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Is A Golden Flash Pass Worth it?

Six Flags Great Adventure: She wants more opinions before she waits 1 hour and pays $167 for a Golden Flash Pass for four.

From Jenna V
Posted December 19, 2006 at 2:09 PM
My friend wants to go to Six Flags Great Adventure in April, with her parents and a cousin. I've been there plenty of times, and have always gotten the Golden Flash Pass, and it has worked like a charm. She wants more opinions before she waits 1 hour and pays $167 for a Golden Flash Pass for four. Is it worth it, will your time ACTUALLY be reduced? Do you think she'll be able to get on both Kingda Ka and El Toro several times each with it? I have in the past, but she'd like to know. Will she be happy? I'd love if you can share some stories of your day at Six Flags with the Golden Flash Pass. Thanks, really appreciate it!

---Jen and Liz


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From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 19, 2006 at 10:28 PM
Well I've only used the regular flash pass. The first time was at SFOG & had 30 min for Scorcher to 4hr wait for BTR ride for example. BUT at SFOT I only had like a 5 min on every ride & plus I literally could get right back on w/only another 5 min wait. I know you were inquiring about the gold pass but I got lucky this last time w/just the regular pass. Also, at some of the parks hosting the flash pass, you can reserve your pass online or sending in a form filled out. You can at least ck into that, whether or not they allow that this next season, I dunno. Hope this helps anyway.

From Jenna V
Posted December 22, 2006 at 8:28 PM
Hello,

Yes, thank you, I appreciate your reply. That did help. Hope your next visit to a Six Flags Park is great!

-Jen

From Christy Shuman
Posted December 23, 2006 at 8:44 AM
Is this pass worth getting if your going on a weekday?

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 23, 2006 at 12:24 PM
Thanx Jenna, hope you have a great time as well. As far as weekdays, I would assume that during the high attendace times like the summer months or when the parks open or during Halloween it would be a great idea to rent a flash pass but from what I can gather, the attendance is usually low during winter months or school time. Sorry my opinion is so vague but I can only reply to what I've experienced. I went to SFMM in Sept. during the week & was hardly crowded. SFOT & SFFT Wasn't really that bad either but we went to them on a wkend. I've been to SFOG a few times in July, on the wkend there was not BAD crowded but it was crowded enuf to be annoying but when I went there on a Monday-Tues. it wasn't as bad, it was tolerable. BTR had THE longest wait, I dunno about Superman UF, the line looked long too but everything else, just maybe a 30 min. wait or so. So, I guess it just depends on location & if you get lucky.

From Dave Chariot
Posted December 24, 2006 at 2:06 PM
Well say A ride has an hour wait you only ait 20 mintues. And rides like kingda ka if you want to ride youll have to wait mimium 3 hrs. So gold is always the way i go

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 24, 2006 at 3:56 PM
Yeah that's a good point too but like I stated previously, I really can't comment on any parks I haven't been to so I was just using my best guess since I got lucky the last time w/the regular pass, I can't really afford the golden pass but if I were to visit a bigger park say SF in NJ then I probably would make sure to have enuf for the golden pass.

From Dave Chariot
Posted December 25, 2006 at 11:31 PM
Hey I Great Adventure is my home park and it is PACKED. One day people waited 8 Hrs for kingda ka. 4 hrs for el toro. Even nitro had an hr+ wait. I always get gold flashpass

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 26, 2006 at 12:37 AM
Shewweee that's a long wait, is it EVER thinned out? A certain time of year maybe? I'm just asking in case I make it up there I'll know when to go. And I probably WILL get a golden pass there now that you've said that, not that I didn't believe you, but wow what a wait time.

From Dave Chariot
Posted December 27, 2006 at 2:30 PM
I knwo If I were to read my message I it would sound made up. But Kingda Ka only runs two trains Who knows if they will have all four running next year. And this ride breaks every day GUARNTEED. Most time it comes back on. And dont go on windy day or rain becuase kingda ka is closed. El toro is the best coaster there. No DOUBT AMAZING airtime. But if you wanna wait go for just reg or just WAIt. But if your going only for a day 100% GOLD flashpass. Worth every penny. Also four trains causes a problem because that switch track is more bugged than windows 98 lol.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 27, 2006 at 9:34 PM
Thanx for the tip! Very much appreciated. No, I didn't think you were kidding, I believe you
100% & will take your advice for the gold pass if we should happen to visit the park. Are there any other parks that you or anyone else thinks the gold pass is better at? I've only been to the Southern SF parks plus SFMM, BDE, PKD & that's bout it. I haven't been to any of the larger parks yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

From Dave Chariot
Posted December 28, 2006 at 11:42 AM
Well magic mountain is pretty big but remember that great adventure feds from three states. And has the tallest fastest roller coaster in the world. So that attract people from who knows where. And if your planning on eating there bring at least 40 per person for a lite meal 60 to fill one person. lemonade at fright fest was 5.00.


EDIT: magic mountain and great adventure are the biggest most populated parks.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted December 28, 2006 at 9:47 PM
Wooowee, that much for food, they must be proud. I think it's wrong, if it's chain, then there shouldn't be THAT much of a markup compared to the other parks it should be almost if not THE same prices everywhere else although I know that it's because it's like the biggest park of the SF parks but still. I didn't really find SFMM all that big. SFOT & SFOG was harder for me to find my way around at; the only trouble I had was trying to find Riddler's Revenge I walked right past the entrance & didn't know it. I guess coz it didn't seem so cluttered, it, to me, was more spread out which I liked better or maybe it was due to hardly anyone being there too, which was GREAT! But thank you for your info, it's a great help!

From Kevin Sowinski
Posted December 29, 2006 at 8:49 AM
I can't speak about the pros of having a gold Flash pass, but I can speak about the cons of not having one at 6F Great Adventure. Last year, I went on a 10 day park roadtrip in the northeast starting out in Pennsylvania heading down to Virginia and hooking back up the coast. I started out the weekend before Labor Day, which I have found to be a typically crowd free time at parks, in general. This trend was also true for all of this trip except at 6F Great Adventure. I was by myself in the park on a weekday for a total of 7 hours, without a Flash pass of any sort, and I was only able to get 4 rides in. I rode Medusa, Superman, El Toro, and Nitro. I was talking to someone in the El Toro line and they said at one point they were in the lineup for Kingda Ka and were asking an employee how long the wait was from that point and they were told 4-4.5 hours, so they got out and went to another line. The amount of people who are at this park on any given day is mind boggling. Do yourself a favor and get the gold Flash pass for your visit. I know I will!

From Dave Chariot
Posted December 29, 2006 at 3:42 PM
O remeber to grab a map and plan your oute smart. The park is HUGGE and has a lot of dead ends make sure you flashpash something and go ride something in that amount of time or just chill the park has some nice sitting areas ans such.. You have till ten Min's after your schedule ride time before the reservation expires. I would flahs pass kingda ka first just dont run because it takes time to update the time. When i walked over after getting my flashpass to kingda ka i had a ten mintue wait. dont worry to much about kingda kas breakdown they are usually fixed in 10-20 mins. If you wann do it big get fron row that is proboly the greatest experience youll ever have. Dont think let me start out small because it is living HELL in the 2nd row beyond.
The roughness will make your head hurt all day. If you have ANY more question feel free to post them because I am a park expert of GA. I can even plan out your route if you want.

From Jenna V
Posted December 31, 2006 at 4:38 PM
Thanks for your generosity, if that was to me, Dave. :). You are very helpful. I wrote out some tips and stuff, maybe you should too? Your more advisable than me. Lol. Yes, Kingda Ka at the start is what I always go for. I start from the right by KK, and finish by Nitro. I reserve all the rides in that order, ride most of them (sometimes they close) and restart at that end and make it back over. I'm so obsessed that I plan a route and a list of rides and prices added up at home, since I need to save up the money for it...my friends and I go yearly, my dad drives, and I pay for a Golden Flash Pass for 4. That's $167 right there, lol...

From Dave Chariot
Posted January 1, 2007 at 2:28 PM
Yea it is steep but waiting is line living HELL. I waited in kingda kas line for 5 hours on a 92 degree day.

From Bob Mackay
Posted March 30, 2007 at 9:31 AM
The steep price for Flash Passes just confirms what I've always believed about Six Flags: Their parks are designed to hose you and take you for as much money as possible. People accuse Disney of being expensive, but at least their Fastpass service is free with park admission, not an EXTRA fee!

As convenient as it may be to have shorter waits, I'd rather use the old-fashioned strategy of getting there early, just as the park opens, and dashing to the most popular rides immediately. Then, as the park fills up, I start lining up for less popular rides or seeing live shows instead.

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