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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby AndrewA86 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:50 am

Hey everyone, I’m planning on visiting from The Detroit area in the near future and I have a couple Park questions and Chicago traffic questions.

My plan is to visit on a Saturday. I will drive to the area and stay the night on Friday, and then stay Saturday and drive to some town on Lake Michigan, spend half a day and then drive home.

How busy is weekend traffic? Will it be a big pain in the a - - to stay somewhere in Indiana on Friday night and make the rest of the drive on Saturday morning? I also see that there is a toll road. Will taking that road north save time? I wouldn’t mind paying a small toll if it saves me enough time.

Now for the questions about the park. I am planning on getting a flash pass, I’m just not sure which one as I have never used six flags’ flash pass before. How much time do I save with the more expensive options?

Any suggestions about where to eat would be appreciated. And any tips about magic seats, especially on the woodies would also be appreciated.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:53 am

No matter what day or time we have traveled in chicago, the traffic has been horrendous.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:01 am

I highly recommend you avoid the Chicago traffic by traveling West across Michigan then taking the Lake Express ferry across to Wisconsin. Great America is about an hour south of where the ferry drops you off. Warning, it's not cheap (about $100 for a car and then $100 per person each way), but in my opinion totally worth it. Total travel time will be about the same but you don't have to drive through Chicago or the horribly-under-construction Indiana Toll Road. You could also theoretically stop in at Michigan's Adventure. which is only about 15 minutes from the ferry dock.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Ed Farmer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:49 am

If you can drive during the night, do it (and even that isn't a guarantee during summer). I've lived in the Chicagoland area all my life, and just thinking about travel conditions during a typical summer day is enough to give me a panic attack.

As for eats, I know there is a Portillo's, as well as a Giordano's in Gurnee. IMO, eating at this park is something to be avoided. Take a break from what is sure to be a crowded day (Saturday) at GAm.

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Postby RCjunkie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:03 am

^ Don't forget about Lou Malnati's in Gurnee also.

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Postby Ed Farmer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:06 am

I'm a Giordano's guy, so I left that one out. :p
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:46 am

AndrewA86 wrote:Hey everyone, I’m planning on visiting from The Detroit area in the near future and I have a couple Park questions and Chicago traffic questions.

My plan is to visit on a Saturday. I will drive to the area and stay the night on Friday, and then stay Saturday and drive to some town on Lake Michigan, spend half a day and then drive home.

How busy is weekend traffic? Will it be a big pain in the a - - to stay somewhere in Indiana on Friday night and make the rest of the drive on Saturday morning? I also see that there is a toll road. Will taking that road north save time? I wouldn’t mind paying a small toll if it saves me enough time.

Now for the questions about the park. I am planning on getting a flash pass, I’m just not sure which one as I have never used six flags’ flash pass before. How much time do I save with the more expensive options?

Any suggestions about where to eat would be appreciated. And any tips about magic seats, especially on the woodies would also be appreciated.

Thank you


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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby AndrewA86 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:37 am

Hey guys thanks for the responses. I appreciate the idea of using the ferry to cross Lake Michigan. I’d be leaving Detroit around 5-530 which should get me into the Chicago area between 9 and 10 pm. The ferry is something I would do if I was with my GF, but I’m doing this solo, and if it’s not going to save me too much time I don’t really want to add that much of an expense.

Which brings me to the food. I have the six flags dining plan so unless there’s absolutely nothing editable to eat in the park I don’t want to spend money I don’t have to.

Maybe I’ll stop at that pizzeria when I get into town for a late dinner. One of those opened here a year ago and I wasn’t impressed, so I’m thinking and hoping that the Chicago locations are better.

Another question, how is this park with letting you ride with keys, wallets, and a phone in a zipped pocket, and a hat down your shirt? I was at great adventure earlier this season and I was shocked they didn’t let you ride some coasters with a hat down your shirt and little items in a zipped pocket.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby grsupercity » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:23 am

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:43 am

AndrewA86 wrote:Which brings me to the food. I have the six flags dining plan so unless there’s absolutely nothing editable to eat in the park I don’t want to spend money I don’t have to.

Stay away from eating in the park if you can. The food isn't good and it's expensive, but that isn't the big issue. The real problem is the super-slow, long and unorganized lines to get that food. They have one register at many stations that used to have 2 to 4 registers. Add to that they are constantly out of stuff (including ice, systematically every summer... I haven't gotten a drink at the park in years for that reason, and the lines). There is a Culvers my friends and I eat at, a few blocks from the park. Also, if you like Dairy Queen, but that is a couple miles away. And the trendy pizza place everyone mentions as well. Add to that the standard fast food places plus a Chipolte, across the highway around mall.

AndrewA86 wrote:Another question, how is this park with letting you ride with keys, wallets, and a phone in a zipped pocket, and a hat down your shirt? I was at great adventure earlier this season and I was shocked they didn’t let you ride some coasters with a hat down your shirt and little items in a zipped pocket.

Your stuff should be fine if you have a zipped pocket. You might put it all away out of view of a ride op. As far as the hat, it will vary depending on the ride op. Goliath and Raging Bull might just rip that hat out of your shirt.

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