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SFGA: Help with walkthrough

Six Flags Great America: Father looking for guidance for first trip with young daughters.

From Jim Dier
Posted July 27, 2010 at 6:20 AM
I am going to SFGA for the first time in 20 years and bringing my kids (ages 7 and 9, both over 48")

Can anyone with kids give me a little walk through of rides to hit or avoid for the kids and maybe provide a plan of attack to get to all the rides.

Also, is there in and out privileges in the case that we would want to bring a cooler for a picnic (they used to have picnic areas outside the park, are those still there?)

Any tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advanced,

Jim


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From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:40 AM
Jim,

Can't really help in terms of the walk-through or whether they have a picnic area. I only visited the park once, in '07.

But all Six Flags parks will allow your family to have their hand stamped, leave the park, and re-enter after eating. Not an issue.

Have a great time! It's a nice park, although I only did the coasters and the beautiful double-deck carousel.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM
I go to SFGA often so I might be able to help you!

As for rides, what does your kids like? Are they big thrill seekers or like more "flat rides"?

One great tip for SFGA is if you want to go to Hurricane Harbor, go right when it opens at 11pm (EDIT AM). It is actually not that crowded.

As for food, you can bring food and leave it in a cooler and leave and come back (just get your hand stamped). However, the Papa John's Family deal is not too bad of a price. They also have meal deals online that saves some money too!

As for rides in my opinion (based upon age and height) are:

Whizzer
Roaring Rapids
Rue La Dodge
Ricochet
Chubusco
River Rocker
Little Dipper
American Eagle
Viper
Columbia Carousel

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Still, the heights and tastes of your kids would be helpful since certain rides have higher height requirements (higher on a few than you think)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM
"One great tip for SFGA is if you want to go to Hurricane Harbor, go right when it opens at 11pm."

Midnight rides on water slides? I'm there, baby!
j/k..I know what you meant, Anthony. But I STILL like the idea...

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM
I changed it, but I would love a midnight ride!

From Jim Dier
Posted July 30, 2010 at 5:19 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the help.

We wound up eating in the park and the prices really were not too bad at all.

We hit the park early and just did two full circles (starting to the left) and wound up with short lines and no problems getting on rides quick. We finished our first circle at 2:30 and grabbed a late lunch then did a quicker circle picking up the flats we missed and getting second rides on the coasters we wanted to try.

The girls loved the flats and also tried American Eagle, Whizzer, Demon and all the water coasters.

All in all, great visit!

Thanks again for the help.

From Bob Miller
Posted August 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM
Im glad you had fun i love the American Eagle

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