Great Adventure lines/crowds in September?Six Flags Great Adventure: Wondering what lines may be like on a Sunday in September.
From Ryan P.I may be going to Six Flags Great Adventure on sunday, sept. 13 (tomorrow). Does anyone know what the lines/crowds will be like? Would it be better to go next weekend, or does it not make a difference?
Posted September 12, 2009 at 3:19 PM
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From Eli KatzmanI donno, but if you did go, how was it? I'm most likely going Oct. 3rd or 10th
Posted September 13, 2009 at 8:51 AM
From Jake JonesI was wondering a similiar thing. I'm in Philly for a Bar-Mitzvah in October (17) and was wondering how the Saturday lines would be. I would assume its always packed due to its proximity to Philly and NY suburbs.
Posted September 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM
From Eli Katzmanwell, at least you're going on a sunday. If I go, it will be on a saturday! And just so you know, I turn 14 October 18. :D
Posted September 13, 2009 at 6:19 PM
From Ryan P.I didn't end up going; postponed to next weekend. But still wondering if anyone has any insight! I ask because I went to sf magic mountain in LA on a weekday at the end of august, bought a flashpass gold for my sister and I in advance, and we didn't end up needing it at all...the park was essentially dead. I thought perhaps that weekends in september (it's only open on weekends in september) would be similar at great adventure, because it's off-season.
Posted September 13, 2009 at 7:51 PM
From Eli KatzmanWell, at least you're not going on a saturday during Fright Fest. I really hope that isn't a true "crowd" shocker... :( But my 3-4 friends that have been on a saturday say it's a much smaller crowd than you expect at first, but then it gets pretty bad around 2 or 3.
Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM
From Jake JonesWell... 2 or 3 is the time I would get there after the Bar Mitzvah service. I might reconsider and not go to SF, as its not worth the 1+ hour drive to SF and spend only 3 hours there, as we might get on 2 rides as it sounds. I wish it was open Friday during the day. None of those parks are- Dorney, SF, Hershey, Morey's Piers, Clemonton and Knoebels are either Friday Nights and weekends only or closed.
Posted September 15, 2009 at 7:03 PM
From Eli Katzmanyeah, ik, it sucks. I think it's mainly from schools, and they also don't have to employ as many people, maybe. I just had my bar mitzvah on valintines day. (Maybe not "just"... yeah, it was a while ago. )
Posted September 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM
From Russell MeyerSeptember Sundays aren't typically too bad, but once Fright Fest starts up, all bets are off.
Posted September 16, 2009 at 7:40 PM
I have found that this park, more so than any other park, is completely worth showing up right as it opens. On most weekend days, you can get a ride on each of the big coasters (Kingda Ka, El Toro, Bizarro, and Nitro) before the parks starts getting really crowded between noon and 1.
From Eli KatzmanYeah, Russel, that's what I thought. When you said all bets are off, did you mean it could go either way? That's what I THINK you meant...
Posted September 17, 2009 at 1:47 PM
Oh, and do any of the SFGAdv coasters open before opening time?
From Russell MeyerFright Fest is completely ridiculous. We went a couple of years ago, and lined up for one of the haunted houses almost an hour before it opened, and did that one and one other attraction before the parked closed. If you think HHN is bad, SFGAdv on a Saturday night during Fright Fest is almost unnavigable. I would highly suggest (assuming you have a SF season pass) in showing up at rope drop, and spending a few hours until the crowds become unbearable, which will probably be around 3:00 PM.
Posted September 20, 2009 at 8:34 PM
From Eli KatzmanOh crap... I hope it isn't too bad... i don't do any scary or haunted rides or anything... or even mazes. Do you think the coasters will be THAT packed the whole day?
Posted September 22, 2009 at 4:57 PM
From william whiteI remember going to Knotts Berry farm when it was a berry farm. It had a small store to sell berrys and berry jams and jelly, and a small playground for children. I remember going to six flags when it was six flags over Texas. It was a true theme park with six areas one for each flag that flew over Texas. Each area dipicted the era/culture of its flag. I also remember standing in line at magic mountain for two hours to get on a 2 minute water ride. In fact most of my recent memories are of standing in line.
Posted September 27, 2009 at 8:57 PM
I have developed the Fairway system. The system consists of eight color coded countdown timers. Each colorhas enough timers to accomadate the ride for 10 minutes. You may chose the time you get to ride from the available timers which you will find in color coded boxes at the ride. Only timers that have counted down to zero will be allowed to enter the line. this means that the wait in line can never exceed 10 minutes. The timers are tamper proof and water proof, and come on a comfortable coil type bracelet.
I would be greatful for any comments.
From Eli KatzmanHi william, welcome to theme park insider! If I were you, I would put this as a new article! Sounds cool, but I would have to see it for myself. ;)
Posted September 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM
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