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Surprise! The park is closing early today due to low attendance. They gave a solid 6 minutes of advanced notice, most likely because they realized in a panic that it was about to stop raining and they might have to eat it for 4 hours.

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I have never used flashpass before, or queuebot for to matter, and was watching videos of how to use flash pass on YouTube.

Basically people bring the device through the line and into the station. But, I also know that SFGadv has a super strict loose articles policy on KK, el toro, and joker and keep you from having any loose articles. So I am confused about where to put the flash pass device when I am on these rides. Do they have special flash pass bins in the station?

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I have never used flashpass before, or queuebot for to matter, and was watching videos of how to use flash pass on YouTube.

Basically people bring the device through the line and into the station. But, I also know that SFGadv has a super strict loose articles policy on KK, el toro, and joker and keep you from having any loose articles. So I am confused about where to put the flash pass device when I am on these rides. Do they have special flash pass bins in the station?

Flash pass devices have a heavy duty carabiner type clip that will clip to your pants, as such you can bring them on most anything.

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In regard to the cell phone convo in this thread at SFGAdv...They're not cracking down at every Six Flags park on loose articles. Every time I go to SFOG which I go to regularly, people have their cell phones out on coasters all the time. The ride operators even see people with cell phones in their hands and check their restraints and don't say anything. The only coaster that they really make an announcement on about loose articles is Twisted Cyclone. Personally, I feel if more parks allowed secured gopros, cell phones flying through the air and injuring people would be a thing of the past.

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Surprise! The park is closing early today due to low attendance. They gave a solid 6 minutes of advanced notice, most likely because they realized in a panic that it was about to stop raining and they might have to eat it for 4 hours.

 

So when did they actually close, at 6pm?

Well, we thought about going to Six Flags Great Adventure during our yearly US-Coastertour, but hearing that they often close early makes us drop Six Flags and go for Carowinds instead...(we have been to Great Adventure 2016 and 2013).

Cannot understand their policies, seems like a common Six Flags problem as New England does this as well quite often I guess.

We are flying over from Germany and would be bummed if the park closes much earlier.

After all these years we prefer the Cedar Fair parks over Six Flags.

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During the summer, they rarely close early, actually. Usually due to "inclement weather" which could mean the weather itself... or that the rain is keeping crowds away and making it unprofitable to keep the park open

 

If it's a normal day, however, they'll almost always keep it open no matter how many people are in the park. I'm not sure I agree with dropping this park just because of potential rainy days, but Carowinds is a great park anyway that you'll enjoy.

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The park won't ever randomly close early.

 

They close early due to "inclement weather" if the park isn't busy. "Inclement weather" can include rain, a brief thunderstorm or mildly cool temperatures. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that you go on a day where it's absolutely gorgeous and the park will have to eat it if nobody shows up or on a weekend during a busy time of year. The same park that will close early due to inclement weather when it's 49 degrees the first weekend in November due to cold temperatures will happily open on a Fright Fest day a few short hours before a hurricane destroys most of the Jersey shore (yeah, that totally happened) or run their 80 mph hypercoaster on a 19 degree night during their busier Christmas event.

 

Go to Great Adventure, but have a flexible schedule.

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^^^ 19 degree Nitro and Batman was a blissful experience, other than almost getting frostbite on my hand!

 

Early closures at this park seem to be related mostly on whether or not it's profitable to run the rides - that 19 degree day actually had some decent crowds for HitP, while the 49 degree closure, the park was basically abandoned.

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The park won't ever randomly close early.

 

They close early due to "inclement weather" if the park isn't busy. "Inclement weather" can include rain, a brief thunderstorm or mildly cool temperatures. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that you go on a day where it's absolutely gorgeous and the park will have to eat it if nobody shows up or on a weekend during a busy time of year. The same park that will close early due to inclement weather when it's 49 degrees the first weekend in November due to cold temperatures will happily open on a Fright Fest day a few short hours before a hurricane destroys most of the Jersey shore (yeah, that totally happened) or run their 80 mph hypercoaster on a 19 degree night during their busier Christmas event.

 

Go to Great Adventure, but have a flexible schedule.

 

Cedarfair parks are starting to do the same thing...

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Yeah, I've seen parks like Valleyfair and Carowinds do it but in those cases the weather is generally horrendous with no indication that it will let up for the rest of the day. Great Adventure will use any passing storm as an excuse to close the park for the day if attendance is low.

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Yeah, I've seen parks like Valleyfair and Carowinds do it but in those cases the weather is generally horrendous with no indication that it will let up for the rest of the day. Great Adventure will use any passing storm as an excuse to close the park for the day if attendance is low.

 

Add kings island to that list..

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If the park is dead and the forecast is iffy go straight to El Toro (or whatever your main priority is). I feel like they're highly likely to close early today "due to inclement weather", and you probably won't have more than a few minutes of advanced notice if they do so ride things in the order that you want to ride them, forget worrying about any other strategy.

 

For your sake, hopefully they booked a bunch of groups in the park so it's not a total ghost town.

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^ When I used to work at (Martin's) Fantasy Island, I always thought it was crazy how many days they closed for rain or just rain in the forecast and always would say to myself that NO other park would ever operate this way... and now 16 years later I stand corrected, lol. Definitely makes it frustrating for someone who has to travel many many hours to get to a Six Flags park... :-/

 

I mean, I get it, it's a cost saving measure obviously when they wouldn't be making money, but man does it suck sometimes.

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I just got back from six flags great adventure.

 

I arrived at the main gates around 6:45 and left the park at 8. I got to ride

 

El toro 2x

Bizarro 1x

Runaway mine train 1x

Joker 1x

Harley Quinn 1x

Skull mountain 1x

Nitro 1x

 

I didn't know they were closing the park early until five minutes before it closed. I wish there was a way to better and sooner communicate that information so people could avoid walking to a few rides and see that it is closed, which I saw quite a bit of happen.

 

I enjoyed my first ever visit to great adventure but I wish the park closed when the calendar said it would, because I would have gotten a ride on every coaster and rerode el toro more.

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So I'm headed to NYC with the fam next week and we will be hitting SFGAdv on Monday July 30th. The weather looks good right now (no rain and 83 degrees), so hopefully that holds up. I have been reading this thread a bit and it looks like I'm good even if it rains a bit. I have a few questions if you guys can humor me:

 

1 - Is there a membership entrance that lets you in early? (We have Platinum membership passes)

2 - Where are the best places to eat?

3 - Is Ka as finicky as TTD and should I ride it first if it's open?

4 - What is the loose articles policy and which rides is it enforced on?

5 - Any must rides besides the coasters and Zumanjaro, SkyScreamer, and Cyborg?

 

Thanks in advance for any and all responses. I have visited all of the SF parks in the USA except for SFGAdv and Great Escape, so I am pumped to finally visit the park and ride El Toro, Nitro, Ka, etc.

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1 - Is there a membership entrance that lets you in early? (We have Platinum membership passes)

Yes. To the right.

2 - Where are the best places to eat?

Macho Nacho. People also like Panda, Grannys (eh), Yum Yum, the cheesesteak place in the Boardwalk. Food at this park kinda sucks.

3 - Is Ka as finicky as TTD and should I ride it first if it's open?

Yes and yes.

4 - What is the loose articles policy and which rides is it enforced on?

No loose articles whatsoever on Ka, Toro and Joker. Lockers are in front of the rides and are $1 for two hours. You can theoretically get a locker and knock all of these out at once and then get your stuff out. Its what we do. Everything else zippered pockets are OK.

5 - Any must rides besides the coasters and Zumanjaro, SkyScreamer, and Cyborg?

Justice League, the Skyway, Parachutes, SORA, the flume. I haven't ridden Cyborg but its always closed, good luck.

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