empty seat somewhere else you can occupy it and ride again.

 

Can you really do C? I saw some people do it this weekend and I thought it wasn't allowed.

 

That will be great if it is though!

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Boldikus - LOL on sitting at the front of El Toro so that/until the train valleys!!!! Love it!

 

Coasterbill - Yes, the wolf tour was awesome! It lasted about 45 minutes, there were 5 or 6 people in our group. I am a total animal freak and have a whole bunch of different animals myself so getting to learn about how different places care for their animals is really fascinating to me. Like any tour, the more questions you ask the better it is. The keepers explained about the location of the wolf runs, how they decide which wolves to place together, what their turnout situation is, where they get their food from, what other additives they put in the food, do they use a clicker or whistle to mark behaviors, how they come up with the names, etc. Here are my notes on the wolf groups and names as of December 2013, not 2014 like I thought:

 

Kitchi, Maska, & Boise

 

Sikko (pronounced "SEEK-oh") and Odin

 

Lakota, Kaya, & Beo.

 

They brought out some wolves and demonstrated different behaviors they were working on and practiced a new behavior with a different wolf that wasn't show-ready yet. Then we each got to go up very close to the wolves and give them a command using hand and voice signals. Mine was for the wolf to hop over some logs and run to the other side of the stage and sit on a high rock. Then I threw him some meat as a reward! We didn't get to pet them but who cares, I loved it and would do it again for sure. I've never worked with wolves (I have working line German shepherds) so it was really fun to practice with a similar yet completely different species.

 

My boyfriend liked the penguin tour best which is only available during Christmas Town. He's actually the one who found out about the tours and surprised me the night before with them! We originally went up just to see the lights and ride a few rides. If you haven't been, you absolutely must go. It is a really awesome event and our favorite part was actually riding the sky ride on all 3 paths around the park seeing everything from above. I know you'll appreciate that, Bill! They really have an awesome sky ride at BGW. Back to the penguins - we met with some keepers who explained all sorts of things about the penguins, taught us which flipper color band was for which penguin and at the end we got to pet, hold and pose with one!!! There was only one other couple on our tour. BGW actually had a professional photographer there who took our pictures as they were using them for advertising. So far I haven't seen my photo on any billboards but I signed my life away so that they could if they wanted to LOL. The penguins we met were Barracuda, Sammy, Tuna, Merlin, Maggie, Kermit, Yoshi, and Jordan.

 

They always have animals out near the wolf area at different points throughout the day for guests to pet and see. I got up close and personal with a Bald Eagle and some other cool birds that day as well. I do find that the animal staff at BGW seem to be more knowledgeable about animals than say the staff at CP, who probably like animals but may not have as much experience with them.

 

TL;DR - Get your asses down to BGW for Christmas Town and pet some penguins!

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Rikki and I were in the area yesterday, so we visited the park for a couple hours. A couple quick notes:

 

- I have to say, this year was by far the smoothest season pass renewal experience yet. I LOVE that everything for next year (parking, dining plan) automatically shows up on the card versus past years where add-ons still needed additional processing. After the gate attendant told me this, I was still a bit hesitant to believe it (my dining pass didn't initially show up earlier this year and I had to jump through a couple hoops to get it rectified), so I went up to a supervisor directly inside the main gate just to confirm this was actually the case. She was VERY helpful, even scanning my pass on her computer to verify everything processed properly. So painless!

 

- I didn't ride much, but operations were a tad sluggish on what I did ride. Bizarro's queue weren't exactly standing around and talking, but there wasn't really any hustle in their steps either, and the third train regularly stacked on the course. Nitro's crew were a bit more distracted - they frequently were gabbing away together and lacked any real hustle. Three trains regularly stacked here, too. Skull Mountain's team were really good, though.

 

- We left around 5pm, so we didn't do any of the Fright Fest-related events, but I'm excited to try them out one night soon. LOVE the pumpkin man statue. It looks even better in person!

 

Rides (all once):

- Bizarro

- Sky Ride

- Skull Mountain

- Nitro

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^Lol I was there too and I remember that. Three things that are great about this park in terms of policy are A. as previously mentioned their awesome rain policy. B. If you get back to the station and there is nobody waiting for your row you get to ride again. And C. If you get off the train and there is an empty seat somewhere else you can occupy it and ride again.

 

Can you really do C? I saw some people do it this weekend and I thought it wasn't allowed.

 

That will be great if it is though!

B and C are prehaps the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I got 5 rides on Toro in the last row by B and got a duplicate front row ride on Nitro because of C.

 

So yes. C is possible.

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^Lol I was there too and I remember that. Three things that are great about this park in terms of policy are A. as previously mentioned their awesome rain policy. B. If you get back to the station and there is nobody waiting for your row you get to ride again. And C. If you get off the train and there is an empty seat somewhere else you can occupy it and ride again.

 

Can you really do C? I saw some people do it this weekend and I thought it wasn't allowed.

 

That will be great if it is though!

B and C are prehaps the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I got 5 rides on Toro in the last row by B and got a duplicate front row ride on Nitro because of C.

 

So yes. C is possible.

 

Thanks! I'll have to be on the lookout for it now! I have done B, but never C. Thanks again!

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^ Keep in mind it really depends on the timing and the crew. If you're there in the middle of the day and things are crazy busy and you're on the exit platform looking for an empty seat to hop into, they'll probably kick you out. They need to go quick and they don't want stragglers hanging around.

 

If it's later in the day or evening, and it's a slow at the park, you can probably easily hop into empty seats.

 

It's also VERY important to be aware of your surroundings. I've seen people do this that are terrible at it. Like they'll hop into an empty seat of someone who went to go put their bag away and then all of a sudden they've taken someone else's seat, pulled that lap bar down and created a delay. DON'T DO THIS!!!

 

So yeah, it's all about time and place.

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Ive both, and many times. But yeah what Robb said ^. I'll admit I almost stole someones seat who was putting their cup down once. Lesson learned and I'm much more careful about it since then. Its easy to do it when its quiet but Ive gotten away with it on busy days also. Just pay attention to others and certainly don't be an ass about it (if the crew gives you shit about, don't argue, just walk away. FYI no one has ever given me a problem, more than once Ive gotten the thumbs up and a smirk from an op when 'caught'). It's also appropriate to ask a single rider before you plop down next to them.

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