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Wondering why RMT hasn't been running? Wonder no more...

 

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Speaking of RMT, the park added a new themed photo booth in front of it. Apparently there is one near Swashbuckler as well.

 

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In other news, the new eatery near JLBFM, Munchopolis, is finally open for business.

 

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And finally, the park is apparently adding on-ride video to Batman: The Ride.

 

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All photos from C.J over @ the SFGAdv FB Conn group.

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So, I was thinking about season passes... is there an option (historically) where you buy a pass for next season and you can use it THIS season at any of the parks?

 

My thought was, since I have limited vacation, to buy a 2018 pass when the promos start in the early fall this year and use it for part of this year, too at different six flags... like maybe I buy it at great adventure and do six flags America on the same trip, but in the spring, make it out to St Louis.

 

Last year I bought a 2017 Six Flags gold pass during the Labor Day Weekend flash sale and was able to use it at Great Adventure & Great America while the 2016 season was still going. The "catch" is you have to redeem your pass from the park you bought it from.

 

SF makes you process your pass at the park you bought it at b/c they have different prices for Regualr and Gold passes at each park. If they didn't do this than you could just buy at the cheapest park and use it at your home park. SFMM and Gadv passes cost more than other parks, so people near them could buy passes at SFA or Escape, the cheapest park and activate them at their actual home park. CF lets you process a Platinum pass at any park b/c they have uniform pricing for Platinum passes.

 

Mexico City always has the best deal. Annual Pass is $35, before any sales. Good at all the parks.

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Hi guys,

 

Some friends and I are making a trip to Great Adventure this Saturday. This will be our first time at ANY Six Flags park, let alone Great Adventure. Our friends are vegetarians - are the "healthy" options listed on SF's website including vegetarian options? Are the vendors okay with preparing meals by removing the meat or substituting the protein?

 

We have gone to Kennywood and Knoebels with this group of friends and had a great time - food selection was great for us (especially at Knoebels). With the high prices of food, we're wondering if it makes sense to bring a picnic lunch or if the food options will be good enough to eat inside.

 

As as side note, I'm assuming it will be a very busy day this Saturday. We aren't planning to buy flash passes (not in the budget this year). Any suggestions/strategies on how to best avoid long lines? We will be there from open to close.

 

Thanks!

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I suggest eating at Go Fresh Cafe, they have one location by Nitro and one near the Frontier Adventures entrance.

 

As as side note, I'm assuming it will be a very busy day this Saturday. We aren't planning to buy flash passes (not in the budget this year). Any suggestions/strategies on how to best avoid long lines? We will be there from open to close.=

 

Do you want to do the Safari?

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I suggest eating at Go Fresh Cafe, they have one location by Nitro and one near the Frontier Adventures entrance.

 

Agreed. The park doesn't have much in the way of vegetarian foods other than GFC, and I'm certain most food service employees will not customize your order. A regular I know had issues earlier this year with having a burger wrapped in lettuce as opposed to a bun, and even a food supervisor wouldn't budge on the issue. This ain't Burger King and you cannot have it your way.

 

You CAN leave the park and go out to your car to eat. With the prices of food, you might want to pack a cooler with lunch and just head out to the lot to eat. I've done it plenty of times, just make sure to get your hand stamped for re-entry.

 

As far as lines/rides/what to hit, check out this handy guide.

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^ In that case, do the Safari as early as possible. My recommendation would be to head to El Toro immediately after park opening, get a few rides in before a line forms, then walk directly to the Safari.

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And then head directly to Superman as it gets and keeps a line all day thanks to its consistently stellar operations.

 

Nitro is never a worry since its a capacity monster and even a long line never stops moving.

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No idea if it was the threat of storms, the heat, both, and being a weekday, but got there at 3pm today and the longest line we waited in was Justice League, 10 minute line, it broke down, we waited like 30 minutes, left, came back and got on in like 2 minutes.

 

Everything else was walk on ALL day. We just lolligaged around and didn't rush, so we didn't do too many rerides, but we got on everything we wanted to

 

Joker: 1

El Toro: 1

Nitro: 2

Justice League: 1

Kingda Ka: 2

Zumanjaro: 2

Batman: 3

The Dark Knight: 1

 

The last Nitro ride was at night, with a storm in the distance lighting up the sky, it was so dope.

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God I hate these loose article policies. I will be very sad if they catch on to more parks. I am okay with having to check a bag, but when parks start turning me away even if everything in my pockets is buttoned, zipped, or safety pinned, I get annoyed. (BTW, safety pins are awesome if you have no zipper pockets and are concerned about loose articles).

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SFNE has been doing this new thing on Superman and Wicked Cyclone that Great Adventure should think about doing. After all the restraints are checked on both rides and the op tells everyone on there train to put there hands up and if they have a phone they take it from the person and put it on the side of the ride in the station. Hasn't slowed down dispatches from what I've seen on the two coasters.

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God I hate these loose article policies. I will be very sad if they catch on to more parks. I am okay with having to check a bag, but when parks start turning me away even if everything in my pockets is buttoned, zipped, or safety pinned, I get annoyed. (BTW, safety pins are awesome if you have no zipper pockets and are concerned about loose articles).

 

Loose articles kill operations, SF operations already are poor b/c of their poor staffing. I would have no problem with banning all loose articles on every ride. People don't need all the crap they carry and then take their leisurely time putting away their stuff. Get a locker or leave the crap in the car.

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I remember a bunch of pages back, the Fright Fest crowds at Great Adventure are heavy. Was that just for the October FF days or are the September FF days packed?

 

And is Flash Pass (or haunted house flash passes worth it)

 

I figure if I do go up again, I'll hit up FF or HITP (I know for Holiday in the Park, everything beyond the midway is closed; so no El Toro, Bizzaro, KK, Zumanjaro, etc).

 

Either way, it'll be fun coastering in fall/winter weather.

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I went to Dorney Park for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and was extremely pleased to see that the only paid l.ockers were optional in the waterpark.

 

Every ride had the cubbie system, including some where the operator would shift a door for train 1 vs train 2 (so people on the other train wouldnt have access to your stuff).

 

"But it slows things down"

 

The thing is, Six Flags still allows (and always will allow) people to place their souvenir drink cups and glasses.

 

It is 95% money grab, 5% ride opps.

 

Indeed, if it were about ride opps, then a much more effective strategy would be single rider lines that are well used in every ride. Nothing more fun than an hour late where you see 2 or 3 seats dispatching empty every single ride. Additionally, restricting access to the stations at the turnstile, so people line up for each car with the right amount of people, and none of that last minute "oh actually Im waiting to ride with them" crap.

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Just out of curiosity, being that SFGAd and the water park are two completely separate parks, would a capital investment for the water park be considered the major addition for the dry park as well, or would the dry park still get a major investment the same year as a major investment to the water park? I hope that makes sense.

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Six Flags started doing the current "new addition" strategy strategy back in 2013. Each time something was added to SFGAdv's Hurricane Harbor, it came alongside the standard main park addition:

 

- 2013: New Safari / Racing slide complex

- 2016: Joker / Water play complex

 

If something were to be added to the water park, odds are the main park will still receive something.

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Six Flags started doing the current "new addition" strategy strategy back in 2013. Each time something was added to SFGAdv's Hurricane Harbor, it came alongside the standard main park addition:

 

- 2013: New Safari / Racing slide complex

- 2016: Joker / Water play complex

 

If something were to be added to the water park, odds are the main park will still receive something.

 

Thank you! I was just curious because most of the water parks in the chain are actually connected to the dry park so when the water park gets an addition it is considered the new addition for the park that season.

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