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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:32 pm

I'm at the park covering the opening weekend of Holiday in the Park for TPR. I will provide a full report tonight.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:33 pm

It feels like SFGAdv is finally where they want to be with Holiday in the Park. Not only is Holiday Feast (in the former location of Panda Express) offering a complete holiday menu, but there are more holiday food offerings at multiple locations. The games area has holiday themed prizes and there are a few temporary holiday themed games. There are more fire pits/smores areas. There are more lights, large decorations and photo ops. From a ride standpoint, the Parachute Jump and Cyborg are the only new rides open this year, but they also have an upcharge mirror maze. They re-themed the Fright Fest Mirror Maze to Christmas and it was splendid fun. The two shows are an upgrade over the previous ones.
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I hit up the first showing of Wonder since I expected lines later in the day.
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I was well done. 4 short acts: juggling, magician, contortionists and trampoline work, separated with singing and dancing.
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Wonder Woman is coming along nicely
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The price of smores kits. You have to do the hard work.
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Lots of fire pits, I still can't believe we haven't had a lawsuit yet.
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Santa won't arrive few another hour, but a line is starting to form.
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A larger pit area for making smores near the Sky Bar. Harder for a drunk to accidentally fall into this.
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Free food for the media to sample
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Again, this is the first time SFGAdv has expanded beyond deserts/drinks for the holidays.
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Here are the prices
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All the platters are part of the meal plan, some with small upcharges of $1 to $3
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Same size turkey legs sold all year round
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Specialty sides
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that's the whole menu
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Stuffing, turkey and corn were very good. Mac and Cheese looked better than it tasted, not bad, just not cheesy tasting.
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Then a server came by and put a Christmas Beignet on my table. It was phenomenal, I don't know if they are selling these elsewhere in the park, but they should.
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Dessert table
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A made myself a plate of cookies. They were are very good, but I fought the urge to get another plate.
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The Metro Grill is showing a new holiday menu.
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The Elf Who Saved Christmas is the second live show. It is basically Mean Girls with elves.
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Here are the rude people who can't park their strollers in the correct place.
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This is Doug, he is the elf tortured by the Mean Girl Elves. If you look closely you see a red button behind Doug.
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Here is a close-up of the button. Doug basically pulls a Chuck Campbell by pushing the button and quicker than you can stop a bullet train Doug stops Christmas.
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It all ended well so I went to the Holiday Craze Mirror Maze, they re-purposed the FrightFest attraction very well.
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In the middle of the maze is a Christmas Dance party, I could have sworn the DJ was Doug the elf.
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Santa's home was now open and lights were on throughout the park.
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Peppermint Swirls nears Houdini's
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The Carousel light package is great
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TeaCups get their normal holiday makeover
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It's hard the decorate pine trees this large
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But they have all types of colored lights
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This is the ad hoc food and drink and fire pit area
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Beer on Tap
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and more snacks
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The games area looks great
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Holiday themed prizes
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Enter through the snowman to see more giant decorations and two mediocre coasters.
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Walk through ornament
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Tower o gifts
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Parachute Drop operating in the moon light
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Reindeer Barn with animatronic reindeer, which smell much better than real ones
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They should just dedicate this tranquil walkway to all these that will not be home for the holidays.
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Thanks for reading and to all a good night.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:18 pm

Nice report! It looks like they keep making the event better every year.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:50 am

Great report!

We made our first visit to Holiday in the park yesterday also. Sorry we missed you.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Sluggo77 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:20 pm

Thanks for sharing. Hoping to get down for my first visit to GA’s HiTP this year.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:33 pm

Looks great! Glad to see Six Flags keeps improving this event.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Jason Maier » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:53 pm

How was the weather and how were the lines for the coasters that were open?

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:16 pm

Jason Maier wrote:How was the weather and how were the lines for the coasters that were open?


It was in the low 40's and not windy. To be honest I didn't even check out any times for the coasters as I was rushing around taking pictures. The park was not that crowded and coasterbill can probably give accurate coaster wait times.

SkyScreamer was a one cycle wait.
Justice League was about 20-25 minutes the two times I went through the queue.
Joker was about a 15 minute wait when I passed by it around 4:30PM.
SkyWay line started to built as it got darker. Around 6PM it was 20 minutes.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:46 am

Here is a close-up of the button. Doug basically pulls a Chuck Campbell by pushing the button and quicker than you can stop a bullet train Doug stops Christmas.


Har-dee-har-har. Or should that be "ho-dee-ho-ho"? :lol:

Looks like a fun event, and I agree with you about those beignets. I'll be hitting Winterfest and Christmas Town Dec. 1 & 2.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:54 am

Coaster lines weren’t an issue. Justice League and Skyway were really the only rides we saw with notable lines (Justice League was out the door at one point).

If Joker had a line it was probably due to it’s hilariously inefficient operating procedure when running 3 cars. They dispatch two at a time and wait until the second train drops off of the lift (and the other is in the brakes) before advancing the next two cars into the station and unloading / loading them. It takes forever.

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