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15 hours ago, boldikus said:

Why would they have just done all this work for it to open next year? What reasoning would there be? Humor me.

Off topic a bit but has anyone else noticed the park is suddenly, actively engaging with commenters on all the socials (the way parks like Hershey have been managing their socials for years)? Wild times. It really is pretty impressive how Six Flags keeps managing to step it up from every angle during this craziness while Cedar Fair parks are over here sending me emails like We'Ll bE OpeNing AgAIn In EiGhT yEar$!!! GeT ReAdy!!!!

Why didbt they just continue  to work on it in 2020, and open it up last july?

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

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2 minutes ago, Lightnin Loops said:

Why didbt they just continue  to work on it in 2020, and open it up last july?

Because Gov. Murphy basically put a halt to all "non-essential" construction (or other work, for that matter), for a large part of 2020.   After it was allowed to restart, I have to imagine the park still wanted to feel out the trajectory of the pandemic before investing anything else into it.

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16 hours ago, boldikus said:

Why would they have just done all this work for it to open next year? What reasoning would there be? Humor me.

Off topic a bit but has anyone else noticed the park is suddenly, actively engaging with commenters on all the socials (the way parks like Hershey have been managing their socials for years)? Wild times. It really is pretty impressive how Six Flags keeps managing to step it up from every angle during this craziness while Cedar Fair parks are over here sending me emails like We'Ll bE OpeNing AgAIn In EiGhT yEar$!!! GeT ReAdy!!!!

If referencing my comment about it'll prob be 2022 was just kidding dude lol Just taking a shot at SF and its (pre covid) slowness with this opening rides

I know I'm behind the times, suddenly it's cool to defend SF (Cedar Fair now is on the **** list?) but eh what can I say? SF needs to do more than be open earlier than CF parks to win my heart XD I mean I wasn't even planning on going to Great Adventure until Jersey Devil opens. I am caving bc 1 its been so long 2 I do need El Toro 3 people seem to say the park is better than it used to be...so (excluding Covid which obvs has made everything weird) Im giving it another try. Once weather is nicer ofc!! If it is early June opening....that would be damn perfect for me actually so Im hoping!!

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Wow.  Minus The Kingda Ka not opening.   Coaster Power Hrs last night was awesome.   Did so many rides.   Lost count after 43 rides.  THE DJ was awesome.  And the fist pumping music on skull was a great addition, it just needs to be turned  way up.   Couldnt hear it while riding.  Only issue all night was seeing a dead racoon near the lakefront.  

 

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I don’t know who needs to hear this but stop doing this:

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so you can make people stand in this

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twice as long in the name of social distancing. Just load every seat.

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^ It's honestly hard to believe that not one person involved in deciding the Covid protocols for the park was like "Ok this sh*t is f*cking stupid".

 

 

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I'm impressed by the amount of people wearing masks properly though compared to how the news used to report on America here. My son wanted the bumper cars here in Korea and the queue social distanced about as well as your picture but everyone seemed to be hitting the snack lines and coffee carts and using the queue time to pull their masks now and munch away with their masks on their chins.

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Hi everyone. I'm looking forward to my first road trip from the UK in August to visit SFGA but I noticed that there does not appear to be any tickets available to purchase after May. We are intending to visit on the 1st September so I was wondering when the tickets might go on sale? Also mildly anxious that they might be sold out for the season already? Hopefully not!

I would also like to know what level of fast lane I would need to get round al all the coasters in one day? We are hopefully arriving on a quiet day but not sure if it's worth the risk of a bronze upgrade or not.

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@Alex Sutcliff

Can't speculate on the ticket issue, but I can tell you that they're not sold out.  Several Six Flags parks either haven't posted their calendar or aren't allowing ticket sales past May for some reason which no one knows.

As for Flash Pass, Bronze level is basically worthless.  If it's a busy day, you'll be waiting just as long as you would otherwise, just not in the queue line.  If it's a calm day, you won't need it at all.  Gold is the minimum you should consider, but given that you're planning on visiting on a Wednesday, you likely won't need it at all, especially if you're planning a full-day (open to close).  If you get there and the day gets busy, you can always buy it at the park for the same price that you'd pay buying it advance.

 

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Ok thank you for that tip Mike

I was also looking at the meal offer of 2 x meals and a drink for $35. Is this something that's worth getting? we would probably eat at least lunch in the resort and maybe dinner as well so it seems like a no brainer but I don't know how the prices compare with on park or if there is some kind of negative to weigh up.  

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Sorry, I can't speak to the park's meal deals since I never eat there.

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If you were going to get that amount of food anyway, it's worth it. A meal can be as much as $14 and if you get a more expensive snack that could be $9 or $10 (like a funnel cake), and the all day drinks is worth around $15 (if it's a all day drink bottle).

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The park will probably not hit capacity on a Wednesday / September 1st. You'll have no problem getting a reservation / dated ticket, they just haven't released them yet because they're probably hoping they won't need them by September. If you were going to buy all of that food anyway then you'll save money. The food sucks but it is what it is.

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My son and I checked out Coaster Power Hours this past Friday night. I'm not sure why more people aren't talking about this! Yes, it's an upcharge ticket, but if you're already a season passholder or member, it's literally $5 per person for basically five hours worth of non-stop uninterrupted coaster rides. Weather was cooperative this week and it was a beautiful spring evening in the high 60's, so all twelve of their coasters were open at one point or another.

Aside from Kingda Ka and Bizarro, both of which had their own issues, we never ended up more than a station wait for a train, and the majority of the time we walked right on with a good chunk of those being front-row rides. Another nice factor was that for the first hour of the event, they were doing automatic re-rides; so if you were already on and you wanted to go again, you didn't even have to get out of your seat. Of course, thanks to the turnout, this basically was in effect all night long if you so desired because very rarely would you end up with a full train anywhere.

Other than the coasters, no other rides were open. Only a handful of restaurants and snack booths were open, primarily around the Main Street area (also notably the Skybar next to SkyScreamer). Most of these locations had special items for sale that you can't usually get, like the pulled pork topped hot dog and chicken alfredo pizza. Other than a water refill though we skipped out on food while we were there in order to maximize our rides. They also had some of the carnival games in the Boardwalk section open, but other than that, it was really a barebones crew.

In the span of the first four hours of the event, we managed to ride all 12 of the coasters, and that's even with doing two or sometimes three rides in a row. The last hour of the night we just spent backtracking our way to our favorites and getting extra rides in. All told, the final count ended up being:

  • Superman x2
  • Green Lantern x2
  • Kingda Ka x1 (due to it dispatching three trains then going down, then coming back up ten minutes later, dispatching another three, and going down again)
  • El Toro x4 (and yes, the locker rule is still in effect even at this low capacity event)
  • Bizarro x1 (due to the one-two punch of someone horking on the front seat before our ride then getting triple stacked after our ride)
  • Runaway Mine Train x1
  • Joker x1
  • Harley Quinn x1
  • Skull Mountain Remix x3 (the "remix" consists of a couple of colored disco lights strategically placed throughout the building to turn it into a rave-in-a-box, plus switching out the usual soundtrack to some electro house and dubstep. Volume was way too low to notice that anywhere but the brake run, though.)
  • The Dark Knight x1 (no preshow)
  • Batman: The Ride x1
  • Nitro x2

Seriously, I can't remember the last time I was at Great Adventure and got that many coaster rides in on a single day, even with a Flash Pass, short of maybe Holiday in the Park several seasons back before it blew up in popularity.

The amount of people that showed up was way below your average Saturday and Sunday crowds. For the most part, the park well and truly felt deserted. It really felt like something special and to be honest I'm not sure how they're making money on this event, but as long as they're going to be offering it, I highly recommend that you try to sneak away to Jackson for a few hours on Thursday or Friday nights to take advantage of this. It was easily the best $10 we have ever spent at the park.

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Tomorrow Great Adventure is open 10-5 and then 6-11 for Power Hours.  I separate reservations for each.  Does anyone know if meal plans reset for Power Hours?

I wasn't planning on going to Great Adventure tomorrow, but it looks too risky to go to Hersheypark with the winds.  I saw Candymonium close last November when winds were in the 15-20 mph range and tomorrow is calling for 20-25 mph sustained winds with 40-50 mph gusts.  Meanwhile I know Great Adventure is willing to play with fire as evidenced by that Nitro test run I witnessed last month when winds were approaching 40 mph on a cool 40 degree morning.  Days like this are especially why I love Great Adventure.

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29 minutes ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Tomorrow Great Adventure is open 10-5 and then 6-11 for Power Hours.  I separate reservations for each.  Does anyone know if meal plans reset for Power Hours?

This is going to be the first day since they started Power Hours that the park was actually open earlier in the day, so it's really anyone's guess. I'm no help here either since I didn't use my meal plan last time, so I couldn't even say whether they gave us 1 meal + 1 snack or 2 meal + 1 snack during that time period.

Wind sounds like it might be a factor for Ka, but yeah, everything else should be golden.

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I'll see if my app updates.  I always wondered if the meal plan reset if you visited 2 Six Flags parks on the same day as well.  I probably should have tried that when I did Six Flags America and Great Adventure on the same day a few years ago.

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SF Great America made it a point to let people know they couldn't double dip at HH and SF on the same day with dining after making it a separate park this year.

I'm curious to know the results, though.  What they say and what the app/their systems allow can sometimes be different.

 

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Your meals count for the entire calendar day regardless if you have two separate tickets.  So it sounds like the same situation as Great America and Hurricane Harbor.

Overall, yesterday was fantastic.  Despite the extremely windy conditions, Great Adventure had almost everything open except Kingda Ka, Zumanjaro, and Sky Screamer.  And most rides were running at full capacity.  Nitro almost valleyed at a few points from the gusts, but the park just kept sending trains.

For Power Hours, El Toro went down to one train to ensure they were fully loaded.  Despite that, it wasn't more than a 10-15 minute wait and it was a walk on for the final hour.

Most things were great, but I do have two issues.

One was a policy used during Power Hours though.  El Toro was loading front to back.  If you wanted to stay on, you were allowed to fill in any open row.  So the same group of people were able to sit in the back car for an hour straight and there was no way for anyone else to get that car unless they got up or El Toro got a full train of new riders.  Neither happened for the last hour.  I get why El Toro had to be front loaded at minimum, but a lot of people who wanted the back had no way to get it unless someone back there was kind enough to swap seats.

One other warning for those looking at all-season Flash Passes.  I purchased one for Great Adventure last fall that was good for the rest of the 2020 season and 2021 season.  I deliberately purchased the all-season one (not the membership one) since my home park is Six Flags New England.  This just meant I had to scan the original purchase barcode and it wasn't linked to a pass.  This worked fine the 3 times I used it last year and the first two times this year.  Yesterday, I was told I could no longer do that.  Apparently, they waived the rule that the all-season Flash Pass can only be purchased for your home park while Six Flags New England was closed.  Once they announced their reopening, I was told I either needed to get a full refund, switch my membership to Great Adventure, or buy a season pass for Great Adventure.  I took the refund, but I wish there was a way the Six Flags system could allow the all season Flash Pass to be linked to another park's pass that isn't a home park.

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That seems very Six Flags.  Good they gave you a full refund after using it several times.  Guess the only way around it another season pass.  At $50-60 it's not a killer, but not ideal.  

Good updates here.  Thanks for all the info.

 

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I am holding out on going to this park until they open. I wish they would hurry up. Has anyone heard anything about member previews?

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