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I know it seems as if half the board was at Knoebels, but did anyone make it over GreatAdv yesterday? The weather was total crap in Philly in the morning but about halfway through the afternoon it stopped and stayed pretty nice (albeit humid) the rest of the night. I'd imagine it made for a good, rare night of autumn riding if in fact the park didn't get too busy. I know some folks were at Dorney and it stayed pretty dead.

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I saw the Knoebels parking lot this weekend (which had overflowed to a nearby school and then a nearby gun club and then maxed out those lots too). The idea that anyone was anywhere other than Knoebels this weekend is fake news. Even Great Adventure employees were marathoning Phoenix on Saturday night.

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Went to the park this past Saturday for the first time this season and had a really good time over all. Points I wanted to mention:

 

1. Miss the Nathan's Hot dog stand but the new cheese steak stand was good. The fries were cooked perfect! It is awesome they added self service kiosk to this restaurant but not the option to use your season pass dining on them.

 

2. There was a evacuation on the runaway train. Saw guest walking down one of the hills near the walkway going towards Bizarro.

 

3. Wanted to give a shout out to the El Toro, Kingda Ka, Bizzao and Nitro staff. They killed it on getting them trains out of the stations fast. Worst operations of the day were Superman and Green Lantern. Superman was running one train most of the day. Then about 5 pm they decided to put the second train on. The line was at a 2 hour wait at this time. The GL staff were arguing through out the station and over the loud speaker about who was working what post. I did not like that it was a manager doing a majority of the arguing and then talking about her staff to guest in line.

 

4. The park was super crowded. Loved they had a coupon for the flash pass on the app - it was buy one regular flash pass get one free. However, I do not like that their website does not state the The Joker and Zumanjaro are only available on gold and platinum. I assumed everything was available on regular since I saw no indication of this until I got to the park. I did like they were allowing you to pay the difference if you wanted to upgrade to gold or platinum. Two people on a gold pass for only $105 total is pretty good for this park.

 

5. Skipped all haunts since we wasted over $100 last year for them and they were not scary at all.

 

6. The new Justice League area looks good. This was my first time ever to this section of the park since I never went before it was closed off. Hopefully down the road they open the other section that leads back towards the front so you do not have to walk all the way around the park to get to JL.

 

7. I LOVE going to parks for Halloween because its cooler outside and night rides on coasters are always better then day rides but I hate how people have to be so extra and ghetto. Just because a haunt walks by you does not mean you have to break out in hysterics and stampede everyone near you. Just simply keep walking. Its really that simple. I also how the kids have to provoke the haunts. This takes away from them actually doing their job.

 

8. They were serious about the loose articles, especially on El Toro. Once it got dark they had a security guard with a flashlight pointing it at every person's pocket. They even turned people away who were holding a shirt/jacket/hoodie. Instead of just letting them carry it and put it on once they were going to ride they made them get a locker. It seems a little out of control now.

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The Fright Fest crowd at this park, especially Friday and Saturday nights, always seems to be a little rougher-around-the-edges than normal. There was one season (2003, I think) where we actually needed to hire a security guard for the night shift at the McDonald's outside the park because the crowds were so badly behaved. We had fights regularly break out in the lobby, one guy even once walked behind the counter and just took food and threw soda all over me when I confronted him.

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3. Wanted to give a shout out to the El Toro, Kingda Ka, Bizzaro and Nitro staff. They killed it on getting them trains out of the stations fast.

 

Now that's interesting! I haven't this about Bizarro in years.

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3. Wanted to give a shout out to the El Toro, Kingda Ka, Bizzaro and Nitro staff. They killed it on getting them trains out of the stations fast.

 

Now that's interesting! I haven't this about Bizarro in years.

 

I was very surprised by this as well. Three trains on the track and we barely stacked. Maybe I got lucky when I was riding.
The Fright Fest crowd at this park, especially Friday and Saturday nights, always seems to be a little rougher-around-the-edges than normal. There was one season (2003, I think) where we actually needed to hire a security guard for the night shift at the McDonald's outside the park because the crowds were so badly behaved. We had fights regularly break out in the lobby, one guy even once walked behind the counter and just took food and threw soda all over me when I confronted him.

 

It is the same down here at Six Flags America (sadly my home park lol). Actually, every day is like that here it feels like once the sun goes down. The wrong kind of people just like being extra. Six Flags America has had issues in the parking lot with guns and things in the past.

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It is the same down here at Six Flags America (sadly my home park lol). Actually, every day is like that here it feels like once the sun goes down. The wrong kind of people just like being extra. Six Flags America has had issues in the parking lot with guns and things in the past.

I’ve recently seen the word “extra” used online quite a bit but I’m not 100% sure on the meaning. The only way I’ve used that word it is “I’d like extra Oreos in my McFlurry” or “that chicken parm was extra delicious!” Googling says it means acting dramatic, is that correct or is there more to it?

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It is the same down here at Six Flags America (sadly my home park lol). Actually, every day is like that here it feels like once the sun goes down. The wrong kind of people just like being extra. Six Flags America has had issues in the parking lot with guns and things in the past.

 

I concur. My family went to SFA on Saturday. It wasn't to bad during the day but once the sun started to go down....Wow, I've actually never seen SFA so packed. While I love riding coasters in the dark, we decided the crowd just wasn't for us and left about 7.

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I’ve recently seen the word “extra” used online quite a bit but I’m not 100% sure on the meaning. The only way I’ve used that word it is “I’d like extra Oreos in my McFlurry”

 

or extra Pepperoni!!

 

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I’ve recently seen the word “extra” used online quite a bit but I’m not 100% sure on the meaning. The only way I’ve used that word it is “I’d like extra Oreos in my McFlurry”

or extra Pepperoni!!

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Heck yeah!!! Ok I have to ask you - when I was in Philly earlier this year I waited 50 minutes for some donuts from Beiler's at the Reading Terminal Market. Our hotel was right there and we stumbled upon the RTM having never even heard of it. I will say that it was worth every minute standing in that absurd line that wrapped halfway around the building. Having been a lifelong Philly person, are you immune to their greatness? If not, how are you not 600 lbs? It was difficult to get them back to DC without eating the entire enormous box along the way.

 

On topic: I'll be heading to SFGAdv with a cousin who is a newly christened coaster fan in two weeks. Usually I avoid the Halloween stuff like the plague but we need to get our passes processed so I'll pony up for the Gold Flash Pass. Do they have an upgrade from regular FP to FP Gold like Cedar Fair does? I doubt it... we are talking about Six Flags, after all. I have no idea what sort of extra (see what I did there?) perks are even offered these days.

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Heck yeah!!! Ok I have to ask you - when I was in Philly earlier this year I waited 50 minutes for some donuts from Beiler's at the Reading Terminal Market. Our hotel was right there and we stumbled upon the RTM having never even heard of it. I will say that it was worth every minute standing in that absurd line that wrapped halfway around the building. Having been a lifelong Philly person, are you immune to their greatness? If not, how are you not 600 lbs? It was difficult to get them back to DC without eating the entire enormous box along the way.

 

On topic: I'll be heading to SFGAdv with a cousin who is a newly christened coaster fan in two weeks. Usually I avoid the Halloween stuff like the plague but we need to get our passes processed so I'll pony up for the Gold Flash Pass. Do they have an upgrade from regular FP to FP Gold like Cedar Fair does? I doubt it... we are talking about Six Flags, after all. I have no idea what sort of extra (see what I did there?) perks are even offered these days.

 

I'm absolutely not immune to Beilers, they are awesome but honestly as a Philadelphian the RTM is a bit tedious unless you are going for something specific. The only smart time to go there is mid morning on a weekday otherwise the waits for everything are insane. They need a fast pass system - stat!

 

As to your second question, I'm not sure what you mean by an upgrade. They offer three tiers of FP - Regular, Gold and Platinum. The platinum cuts your wait time by 90%, gold by 50%, and regular is the same as waiting in the queue, but not actually standing in it. Flash Pass is only good for the rides. I wouldn't see a point in getting Regular on a Fright Fest night. Depends on weather but even rain won't keep FF crowds away completely. I'd go for Gold but whatever you do, don't buy it in advance. No sense in spending money you don't have to, and they rarely sell out, so if it feels like its picking up, and the waits are becoming unbearable, bite the bullet and head over to FP HQs.

 

Really though as long as you to the park before opening and get right in and hit what you want, and then relax as it gets busier (or leave), its never too bad - the crowds usually don't pick up until mid-afternoon. If staying and you're doing mazes/trails at night, they offer a whole other "express pass" that is separate from the Flash Pass, which is why I suggested trying to hit rides early and then ponying up for a express pass for the trails later. Keep in mind the trails will cost you before you even buy the express pass, so at that point you're paying for the trails, and then an express pass for them on top of that. Its all a big joke imo since the trails blow at this park, so my general FF advice is to go early, ride as much as you can in the morning/afternoon, then bounce. Good luck and godspeed.

 

* If you can wait until the first two weekends in November, everything will be open except Frontier (Bizarro, RMT, SORA, the flume which is already closed anyway, etc) and the FF crowds are gone and the park is quiet. I'll be back then.

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Heck yeah!!! Ok I have to ask you - when I was in Philly earlier this year I waited 50 minutes for some donuts from Beiler's at the Reading Terminal Market. Our hotel was right there and we stumbled upon the RTM having never even heard of it. I will say that it was worth every minute standing in that absurd line that wrapped halfway around the building. Having been a lifelong Philly person, are you immune to their greatness? If not, how are you not 600 lbs? It was difficult to get them back to DC without eating the entire enormous box along the way.

 

On topic: I'll be heading to SFGAdv with a cousin who is a newly christened coaster fan in two weeks. Usually I avoid the Halloween stuff like the plague but we need to get our passes processed so I'll pony up for the Gold Flash Pass. Do they have an upgrade from regular FP to FP Gold like Cedar Fair does? I doubt it... we are talking about Six Flags, after all. I have no idea what sort of extra (see what I did there?) perks are even offered these days.

 

I'm absolutely not immune to Beilers, they are awesome but honestly as a Philadelphian the RTM is a bit tedious unless you are going for something specific. The only smart time to go there is mid morning on a weekday otherwise the waits for everything are insane. They need a fast pass system - stat!

 

As to your second question, I'm not sure what you mean by an upgrade. They offer three tiers of FP - Regular, Gold and Platinum. The platinum cuts your wait time by 90%, gold by 50%, and regular is the same as waiting in the queue, but not actually standing in it. Flash Pass is only good for the rides. I wouldn't see a point in getting Regular on a Fright Fest night. Depends on weather but even rain won't keep FF crowds away completely. I'd go for Gold but whatever you do, don't buy it in advance. No sense in spending money you don't have to, and they rarely sell out, so if it feels like its picking up, and the waits are becoming unbearable, bite the bullet and head over to FP HQs.

 

Really though as long as you to the park before opening and get right in and hit what you want, and then relax as it gets busier (or leave), its never too bad - the crowds usually don't pick up until mid-afternoon. If staying and you're doing mazes/trails at night, they offer a whole other "express pass" that is separate from the Flash Pass, which is why I suggested trying to hit rides early and then ponying up for a express pass for the trails later. Keep in mind the trails will cost you before you even buy the express pass, so at that point you're paying for the trails, and then an express pass for them on top of that. Its all a big joke imo since the trails blow at this park, so my general FF advice is to go early, ride as much as you can in the morning/afternoon, then bounce. Good luck and godspeed.

 

* If you can wait until the first two weekends in November, everything will be open except Frontier (Bizarro, RMT, SORA, the flume which is already closed anyway, etc) and the FF crowds are gone and the park is quiet. I'll be back then.

 

The Six Flags App currently has a deal to buy one regular flash pass get one free, it was good until 12/31/17. It was only $45 for both my BF and I this past Saturday. We skipped Joker because its the worst of the clones I have ridden and Zumanjaro never had a line more then 15 minutes all day and night Saturday. We rode everything with the normal FP. Yea we had to wait over an hour but we rode flats, ate, and looked in stores to kill the time. Like I am sure most people do as soon as a employee scans my pass I immediately reserve another ride because you are usually still in line a little bit. Ever after reserving Superman we still waited about 30 minutes due to one train operations until we were next. So that helped with the next 30 minute wait we had for Green Lantern.

 

Plus, the FP employees said we could upgrade to gold and just pay the difference. It would have been $105 for two people for gold - not bad at all.

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Quick question for you all... When does Great Adventure usually go to "weekend only" operations in the fall?? Trying to plan a trip for next year.

 

Labor Day is the end of daily operation.

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Was at the park yesterday from like 3:30 until 9:30. It was pretty busy but not too bad. Got to go on basically everything except Nitro.

 

Only reason we didn’t do Nitro is because I realized my wallet was missing, and came to the conclusion I lost it by leaving it in the lockers by Kingda Ka because I bought the all day locker to move around the park at Kingda Ka (which was the first ride of the day) so I must have forgotten to grab it out of the locker. Luckily for me it’s a small card slide wallet that only holds 6 cards and I just had my debit card, season pass (which is also on my phone), and ID in it. All of it was easy to replace and I got a new phone case wallet on Amazon last night.

 

Kingda Ka was also awkwardly smooth. Rode the front row but even to me the front row of some of the trains isn’t that pleasant but the green train was VERY smooth in the front yesterday.

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I was at the park on 10/15/2017. Gotta give huge Kudos to the excellent Nitro crew. They were seriously dispatching trains consistently as soon at the train ahead cleared the block on the top of the lift. The lift motor wasn't even turning off completely. Trains weren't even stopping behind the station which is really difficult to do with a 3 train ride, especially for several dispatches in a row.

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Yeah, this year's Nitro crew is the best I've ever seen. Great Adventure's operations in general have improved dramatically this year.

 

The Nitro crew is killing it this year! I wouldn't be surprised if they do nearly 2 million riders with the help of Holiday in the Park. On top of that, a lot of the changes in operational procedures have helped a lot with operations this year.

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Was at the park yesterday from like 3:30 until 9:30. It was pretty busy but not too bad. Got to go on basically everything except Nitro.

 

Only reason we didn’t do Nitro is because I realized my wallet was missing, and came to the conclusion I lost it by leaving it in the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo by Kingda Ka because I bought the all day fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo to move around the park at Kingda Ka (which was the first ride of the day) so I must have forgotten to grab it out of the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. Luckily for me it’s a small card slide wallet that only holds 6 cards and I just had my debit card, season pass (which is also on my phone), and ID in it. All of it was easy to replace and I got a new phone case wallet on Amazon last night.

 

Kingda Ka was also awkwardly smooth. Rode the front row but even to me the front row of some of the trains isn’t that pleasant but the green train was VERY smooth in the front yesterday.

 

Me and my family were at the park yesterday too. I have to agree. Kingda Ka was extremely smooth in the front seat. This was the first time riding for me so I made sure I listened to what others have said on here and did the front seat. WOW....very intense! The photo after was the cherry on top of my sundae Got right back on it for a second time and decided to just jump in the middle since our son doesn't like roller coasters and we didn't want to make him wait long, but that ride was a little rough. Nothing we couldn't handle though.

 

We got there at opening and left right after the parade. Lines were great until about 4:30. People started piling in and I think it was extremely crowded. 70 minute wait for Nitro and they were pumping those trains out fast! We stood in line for Buccaneer 30 minutes and another 30 for Deju Vu. Hubby hates crowds so it was time to leave lol.

 

I was a little disappointed with Buccaneer. Doesn't seem to go very high nor very fast. Deju Vu was also a really short ride

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70 minute wait for Nitro and they were pumping those trains out fast!

 

Really? I've waited in a full queue over flowing 2 Saturdays ago when it was 80 degrees out (the park was M O B B E D) and the line was 30 minutes, we timed it. We got in line at 10:10 and were in the station at 10:40.

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If I'm planning to visit the park with a friend in one of the upcoming Saturdays, is there any reason not to get the 2018 Gold Season Pass for us two vs. just a daily regular ticket? Both seem to be roughly the same price, given the SP sale, around $70-75, but the season pass includes parking as well for 2017 and 2018 and other benefits like Hurricane Harbor access. Recall years back that I had to wait in a long line for processing after I got into the park. Is that still a thing or have they improved the operation?

 

Also, how long are lines for mazes usually? Was going to pick up a regular maze combo wristband, but wondering if the skip the line premium is worth if will likely just want to do a few.

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If I'm planning to visit the park with a friend in one of the upcoming Saturdays, is there any reason not to get the 2018 Gold Season Pass for us two vs. just a daily regular ticket? Both seem to be roughly the same price, given the SP sale, around $70-75, but the season pass includes parking as well for 2017 and 2018 and other benefits like Hurricane Harbor access. Recall years back that I had to wait in a long line for processing after I got into the park. Is that still a thing or have they improved the operation?

 

Also, how long are lines for mazes usually? Was going to pick up a regular maze combo wristband, but wondering if the skip the line premium is worth if will likely just want to do a few.

 

You no longer have to wait in any lines for processing your pass. You buy, they scan it at the gate, you scan your right index finger and they give you your card. You go to the table and sign it and it's yours.

 

Not sure about the maze lines but I'm sure they're pretty long since everything is has long lines during Fright Fest too

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