Incidentally, is anyone here attending that A.C.E.-sponsored event? I'm not an A.C.E. member, but will attend as a guest of my friend Jennifer. There was to be ERT on Toro, but that needs to be adjusted. Early ERT on Nitro and Batman.
I think the difference has to do with which park we are discussing. Is a good deal at SFGA in Illinois? Sure, but I really can't think of a time where I ate twice in the park. SFGA, for better or worse, is in Gurnee which is a very popular rest stop full of higher end chain resturants (think right outside of WDW in the Crossroads). Its also less than a mile away from the largest mall in Illinois (along with multiple food options). In the long run, this does save tons of money, but SFGA's problem is that it is not a two meal park!
Six Flags America has some restuarants close by, but it's still nearly a 60 minute round trip from the time you walk out of the front gate until you're back in the park for a simple fast food meal. SFGAdv SFMM, and SFNE are practically on an island, and you'd probably be looking at 90 minutes or more to leave the park for a meal (just walking to your car at SFMM could take 10-15 minutes).
My biggest probalem with the meal plan has been variety, which does appear to vary from park to park (SFGAdv seemed to have a much more robust menu selection, but you're still getting fries with just about every entree).