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Glad you are going to Great America. Based on your location, I am guessing you are going to the one in Illinois. I am a season pass for that one.
The first thing you should know is it will be fright fest. In this Halloween Event, the park is friendly until 5 and then the monsters come out. If you really want to do the rides and the houses, make sure to get there early and get most of your rides out before 5. Do the houses after 5 (which is when it opens).
The only things that are not open is the water rides. Other than that, everything else should be open. I went there last Saturday and it all looked in top shape.
Based upon past years, Fright Fest is pretty crowded so I would think about getting the Flashpass. It costs money,but saves your sanity!
If roller coasters are your thing, make sure to check them all out except the Iron Wolf. It just hurts to go on it! Also, do not underestamate some of the other rides and shows like the Carosel and Love at First Fright. Eat at Mooseburger Lodge. The food at SFGA is bad, but less bad there.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! Anything over a rating of 7 or higher is a good gauge of the good rides.
Would you recommend getting the gold flash pass?
How are the other rides?
thanks again, Noah
If I am not mistaken, the 11th, when you are going is a Sunday, right? Even if it is a Saturday, it still works:
But yes, Fright Fest happens in two stages. From open to 5 there are no scare actors and is pretty much Candy Trails and Trick or Treating with Bugs and the gang. They want to make it pretty tame, but come 5pm or so, there is a Zombie Parade where the scare actors come out and the Haunted Houses open up.
During the whole time, most of the rides are open (take out the water rides, a few low capacity ones, etc). Many actually have changed a bit for the event, mostly in name, but Chabusco (the teacups) and Rue Le Dodge (the bumper cars) are now in the dark with loud music and strobelights. So check those out for sure.
As for flashpasses, I would just get the regular. The gold is ALOT of money and personally I do not think you get as much out of it. It allows you to reserve one time to get on a ride and you can come anytime ON or AFTER the time. Remember, it costs money.
Also, the Haunted Houses cost money, but there is a good deal if you get all at once (there should be two haunted walks and two haunted houses). Scare actor areas are free.
Just checking Sunday, it looks like you should be good. You have the same odds that I did when I went Sunday (check out my trip report on it) and the weather was perfect. Good times!
Probabably it will be not too packed. It wasn't too crowded last week either.
Though I hope this weather turns around. This is supposed to go on until November 1st.
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