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It was gorgeous on Saturday therefore the park was (apparently) mobbed. It poured on and off yesterday so no clue how things turned out.

Notable things re: Saturday: El Toro never opened, most food places were closed and ones that were opened had very long lines, the park had the audacity to change Nitro's station music, people are still smoking weed on the sky ride. I think that about covers it.

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4 hours ago, coasternut said:

Wasn't Great Adventure open this weekend? Where are all the trip reports??? I've heard from a friend living in N.J. that Covid is surging in the state again

Cases are rising like they are across the country. You can determine what a "surge" is since it's a made-up arbitrary term that the news likes because it sounds scary...

Aside from that we were at the park on opening day. There's not a ton to report. We had a great time but we went in knowing they would be understaffed, that lines would be huge (but we didn't expect to ride much) and that El Toro would be closed. We used our four line skips (Nitro, Kingda Ka twice and Wonder Woman) and otherwise just rode a few rides early (Batman, Nitro stand-by and Justice League) with short waits, Skyway mid-day from the fort side where lines are always shorter and Wonder Woman right at park close. Otherwise we just hung out and enjoyed seeing some friends and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.

The only things of note that Joe didn't cover are that the Flash Pass line is back for Kingda Ka which makes waits shorter in theory (in reality a line behind 25 people to ride Kingda Ka is a 90 minute wait while you watch them cycle brakes, roll trains out, roll trains back, launch test trains, load trains, tell them to unload and everyone to take 2 steps back... all that good stuff. We don't know how long this delay will last and we recommend you check out great rides like Nitro and Superman blah blah blah.

Whatever though, we rode it and they let people wait for the front again so it was our first Kingda Ka front seat ride since 2019. We waited 2 hours with a skip-the-line pass. It was worth it.

A few shots from opening day:

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It’s great to be back!

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Nitro’s line was overflowing. Most coasters were in the same boat.

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Social Distancing, Great Adventure style!

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Pour one out for Georgia

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El Toro was down, but Nitro was picking up the slack

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Seeing a loaded Ka train being launched on Saturday was like seeing an endangered species in the wild

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Wild opening day sunset...

PS: I didn't walk over to take Jersey Devil pictures because I figured a bunch of nerds had already done that but it looks great.

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36 minutes ago, boldikus said:

It was gorgeous on Saturday therefore the park was (apparently) mobbed. It poured on and off yesterday so no clue how things turned out.

Notable things re: Saturday: El Toro never opened, most food places were closed and ones that were opened had very long lines, the park had the audacity to change Nitro's station music, people are still smoking weed on the sky ride. I think that about covers it.

I just checked the website and they have El Toro listed as temporarily closed. Is it normally closed earlier in the season because of colder weather or do we think it's a maintenance/staffing issue?

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El Toro is never closed outside of Holiday in the Park. It's a maintenance issue. I've heard a lot of rumors but I'm not going to repeat them because they're all over the place. I wouldn't worry too much though unless you're planning on a trip in the next week or two.

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16 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

We used our four line skips (Nitro, Kingda Ka twice and Wonder Woman) 

Probably a dumb question, but doesn't Diamond Elite get just 2 skips each visit?  Or can each individual person bring someone else for their two passes?

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9 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

El Toro is never closed outside of Holiday in the Park. It's a maintenance issue. I've heard a lot of rumors but I'm not going to repeat them because they're all over the place. I wouldn't worry too much though unless you're planning on a trip in the next week or two.

Thanks! Was looking at visiting this Friday - we'll play it by ear but I've never been and it's a bit of a hike for me, so I might wait until it's confirmed to be open for the year.

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11 minutes ago, dankeykang said:

Probably a dumb question, but doesn't Diamond Elite get just 2 skips each visit?  Or can each individual person bring someone else for their two passes?

If you didn't pause your Diamond Elite membership they upgraded you to a new tier called Diamond Elite VIP where you get four. I don't believe it's actually offered for sale though. Also: From my understanding this benefit is good forever.

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LOL I just looked at the app and it says my membership is at the VIP level.  Would have been nice to know that when I was at the insanely crowded Fiesta Texas the other week :lolr: 

Good to know!

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Oh good to know about the El Toro thing! I was thinking of going this week, will hold off on that. This is why I love this site, the info is always o great! If I just rolled into Great Adventure for the first time in like 6 years and Toro was closed I'd have been so mad. 

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So then here's the next thing... How good has reservation ability been on short notice?

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5 hours ago, coasterbill said:

Cases are rising like they are across the country. You can determine what a "surge" is since it's a made-up arbitrary term that the news likes because it sounds scary...

Aside from that we were at the park on opening day. There's not a ton to report. We had a great time but we went in knowing they would be understaffed, that lines would be huge (but we didn't expect to ride much) and that El Toro would be closed. We used our four line skips (Nitro, Kingda Ka twice and Wonder Woman) and otherwise just rode a few rides early (Batman, Nitro stand-by and Justice League) with short waits, Skyway mid-day from the fort side where lines are always shorter and Wonder Woman right at park close. Otherwise we just hung out and enjoyed seeing some friends and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.

The only things of note that Joe didn't cover are that the Flash Pass line is back for Kingda Ka which makes waits shorter in theory (in reality a line behind 25 people to ride Kingda Ka is a 90 minute wait while you watch them cycle brakes, roll trains out, roll trains back, launch test trains, load trains, tell them to unload and everyone to take 2 steps back... all that good stuff. We don't know how long this delay will last and we recommend you check out great rides like Nitro and Superman blah blah blah.

Whatever though, we rode it and they let people wait for the front again so it was our first Kingda Ka front seat ride since 2019. We waited 2 hours with a skip-the-line pass. It was worth it.

It’s great to be back!

 

 

PS: I didn't walk over to take Jersey Devil pictures because I figured a bunch of nerds had already done that but it looks great.

Hey Bill, just one more question about Great Adventure. Did they load all rows on Nitro & Batman (for instance) or just every other one? At both 6 Flags Texas parks earlier this month, they loaded every row of every train. To achieve "social distancing" on the loading platform they installed plexiglass between the rows. I'm hoping this is a 6 Flags innovation for all their parks and not just for Texas.

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8 hours ago, coasternut said:

Wasn't Great Adventure open this weekend? Where are all the trip reports??? I've heard from a friend living in N.J. that Covid is surging in the state again

Here is our video report - Place was packed.

 

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2 hours ago, coasternut said:

Hey Bill, just one more question about Great Adventure. Did they load all rows on Nitro & Batman (for instance) or just every other one? At both 6 Flags Texas parks earlier this month, they loaded every row of every train. To achieve "social distancing" on the loading platform they installed plexiglass between the rows. I'm hoping this is a 6 Flags innovation for all their parks and not just for Texas.

Every row was loaded on every coaster, I have some footage of the ride ops in the video above. Dividers in most, if not all stations...

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Glad they're doing El Toro maintenance now rather than during peak summer season.

As usual, Nitro dispatches are quick; when they use all 3 trains, that's .... how many riders per hour?

Also, is the 3rd train for Bizarro only used during peak summer season?

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1 minute ago, Jason Maier said:

Glad they're doing El Toro maintenance now rather than during peak summer season.

As usual, Nitro dispatches are quick; when they use all 3 trains, that's .... how many riders per hour?

Also, is the 3rd train for Bizarro only used during peak summer season?

Wouldn't make too much of a difference, Bizarro was stacking all day. Dispatches were horrible... sure it was opening day, but the stacking was a bit outrageous... went and grabbed a skip the line to get that one done.

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5 minutes ago, jconsolmagno said:

Wouldn't make too much of a difference, Bizarro was stacking all day. Dispatches were horrible... sure it was opening day, but the stacking was a bit outrageous... went and grabbed a skip the line to get that one done.

The other thing about Bizarro is some riders clicking their seatbelt release latches while waiting on the break run.

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7 minutes ago, Jason Maier said:

Glad they're doing El Toro maintenance now rather than during peak summer season.

Yeah because why would they have done this during the last 4.5 months while the ride was closed?

 

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9 minutes ago, boldikus said:

Yeah because why would they have done this during the last 4.5 months while the ride was closed?

 

Wonder if it has anything to do with the lumber prices getting out of control... perhaps they needed to retrack some sections? Those are some big pieces of lumber that need to fit into the pre-fab'd Intamin slots.

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9 hours ago, coasterbill said:

If you didn't pause your Diamond Elite membership they upgraded you to a new tier called Diamond Elite VIP where you get four. I don't believe it's actually offered for sale though. Also: From my understanding this benefit is good forever.

Do you know if you can use the Diamond skip the line perks at all Six Flags parks? Magic Mountain is my home park (where my membership is linked to), but I'm going to the Roller Coaster Rodeo at Fiesta Texas in June and would love to use this feature there too

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1 hour ago, jconsolmagno said:

Wonder if it has anything to do with the lumber prices getting out of control... perhaps they needed to retrack some sections? Those are some big pieces of lumber that need to fit into the pre-fab'd Intamin slots.

The ride closed early last year for an unplanned issue and it took longer to fix than their usual offseason regiment.

Multiple rides were allowing people to wait for the front.  Nitro and Kingda Ka were allowing up to 3 parties to wait for the front.  It was operator dependent though.

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7 hours ago, californiarollercoasters said:

Do you know if you can use the Diamond skip the line perks at all Six Flags parks? Magic Mountain is my home park (where my membership is linked to), but I'm going to the Roller Coaster Rodeo at Fiesta Texas in June and would love to use this feature there too

Yes, you can.

As for El Toro, it’s sitting there with front-loaded water dummies in both trains. I’m sure it’s been testing or they had planned on testing it. Maintenance was working on it but not on the structure. It’s a mechanical issue that probably came up in pre-season testing (the ride is even certified for the season on the state website).

This is probably not a big deal and it almost-definitely wasn’t planned.

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