Six flags America- MD-
Six Flags America:
Six flags- america (MD) - give it to me straight!
I will be in DC in Mid July and will likely make a trip to the fabled Six Flags america. I've heard the horror stories on this site but would love some advice on how to make it a fun day for my family.
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From James Rao
Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM
I've never visited Mike, but am definitely interested in the events of your trip. I have always bypassed SF America for either King's Dominion or Busch Gardens during my annual pilgrimage to Virginia. If you give SFA the thumbs up I may give it a try.
Been to two other Six Flags parks this year, Over Texas and New England, and they were both very good parks. Surprisingly good. Maybe SFA will surpass expectations as well.
I like SFA. I have always had a good time there. It's on the small side for a Six Flags park but you probably already know what's there. Typically I go on weekends in May or June and it's always empty with almost every ride open. Longest wait is the Typhoon Sea Coaster/ Skull Mountain/ whatever they call it now.
From James Rao
Posted June 30, 2011 at 6:22 PM
I hear Skull Mt is closing soon, so catch it while you can.
It's not a particularly great park. There are a few decent coasters, but nothing you can't ride somewhere else. The Wild One is an old woodie that is almost 100 years old, and the only unique coaster in the park. Mind Eraser is a standard Vekoma SLC. Roar is a woodie identical to Roar at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom near San Fransisco. Batwing is a Vekoma Flying Dutchman identical to Firehawk at Kings Island. Superman: Ride of Steel, the best coaster in the park, is identical to Superman at Darien Lake. Joker's Jinx is a standard Premier launching spaghetti bowl, but you can drive 70 miles south and ride the exact same ride indoors and with a theme at Kings Dominion, or go to Six Flags Fiesta Texas a ride a version that launches 5 MPH faster.
The bottom line is that the park is decent, but not worth going out of your way for, and certainly not worth paying full price.
I've been to SFA a handful of times, always on the way to or from a VA park. Superman is my second favorite steel coaster, and Wild One is a great old woodie. ROAR is a good (if bruising) ride. I don't care much for Joker's Jinx and was unable to fit on Batwing my last visit in April. Skull Mountain is indeed the second best ride in the park, and one of my favorite flumes. But, alas, as mentioned above, it is expected to close next weekend. The lines can get bad, but I've had mostly good experiences there..although as you mentioned, its reputation precedes it.
Can anyone tell me where to get discount tickets or coupons?
I imagine they do the same kind of promos as GAdv does up here. Stop at a McD's or Burger King in the area and look for coupons. Stop at a convenience store and check the Coke cans for discounts. I have a GAdv season pass, so I haven't paid at America, but you might also check their site..often some nice discounts can be found.
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