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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:16 pm

JG-77 wrote:Do you think I'd be able to distance most of the time if I came on a monday-thursday?


Absolutely not. If your visit is contingent on them taking any of their own policies seriously then I recommend going to a different theme park. It's hilarious that they tricked the state into allowing them to operate and I expect them to be shut down the second that anyone with any pull in the state government goes to visit. I'm shocked that it hasn't happened yet.

Personally I'm not freaking out about covid. I'm following the mask rules and the social distancing markers and doing my part but I'm still comfortable going to the park knowing that nobody else will care. It annoys me that people are that dumb but Nitro and El Toro exist and it's worth the tradeoff to me. If you're not in that boat then I really recommend visiting another theme park that attempts to care because this park is not it.

I'd put the mask thing at about 50%. It starts out promising in the morning and then less and less people care as the day goes on.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:24 pm

I was there yesterday (Monday) and almost everyone wore masks in some way, although 5% improperly early in the day up to 20% by the end, and only improving very slightly in tight spaces. As to actual distancing, there was almost none.

If you arrive early, the entry sets the tone for the day. They have set up a gigantic queue maze to get into the temperature screening but if there is any distancing it is hard to tell as everyone is walking back and forth by each other over and over. If you slow down, some kids will probably pass you.

At Batman, the grouper was waiting until the row gates opened to let groups into the enclosed row queue room without waiting in there, but the stairway became one of the most claustrophobic spaces I've witnessed. Etc.

They have some inside places to get food but you have to go outside to eat it.

I made a mistake to not decide to get minimal Flash pass at first sign of issues. By later on it didn't seem that worth it, although probably because I don't know how much it helps. I was unwilling to wait long enough ride Ka after not proceeding to it before seeing it run. Instead I got the perhaps the best ride I've had this year, on Nitro, including the slight miracle of a single reride back row before the crowd hit. I had the luck to be next for front row on Toro and the luck for it then to go down. After that it was OK but didn't thin out at all going towards the early 7 PM closing.

Unlike my less crowded November trips, more animals were on display and Congo Rapids was open. Amazing but you will get wet from the waist down at least. Use fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo or plastic bags for stuff.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby john10693 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:41 am

I was there Sunday and Monday also and was suprised so many were wearing masks. Social distancing however does not exist here at all. On a side note for those in our boat of coming from another, closed six flags park (Ours, Darien Lake) I had A chat online about using our season passes without a prior visit to our home park and using them elsewhere and was told that is being allowed this year, however, it was a bit of a hassle on our second day as our passes were not scanning as valid even though they were. If you are in this situation, ask for a supervisor and they will check it out and let you enter. It cost us about 15 minutes extra to enter and re-entry was also a problem. I suggest stopping at guest services prior to re-entry and with a little patience and another supervisor visit (another 15 minutes extra) they issued comp tickets for re-entry. You will have to do this every time and suggest planning for this.
On a more positive note, everything was running and ops were better than we expected. This was my families first visit here in 9 years and you can forget how non stop aggressive fantastic El Toro is. Nitro is stil my #2 B&M hyper and how much fun this park is. We are off to the park now for our 3rd and final day and hope it goes great.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:41 am

" I suggest stopping at guest services prior to re-entry and with a little patience and another supervisor visit (another 15 minutes extra) they issued comp tickets for re-entry."

Wouldn't you just get a hand stamp for reentry in this situation? Just like any daily ticket holder would? Most parks (before photos) used to only allow one scan per day anyways and always issued a stamp. I'd assume that's still a thing?

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:16 am

Yes, and that might even be what triggered the issue.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:06 pm

anonymouscactus wrote:" I suggest stopping at guest services prior to re-entry and with a little patience and another supervisor visit (another 15 minutes extra) they issued comp tickets for re-entry."

Wouldn't you just get a hand stamp for reentry in this situation? Just like any daily ticket holder would? Most parks (before photos) used to only allow one scan per day anyways and always issued a stamp. I'd assume that's still a thing?


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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:13 pm

^^-- as does Great Adventure. And don't throw away your reservation, if printed, if you want to leave the parking lot.

The end of hand stamps, perhaps the only COVID-related change I'd like to see permanent -- though slightly odd now, as I'd think they'd want to count how many leave and aren't coming back..

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:52 pm

With no hand stamp, how does a single day ticket holder get back in? Unless they swipe a photo for single day ticket holders too. Any other way would be completely abused to get other people in the park without paying. You can't scan a single day ticket more than once. And what would stop a membership/season pass holder from getting an exit ticket and giving it to someone else, and getting into the park again with their own pass?

Unless I'm missing something obvious.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby john10693 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:55 pm

there was no hand stamp re-entry all 3 days we went. app or pass only at the re-entry gate.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:44 pm

anonymouscactus wrote:With no hand stamp, how does a single day ticket holder get back in? Unless they swipe a photo for single day ticket holders too. Any other way would be completely abused to get other people in the park without paying. You can't scan a single day ticket more than once. And what would stop a membership/season pass holder from getting an exit ticket and giving it to someone else, and getting into the park again with their own pass?

Unless I'm missing something obvious.


When exiting the park, single-day ticket holders get a re-entry ticket from someone handing them out at the exit. As for your second question, no idea how they stop people from gaming the system.
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