SFGAdv- Should I go?Six Flags Great Adventure: Should I venture to NJ or stay at my home park, Hershey?
From Ian KampertI've heard some bad and some good things about Six Flags. Bad lines. Good coasters. Bad cleanliness. Good coasters. The thing is, i cant really validate any of these because they vary so much. Some people like it. Others hate it. I just want an honest opinion: is it worth the trip(and money?!)
Posted June 10, 2008 at 8:49 PM
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From Justin SpistoI love it, the park has really gotten it's act together in the past few years. Just make sure you get a flash pass!!
Posted June 11, 2008 at 4:53 AM
From John PellicconeDefinately worth going to Great Adventure so many rollercoasters to go on but definately get the Gold Flash pass its not cheap but definately worth it you wont wait longer then 15 min for a ride.
Posted June 11, 2008 at 5:18 AM
p.s. I was just at hershey park last weekend and it was awesome :)
From Ian KampertI have a flexible schedule. If I go on a weekday in May or June, will I wait in line more than 15 mins WITHOUT a flash pass? By the way, thanks a lot!
Posted June 11, 2008 at 6:03 AM
From Christy ShumanWithout a doubt-definalty worth going. The lines are horrific tho, get a flash pass or flash pass gold, its expensive yes but its so worth it. The day I went in May, there were 1-2hr waits and the longest I waited was 15mins for Dark Knight and 14mins for KK. The only rides that have really long lines are Dark knight, KK, and superman. El toro can get pretty lenghty too but it moves pretty fast from what Ive heard.
Posted June 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM
PS I went on a Monday in May and the lines were still 1 hr waits.
From Leslie DeGroatdon't even think twice, you HAVE to go, its my favorite park and it's just awesome all together, nitro, medusa, kingda ka... you have to go, at least once!
Posted June 12, 2008 at 6:47 AM
From jim boyadjissix flags great adventure is a must hit. I dont know why everyone claims the lines are soo bad. My last time to the park was on a physics trip so it was bad but the time before that was a random thursday in July 2007. This was my ride count from 10:00-11:00 It was 37 degrees max that day so a lot of openings and closings:
Posted June 12, 2008 at 3:59 PM
Skull Mountian: 28x
Great American Scream Machine: 5x
Superman: 1x (It was frozen most of the day)
Kingda Ka: 1x (10 minute wait) It was too cold to run constantly
El Toro: Was running test runs so that was dissapointing. The problem was that there were icicles on the brake run. Its one of the best in the park so it was dissapointing but i got on it next time.
Rolling Thunder: 2x
The longest wait was that 10 minute wait for KK. Ive been to the park 10 times and never waited more than 30 minutes for anything. You just have to do the right things first.
When I went on physics day with all those kids i still got on almost everything in 3 hrs minus KK and superman.
From Christy Shuman^Im confused-- you went on a random Thursday in July and it was 37 degrees????
Posted June 13, 2008 at 5:33 AM
From Eli Katzmanyeah... really?
Posted June 13, 2008 at 6:36 AM
From Michael Brossewith the gold flash pass, can you ride as many times as you want, or only once per coaster?
Posted June 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM
From Christy ShumanAs many times as you want.
Posted June 17, 2008 at 12:44 PM
From Eli KatzmanOh, AWESOME! But does the normal flash pass have a limit? And does the gold flash pass have a time between rides? Like 10 minutes between rides on a certain coaster?
Posted June 17, 2008 at 8:30 PM
From Christopher PalmaThe park has certainly come a long way in the last few years and has become in my opinion very clean. I've had a season pass for the last four years and can vouch for the difference that has been made. In terms of lines, unfotunatly they can be a little lengthy, but the longest I have waited so far this season for anything has been about an hour, which is pretty reasonable compared to the 3 hour lines I have seen in previous seasons. The coasters are definitely good, but the entertainment in terms of shows is slightly lacking in case you are into that. I would say the Glow in the Park parade is certainly worth waiting for at 9pm if you would like as well. I hope you do venture out here, as there are certainly some good deals going on right now in terms of admission prices and all, and I think it would be worth giving the park at least a shot.
Posted June 18, 2008 at 6:57 PM
From Ian KampertHow do the lines in early/mid June stack up to the lines at CP in late July?(please answer)
Posted June 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM
From George McClellandI live roughly 15-20 minutes away from Great Adventure, and have been going there my entire life. Often with a season pass, but the last couple years without.
Posted June 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM
Is it worth the trip? Depends on what your interests are and where you are coming from. I haven't been there this year, and went only once last year. The primary reason being that the lines are absolutely horrendous. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary one is the simple reality that Great Adventure sits right in the center of New Jersey. Which is our countries #1 most densely populated state, and i believe #9 in total population. It's also 1 hour away in each direction from New York City and Philadelphia, both HUGE population centers. This effect is compounded by the fact that like clockwork, each of the recent years has seen Great Adventure removing multiple flat rides, meaning less for the people to do. IE: Not enough rides to absorb the customer base. On weekends I've literally seen lines of 40 minutes for the Scrambler and Swings. This year they went ahead and removed even more flat rides, including the aforementioned Swings, Looping Starship, and some others which slip my mind. I haven't yet been this year, but I imagine the line situation is still an issue.
With that said: The coasters at Six Flags are amazing. My single favourite coaster at any park in existence is there.(Nitro) Along with some amazing wooden coasters. If you are a coaster enthusiast, a trip to Great Adventure is must visit. Simply to ride El Toro(One of the best, maybe even the best wooden coaster I've ever been on), Nitro, and Kingda Ka. Not to mention the other coasters, which are of amazing quality. You are talking a total of 8-9 coasters that are probably superior to most theme parks "signature" ride.
My advice: If you decide to go, go on a weekday, and do your best to be there at the parks opening. Hit Kingda Ka and El Toro first. There are lots of negatives to Great Adventure, and I can probably go on another several paragraphs outlining them. But if coasters are something that interests you - You will probably not find a better coaster park outside of Cedar Point.
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