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Six Flags Great Adventure: Ages 3,5 and 7

From sandy carroll
Posted July 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I am taking my 3 kids ages 5, 7 and 10 to Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ on a Wednesday in July. We are not doing many coaster due to the fear of my kids. My oldest daughter may do 2 or 3 of the less scary ones with my sister-in-law or me. Are the wait times for rides for young kids as bad as the big coasters?
Any thoughts as to planning the day? we do plan on arriving before the park opens and parking in preferred so we can go out and eat lunch. We'll splurge on dinner in the park before leaving by 8 PM.


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From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM
Less scary ones:

Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train...family steel-FUN!

Road Runner Railway..Kiddie steel..not meant for grownups, although I have ridden it.

Rolling Thunder..wood out and back. Normal sized, but dwarfed by adjacent El Toro..kids should be fine, provided they're comfortable and meet the height requirement.

Skull Mountain..steel indoor..not particularly scary, but the dark may bother young ones.

Dark Knight...indoor, sometimes dark Wild Mouse with lousy special effects. My least favorite coaster in the park, but might be worth a spin with kids.

*EDIT*..I can't believe I omitted the Runaway Mine Train, opened with the park in 1974, and the only surviving coaster from that time. Rather forceful for its type, it's still kid-friendly for the 7 and 10 year old.

Wednesday should be a good day. Staying til 8 is a good idea, since the park can be busy with camp groups, who usually make a mass exodus around 4-5pm.

Wait times overall shouldn't be too bad, as many will gravitate to Green Lantern, Kingda Ka, Superman, and to a lesser extent, El Toro and Nitro (my two favorite rides in the park!)

If you get there REALLY early..as I usually do..you don't necessarily have to park in the preferred area..which I think is now $30...to be pretty close to the gate. I usually make two or three trips to my car for drinks/sandwich.

It's your choice whether to eat in the park, but it's very expensive and mostly poor quality. You might be better off going to Long John Silvers/KFC near the entrance. Not walkable, but I believe you can get one re-entry to the parking lot with your receipt.

Have you found discounts for admissions?

Feel free to contact me through my profile if I can help out further.

From Betty Rohrer
Posted July 5, 2011 at 6:05 PM
daughter usually gets there early but does not park in prefered. we do go out to eat lunch in cars. not a bad walk if early. boys love to watch superman coaster as we eat even to neither will ride, one does not meet height but loves to watch. we usually eat at mcd,s as we leave to save some money.

From sandy carroll
Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM
Thanks! Your list of rides is exactly what I had planned to try with my girls. (or at least the older one)
We do plan on getting there by about 9:30 but the traffic is what may make a difference. We are coming from Long Island and the Belt Pkwy and Staten Island expwy can be tough. I am leaving myself 2 1/2 hours, which still accounts for traffic (normally would take 1 3/4 hrs) so we'll see.
But if they allow reentry to park, going out to a sit down restaurant in the afternoon might make the most sense....do you know about this?
I did get a bunch of discounts, which is great. My daughters got a free pass each for raising money for St Jude and I have a buy one get one free (at regulary price) for my sister-in-law and myself and will buy a junior pass for my son online. That should keep it at paying about 90 for all of us to get in.

Another question: is there a waitress service restaurant in the park?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM
When you pay for parking at the toll gate, ask the staff about leaving and re-entering the lot. I've done it, bit I have Season-Pass parking. You do get a receipt when you enter.

I don't believe there are any full-service restaurants in the park, although there are a couple where you can sit indoors after purchasing food at the counter. The only one that MIGHT have waitress service is Best Of The West, but it's been years since I stopped in there.Near the gate are the aforementioned LJS/KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza/Mexican, and a fairly decent (at least it was five or so years ago the last time I ate there) sit-down restaurant that I think is called the Millstone Pub or Inn or something like that. it's between the McD's and KFC. I saw a sign on Fathers Day that an Irish Pub was coming soon by the pizza place, but I doubt that's open yet.

From sandy carroll
Posted July 15, 2011 at 4:31 AM
Thank you for your help. We went yesterday and had such an amazing day! Lines were almost nonexistent until after 2 and then there were rides with lines (but much shorter than seemed to be the norm from what I have read) and those tat stayed without lines. For example, we went on Rolling Thunder and 5:30 and walked right on. I know it's not Kingda Ka or Nitro but it was fun for my family and no line is awesome.
Most of my fears of the park from the reviews did not play out. I will go back again!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 15, 2011 at 6:34 AM
What'd you end up doing for food, Sandy?

Glad you had a good day.

I'm working on getting together ther on Aug 2 with a few folks from another forum I post on. But I found out there's a concert there that day/evening. So we'll see.

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