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Flash pass gold rocks! Or not

Six Flags Great Adventure: Do you agree whith the headline?

From Tom Batten
Posted July 8, 2007 at 11:51 AM
Do you agree whith the headline?


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From Lawrence Smith
Posted July 9, 2007 at 5:51 AM
I definately agree that the gold flash pass is worth the money. When I went the park was packed but I had walk-ons on all the rides with the flash pass.

From Erik Mahal
Posted July 9, 2007 at 7:06 PM
YES! It is completely worth the money. I always get it when I go. It turns 3hour waits into managble ones, this thing rocks.

From James Keber
Posted July 21, 2007 at 12:42 PM
Do you get to use it an unlimited amount of times?

From Erik Mahal
Posted July 21, 2007 at 7:39 PM
yep as much as you want that day

From Pete Bush
Posted August 15, 2007 at 4:48 PM
The price is ridiculous, but if you want to be able to have fun you have to pay. We had walk ons for all the rides when there were up to two hour waits.

From Jenna Van de Water
Posted October 6, 2007 at 6:59 PM
It is deffinetly worth it. I went two years ago in October and got on two lousy rides the whole day. 2 friends and I though went last May and got the Golden Flash Pass, and we hopped right on all the rides with 2-3 hour waits. It's only $50 bucks a piece and is completely worth it. If you can afford it and know it's there, GET IT.

From Christy Shuman
Posted April 13, 2008 at 4:16 AM
Hey guys I was wondering what the difference is between flash pass and gold pass? And how do they work?

From Eli Katzman
Posted April 13, 2008 at 8:48 AM
I have no clue, but i know that they are both OVERPRICED, and its usually not worth it because half of the great rides dont even have 'em.

From steve lee
Posted April 13, 2008 at 9:09 AM
Standard Flash Pass is nothing more that a virtual you. If the standby time is 70 minutes, your return time will usually be around that amount (but of course, you're not stuck standing in line).

The Gold upgrade reduces the amount of time by around 75 percent. So if the wait time is an hour, your wait time is around 15 minutes.

That's the official line, though I've found at Six Flags Over Georgia the Gold reduction is more than 75 percent. Goliath had a standby line of 2 hours and I was on in ten minutes.

I agree with Eli - this is an extremely overpriced service. But if they were cheaper, more people would use it and the overall reduction in wait time would almost certainly take a hit.

I guess the value depends on what attractions are on the system. At SFOG, every coaster is on the Flash Pass (as is the bumper cars (huh?) and Monster Plantation. That's a pretty good deal. At SFGA, Kingda Ka and El Toro are both on the Flash Pass and that in itself should be enough - but they've also got Nitro, Medusa, Batman and several others on there.

If you want to know more about this system, their website is pretty good. http://www.lo-qusa.com/flashpass.html

From Christy Shuman
Posted April 13, 2008 at 2:24 PM
Ok the gold pass-do you get a qbot for that too and reserve times or do you just get a gold pass?

From Eli Katzman
Posted April 13, 2008 at 2:52 PM
Steve, so Kingda ka, el toro, medusa, nitro, AND batman are ALL on the flash pass? Dang, i am GETTIN that when i go.

From steve lee
Posted April 14, 2008 at 3:42 PM
I'm assuming by "gold pass" you're referring to Flash Pass Gold. If that's the case, then yeah - it's just a QBot that's programmed slightly differently. If there's something else out there called a gold pass, I'm pleading ignorance there.

And yes, Eli - according to the LoQ site, all those rides are on the QBot system. I would be going for the gold as well. Just remember you can only be in one "virtual" line at a time, so don't go running from coaster to coaster trying to scan them all at once...

From Bill Thelen
Posted April 15, 2008 at 2:23 AM
I like the way Disney does it at DCA.
You grab a ticket from the machine at the ride entrance with a time on it to return.The return time is usually in the upcoming hour.
Your wait upon return will not be longer than 15 minutes. When I went the wait was more like 5 minutes.
And it is available to everyone and free.
It really lets you plan your day better.

From Lawrence Smith
Posted April 15, 2008 at 4:09 AM
I went to SFGA last year with a buddy & I must say the gold flash pass is the way to go. The lines were approx. 2 hours wait but with one swipe of that gold flash pass we had walk-ons. In my opinion, it was definately worth the extra fifty bucks!

From Eli Katzman
Posted April 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM
Steve, I don't get it. What do you mean by virtual lines (and everything else in that paragraph)?

From Christy Shuman
Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:53 AM
^He is saying the Qbot can only be in 1 line at a time not 4or 5lines at a time.

From Eli Katzman
Posted April 16, 2008 at 12:59 PM
and a Qbot is...

From steve lee
Posted April 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM
A Qbot is the device you use when you're doing the whole flash pass thing. It clips onto your belt loop and it's what you scan at the entrance to the ride you want to ride.

It basically takes the place of the whole "printing fastpass return slips" that they have at Disney parks. The small screen will tell you what time you're due back to ride.

From Eli Katzman
Posted April 16, 2008 at 3:31 PM
Oooooh. i get it now... i think...

From Christy Shuman
Posted April 18, 2008 at 10:55 AM
I think it will be awesome if you have the money to spend, I'll be trying for my first time in May at SFGRADV.

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