Six Flags America Trip Report

Six Flags America: My trip report to Maryland's only park.

From Matt Rogers
Posted May 3, 2006 at 2:45 PM
Saturday I took a trip to Six Flags America because it is only 20 minutes away and I haven't been there in four years. My first ride was The Wild One. This was much better then I remember it to be. It was very smooth and had great airtime.

After that I went on Joker's Jinx. This was my favorite ride in the park. After a few rides on that, I went over to Superman. I saw the long line and decided to use a Flash Pass so I could walk right on. The ride attendant out front asked that I first use the test seat. Wouldn't you know it, I didn't fit. So I moved on and then got in line for Batwing. It went down so I then decided to go on Joker's Jinx a few more times and then I went over to Roar. I rode once and then I went over to the crappy Vekoma SLC, Mind Eraser. I pulled the restraint down, with my ears just touching the side pads on the harness. I asked myself “Why do I have the feeling this is going to hurt?” We went up the lift and then the rest of the ride was extreme

After that, I ate lunch and took a Tylenol. I then went back over to Joker’s Jinx and rode for about an hour. I then went back to Roar and then tried the crappy SLC again. It was getting late and so I went over to Batwing, catching a few more rides on Joker’s Jinx along the way. Batwing was actually the first coaster I’ve ridden that almost made me sick. I would have gone again, but my stomach wasn’t up to it.

Only two hours left before the park closed and I decided to finish off the day with Joker’s Jinx. I used up the rest of my Flash Passes on this one. During the last hour I found a member of ACE and we talked about coasters and stuff like that. WHen I was waiting in line, a ride attendant pointed out that I had ridden a lot that day. Out of the quiet lady behind me there was a snobby voice that said, "Well Mind Eraser is better." (Mind Eraser is a rough, painful Vekoma SLC)Everyone in the station, even the ride operators, stopped what they were doing and gave her a stupid look. After riding the last train of the night, everyone asked for one more ride and the ride operator was nice enough to let us stay on. This time we went through the course MUCH faster than before. As the ride ended we stopped on the brake before the station waiting for the next train to dispatch. The other train launched and then after it was through the cobra roll, a big red light lit up on the control panels. It was an E-Stop. The other people in our train started to freak out because the vibrations in the track from the other train got stronger and stronger. Then the other train stopped right behind us. After about 20 minutes, maintenance came out, did a reset, and our train moved into the station. We then got off and left the park.

Good things about the park:
-The attitudes of the staff members were much better than my last visit. Everybody seemed to be in a good mood for once.
-The Wild One seemed smoother than before.
-The food was okay, but not the best.
-Maintenance got to Joker’s Jinx faster then I expected. It took about 20 minutes.

Bad things about the park:
-The ride ops still take a little too long to load, but this has improved since my last visit.
-Some of the restrooms were closed before everybody left the park.

Overall I enjoyed my visit. I never thought I would have a good time at my home park. I look forward to using the season passes a lot. Oh, sorry for not having photos, the camera started to go stupid again and didn’t want to work.

From Dustin Kern
Posted May 3, 2006 at 7:30 PM
I want to make a trip up there this summer. I live in Charlottesville, VA so I always go to PKD. The last time I was at SFA, I didn't ride anything because I hadn't gotten over a bad experience that I had on one. Any suggestions on when the best time to go are?

From Matt Rogers
Posted May 4, 2006 at 3:11 PM
You should probably go in the begining of the season. Definately don't wanna go around special events. If the lines get too long, you can buy a set of 5 Flash Passes (walk on passes) for $10.

From Mike M
Posted May 5, 2006 at 8:35 AM
I was there on saturday as well! Yeah, Mind Eraser was pretty intense, but batwing was broken down mid-afternoon when I went to ride it. I got the front row of Superman(I was wearing a Stratton, VT shirt) and I was on the 7th train of the morning. Awesome ride.

From Dustin Kern
Posted May 5, 2006 at 11:14 AM
Is there a limit to the number of flash passes you can buy, like one set per visitor per day?

From Matt Rogers
Posted May 5, 2006 at 3:32 PM
Nope. You can buy as many seets as you want.

From Grant Merritt
Posted May 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM
Hey im thinking about going but i just cant get over my bad experience. Seems like a good park but when i went everything was broke. :(

From Eli Katzman
Posted May 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM
When did you go? I'd say it's only worth a 3 hour ride AT BEST, especially depending on what parks you've already been to.

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