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Six Flags Great Adventure: Ok, you guys have convinced me to go. Now, how should I plan my day?

From Ian Kampert
Posted June 26, 2008 at 5:59 PM
Since my last topic was submitted, I was surprised at how many people stood up for Six Flags. I thank you for your advice, but now that I'm sure I want to go, I need to know the best plan. Here's my best shot:
El Toro, Medusa, Nitro, Batman, Dark Knight on the first round. Second round: Superman, GASM, Twister, Rolling Thunder, Sawmill Flume, Skull Mountain, and maybe a Batman or Nitro depending on lines. Tell me what ya think.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Ian Kampert
Posted June 25, 2008 at 2:48 PM
P.S.- I dont want to do Kingda Ka.
P.S.S.- I also probably can't get a Flashpass.

From Ian Kampert
Posted July 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM
c'mon guys! what, are you all out to lunch(or Six Flags!)

From George Abagis
Posted July 19, 2008 at 1:12 PM
it depends if ur going on a weekday or weekend
well i thing u should do
El Toro,Super Man,Nitro,Bat Man,Great American Scream Machine, Rolling thunder, then Medusa

thats what im doing when i go at the end of july

From Skip King
Posted September 4, 2008 at 3:29 PM
I'm flying out to Philadelphia Sep 18-23. I plan to go to SFGA for the first time EVER on that Friday night (for a "special event") and Saturday all day.

Questions:

1. This time of year, do I need a Flash Pass GOLD to get on everything?

2. Will I need to go Sunday as well?

3. Best suggested sequence for coasters/rides, with or without a Flash Pass?

All advice welcomed. Thanx in advance!

PS I live in Los Angeles. If anyone needs advice regarding SF Magic Mountain (or all the other parks here), lemme know: I've been going to SFMM since it opened in 1971!

From Danny Melillo
Posted September 4, 2008 at 4:12 PM
You probably won't need Flash unless it's during Fright Fest. But I do everything I want in the summer too. To plan your day I NEED to know if you're going to do Kingda Ka as that is the most popular ride.

From Mark Lassow
Posted September 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM
If you are able to afford it, the Gold Flash Pass is the way to go. From a moral standpoint, I think it's yet another disgraceful way that this overpriced park rips you off, but from a fun standpoint you will get a lot more rides in your day.

If you intend to ride Kingda Ka, I recommend you do it as soon as you can. It doesn't take much for them to close that ride, just a bit of wind. I've been to the park 6 times so far this season and Ka has been closed for significant time periods each time. Ride it while you can. Beyond that, I like to build up to El Toro. It's my personal favorite and I find that if I ride it too early in the day, the other rides seem tame by comparison. Here is the order that I use on days when I want to ride them all:

1. Runaway Mine Train
2. Rolling Thunder
3. Skull Mountain (use the monorail by RMT)
4. The Dark Knight
5. Batman
6. Nitro

This is good time for a lunch break. Bring your own food and leave it in a cooler in the car. The food in the park is expensive and awful.

7. Great American Scream Machine
8. Superman
9. Medusa
10. Kingda Ka
11. El Toro

This list is based on ideal conditions. Again, if Kingda Ka is important to you, I suggest not saving it for the end. Also, if you're not too hung up on riding them all, you can leave out Skull Mountain, The Dark Knight, and RMT without taking much from your day. Also, many people complain about Scream Machine being too rough on the head and neck. If you're sensitive to that sort of thing you may you want to leave that one alone. Personally, I prefer to skip the so-so rides in favor of hitting my faves (Nitro, El Toro, Medusa) multiple times. This list only includes coasters. That's usually all I go on, so take that into account. I based this list on how the rides relate to each other, in location as well as fun and intensity. I hope this helps. Have fun.

From Daniel Binder
Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM
I am going to be in the Philly area this weekend, and am thinking of taking a drive up to Jackson, NJ for Six Flags all day Saturday. The place opens at 10 30 am and closes at 10. what type of attendance should I expect ? Will it be packed on a fairly cold Saturday on Novemeber 1st ? And should I splurge for a flash pass or would that be unnecessary at this time ? My intentions are to ride el toro, nitro, and kingda ka in that order of preference. Any altered suggestions as far as an attack plan goes ?

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