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I know that previous years they offered the one price cup with free refills but it seems like it got dropped this year at least from some of the parks. I haven't seen it at SFNE. The yellow cup is the season dining pass cup.

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Water bottles need to go in a loc.ker unless they're the park's souvenir cup but as with any park in America, water is free at any food stand if you ask for a "cup" of water and then you don't have to carry a bottle / cup around all day.

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Thanks. I don't mind carrying my Hydroflask. I love having ice cold water. Looks like it won't be too hot in NJ or PA this week. I guess I just assumed most parks are scorching hot like SFMM.

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I visited the park last Thursday and had a wonderful time!

 

I brought a friend who's maybe now a budding enthusiast. My friend grew going to Cedar Point but this year visited Kings Island, Carowinds and now Six Flags Great Adventure for the first time in the past two months. It was another one day trip, we were off work at 6 PM on Friday, took a pit stop at our homes and got on the road. We drove until about 12:30 then slept in the car on the PA Turnpike. Woke up at 5:30 and with a few stops in between we were walking through security at 10:15 AM. Perfect timing!

 

With my friend having never visited before we headed straight to Kingda Ka for the first ride of the day. We were on the 5th train of the day in the front row. Fun ride, but I believe Dragster is the superior coaster. Since we were there we hopped on Zumanjaro and had a blast. The drop just keeps going and going. Now here's where the mistake was made. My friend didn't mind riding Mantis when it existed and we have a mutual friend who's from Kentucky always talks about how much he loved Chang back when it was at his home park. So we hopped on Green Lantern, when we got off we both agreed we won't be hopping on that anymore. After Green Lantern we did Superman which was their first B&M flyer and even with the simple layout we both think it's far superior to the Vekoma Flying Duchmans.

 

Next we headed over to El Toro, which as usual gave us an amazing ride! What can be said that hasn't been said already. It's the most extreme ride in the park, and I'm seriously jealous of this awesome coaster you all get to ride regularly. We got 4 laps before moving onto Bizarro, which after one lap there we got 2 more laps on El Toro just because it's so good. After that we had Macho Nacho for lunch, with the crowds being so light we recevived out food in under 2 minutes! The day was going along great!

 

After eating we still had the whole other side of the park to hit, so we started with Skull Mountain, great themeing, great music, great everything. My friend & I both love everything about Skull Mountian. Over to Nitro next it was running a little sluggish on Thursday, not bad, but my friend got off saying she liked Diamondback & Intimidator better. For me when Nitro is running fast I'll easily take it over those other two. We doubled back to Batman for another super smooth, super intense ride. I wonder how that thing runs so well for it's age, it still packs quite a punch! We hit up The Dark Knight Coaster since the crowds were so light and this was my first time I actually had to go through the pre-show! Nothing special but still fun. By this time it was 3:30pm and we decided to head to our car for a rest break.

 

When we got back to the park we decided the only things we wanted to ride again were Ka, Zum, & El Toro. Ka had too long of a line so we still did Zumanjaro, and for the rest of the night we just parked ourselves on El Toro. Over and over again, that coaster will never get old. The crew was pumping out trains non-stop. The were racing to see who could check their side faster. They even dispatched a few trains too early causing us to set up on the lift! The crew was going so fast on the bull that there were times they dispatched a train when the one on the course was cresting the Rolling Thunder hill. Another time, they were done checking the train before we could even hear it coming back from the first turnaround. We even ran into Larry and one of the other TPR moderators during our marathon! The El Toro crew did such a wonderful job that when the park closed for the day I went to guest relations to give them all complimets. It was fantastic. We had a wonderful day at Great Adventure!

 

Final Tally:

Kingda Ka x1

Zumanjaro x2

Green Lantern x1

Superman x1

Bizarro x1

Skull Mountain x1

Nitro x1

Batman x2

The Dark Knight x1

El Toro x29

 

From last year to this year the ride operations in this park have VASTLY imporved. Ka always had two trains ready to launch, the Zumanjaro crew was so fast Ka could only get one launch off in between cycles. Green Lantern we never stopped on the break run and rolled right into the station, we also rolled right into the station on Skull Mountian & Batman. Superman we sat on the break run for maybe 10-15 seconds which is pretty darn fast. Now only if the Nitro & Bizarro crew could get the memo's that it's time to move fast now. Of course the best crew hands down was El Toro, the last two hours of park operating felt like our own ERT. Trains were leaving the station with 10-16 people filled in the 36 seats. Good job Six Flags. It was really great! Left after closing, drove for a few hours slept in a rest stop in th e PA turnpike again. Woke up drove the rest of the way getting home at 10AM, and was clocked in for my shift at Cedar Point at 11:15AM. Crazy trip and completley worth it!

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Sounds like an awesome day, Josh, glad you had a blast! That's a shame about Bizarro, because opening weekend they were hauling for the first time in what seems like forever. Nitro...I don't know what happened to them, but for the last couple of years or so they've been mediocre at best. Too busy talking to each other.

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Wow that's an awesome day, Josh. Surely your thighs had to be a least a bit tender after all those bull rides! My record is 10 in a day (8 in a row without getting up), and I definitely felt it the day after.

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OK... I am gonna be one of those people.

 

I am planning a trip on the last weekend in July. My wife wants to go on Saturday due to scheduling but I want to go on Sunday. How bad will the crowds be? This will be my first full day there in 20 years so I want to maximize the day as much as possible.

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No one can tell you what crowds will be like a month from now. This is themeparkreview.com, not psychicsRus.com

 

All you can really do is budget for flash passes and buy them if need be. Do not buy them in advance as weather and other things will dictate crowd levels and you can very likely waste a ton of money buying them in advance. For further tips and tricks, we've created a fun and handy guide to assist you in having a Six Flags day.

 

Good luck and have fun.

 

After eating we still had the whole other side of the park to hit, so we started with Skull Mountain, great themeing, great music, great everything. My friend & I both love everything about Skull Mountian.

 

Is this a meme?

 

Nah bro, it's a cult.

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OK... I am gonna be one of those people.

 

I am planning a trip on the last weekend in July. My wife wants to go on Saturday due to scheduling but I want to go on Sunday. How bad will the crowds be? This will be my first full day there in 20 years so I want to maximize the day as much as possible.

 

I echo what Boldikus said. You'll probably need Flash Passes but don't buy them that far in advance. If the forecast looks good the day before you go I would ALMOST suggest buying it online so you can skip the line for the Flash Pass movie though since it can easily be 30 to 40 minutes of your life that you'll never get back.

 

Note: I say "the day before you go" because you can't buy it online the day you plan to use it. You need to buy it in advance.

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No one can tell you what crowds will be like a month from now. This is themeparkreview.com, not psychicsRus.com

 

All you can really do is budget for flash passes and buy them if need be. Do not buy them in advance as weather and other things will dictate crowd levels and you can very likely waste a ton of money buying them in advance. For further tips and tricks, we've created a fun and handy guide to assist you in having a Six Flags day.

 

Good luck and have fun.

 

After eating we still had the whole other side of the park to hit, so we started with Skull Mountain, great themeing, great music, great everything. My friend & I both love everything about Skull Mountian.

 

Is this a meme?

 

Nah bro, it's a cult.

I went back and read your guide and I love it!!!

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Question about Houdini: how much does it swing? I felt pressure on my back when I rode, so I know that it isn't just an optical illusion, but I also have my doubts that it swings like a pirate ship ride (and obviously it doesn't invert).

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Justice League is awesome, I had only been on it once before but it really is such a fun ride. The lines weren't too bad today, I waited probably an hour but I expect the lines to be insane once it opens to everyone else.

 

They did a great job on the theming around the area too with the addition of the bridge and the conversion of the restaurants and stores and bathrooms in the area.

 

Great job by the park giving season pass holders exclusive access today and handing out free Dippin dots to try as well.

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A bridge, you say?

 

Color me intrigued...

 

EDIT: Looked up a photo elsewhere. Looks really good! I like that it creates a bit of a break between the sections. Anything that adds landscaping is a win in my book. Can't wait to check it out Saturday morning!

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Just got back from the park. Justice League was pretty cool, waited about 45 minutes for it. Like the setup around the ride, the bridge and everything.

 

This is def a ride that will be packed this summer, gonna be an hour plus wait everyday I'm guessing.

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Nick and I took a trip down to Great Adventure this evening after work for the Justice League pass holder preview. I'll keep the main focus on this due to the fact the rest of the day was pretty standard in that El Toro/Batman kicked ass, Nitro was solid and Joker/Zumanjaro pulled genuine screams out of us.

 

As for Justice League, I must admit going into today I did not know what to expect. I never thought I'd be riding a dark ride at Great Adventure, but I went in with an open mind. First off, it was awesome seeing finished paths and a ride where Old Country once was. It was trippy boarding a ride back there for the first time in more than a decade. Before entering the Justice League themed area you cross a bridge which is pretty nice looking. Once on the other side there are two snack stands and a bathroom. Next to these there was a little station and a DJ booth where Dip & Dots and fudge was being given away which was awesome. The queue line and theming around it was nicely done and the show building looked great, I just hope they can maintain it before it turns into a sh*tshow. Once inside the building there is a tv explaining the backstory, banners and a marble looking statue of a few superhero's. After you pass the switchbacks groups of 1-2 riders and 3 or more are split up into two lines. The station was really cool with a Cyborg animatronic that was pretty lifelike.

 

As for the ride experience itself, I was very very impressed. It was so much fun with a long ride cycle and more practical effects than I anticipated. Overall I think it is an A+ addition and a must ride if you're at the park. It is good to have that side of the park back!

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The only notable thing upon entering.

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Metro-Narrows Bridge

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Metro Grill, the first of two snack stands.

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Restrooms

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Second new snack stand

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Nice looking area

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Free Fudge......

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And Free Dip & Dots, FREE things from Six Flags?!

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Exit through the gift shop of course.

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Remnants of Old Country

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New views of the Ferris Wheel

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Tribute to Chiller's Observatory.

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Inside portion of the queue

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"Marble" Justice Leaguers

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Pre-Show, no I did not pay attention (Sorry Nerds, I don't care)

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The station was awesome with a great Cyborg animatronic.

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The million dollar cars.

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Ride entrance

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After we paid tribute to Adam West

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Never enough DC theming I guess

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The one and only

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Ended the day with two laps on Toro

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Great update! Does Great Adventure's Justice League have a single rider line like the Great America version?

 

You all get on the same line until you get inside and go through the switchbacks in there ( I think it was 3) after that the line splits into 2 lines, groups of 3 or more go to the left and groups of 2 or single riders go to the right.

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