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Bill kinda beat me to it but I think you should try for Sunday instead. Here's why.

 

Firstly, there is no rhyme or reason to crowds at this park. The whole "It may be less crowded thing because its Sunday/Easter/etc" thing does not apply here. In fact, I feel like Sundays are busier in my experience.

 

There are no events listed for this weekend on the website or Facebook page (other than the week-long Spring Break thing they're doing and "Talent Auditions" on Saturday) and no BAF specials other than a general all-April-long BAF for $15.99 thing that I can see in the app which shouldn't necessarily have a substantial effect on crowds either day this weekend.

 

So, based solely on the weather forecast, I would go with whichever day you think the weather will be better for riding Ka and Toro. In this case, as of right now? I'd pick Sunday. Why? Saturday has crappy weather all morning and cloudy weather all afternoon which could lead to no one showing up which could lead to the park closing early which is not out of the question at all for this place. If people show you'll have nothing to worry about but with that forecast it'll be a crapshoot.

 

Alternatively, Sunday has rain in the morning for a shorter time period and will clear up and looks like it will be a nice afternoon with less rain and wind. It will be more crowded Sunday, but if you're traveling far, I think the better chance of having a good day is Sunday.

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Wow really, they would close early on a weekend? That's crazy. Guess I'll just play it by ear and check the forecast Friday night and see what's what. Thanks for the advice, what do you guys find is the best site for forecast in this area?

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Wow really, they would close early on a weekend? That's crazy. Guess I'll just play it by ear and check the forecast Friday night and see what's what. Thanks for the advice, what do you guys find is the best site for forecast in this area?

 

My default has become the National Weather Service website. No ads, no distractions, just straight-up weather.

 

Also, everything Boldikus and Bill have mentioned is 100% accurate, at least based off of trends from the last couple years' operations.

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I think it's pretty unlikely the place will be dead on a weekend day this time of year but if the weather is just crappy enough and only a few hundred or less show and/or they're losing money paying people for nothing, they will not hesitate to close early. It's sorta become their thing the last few years.

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I think it's pretty unlikely the place will be dead on a weekend day this time of year but if the weather is just crappy enough and only a few hundred or less show and/or they're losing money paying people for nothing, they will not hesitate to close early. It's sorta become their thing the last few years.

 

To be fair, I've been going to SFGAd since like 1996 and have had them close early due to low attendance pretty steadily over the years so I don't even think it's a new thing.

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Thanks for the advice, what do you guys find is the best site for forecast in this area?

I use the Wunderground app (and website) religiously and its usually very on point. I think its important one of us points out that its only Wednesday and the forecast can and likely will change so keep an eye on it.

To be fair, I've been going to SFGAd since like 1996 and have had them close early due to low attendance pretty steadily over the years so I don't even think it's a new thing.

Could be, I only started going back in 2013 after not going since the early 90s so you know better than I, but I feel like in the last year or so this practice has become even more common of them.

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I'll be making the long trek for a visit on Saturday. Rain is only forecasted for the morning at this point but we are still a ways away for it to be reliable. I'll take the chance, if it closes early @ 4 for some reason I'd be ok with that (we typically only do half days at parks cause we get a lot done in the morning and we're old ), we still have Hershey the next day 8) -- if they don't open at all due to the weather the previous night/into the morning, well, we'll have to find something to do.... but still have Hershey the next day 8) so this trip won't be a total loss, worst case scenario. I doubt they would close the entire day. But then again, it's Six Flags and I've been screwed over before.

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Yeah the Ka crew was pretty good this year at least on opening day, if you don't wait the extra few minutes for the front so you can feel like the insides of your eyelids are being airblasted, you're doing it Great Adv all wrong.

 

Also, not one of you mentioned The Mountain? Who are you people?

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Might be heading to the park tomorrow depending on the weather which isn't looking too good right now, but then again it will probably be dead and a good day just to pick up my season pass

 

In other news I'm really looking forward to 2020 for Great Adventure and praying we finally get a new big non cookie cutter coaster, while I can see why the park might stray away from an RMC woodie since we have El Toro, I'd really like to see either a new launched coaster perhaps like Maxx Force. All said and done though what I really want to see though is the newer gci woodie we saw at IAAPA this past year. I would be really interested in what they can do with the new technology. Considering GCI is now saying they are going to make wooden coaster that invert and can possibly even launch. Something like that would be perfect for great adventure it wouldn't detract from El Toro much, but it would still be an awesome unique addition and I think we are in dire need of another wooden coaster.

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Went to the park today for a nice little trip and to pick up my season pass. Got to see wonder woman testing up close. I have to admit it is pretty impressive in action and it looks to be a great addition to the park. I actually had an enjoyable ride on green lantern in the back row so that was pretty cool. The new pant job on superman is looking pretty good, but I hope this attention gets paid to all the coasters in the park eventually. From what it looked like where the park welded the coasters in the off season, they did not touch up the areas they welded. It was especially visible on Green Lantern and Batman, which is understandable considering they are pretty old.

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Wonder Woman doing a bit of testing today

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Here you can see what appears to be off-season welding done on Batman where the track is grey. It was visible all over the ride

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A little nod to my first coaster, still a pretty good mine train even today!

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Bizarro was running really well with all the effects working.

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I have a love hate relationship with this ride, I like the layout, but it loses points for being a stand up and killing my beloved scream machine. Regardless gave a good ride today!

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Didn't get to ride Toro today, although I'm interested how the track work in the twister section feels. I do wish they would use pouches like on some of the rmc coasters so I could use my phone in line.

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Nitro doing its thing, never giving a bad ride

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And that's a wrap for the day! I'm glad the weather held out and made for a nice day at my home park.

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I gotta say, I absolutely HATE parks when there is an empty station and ops will make you walk all the way around to ride again... and not even exaduratingly empty, but literally empty...

 

Six Flags this morning did not disappoint. At Nitro we didn't even ask and the guy was even announcing over the speaker that if you want to stay on the ride and you are in an empty row you may do so. We rode the back row 5 times in a row without getting up. So good!!

 

One little thing like this made our day so much more enjoyable. I get so frustrated at other parks when it's an 8 minute walk around every single time. They don't take mobility issues into consideration, either.

 

Anyway, we had an awesome day.

 

Ka in the front row seemed extra crazy today for some reason, I've never felt a launch so intense and smooth from that ride. For the first time ever I'd say I even prefer it to Dragster.

 

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Safari ride to ourselves (just me and my wife, we got a private tour!) no line at all the rides for the first few hours... unfortunately wind and mechanical breakdowns were a common theme but we got on everything we wanted minus Joker before 4pm.

 

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And yes, that was several hours after opening. The park was a scary ghostown DEAD until 2 or so?

 

Toro only had one train so when I wanted to re-ride around 4p the line was crawling so I only got one ride in unfortunately. Had I known I would have gotten my skip the lines for that ride. Oh well.

 

The Lions on the "new" walkway were amazing and played with us through the glass (they were probably just hungry and wanted to eat us)

 

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The baby bear they hand held was also adorable AF though I didn't get a photo as they were taking him away right when we arrived.

 

Only actual minor complaint was it literally took about 8 minutes for them to give me a bottle of water as a snack on the dining plan at the BBQ place. We were the only ones there and it took 3 people to come over to the register and about 8 scans to my membership card for them to get it right. Such a minor inconvenience but that's all I can really think of operational wise.

 

Tip: for those that don't like free water (I don't get the bottled water thing, but my wife on the other hand....) they cost an outrageous 5.49 (5.79?) ea or 2 for 10 at all the stands, but the vending machines still have them for 4.50. lol what a deal. Memberships would bring down the cost but thought I'd mention this huge money saving tip.

 

Hershey tomorrow!

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One little thing like this made our day so much more enjoyable. I get so frustrated at other parks when it's an 8 minute walk around every single time.

 

It's up to the park to decide what they want to do. I'd gladly walk through the length of an empty queue for another walk-on ride rather than feeling entitled to stay on the train if there are empty seats. I'm sure there's a reason for doing so based on past precedent from moronic behavior of park guests.

 

They don't take mobility issues into consideration, either.

Parks have made quite a few considerations for people with mobility issues. Using this as an argument to your original point is reaching quite a bit.

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^ Sorry, I should have said other parks --don't always-- take them into consideration and stictly stick to policy. I'm only speaking when it comes to rerides. A recent trip to SeaWorld pissed off an elderly man who clearly had troubles walking long distances and taking small steps, had trouble going up stairs, I was behind him going through the queue. He wanted to ride again with 6 or 7 rows empty on Mako but they said he couldn't ride again. The point was he didn't have an alternate access pass and wanted to be like everyone else... he wanted to ride again and they said no. That was just one recent example that came to mind.

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