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Oh man, those are beautiful shots. Didn't get to stick around past 3 so I missed the lights, but I'll definitely be taking the family with during the regular HITP season.

 

In the meantime, here's my brief recap from today;

 

Got to the park around 10:30, after dealing with a silly detour on 195 that was due to them repaving the exit ramp... and the one immediately following it... sigh. No big deal, because as I pulled into the parking lot, I saw there was only a handful of cars. The main gate only had a few lines that were open; three or four for season pass holders, all of which were crammed with families... two people in a "single day ticket" line... and me along with a few others over at the Discover entrance. Really surprised more people don't take advantage of this, especially considering they typically let us in 10 minutes ahead of anyone else.

 

First thing I did was head over to Movie Town in order to hopefully hit up Namtab... and lo and behold, not only was it open but it WAS still running backwards! Yay for small miracles! Since I didn't get a chance to get this one in the rotation last time I was there, I made sure to get as many rerides as possible while the station was still mostly empty. Did four in a row; one in the front, one in the back, and two second from the back. I absolutely love the G's and the view from the last row, and I'm going to be a sad camper for sure when they finally replace the trains and turn it right-side-front again.

 

After I finished up at Namtab, I bounced over to an equally empty Nitro queue and hit this one three times in a row as well. Let me tell you, even with half-empty trains, this thing was hauling some serious butt today! Tons of floater air, just the way I like it. Interesting to note they saw someone with a phone out and radioed directly to the speakers on the lift hill, "if you don't put that phone away right now, we WILL stop the ride, and you WILL be ejected. Put it away. NOW!" Seeing as how they didn't stop the ride, I have to assume the person complied.

 

After my trio of rides on Nitro, I decided one more ride on Namtab was in order. At this point, the station had filled up, but it was still only about a ten minute wait for the back row. (Damn that one, singular train!) And by this point, I was starting to feel just a touch nommish, so I felt like checking out the food options. Well... there weren't many. Almost every restaurant or food stand on that side of the park was closed, with the exception of Granny's. Meh. So I headed over to the boardwalk and got a cheap snack of mango bubble tea & a spring roll. Was hoping to take the Skyway over in that direction, but since everything in the Frontier section was closed today (yes, including the mine train and BBNP kiddie rides), that meant no Skyway service. Oh well.

 

I quickly finished up my cheap snack and was heading towards Kingda Ka when I noticed that Twister was loading and was a walkon, so I gave this a quick ride. Not my favorite, to be honest, but a decent way to waste a few minutes.

 

Then it was over to KDK for a ride or two, depending upon the wait. By the time I made it through the empty queue, I saw a full station and very slow-moving ride ops, dispatching maybe one train every five minutes or so. With that in mind I decided to forego the front row wait and take second row instead: still good, and I'm more than tall enough for the perfect rush of wind and view from the top. Sadly, as I was next in line, they got hit with one of their famous "technical difficulties" and had to shuffle back all the folks who had previously boarded the train while they worked on a fix. Still, only about a 15 minute wait for them to get it up and running again, which seems to be much better than average. That being said, I wasn't about to wait again for a reride; one and done with Ka today.

 

Next on my must ride list was El Toro, which I hadn't seen many trains for throughout the day. Apparently they had been having several bouts of technical difficulties off and on as well, and just as I entered the queue they announced that it would be undergoing some maintenance as well. This had the fantastic effect of significantly thinning the line. So much so that I made it all the way from the snack stand up to the station without them sending out a single train. They finally got it up and running again, sent out one single train full of riders, and when it got back... down again. Oh well. They had to take Train A off the active track, and ended up only running Train B (the lovely Kia Soul train ), but finally, they were able to board us and send us out. Ran butter smooth and fast as heck, too! Again though, wasn't about to do a second attempt after that.

 

I still had a little bit of time left to kill, so I hit El Diablo for the second time this season. Still thoroughly underwhelming. Then I decided to try for one more on Superman, if the line was short enough... and, it was! Back to the snack shack and moving fairly quickly. Though it was a little annoying to see them consistently sending out trains with rows of two people... especially as a single rider... thankfully managed to grab a seat in the last row. I still maintain it's a pretty boring ride, with the singular exception of that pretzel loop -- and wow, did it ever knock the wind out of me today!

 

By this point, it was 3 PM and time to head home. Not a bad day, but definitely hampered by all the closures.

 

Here's a few additional photos;

 

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The fountain of blood has been replaced with a steel tree, in progress.

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The fountain of blood has been replaced with a steel tree, in progress.

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The fountain of blood has been replaced with a steel tree, in progress.

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The fountain of blood has been replaced with a steel tree, in progress.

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Hanging lights to transform Skull Mountain into Poinsettia Peak.

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The Rolling Thunder train graveyard.

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Up charge attractions out of service? Stuffed with weight dummies? Is this really a Six Flags?!

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^^^ thanks for that awesome report and good photos, saw a lot of people online that were there today (made work reeeeally fun), looked like a great day for lots of riding (not eating though,from the sounds of it! 1.5 hour lines for food???)

 

^ note the bottom of his post - the folks at GAH posted it. edit: what Yoshi said.

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The lights look great! It seems like Six Flags does a great job with Holiday In The Park chain-wide.

 

Six Flags Over Georgia introduced the event last winter and I was honestly amazed at the quality of the lights, food, shows, and themes. I had gone to Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood a week earlier and was still very impressed by Six Flags. Looks like SFGAdv will be impressive as well!

 

I hope the coasters run well during the event. Here in Atlanta it is warmer, but even with SFOG's ridiculous "50+ temps" policy, they ran all the rides and coasters even when the temperatures dropped to the high 30s.

 

I can't wait to see some trip reports!

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Made it out to the park today for my last visit of the year (and perhaps a long, long time... because college, etc).

Overall it was about as busy as I expected--not very. The midways seemed busier than the queues which is weird because a few of the coasters and rides were closed. Maybe the overcast skies and short periods of drizzle kept more people away, but I managed quite a bit of riding in just a few hours.

From 11am to around 2:30, I tallied...

Nitro, 3x

Batman (still backwards), 1x

Kingda Ka (front row), 1x

Zumanjaro (walk on), 2x

El Toro, 9x

 

It's a little strange being alone at parks, but I love being able to do what I want and when I want. No way I could do El Toro NINE TIMES in the magic seat with anyone that's not that into coasters. It's nice to just geek out and enjoy myself every once in a while.

 

As for the park, there were some of the same standard issues (like cutting, El Toro running one train with lap bar difficulty until around 1, etc) but I don't really want to get into that because it was overall a great day and I didn't need to spend a dime.

Six Flags sucks sometimes but where else can you ride El Toro, well, anywhere? That alone makes it worth it.

A few pics I snapped here and there, sorry for the vertical photos (I know, I know...).

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Walk-ons abound!

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Nothing better

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I always ride this once. The ride sucks everywhere except the front, so you should wait the extra 20 minutes. Just do it.

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The trek across the Zumanjaro Great Plains. It takes longer to get to it than to wait, so I rode twice in a row without getting up.

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And it also makes for some interesting views of the best ride in the park/east coast/country/world, depending on your perspective.

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One last look at Nitro on the way out.

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One more time?

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Car 6, row 2. That's my address when I'm at Great Adventure.

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Nice report, Password. You picked a nice day to go. Ive been very envious of everyone at the park the last two days.

 

Unrelated, can anyone confirm that the park is in fact changing the music inside Skull Mountains to this for HITP?

 

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Decided to hit the park up today from 3-7 for the last hours of the regular operating season. Some notes...

 

Ride count:

-Nitro 2x

-El Toro 1x (magic seat)

-Kingda Ka 1x (front row)

-S:UF 1x

-Green Lantern 1x (front row)

-Namtab 1x (row 8, front/back row)

-TDK 1x

 

 

-Decorations prep is looking good for HITP. The tree looks great at the fountain with its bright LED lights (although the tree looks unfinished since it looks like a Dots candy). Saw other lights and setups throughout the park. It should look amazing a few weeks from now.

 

-Crowds were low, although when we first got there the parking lot was decently filled. Everything was just about a station wait the entire time we were there, including a few opportunities to reride certain rides without getting off (couldn't take advantage because we had a 6 year old with us).

 

-Namtab was a lot better than on my July visit since I got row 8, which gave the open view of the track. Still very rattly and disorientating, and I am glad it will return back to normal next season, but I'm glad I got 1 more spin on it.

 

-El Toro ran surprisingly fast for such a cold day. Still not its summer form, but still amazing.

 

-I don't know if it's the chilly weather, but there is no better way to ride Nitro than on a cold fall night. Had some of the best rides I've ever had on it tonight. Speaking of which, some group in one of the middle rows on our last ride started smoking a blunt while going up the lift! Since it was 20min before the season ended I didn't bother telling anyone, but that amazed me they had the balls to do that.

 

 

Ended this season on a very strong note!!! Can't wait for HITP and Total Mayhem next year! Some pics...

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The bull.

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Parabolas!!!

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GL ran very smoothly in the front row today.

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Can't get enough El Toro.

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No one should ever comment on KK without experiencing the front row at least once.

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As I said...can never get enough of El Toro.

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Nitro at sunset.

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S:UF gets too much hate...always gives a solid ride.

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The park looked great at night.

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Favorite pic of the bunch.

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Nitro and Namtab were a great way to end the season!

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I went to the park yesterday while Rikki and her friends from work went to the Grape Adventure festival (their review: "eh"). Was there from 12-7. Temperatures were pretty comfortable most of the day, then getting a little nippy after dark. Some notes:

 

- Decorations are starting to come together. They're currently stringing garland around each of the poles on Yum Yum and the Carousel. Trees are sprouting up throughout the park, and the big tree in the center is starting to come together.

 

- Nitro, S:UF, GL, and Dark Knight were all essentially walk-ons. El Toro and Batman had only one train each going, so there was some line there, but overall the wait wasn't terrible. <15 minutes each.

 

- Operations were pretty good. Minimal stacking on each coaster.

 

Can't wait to see this place lit up in a couple weeks!!!

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Went to the park yesterday to process my pass and get some rides in as it was the end of the season. I was shocked how easy it was and they were very helpful since I had to buy my daughter's ticket (9.99).

 

The crowds were low as stated before and most coasters had two train operations. El Tore was running amazing and we were able to stay on the coaster a few times in a row! It was my daughters first time there and she said she enjoyed it. She isn't a coaster dork like me so she pretty much screamed on all the coaster. Kingda Ka she screamed and at the top was like "WHERE ARE WE???", as she thought the ride was over, HAHA!

 

Overall, a great day at the park and can't wait for next season!

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Speaking of which, some group in one of the middle rows on our last ride started smoking a blunt while going up the lift! Since it was 20min before the season ended I didn't bother telling anyone, but that amazed me they had the balls to do that.

 

 

I've heard people smoking ciggs in queues and weed being smoked on the Skyway but a blunt on the way up Nitros lift is taking it to the next level.

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some group in one of the middle rows on our last ride started smoking a blunt while going up the lift!

 

Only at Great Adventure...

 

This is the park that literally sold/may still sell a shirt with a stick figure drawing of Ka that reads, "Dude, we're all high up here".

 

Though, I can imagine some MM guests getting their medical on.

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Speaking of which, some group in one of the middle rows on our last ride started smoking a blunt while going up the lift! Since it was 20min before the season ended I didn't bother telling anyone, but that amazed me they had the balls to do that.

 

 

I've heard people smoking ciggs in queues and weed being smoked on the Skyway but a blunt on the way up Nitros lift is taking it to the next level.

 

Either of those acivities happening on the Skyride would not bother me, but doing it on a lift hill of a coaster just seems a bit dangerous.

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I know I read that and I'm over here thinking "that's dangerous once it starts really moving with the ash and embers flying everywhere" and "is this guy passing it around to everyone on the train" and also "Nitros ride length is not enough time to smoke an entire blunt" and like "how is he gonna put it out?"

 

lmao

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This came out of nowhere.

 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Announces New Caribbean Cove Interactive Water Play Area in 2016

 

JACKSON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With Six Flags Great Adventure’s new Holiday in the Park event just 10 days away, the world’s largest theme park is unveiling another thrilling expansion for 2016 with the addition of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor’s Caribbean Cove, a fun and interactive water play area.

 

"Hurricane Harbor is already home to some of the most innovative and extreme water slides on the planet, and in 2016 we are excited to offer families a spectacular, new area featuring tons of splashy playtime activities along with refreshing relaxation for children and their parents,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald.

 

The key features of Caribbean Cove include:

 

Active and colorful water play center with more than 55 interactive features

Spray nozzles, jets, valves, water guns, action slide and a giant tipping bucket towering nearly two stories in the air

Two-foot-deep, beach-entry pool

Giant beach area with 300 new lounge chairs

New shade canopy will provide additional respite from the summer sun

 

At Caribbean Cove, kids can play for hours, and parents can choose to join in the fun or watch while reclining nearby. The play area will be located between the Taak It Eez Ee Creek lazy river and Big Wave Racer slide complex and is slated to open summer 2016. Also coming in 2016, the highly-anticipated Total Mayhem 4-D, free-fly coaster debuting next door at Six Flags Great Adventure.

 

The 45-acre Hurricane Harbor water park also features a million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile lazy river, more than 25 high-speed thrill slides and another massive children’s water playground. All attractions are included with park admission, Season Pass or Membership.

 

For more information on Hurricane Harbor, visit http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbornj.

 

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

 

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit http://www.sixflags.com.

 

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This came out of nowhere.

 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Announces New Caribbean Cove Interactive Water Play Area in 2016

 

JACKSON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With Six Flags Great Adventure’s new Holiday in the Park event just 10 days away, the world’s largest theme park is unveiling another thrilling expansion for 2016 with the addition of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor’s Caribbean Cove, a fun and interactive water play area.

 

"Hurricane Harbor is already home to some of the most innovative and extreme water slides on the planet, and in 2016 we are excited to offer families a spectacular, new area featuring tons of splashy playtime activities along with refreshing relaxation for children and their parents,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald.

 

The key features of Caribbean Cove include:

 

Active and colorful water play center with more than 55 interactive features

Spray nozzles, jets, valves, water guns, action slide and a giant tipping bucket towering nearly two stories in the air

Two-foot-deep, beach-entry pool

Giant beach area with 300 new lounge chairs

New shade canopy will provide additional respite from the summer sun

 

At Caribbean Cove, kids can play for hours, and parents can choose to join in the fun or watch while reclining nearby. The play area will be located between the Taak It Eez Ee Creek lazy river and Big Wave Racer slide complex and is slated to open summer 2016. Also coming in 2016, the highly-anticipated Total Mayhem 4-D, free-fly coaster debuting next door at Six Flags Great Adventure.

 

The 45-acre Hurricane Harbor water park also features a million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile lazy river, more than 25 high-speed thrill slides and another massive children’s water playground. All attractions are included with park admission, Season Pass or Membership.

 

For more information on Hurricane Harbor, visit http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbornj.

 

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

 

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit http://www.sixflags.com.

 

 

Lol good! This park needs more space/slides/etc. to handle the crowds it gets. It's wayyy too common for this place to reach capacity literally an hour after it opens for the day.

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