Where should we start? I've heard people start from Kingda Ka and work their way left, but the last time I went to Six Flags, we started at Green Lantern and just did the rides in a convenient order. Any seasoned experts want to help me out?
Also - like I mentioned, we have Gold Flash Passes. How do they work? What is the usual gap of time between making the reservation and getting there? For example, if I reserve El Toro at 1pm, what time will it ask me to get there?
As for the Flash Pass, you are given a small handheld device that allows you to make reservations from anywhere in the park. You will be given a return time when you make the reservation, and you can return anytime after this (i.e. it never expires). However, since you can only reserve one ride at a time, and cannot make another reservation until the device is scanned at the ride entrance or the current reservation is cancelled, it is advantageous to return as early as possible. There is no limit to the number of reservations you can make total. In my experience, with the Gold Flash Pass the return times were around 15-20 minutes later for the park's three headliner coasters (El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Nitro), and 10 minutes or less for everything else. When I used it I would reserve the next ride as soon as it was scanned so the device would begin waiting immediately. By doing this, it was almost always time to ride by the time I got to the next ride. The only exception I remember was when I reserved El Toro while riding Rolling Thunder, and had to wait about 5 minutes after getting off Rolling Thunder before I could get in line for El Toro. Note that you generally do not get immediate access with the Flash Pass, but are instead merged into the queue at or near the station.
One last thing: it's supposed to rain Saturday, when I go (bummer) but not all day (thankfully). Will Kingda Ka be open in a light drizzle or will I have to wait until the rain stops to ride it?
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