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I got my voucher but I can't remember the last time I actually spent a cent in the park oh well 

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10 hours ago, coasterbill said:

🤣 This is also true. I can easily get like six Bud Lights at the park with that money.

This thread never fails to cheer me up.

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Anybody heard any updates on Toro? Was planning on getting back to the park for the first time in 5+ years this summer, definitely hoping there's some good news but sort of expecting it'll be down for the rest of the year.

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I can't imagine Toro is reopening this season. 

Not sure if his info is accurate but my brother says Nitro is down? Also Jersey Devil has been having issues? Was gunna go today but he shelved it, which is fine tix good for another time and may rain a bit later so I'm fine going another time but yikes what a bad stretch of luck for Great Adventure

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21 hours ago, King of Ka said:

Anybody heard any updates on Toro? Was planning on getting back to the park for the first time in 5+ years this summer, definitely hoping there's some good news but sort of expecting it'll be down for the rest of the year.

Haven't  heard  anything.  But id be stunned  if its not re-opened by fright fest.   

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The park is actively working on it. People are posting photos of them all the time re-tracking different sections of the ride. There’s no official update but it should be open in a reasonable amount of time. This isn’t Hersheypark. 😉 

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If there are any satellite image nerds out there like me, Google Maps updated the aerials for Great Adventure. Looks to be like early spring 2021 - park is open, JDC is complete, but the landscaping isn't touched yet.

EDIT: Also interesting to see just how big the Adventure Crossing complex is truly going to be based off of the full clearing size. I know some construction has also started since these images were taken. Definitely going to be a significant change for the area, a much different dynamic from when I lived just down the road from the place.

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On 8/2/2021 at 11:02 AM, coasterbill said:

The park is actively working on it. People are posting photos of them all the time re-tracking different sections of the ride. There’s no official update but it should be open in a reasonable amount of time. This isn’t Hersheypark. 😉 

I haven't seen anything but I'd love to see the photos of re-tracking.

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There was no visible activity on El Toro when we were in the park the last two days.

 

Also, I got my first two rides on Jersey Devil. And since I am a northeasterner, my first ride on a raptor too. I was really disappointed with my first ride. It just felt really cheap with the hard plastic seats, clanky lift hill, and surprisingly present rattle (completely inoffensive and harmless rattle, just added to the cheap feel). It also didn't seem to do a whole lot on a high level and its ridiculous definition of "loose articles" was frustrating too. But then I thankfully grabbed a second ride and wow, I loved it. Funny the difference what was probably only a few MPH can make on a ride. The elements just hit a lot harder all around and it quickly became my third favorite ride at the park, behind El Toro and Nitro, shooting past Kingda Ka even though I got my best ride ever on Ka while at the park too. I was also in the second seat from the front instead of the second seat in the back, so it could also just be a front of the train ride, but I don't think that was it. I think it just warmed up later in the day, or maybe I just made peace with the stuff I didn't like and was able to enjoy the layout the second time.

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The thing I don't like about the Jersey Devil is the seat configuration. You're sitting with your legs spread, almost like straddling a car transmission hump (for those old enough to remember). It also reminds me getting a colonoscopy! Also the engineering is poor with the restraints.

I like that the entire restraint pulls over your head as one, but if you do it too soon the platform rideop needs to release it with a tool. Just lock it up until it's ready to come down or program the computer to not sample it's position until later. Maybe this has been fixed, since I've not read anyone complaining about it. I hope so. The layout is great compared to Wonder Woman at 6 Flags Fiesta.

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^ It's funny, both of my friends I rode JDC with complained similarly about both the way you are seated and the restraints, but I didn't find any issues with any of it and was perfectly comfortable the entire ride.

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I wonder if it's a body type / height thing, like maybe if you're smaller in frame or something. I remember reading similar complaints about Raptors when they first opened, so I was anticipating a similar experience when I rode Railblazer for myself but ended up not having any issues. Haven't been on JDC yet, though.

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Oh wow. I had heard about the kids area revamp but just assumed they would save it till next year since neither park is currently scheduled to receive any new attractions (expect overall park improvements though). 
 

Maybe they will save some of this new kids area, as I’m hearing this is just the beginning for it. Park will bring back other old seaport kiddie rides and rename current ones to match the Jersey theme. Possibly will go out and buy some new kiddie rides too or receive donations from other parks. Hearing they will definitely need to clear some trees and even maybe take down the stage over there to make room 

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Hello!  Can someone tell me how Flash Passes work and which one is recommended?   I am used to the typical Fast Lane where you get the basic or the plus.  I am not quite understanding how GA is working these.  I see there are three tiers and in an ideal world, I would love the big one, but that's a bit steep in price.  So, I am wondering, for going on a Wednesday, which one would be sufficient?   Do they work the same way as FL where you wait in line (but in a separate line as the main line)?  Or..is it they give you a time to go back to ride? Thanks for your help!

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Six Flags' Flash Pass system works like this:

1. You get an electronic device (either a wristband, or it's being offered on your phone at some parks).
2. On the device, you choose which Flash Pass-enabled ride you want to go on next.
3. The device then waits a specified time, and tells you to the ride.  This is where the levels vary, explained below.
4. Once at the ride, you are scanned in at a separate entrance, and then may have a short wait of other Flash Pass users before being able to ride at most rides.  At some rides, there is a "merge point" before the station where the regular and Flash Pass users join together.

Where the pricing structure comes in to play is this:

1. Bronze level, your wait time will be roughly equal to the standby queue.
2. Gold level, your wait time will be roughly 40-50% of the standby queue.
3. Platinum level, your wait time will be roughly 10% of the standby queue.

Platinum also occasionally includes rides that are not offered on the Bronze/Gold levels.  At Great Adventure, the only Platinum-only ride is Jersey Devil (when it's running).

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1 hour ago, Mike240SX said:

Six Flags' Flash Pass system works like this:

1. You get an electronic device (either a wristband, or it's being offered on your phone at some parks).
2. On the device, you choose which Flash Pass-enabled ride you want to go on next.
3. The device then waits a specified time, and tells you to the ride.  This is where the levels vary, explained below.
4. Once at the ride, you are scanned in at a separate entrance, and then may have a short wait of other Flash Pass users before being able to ride at most rides.  At some rides, there is a "merge point" before the station where the regular and Flash Pass users join together.

Where the pricing structure comes in to play is this:

1. Bronze level, your wait time will be roughly equal to the standby queue.
2. Gold level, your wait time will be roughly 40-50% of the standby queue.
3. Platinum level, your wait time will be roughly 10% of the standby queue.

Platinum also occasionally includes rides that are not offered on the Bronze/Gold levels.  At Great Adventure, the only Platinum-only ride is Jersey Devil (when it's running).

On a Wednesday, which would you recommend? I haven't been to GA since Tidal Wave was a thing! LOL

 

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10 minutes ago, Carrie said:

On a Wednesday, which would you recommend? I haven't been to GA since Tidal Wave was a thing! LOL

 

And I guess nevermind because it seems ALL are now gone for the entire week :( ....up until Saturday. 

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30 minutes ago, Carrie said:

And I guess nevermind because it seems ALL are now gone for the entire week :( ....up until Saturday. 

Maybe you jammed up the system, because I'm able to buy every level for Wednesday the 11th and the rest of this coming week.

Anyway, I recommend at least the Gold level...Bronze never made much sense to me.  If Jersey Devil isn't running, or if you go there right at opening if it is, Platinum is probably not worth it.

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Does anyone with a Six Flags Membership know how to actually get the discounted flash pass?  I have a diamond elite vip membership; the membership benefits sign-up page still lists discounts on flash pass for all membership levels.  Once I'm in the membership portal though there's no actual mention of it, and nowhere that I can find to make additional purchases.  I can buy through the app but it doesn't apply any sort of discount at all.

Hoping there's a way to do it ahead of time without having to get to the park, since last weekend Great America had apparently sold out ahead of time; I don't know if that's going to be the case this coming weekend at Great Adventure but I'd rather not risk it.

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Edited because I can tell the parks apart...
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