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

I don’t know who needs to hear this but stop doing this: so you can make people stand in this twice as long in the name of social distancing. Just load every seat.

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

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If you read this thread during Holiday in the Park, you know Great Adventure will run their coasters in conditions hardly any other parks would.

A few days ago, I got to the area early and decided to wait over by Prospertown Lake, which has a fantastic view of the park.  Considering it was in the mid-40s with 30-40 mph wind gusts, I wasn't holding my breath I'd see anything running.  I was wrong.  Great Adventure confidently sent Nitro's trains completely empty.  And I have never seen a B&M hyper come that close to valleying.  It reminded me of that crazy hill on Arkansas Twister at Magic Springs that takes 7-8 seconds to clear.

The ride opened an hour late and I made sure to be on one of the first trains.  The mid-course trim was disabled and the return run gave far wilder airtime than usual.

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I saw some discussion about Flash Pass earlier...

 

I'm going next Wednesday, but the park has been busy. Would a Flash Pass be a good buy?

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21 hours ago, coasterbill said:

I love this park. I really do...

It's my third most favorite park. Magic Mountain, Kings Island, Great Adventure in that order.

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8 hours ago, DarienPoint said:

I saw some discussion about Flash Pass earlier...

 

I'm going next Wednesday, but the park has been busy. Would a Flash Pass be a good buy?

It depends what rides you want to ride the most.  I was there this past Monday and anything with multiple trains had almost no wait.  The rides with one train had bad waits.  Unless things change, Bizarro and Superman were the two rides on one train.  The other bad lines would be Wonder Woman and Justice League if you intend to do those.

Kingda Ka, Batman, Green Lantern, and Nitro were under 10-15 minutes most of the day.

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Oh I know this park runs coasters in conditions many wouldn't. I've seen Bill there talking about riding Nitro at times that makes me fear for his sanity XD 
 

On 3/31/2021 at 8:59 PM, coasterbill said:

I love this park. I really do...

So interesting, I mean the rides are ofc good but man...for most of my life I've hated the actual park lol and was always going downhill. Like it got to the point it was purely to ride a few rides but I loathed going. Esp knowing the type of parks you tend to like and feelings on others, this park always felt so half assed and dumpy at times, just with caliber rides.
In fairness, it's been like 7 years now. Perhaps things have changed.  I really should go again. Closely watching to see when Toro opens back up, deff will take a week day off and go asap. I reckon the crowds on an april weekday will be dead, as seems to be confirmed. 

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^ Hope your plan is to go next week then because they're not open on April weekdays otherwise...

https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/plan-your-visit/park-operating-schedule
 

13 hours ago, DarienPoint said:

I saw some discussion about Flash Pass earlier...

I'm going next Wednesday, but the park has been busy. Would a Flash Pass be a good buy?

If its busy, sure. Unfortunately for you, no one here is a fortune teller and therefore cannot confirm if it would be a good buy. Are you considering buying it in advance? Because if you do, and the park turns out to be quiet then no, it would not be a good buy.

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9 hours ago, JJLehto said:

Oh I know this park runs coasters in conditions many wouldn't. I've seen Bill there talking about riding Nitro at times that makes me fear for his sanity XD 
 

So interesting, I mean the rides are ofc good but man...for most of my life I've hated the actual park lol and was always going downhill. Like it got to the point it was purely to ride a few rides but I loathed going. Esp knowing the type of parks you tend to like and feelings on others, this park always felt so half assed and dumpy at times, just with caliber rides.
In fairness, it's been like 7 years now. Perhaps things have changed.  I really should go again. Closely watching to see when Toro opens back up, deff will take a week day off and go asap. I reckon the crowds on an april weekday will be dead, as seems to be confirmed. 

I do love this park, #3 as I said before. I've got to give it a #1 ranking for the most dangerous park I go to especially on Saturday afternoon. Line jumping and groups moving all over especially on Nitro (my fav). You get all the tough guys from: NYC, Philly and Jersey. Makes it interesting... I still love it, and you need to go...

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12 hours ago, boldikus said:

^ Hope your plan is to go next week then because they're not open on April weekdays otherwise...

 

Indeed, but if Toro isn't running by then no biggie, that's what May is for :)

 

@Coasternut lol well that's a tad silly, while (at least as of years ago when I last went) it wasn't the best park out there it certainly isnt dangerous. And pffft I grew up in NJ and have much experience with New Yorkers and Phillies lol Besides if they rattle you just gotta roll with it. Can guaranatee you from life experience the more intense and wannabe tough dude they are the more of a sad joke they are. Will get in your face and make a scene but 80% chance the biggest wimp at home XD 

But yeah it was easy to ignore living like 45 mins away. After being 1000 miles away for years I have an urge to go again. 

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On 3/29/2021 at 1:58 PM, 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.

Just circling back on this - would these additional benefits apply to people who purchased the membership after the pandemic began?  I didn't make my purchase until September of last year, and I can't recall seeing any emails or anything about it, but in the app it definitely says my membership is Diamond Elite VIP...

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I don't think so, no. You can check on the app though. Just enter your pass and see if it shows as "Diamond Elite" or "Diamond Elite VIP".

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PSA: multiple people are reporting that El Toro has in fact opened for the season.

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3 hours ago, boldikus said:

PSA: multiple people are reporting that El Toro has in fact opened for the season.

This is great news, thanks for sharing! Looks like I'll be making my first trip to the park on Friday.

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4 hours ago, boldikus said:

PSA: multiple people are reporting that El Toro has in fact opened for the season.

Yes! And it is indeed open this upcoming week!

I've been feeling burnt out, think its time to take a day off from class (its all online and uploaded later anyway) and head to Great Adventure. It has been 6 or 7 years. I'm kind of excited. I know I crap on the park a lot but still was my home park :) And it'll be great to ride El Toro again. 

Edit: oh mid 60s as well. Perfect

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FYI in case anyone was wondering season passes from parks other than SFGADV will not work for the safari. Our $50 SFA passes were a no go and they wanted to change $50 for the both of us to drive through. No thank you. Memberships will work fine.

Doesn't really make sense considering it's normally included with admission with the trucks, but whatever...

PS: El Toro is still awesome.

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Did you get the pass activated at SFA earlier this year?

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What have crowds been like recently? I see its open this week for "spring break" which has me nervous. If its not been that bad on weekends recently I may just cave and go on a weekend sometime soon instead. 

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Ticketing for the safari was the same last year. Season passes from other parks a no go. I also skipped it. 

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What have crowds been like recently? I see its open this week for "spring break" which has me nervous. If its not been that bad on weekends recently I may just cave and go on a weekend sometime soon instead. 
From 10-11:30 the ride lines in the back of the park were non existent today in the morning but it picked up pretty quickly after that. Toro (which opened up late today) had no line when I went a little later on, and Ka was a "walk on and wait" because they had 3 trains going but they were waiting to fill trains up and allowing re-riding. We requested the front but since they needed to fill the vehicles they wouldn't let us wait. We did second row and last row. Damn it's shakey and hurts the front of my shoulders even with my arms down (well.. holding on to my mask) -- 2 rides was enough despite the fact we could have stayed riding over and over.

Superman surprisingly had no wait at 12.

You can always look at queue times to get an idea of crowds.

https://queue-times.com/parks/37/queue_times

One other random thing, at the gate they were handing out cards to fill out a survey online. For participating you get a barcode coupon on your phone for $5.00 off just about anything in the park. It literally took about 90 seconds. It was strictly demographic questions.

Did you get the pass activated at SFA earlier this year?


I activated it at SFA yesterday.
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15 minutes ago, anonymouscactus said:

From 10-11:30 the ride lines in the back of the park were non existent today in the morning but it picked up pretty quickly after that. Toro (which opened up late today) had no line when I went a little later on, and Ka was a "walk on and wait" because they had 3 trains going but they were waiting to fill trains up and allowing re-riding. We requested the front but since they needed to fill the vehicles they wouldn't let us wait. We did second row and last row. Damn it's shakey and hurts the front of my shoulders even with my arms down (well.. holding on to my mask) -- 2 rides was enough despite the fact we could have stayed riding over and over.

Superman surprisingly had no wait at 12.

You can always look at queue times to get an idea of crowds.

https://queue-times.com/parks/37/queue_times

Interesting! Hmmmm still not sure if I should risk spring break week or not. Or even getting a season pass. I'll be back in NJ this June so could certainly go enough times to justify it. And ya know.....IF Jersey Devil opens this year lol

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