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Great Adventure has a strict “restrict these nuts” philosophy in regards to covid restrictions and protocols. It’s the Wild West and that should be abundantly clear by now. 😂

Wow, a trip report about Great Adventure in October and the main takeaways are long lines, pot smoke, and Toro running slow in the cold. I, for one, am completely shocked.

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^ Sounds like the early reports have been positive from here so far. That's good to hear

 

I don't want anyone to interpret my report as overly "positive". We had fun because Nitro and El Toro can make up for whatever operational clusterf*ck bullsh*t and nonexistent covid policies they throw at us but other than the new entrance policy and mobile ordering at certain food places (I've heard it's been a mess at others) I don't feel like they actually know WTF they're doing. El Toro just makes you forget all of that by being incredible.

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- Anyone expecting any of the advertised social distancing or mask wearing guidelines to be enforced or adhered to will be disappointed. Social distancing in queue lines is not a thing. There are stickers but they’re all entirely ignored. Honestly I don’t know why that is, I know some people don’t like masks but I wasn’t aware that there were people clamoring to be right on top of a bunch of strangers on a hot day in a queue line. I kind of feel like the more personal space the better, covid or not but I guess we’re in the minority.

 

- They’re pushing mobile ordering for food now and we had a good experience with it. Shockingly quick and easy for Six Flags...

 

- Diamond and Diamond Elite members need to get the skip the line passes early. We waited ONE HOUR to get 3 skip the line passes that were included daily with our pass. It’s tempting to go straight to a ride when the park opens to ride it with no line and come back later for the passes. Do not do that (okay... maybe do it with Wonder Woman, and on that note...)

 

 

 

Mobile ordering has been great at the 6 Six Flags I have been to so far this summer... however it was putrid at Six Flags America this past weekend. Even though they are pushing it at every station, employees aren't looking for it.

 

Now at parks like Over Georgia, Frontier City, Fiesta Texas, it is very seamless. I think it has to do with management more than anything, as they system is in place to work and I have seen it.

 

Skip the line passes are confusing across the chain... at Over Georgia, you can't go to the Flash Pass line to get them, you have to go to Member Services... which is the opposite at some other parks this year (Fiesta Texas)... but then Over Georgia waits a few cycles to accommodate you, sometimes as many as 6, whereas other parks throw you on immediately.

 

For social distancing, at Six Flags America, they were holding the rides and had security show up more frequent than any other park to lines that people weren't spread out in. They took the yellow markers very seriously here, probably as serious as Fiesta Texas. Some parks haven't cared at all Six Flags White Water and Over Texas come to mind.

 

People at every park have disregarded the yellow markers, in every state that has a SF park this year. I don't think it's unique to anyone person's beliefs or any park in particular.

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So, with a plat flash pass, can I pretty much walk on rides here now days? I'm looking at a Sunday and have never been. Pretty much just coasters.

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So, with a plat flash pass, can I pretty much walk on rides here now days? I'm looking at a Sunday and have never been. Pretty much just coasters.

 

It depends on the ride but every ride except Wonder Woman should have a very short wait.

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So, with a plat flash pass, can I pretty much walk on rides here now days? I'm looking at a Sunday and have never been. Pretty much just coasters.

 

It depends on the ride but every ride except Wonder Woman should have a very short wait.

 

When I went back on the 5th, later in the day; Batman & Nitro even had 20 minute waits. At one point, I wasn't even able to make a reservation for Nitro.

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yes, for now, the governor is announcing new COVID adjustments so not sure what will be affected.

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes? I visited last season and rode twice (don’t remember which vehicles) and my pants and jacket were covered in KK grease. Was able to remove it with dish soap, but would prefer to avoid having stained clothes for the remainder of the day!

 

How has the parks been on Saturdays? We are planning to visit at opening and stay for a few rides on KK and Toro and one lap on Nitro, mine train, and Bizarro. We have diamond memberships w/ one-use flashpasses, so I don’t think we’ll need a full flashpass for a 3-4 hour visit. Is this a reasonable assumption? Also, does anyone know if membership-related single-use flashpasses can be picked up at the express flashpass booth near Dejavu? Thanks!

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes?

 

I’ve rode basically every seat on Zumanjaro, and I almost always soil my clothes. - However, I was still able to clench the cheeks and enjoy the ride! Yes, it’s terrifying, but I promise... it won’t make you sh!t yourself. It just feels like it will.

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes? I visited last season and rode twice (don’t remember which vehicles) and my pants and jacket were covered in KK grease. Was able to remove it with dish soap, but would prefer to avoid having stained clothes for the remainder of the day!

 

I have lost track how many times I've ridden Zum and this has not once ever happened to me or anyone I've ridden with. I know its a possibly and they have signage everywhere but I think you just got unlucky.

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes?

 

I’ve rode basically every seat on Zumanjaro, and I almost always soil my clothes. - However, I was still able to clench the cheeks and enjoy the ride! Yes, it’s terrifying, but I promise... it won’t make you sh!t yourself. It just feels like it will.

 

Thank you for a good laugh this morning.

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes? I visited last season and rode twice (don’t remember which vehicles) and my pants and jacket were covered in KK grease. Was able to remove it with dish soap, but would prefer to avoid having stained clothes for the remainder of the day!

 

I have lost track how many times I've ridden Zum and this has not once ever happened to me or anyone I've ridden with. I know its a possibly and they have signage everywhere but I think you just got unlucky.

 

Same here, I don't think you need to be that worried about it.

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Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes? I visited last season and rode twice (don’t remember which vehicles) and my pants and jacket were covered in KK grease. Was able to remove it with dish soap, but would prefer to avoid having stained clothes for the remainder of the day!

I believe the grease thing is something that only happens it is raining or has just rained.

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Hello all, new to the forum (though I've been reading it for years) but I am a SFGAdv season passholder and today's park experience was what finally prompted me to register.

 

As most of you know, Isaias came through yesterday forcing the region's parks to close. Everything reopened today with the weather fine but the area still rebounding from sporadic power outages. I had already made a rez to arrive at 10:30. I knew the park didn't officially open until 11 so I wasn't sure what to expect, the line in moved just fine and people were let in without delay. But it was weird because apart from Joker testing, none of the other rides were in test cycles 10 minutes before "opening". The park was still pretty empty, I felt like I was just walking amongst staff, like I shouldn't even be on the premises yet. But alas I made my way to El Toro which was starting its test runs, as well as Kingda Ka.

 

The small crowd waited patiently (it was after "opening" at this point) and it seemed like it would open soon. All of a sudden a ride op makes an announcement that not only will there be a delay due to technical difficulties, but that "no other rides are operating at the moment". Sure enough there were no test runs of any sort happening. El Toro's A train was also stuck on the approach to the lift, suggesting there may have been a power issue perhaps. I took a lap around between Plaza del Carnival, Golden Kingdom, Boardwalk, and Frontier Adventures and the scene was the same throughout, just people waiting around for something, anything to open. Sure enough I see Runaway Mine Train testing as well as the Skyway. I make my way over and it looked promising, they already had 2 cycles with riders. But then a stuck restraint occured when trying to unload, causing the ride to shut again.

 

At this point it's been an hour and I'm contemplating whether I should even bother waiting around. I live an hour away in the northern Philly suburbs so it's hard to just be like "okay I'll try again tomorrow" after driving out there, but I also know how Six Flags can be in trying to "resolve" these issues. In typical SF fashion there was no overall communication on what was causing practically the entire park to not be operating, no apologies or reassurances, unless you happened to ask a staff member personally. I understand that the ops and staff don't know any more than the public why things aren't going as planned, especially being the day after a tropical storm, but it is still frustrating, even making an announcement with a BS reason would be better than no communication apart from the one moment from the El Toro ride op. It's just asking for the GP to get riled up, especially if you aren't a passholder and spent good money to bring your family to the park. Eventually certain flat rides did open up, and Runaway Mine Train and Bizarro both tested again. This was at the same time that both the Skyway and SkyScreamer would break down and strand riders in the air.

 

It was then that I decided to cut my losses, and I bought/reserved tickets to Hersheypark to try to salvage my day, even though it's 2 hrs away from GAdv and I practically have to drive back home and go in the opposite direction. I left at 12 without a single ride, as people kept entering the park; Kingda Ka was resuming tests but I also know not to hold my breath with it staying open. Sure enough I did check in Hershey what the ride status was and El Toro, Kingda Ka, Superman, and Wonder Woman were all closed. It would've been a wasted day if I stayed, I can only imagine the lines for the open rides such as Nitro, Batman, and Bizarro, especially now with the Covid restrictions. Ultimately even only a half day at Hershey got me multiple rides on Skyrush, and rides on Candymonium, Fahrenheit, and several others.

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El Toro's train stuck on the lift approach

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Very muddy water

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I don't know what happened between 12-3 today. I arrived at the parking booth at 3PM, three hours after the person above left. The parking attendant said the park is open but the park doesn't have power to run the rides and didn't know when they would be back online. I figured I would still take a chance since I was there. I was told the same thing at the temperature check and by the person scanning my pass. So I figured I would grab lunch and take two laps around the park. As others have said, the food reservation process works quite well (although you can't make a custom order).

 

So as I walked El Toro, an employee asks where I'm going. I told her I was just walking around the park since the rides are closed. She told me I couldn't keep walking towards El Toro since the park is closed. I asked her when the park closed. She said it just happened. I turned around and kept talking and said when did the park make the announcement. She said they can't make an announcement about the park closing. I asked what she meant, and she said the park doesn't make closing announcements, it was her job (and her counterparts) to tell everybody. Ten seconds later the announcement was made over the PA, a little before 4PM

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The parks's schedule shows blank after Labor Day. Anyone have info if this will change? That they're every day until then looks like they're getting in as much as they can first, vs. SFFT with partial weeks but weekends+ into December. SFA is similar to GrAdv also. Of course, even parks showing more or less a full schedule are subject to change.

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I'm sure it will change, they're probably just still unsure about if they'll do Fright Fest or what their hours will be. Either way I don't anticipate the season ending after Labor Day.

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They did send out a survey for Fright Fest a while back, so I'm sure they'll be open after Labor Day, it's just TBD on what they're gonna do.

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The parks's schedule shows blank after Labor Day. Anyone have info if this will change? That they're every day until then looks like they're getting in as much as they can first, vs. SFFT with partial weeks but weekends+ into December. SFA is similar to GrAdv also. Of course, even parks showing more or less a full schedule are subject to change.

 

Six Flags St. Louis was actively promoting Fright Fest & Holiday In The Park on their show flyers (4 different shows on Sunday) that were dated over the past weekend.

 

I'd say that confirms to me, the chain is going to push ahead and do both events in some capacity.

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