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Yeah they aren't f*ckin around on Ka, Toro and Joker. Zippered pockets are fine and acceptable for everything else, but on the three mentioned rides just pony up the frigging dollar and get a locker. We did it a bunch today, and it was like the Spanish inquisition at the entrance to all three. We developed a system now (after a few beers of course) we just yell "LOCKERS!" while shoving the locker receipt in the greeters face. It works well.

 

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Report forthcoming. Featuring lots and lots of beer. Park was jammed but no one was riding anything. Kick ass day.

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Yeah they aren't f*ckin around on Ka, Toro and Joker. Zippered pockets are fine and acceptable for everything else, but on the three mentioned rides just pony up the frigging dollar and get a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. We did it a bunch today, and it was like the Spanish inquisition at the entrance to all three. We developed a system now (after a few beers of course) we just yell "fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo!" while shoving the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo receipt in the greeters face. It works well.

 

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Report forthcoming. Featuring lots and lots of beer. Park was jammed but no one was riding anything. Kick A$$ day.

Sounds like it!

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we just yell "fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo!" while shoving the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo receipt in the greeters face. It works well.

 

I have this image in my head of you yelling the words "lockers" to a confused employee (as oposed to yelling the word l***ers)

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^ Sweeeet. Now everything really is legal in New Jersey. Six Flags beer jail was the one holdout.

 

If anyone has any tips for first timers, how to make the most of the day since it's our only day we will visit, best place to sit on certain rides, etc.. which order to do them to minimize waits, etc.. please let me know! Also for rides where you have to empty your pockets, is where you put your phone and keys, etc.. very secure?

Thanks!

If it's your only day, arrive at opening, get a Gold Flash Pass, have fun.

 

The rides that require you to empty your pockets require you to leave your stuff in a l ocker or with a non-rider, so that's secure. They're floating l ockers; you'll get a code that allows you to access one near the ride you're going on. They were $6 all day last year; if they've raised the price this year, probably not by much. They're big enough you should be able to get all your stuff in one.

 

Do Kingda Ka and Nitro in the front, Skull Mountain and Nitro in the back, and El Toro one row up from the back (middle row of last car). If you go straight to Toro, there will be little to no wait for the first little bit.

 

awesome thanks, out of the ones i want to ride, kingda ka, el toro, nitro, superman, and zumanjaro drop.. is there an order to do them? ie on a friday which would have the longest wait times and which would have the shortest? just wondering if there's an order i should try to hit them in to do it all

 

and is a gold flash pass a necessity to get to ride everything if we only have one day, even on a friday at the end of april?i was hoping not to spend the extra money on daredevil dive and slingshot

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^ My recommendation is to start with El Toro since you will want to reride that thing and if you go there first, you can usually reride it several times before a line forms. They also have a nice reride policy where they let you stay on if no one is queuing for your row.

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^ My recommendation is to start with El Toro since you will want to reride that thing and if you go there first, you can usually reride it several times before a line forms. They also have a nice reride policy where they let you stay on if no one is queuing for your row.

 

awesome thanks, so there's really not a lot of lines in the morning? but still worth getting the gold fast pass as someone suggested?

 

also is there a general consensus on which of these rides is the best: batman the ride, green lantern, bizarro ?

 

i put them as a lower priority because they all have a lot of inverts and not sure if my wife will be into that, but if all goes well just wondering which 1 or 2 we should prioritize in case there's no time for all 3, would do them at the end of the day.

 

are there usually lines for the added fee rides like daredevil dive and slingshot or are those good ones to hit while waiting for a fastpass time?

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Green Lantern is awful. Just skip it. Batman and Bizarro both kick ass and you should ride both.

 

If your big concern is El Toro, go there first and enjoy no wait for the first 30-60 minutes. Reride til your hearts content.

 

However, I think the best advice is to hit Superman first (always has and keeps a line, and the ride is not good enough to warrant waiting more than 15-20 minutes, so if you go there first you may have even less of a wait). Next hit Kingda Ka. Same deal. Ride is so short, not worth waiting more than 20 or so. Then hit Zum cause its right there, but it never has a line so if you want to skip it and come back you could, but why when its right there?

 

Then hit Toro. Even if the line is through the first set of switchbacks it moves fairly quickly with both trains and a good crew on it. Nitro should be the least of your worries. Even if it says its 60 minutes if all three trains are on they'll crank through that in no time. That rides capacity is fantastic, so you can hit it up whenever and get on in a reasonable time if the line is long.

 

Speaking of which, the crew on Nitro yesterday was amazing. Bill caught this pic to illustrate to you guys how fast they were sending out trains. It was a sight to see. They were actually waiting for the train to clear the lift block and immediately sending the next one.

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Just look at that!

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Hi everyone, I've never been to a Six Flags before so I apologize for any dumb questions but is Great Adventure open? Their website says they only open April 21st yet I see lots of posts from visits this month already..?

 

We're going to be in NYC that weekend so I was hoping to visit Fri April 21st, will all the big rides be open? The ones I really want to ride are Kingda Ka, El Toro, Nitro, Superman and Zumanjaro? Should they be running?

 

If anyone has any tips for first timers, how to make the most of the day since it's our only day we will visit, best place to sit on certain rides, etc.. which order to do them to minimize waits, etc.. please let me know! Also for rides where you have to empty your pockets, is where you put your phone and keys, etc.. very secure?

Thanks!

 

Past dates are automatically taken off the calendar, the park has been open for almost a month. It's just their website CMS.

 

All rides should be open. My main tips are:

 

- Budget for Flash Pass. You may not need it on a Friday or the park may be slammed. Crowds are unpredictable so budget for it. Yesterday it was a beautiful Saturday and we only waited in two lines all day where the Flash Pass line was beyond the merge point. Had we bought it, it would have actually cost us time just from standing in the line and watching the movie but that was not expected at all. You really never know with this park.

 

- Ride in the Front of Kingda Ka. The wait will be significantly longer but still... ride in the front of Kingda Ka. A full front row queue is about 20 minutes. It's worth every second.

 

- Ride in the second to last row of El Toro

 

- Safari Off Road Adventure is an awesome experience but it's incredibly time consuming so prepare for that. You're still looking at a total experience of 1-2 hours assuming you ride first thing in the morning and it's a walk-on or you have Flash Pass. If you do the standby line and you don't ride first thing in the morning lines will be long.

 

Listen to others on the best strategies for hitting the park.

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Speaking of which, the crew on Nitro yesterday was amazing. Bill caught this pic to illustrate to you guys how fast they were sending out trains. It was a sight to see. They were actually waiting for the train to clear the lift block and immediately sending the next one.

 

The Nitro crew is aiming for 2 million riders for the year so they should be pumping out trains like this all season long!

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Thanks guys! Great advice

 

I guess we can decide if we need fastpass after we get there and see how things are moving? I'm assuming they're not going to run out of them on a Friday in April..?

 

Yeah don't buy them in advance. You just never know with this park. Crowds on Saturday this weekend were heavy around the park and you would have thought we needed flash passes, but the ride lines were literally non-existent. If you buy them in advance and its dead I highly doubt they would refund you.

 

A Friday in April could bring some school trips which could add enough frustration where you'll want them but they definitely won't sell out of them. They don't even run out during Fright Fest. You'll know early enough if you want them. Keep in mind the park does close at 6 on Friday.

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Yeah don't buy them in advance. You just never know with this park. Crowds on Saturday this weekend were heavy around the park and you would have thought we needed flash passes, but the ride lines were literally non-existent. If you buy them in advance and its dead I highly doubt they would refund you.

 

Agreed.

 

I know the prevailing logic around here is that even if the skip-the-line pass only saves you 10-20 minutes per ride it's worth it and I wholeheartedly agree but it wouldn't even have done that on Saturday. The lines were never beyond the merge point ever. Getting it would have actually cost you time just by having to make the transaction and watching the dumb movie.

 

I've given up trying to predict crowd levels at this park.

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My one visit to SFGAdv I planned to be on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer hoping for minimal lines (this was college budget time so flash pass was not an option unfortunately). Almost everything except Batman seemed to have an hour wait at least on a Wednesday. We were there from open to close and only rode Green Lantern, Superman, El Toro twice, Kingda Ka twice, Bizarro, Nitro, and Batman. Granted it was a ton of fun regardless. El Toro was just absolutely amazing. But I agree the crowd levels definitely do not appear to be predictable for this park.

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Yeah it isn't as easy to figure out which days will be empty compared to years ago. I used to be able to look at the operating calendar and pick out least crowded days. Now in the past few years, some of those days like Friday nights at the beginning of Fright Fest have gotten more crowded. Same with Easter Sunday, usually walk ons all day, now 30+ minute waits this year. The park has also changed some things to bring in more crowds. The weekends after Labor Day before Fright Fest were low crowds up until a few years ago, now with bring a friend free, they got very crowded.

 

Thanks guys! Great advice

 

I guess we can decide if we need fastpass after we get there and see how things are moving? I'm assuming they're not going to run out of them on a Friday in April..?

 

The crowd on Friday is going to be over 90% school groups so there should be hardly anyone using Flash Pass. I think the only time they ever sell out of Flash Pass is during Fright Fest and maybe an occasional summer day like a Saturday near July 4th.

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My one visit to SFGAdv I planned to be on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer hoping for minimal lines (this was college budget time so flash pass was not an option unfortunately). Almost everything except Batman seemed to have an hour wait at least on a Wednesday. We were there from open to close and only rode Green Lantern, Superman, El Toro twice, Kingda Ka twice, Bizarro, Nitro, and Batman. Granted it was a ton of fun regardless. El Toro was just absolutely amazing. But I agree the crowd levels definitely do not appear to be predictable for this park.

 

Last Summer I strictly went on Wednesday’s because that’s my set day off from work and I’ve never waited more than 15 minutes for a ride, and that ride was Justice League, everything else was 1-2 train waits. Hopefully it keeps that consistency this summer for you and me as well.

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Well I took my annual trip up to GAdv this past Sunday . . .

 

Took me 2.5 hours to drive up from Maryland (well, not much Sunday traffic and I was booking 75 mph up I-295).

 

Had to start the day off with a couple front row trips on Batman: The Ride. Seems that B&M inverts run faster in cooler weather?

 

Then for a couple of trips on my favorite Wild Mouse . . . The Dark Knight Coaster. Good theme wins in my book.

 

Of course . . . . Nitro was really hauling it (and the crew there was awesome, getting the trains loaded/unloaded quickly. And all 3 trains were running).

 

Took a spin on The Joker (green side). Unlike last year, this time I really got some good rotation!

 

Made my way down the Boardwalk . . . stopped for lunch and did a spin on Green Lantern. Yeah, it's a stand up, but the layout is good . . . plus it don't bonk my ears like Apocalypse does.

 

Only real wait I had was for front row on Superman: Ultimate Flight. And of course . . . front row of El Toro

 

And this time I remembered to do SORA.

 

Kingda Ka was running 3 trains (as was Bizarro). . . . and of course I had to do front row

 

I was told that the targeted opening date for Cyborg's Cyber Spin is Memorial Day Weekend

 

Final count:

 

Batman: The Ride 4x

El Toro 4x (how I forgot to mention this when I first posted, no clue)

The Dark Knight 3x

Nitro 3x

The Joker 1x

Green Lantern 1x

Superman: Ultimate Flight 3x

Parachuter's Perch 1x

Kingda Ka 3x

Zumanjaro 2x

SORA 1x

Bizarro 2x

JL:BFM 1x

 

I'll likely go back up again for HITP . . . . yes I know everything past the Boardwalk is closed . . but hey, MORE rides on Nitro in cold weather

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Got to love the Pretzel Loop

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Me mugging for the camera with Porky and Petunia Pig

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Bison in SORA

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The best rows on Batman and Superman are in the back. The pretzel loop is amazing in the back row and Batman really whips you around in the back row. Also, you missed Skull Mountain. No trip to Great Adventure is complete with at least one ride in the very back of Skull Mountain with your eyes completely closed to get the full coaster-in-the-dark effect.

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Ok so forecast is not looking too good for tomorrow.. we can only go one day, will it be miserable in the rain? Will Kingda Ka even likely be running?

 

We could swap things around and go to nyc tomorrow and then leave the city for the day either saturday or sunday to come to the park, saturday still has a chance of rain, and sunday looks windy.. we'd probably have to get gold fast passes if we went on either of those days.. but i just really want to avoid going on a day where KK won't be running, i won't have an opportunity to return so want to make the most of it.

 

thoughts? sucks, yesterday the forecast was looking great for tomorrow!

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Go Saturday or Sunday. The wind forecast looks fine on Sunday, but Saturday if your safest bet I guess.

 

There's a good chance they'll close early tomorrow "due to inclement weather", especially since it's a Friday in April. It's possible that they'll have a lot of school groups show up and then the "inclement weather" will miraculously be of no concern, but you still have to hope the rain stops when it's expected to so you can ride Kingda Ka. I wouldn't go tomorrow.

 

As for the Flash Pass concerns I give up trying to predict crowd levels at this park. I expected the place to be slammed last weekend and the lines ever even reached the Flash Pass merge point.

 

I could just as easily see lines for rides like Kingda Ka reaching 90 minutes on Saturday as I could see them maxing out at 10 minutes.

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^ What he said. That really should be your concern - the weather for tomorrow looks like crap, and unless they do have school groups, no one will show and I would bet money they'll close early. And yeah, Ka won't run in any sort of precipitation. Saturday you'll probably good with crowds not being too bad since the forecast is nice early then rain later, that might keep major heavy crowds away.

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Planning on coming to Great Adventure on the last Thursday in June for the first time. Considering the Flash Pass and just have a few questions that I haven't been able to find answers for. I'm familiar with Universal's Express system and Fastlane, but I know this is a little different than those. So am I correct in that you go to a ride and get a return time basically, and then can ride other things while you're waiting? How long of a window do you have to show up for your time then? Also, with the no loose article policy on Joker, Ka, and Toro, do they let you hold onto them for the ride? These might be dumb questions but any help would be great!

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