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Sorry I started this. I honestly had no idea.

 

I was not meaning to bitch if it came off that way.

 

I do not mind the policy. I just a locker and then go to multiple rides. SFNE had a set up where you could use them all day and move from place to place throughout the park for once price. I like that too.

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I wish they had it set up so you could scan your season pass and open a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo.

 

That would be awesome. With the success of Disney's magic bands, I would not be surprised if they were not working on their version. Same with Cedar Fair.

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Question for those regular GAdv attendees: how crowded would you estimate the park will be this Saturday? Thinking about heading down there.

 

If you're going to ride, it will be lighter likely until this afternoon. With the finally crisp weather I anticipate it to be mobbed, just like it was last night. We're getting into October now, this is the time of year smart enthusiasts avoid the park.

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^^-- weird, KD was fairly light last night, I figured because of the cool. At any rate last year I heard reports that they at least have better ops once FF starts, having gone to the park the weekend before. Plus if you are going to go during FF, better now than later, but always better not Saturday too. It will be worse than I would like, I'm sure.

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^^-- weird, KD was fairly light last night, I figured because of the cool. At any rate last year I heard reports that they at least have better ops once FF starts, having gone to the park the weekend before. Plus if you are going to go during FF, better now than later, but always better not Saturday too. It will be worse than I would like, I'm sure.

 

Great Adventure crowds during October do not mirror other parks. The park fills up no matter the weather and it gets more crowded each week until Halloween.

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Crowds started off light yesterday, I was able to get 10 rides on El Toro in the first hour and it was fairly quiet for another hour. Then the floodgates opened and it was packed. Still got on everything and was able to grab two front seat rides on Ka right after it opened for the night (opened 3 hours after the park opened). Buy a flash pass or don't go to Great Adventure during fright fest.

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Awww man I had a fantastic morning/afternoon at the park today. Its days like today that remind me how lucky we are to have such an amazing park so close to home, and to be able to just pop around and do a couple fun things, eat, and leave before the mobs show up. The beautiful crisp fall weather we've that has been bestowed upon us this weekend was the cherry on top.

 

The goal was to meet up with my sis and bro-in-law Tom & take my (4yr old) nephew over since he hasn't been all year and recently hit 44 inches. The kid loves rides, and this opens up a whole slew of sh*t he can get on that he couldn't last year - notably The Dark Knight, Crazy Train, Skyscreamer, Skull Mountain, and Runaway Mine Train. I was determined to get him on at least one of those (my sister was horrified at the idea of him riding Skyscreamer - spoiler alert, he had a meltdown just looking at it). He's also big enough for JLBFM!

 

I didn't take many pictures, and I don't feel like doing a whole report, but a quick recap: We got in @ opening and tried to head toward Joker/Harley Quinn so the kiddo could do HQ and I could finally get Tom on Joker. Unfortunately Joker was showing no signs of life save for a greeter turning people away, and the kiddo balked at doing Harley Quinn. Passing Skyscreamer we had him watch a cycle and when it got halfway up the tower he started covering his eyes lol. Next. He did show interest in the bumper cars which didn't yet have a line so my bro-in-law took him on before we headed into Safari Kids all took turns riding stuff with him on basically everything, with me getting the short straw on Road Runner Railway. Booo.

 

A bunch of stuff in this area he can ride by himself - he managed just about every ride in there while Tom and I ducked over to Nitro and were greeted by a literal walk-right-on-airgates-are-closing in the magic seat (back row, right side) before we regrouped and moved over to the Skyway for a shortcut over to the east side of the park. Passing by Skull we asked him if he wanted to ride and he had a meltdown, I guess freaking out over the Skull head. lol Next!

 

He loved the Skyway, pointing out all the other gondolas and everything he was spotting on the ground below. Asked him if he wanted to try to get on Runaway Train and explained that he might not be allowed on (he's right at 44) and we gave it a shot - got him on the front row. Choo-choo bitches! This kids on a "big boy" coaster! I think he simultaneously loved/hated it. He was really into the helix at the beginning, but the hills are pretty sharp and he got thrown around quite a bit. I had my arm around him and I still had trouble keeping him from getting roughed up lol. He was good, tho, and told his mom and dad he liked it when we got off, and later said it was his favorite of the day.

 

Everyone hungry, we stopped at Macho, Tom and I both getting some beers. I got a taco salad w/ steak. Food was great, service fast and hassle-free, I never get what everyone hates about this place. My spot. No one wanted to ride Toro but I took a quick minute to pop over and get a solo lap in since it was also a walk-on. Some stinky enthusiast totally zeroed in on me and plopped down next to me in the magic seat and proceeded to be weird. The ride was amazing, it goes without saying. Booyah.

 

We tried SORA but it was sporting a 45 minute wait and the kiddo wouldn't put up w/ that so we took him into BBNP (he'd been asking to see Bugs the minute we stepped out of the car, and we hadn't been able to spot him) where he hit a bunch of those rides. I joined him for Daffy’s Hot Air Balloons & Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster, both of which were actually quite fun, haha. Checking the app Joker was now running and had a 10 minute wait, so Tom and I beelined over there so he could try it out. I freaking love these free spins (he did too), I don't get the hate. There are incredibly fun, albeit short, experiences. But I love them more and more with each ride.

 

While we did that, my sister had found the trick-or-treat trail and took the kiddo in, where he got to finally meet Bugs! Got his picture taken with him, high-fived, got candy, the whole thing. Was beaming. We thought to try to hit Justice League but it had a 45 minute wait, though we saw Dark Knight was 5 minutes. We headed there and just before entering the kiddo had a meltdown and wouldn't go in. He's going through a fear-of-the-dark phase. Understandable.

 

With crowds picking up and the kid seemingly wiped out, we headed out around 3:15, stopping on the way out to get a funnel cake. His first ever, and predictably like a crackhead tasting his first hit. We sat outside Sweetcakes & Cones on Main Street enjoying our afternoon treat where we recapped our great Sunday adventure.

 

Final Score:

Air Safari

Road Runner Railway

Nitro

Skyway

Runaway Mine Train

El Toro

Daffy’s Hot Air Balloons

Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster

Joker

 

Sorry for the lack of photos, I'd been taking these for FB/Instagram.

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Great pics, I especially enjoy that they aren't in a blue hue haha. Nice job getting the nephew on the mine train! Too bad he freaked out about Skull and TDK but with all the Halloween decorations as well that may have been too much for him. I bet next year he'll get on them!

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Wow - and four years old! I thought he did great!

I don't remember what was thrown at me, back then, LOL!

 

Good for him and good for you for the support.

You're a great uncle!

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Great pics, I especially enjoy that they aren't in a blue hue haha. Nice job getting the nephew on the mine train! Too bad he freaked out about Skull and TDK but with all the Halloween decorations as well that may have been too much for him. I bet next year he'll get on them!

 

LOL I'll never live that Wildwood TR down, will I?

 

And yes - I'm not sure why I forgot to mention that but he was pointing out the Fright Fest decorations at times during the day ("Why is that scary guy there like that?") and was terrified of the blood fountain the few times we passed it. Wouldn't walk near it lol.

 

Wow - and four years old! I thought he did great!

I don't remember what was thrown at me, back then, LOL!

 

Good for him and good for you for the support.

You're a great uncle!

 

Thanks! I try. I probably hang out with him more than most of his other aunts/uncles, and its usually the "fun" stuff since I don't have kids lol. He definitely associates me with rides - I've bought him kids books about coasters, a kiddie backyard coaster, and I'm usually around when we take him on rides @ Moreys (we'd also taken him to Great Adv before - but he was playing some "I've never been here before" nonsense lol - tho it was over a year ago). My sister has told me how he has casually mentioned to her that he wants to come visit me where I live "where the rides are", as if I live in a park. LOL!

 

Awesome! It's always great when a kid hits a height milestone, especially a kid who's already emotionally ready for bigger rides and is just waiting to grow that last inch.

 

Definitely don't want to push him, I want him to go on what he wants. Runaway Mine Train was one of my first, so I was really excited to get him on it, and I hyped him up while boarding telling him about how his Grandmom took me on it when I was his age. He was really into it when boarding, and loved the first half but got off kinda like "that was crazy!!" (not in a good way). But like I said, he mentioned in the car on the way home that it was his favorite. We'll definitely take him back over for HITP and maybe I can get him on Dark Knight/Harley Quinn/Justice League then. I may or may not be counting his credits. Ha!

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I was determined to get him on at least one of those (my sister was horrified at the idea of him riding Skyscreamer - spoiler alert, he had a meltdown just looking at it). He's also big enough for JLBFM!

 

May have inadvertently seen this. Was right behind queing up seeing as a boy was flipping out at the height check. Didn't recognize you or would've said hi.

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Great report! Too bad we missed you guys yesterday.

 

Great Adventure crowds during October do not mirror other parks. The park fills up no matter the weather and it gets more crowded each week until Halloween.

 

This. We waited THREE HOURS for Nitro on a Fright Fest Saturday about 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy (the second costliest Hurricane in US history) made landfall just a few miles southeast of the park. Nothing can stop a Fright Fest Saturday from being an unbearable sea of humanity.

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^ Yea, during Fright Fest, it's common to see the line for Nitro extend out of the queue and wrapped around Batman. El Toro's line will also extend out of the queue and wrapped around about halfway towards the bridge to Bizarro. If you must go, go early like Boldikus did and get your rides in. Otherwise...good luck.

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That's particularly scary since Nitro usually pumps trains out quickly.

 

Nitro is the single worst line in the park at night on a Fright Fest Saturday (other than MAYBE Ka) because of the absurd amount of exit passes. The Flash Pass line is always all the way down the stairs, the queue is generally spilling out the entrance and a large portion of every train is filled with people using exit passes (and the exit pass line also creates a bottleneck that makes it hard to exit the train and slows down dispatches).

 

It's miserable.

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^ Yea, during Fright Fest, it's common to see the line for Nitro extend out of the queue and wrapped around Batman. El Toro's line will also extend out of the queue and wrapped around about halfway towards the bridge to Bizarro. If you must go, go early like Boldikus did and get your rides in. Otherwise...good luck.

 

Basically. I went two weeks ago on the first Saturday of Fright Fest and had a similar experience as yesterday - nice short lines all morning, building as the day went on, and we bounced right before 6. But yeah I've seen both Nitro and Toros line extend out of the queue with Toros wrapped around and going across the bridge to Bizarro (that was a Fright Fest Saturday) and Nitros queue wrapped around Batmans drop (also Fright Fest). Its best to just avoid the park the rest of this month unless you can absolutely get there at opening and get it all in while you can. That, or budget for a Flash Pass. Otherwise, prepare yourself for disappointment.

 

Keep in mind the "bonus" November weekends where all but Frontier will be open, so unless you are dying to ride RMT and Bizarro, just wait til then. Those days have been dead the last two years. I think they closed @ 8, but Plaza Del Carnival and Golden Kingdom have been open.

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OH yeah . . . . I'll be doing one of the November bonus weekends. And I already got 3 Bizarro rides and two RMT's when I went in June, so they're not a priority for me.

 

What more could you want? Cooler weather + little crowds = a marathon on El Toro (or KK, Zumanjaro, etc)

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I think they closed @ 8, but Plaza Del Carnival and Golden Kingdom have been open.

I could have sworn it was 7:00 on Sunday last year, have they actually increased the hours this year?!? I kind of liked 7 because I did this as a day trip; it was plenty dead by the close I know that. Note that DST ends 11/5 in the AM so it gets pretty dark even by 7. Anyway it's on my plans, although I did think about Columbus Day this Monday -- anyone try it before? But the other thing about November is what else is there to do?

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