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It's open because they're awesome. Last weekend to experience Toro; Safari closed though. Last year Nitro and Ka were closed at least a day each due to cold and weather, but they got out the blowtorches and opened Ka on Sunday.

 

Judging by how Nitro has run in 20 degree weather in Holiday in the Park, I suspect Nitro was down for something else.

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Bro, Jersey legalized pot not crack. Put it down.

OH. MY. GOD. A SPIRAL MAINTENANCE STAIRCASE!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO WALK DOWN IT!!!!  

Update: El Toro ran a bunch of test runs today and should open any day now

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^^-- there was a lot of precip. earlier that week and yes I heard blowtorches were involved to get Ka running. Nitro opened about the same time or even later that day. It could be they did some wheel swaps before running Nitro -- what it does during HitP doesn't happen by itself. From what I could tell Lantern was stuck on the MCBR all day except around 6:00 they were doing endless test runs. I thought that was commendable they were trying to get it going that late in the day until I realized it really was probably for the next weekend! So some of the stuff they did that day wasn't just for that day. It was down to about 36 degrees when I left.

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How is the November 6-9 weekend crowd wise? Thinking about making a trip then but if it's mobbed I'm not gonna bother. One last weekend of Toro is tempting, though, so is it usually a dead weekend?

 

They're pretty great for everything except the safari, which is closed for the season. Bonus weekends almost feel like locals only/passholder exclusive days.

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How is the November 6-9 weekend crowd wise? Thinking about making a trip then but if it's mobbed I'm not gonna bother. One last weekend of Toro is tempting, though, so is it usually a dead weekend?

 

They're pretty great for everything except the safari, which is closed for the season. Bonus weekends almost feel like locals only/passholder exclusive days.

 

The extra days in November are now BAFF or BAF for $9.99. I don't know if that was the case last year, but BAFF days special usually bring out the crowds.

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Hi gang, long time no see. Apologies if this has been discussed as I’ve been out of town dealing with multiple back to back major family emergencies. In the middle of all this we sold our house and moved so I am living in a sea of boxes and chaos.

 

We live in Northern VA but have had Six Flags passes for many years through SFGAdv. Due to the above mentioned emergencies we have been unable to get up to SFGAdv this fall to activate our 2019 passes. Now we are living an extra 35 mins SW from the park than before so who knows when we’ll get up there again.

 

Here is my question: last year we were able to simply call and get them activated, add the lunch plan and the photo pass. When we tried that this year they told us that’s never been an option over the phone. Perhaps the CS rep didn’t know it was an option before... or maybe it still is? We bought 3 basic season passes and a single photo pass for 2019. Does anyone know how to get them activated? I just got an email saying they must be claimed by this Wednesday.

 

I was able to log into the Six Flags my pass page as referenced a few thread pages back and could add them to my account. However, since it’s still 2018 and they’re valid, it doesn’t tell me if that means they’re activated for 2019. The activation stuff could be a bunch of nonsense for all I know. At least I got the My Pass page working though.

 

Cedar Fair passes automatically update so I figured the same would be true with SF passes but who knows. Technology is not my strong suit. Wish I would have thought of this sooner as it would be a bummer to possibly lose a few hundred bucks in passes. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks very much and hope to be back to a more active poster status here in the near future!

 

Liz

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The extra days in November are now BAFF or BAF for $9.99. I don't know if that was the case last year, but BAFF days special usually bring out the crowds.

 

Is there somewhere I can find out this schedule, or someone post it? I'm a SFA member so I don't get BAF at other parks apparently, or even get access to the BAF schedule which everyone paying more or traveling long distances to get in needs to know! Will BAF deals kill a previously awesome event? Or did they actually have it last year too and I just didn't know it?

 

I guess I'll also be watching queue times carefully but still can only assume it even is the same that day.

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^^-- I went Sunday the 12th and crowds were as expected, may have been the cold though. I have a feeling that every time someone warns of these deals at GrAdv or SFA, I've already been during one before and didn't even know it. However the difference between around Sept. 20 @ SFA (the KD closed weekend) was completely different between 2015 and 2016, which has me on guard.

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Crowd levels are generally manageable for Holiday in the Park.

 

Just to be sure, you know that El Toro, Zumanjaro, Kingda Ka, Bizarro and Runaway Mine Train will be closed for the season right? Personally I think that Holiday in the Park is the best time of year at Great Adventure but since I see you’re from out of town that might be a dealbreaker for you.

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Has anyone ever visited the park the day after Thanksgiving? I'm contemplating going but don't want to get stuck in massive crowds. Thanks!

 

Bill is right that HITP crowds are totally manageable, even when the park is busy the coaster lines don't ever get bad. Though I will note the first year of the event I did go to the day after Thanksgiving on a freak 70 degree day and the place was mobbed - absolutely the busiest I've ever seen it during the event.

 

Speaking of which - sounds like we might try to go on opening weekend (the 17th/18th). Anyone else gonna be there? We can't wait.

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Brit and I are totally going. I've been trying to convince mom to come with us since she loves HITP (probably because it involves riding Nitro a lot) but getting her to go anywhere is like pulling teeth.

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CoasterBill - thanks for that information! The closure of El Toro and Kingda Ka are dealbreakers. I grew up going to SFGADV but haven't been in about a decade and was looking forward to getting my fiance onto Kingda Ka and El Toro.

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Awesome! A few things of note after looking through it:

 

- Cyborg is obviously going to operate

- The area near the Parachute Tower will no longer feature the big tree or be called "Treetop Summit". It will now be called "Deck the Halls" and the Parachute Drop will operate. It sounds like the new area will feature some of those huge walk-through ornaments like the one in New England.

- Merry Goats seems to be moving

- Holiday Spirits is the best name for a bar ever (It's probably going to be basically unchanged from Yuletide Brews otherwise)

- Holiday Craze Mirror Maze is a new upcharge

- Joy to the World will move back near the Skyway

- "Wonder" looks kind of cool and for the first time I almost want to watch the show in Adventure Theater. It's bound to be cheesy but I'm sort of okay with that.

- "Holiday Feast" will replace Panda Express. I think everyone knows my thoughts on that.

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Oh wow, I never paid attention to how much they keep open for HITP, I always just assumed it was a lot more scaled back compared to that. I've contemplated going as I'll be up in NY around Christmas for a couple of days, but I'd rather just read Bill's TR talking about riding Nitro in the 20 degree weather and then go ride Mako 10 minutes away.

 

If they ran El Toro, I'd maybe think about subjecting myself to riding it in the arctic blast that I don't understand how you guys put up with every year. But that clearly will never happen.

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