Six Flags Great Adventure Trip Report 7/8

Six Flags Great Adventure: An awesome day at Six Flags without a Flash Pass.

From Nick S
Posted July 17, 2008 at 3:34 PM
I recently took a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ with my friend and our parents. We arrived at 9:30 and took a trip through the Wild Safari. Not alot of animals came up to our car, except for an ostrich who thought it was eating our fingers when we tapped them on the window.

We entered the park at around 10:45. We optioned not to buy the Flash Pass because we figured it was a Tuesday and the park wouldn't be as crowded as a Friday or Saturday.

Ride capacity was normal and all rides had all their trains running. Employees were nice and the park was much cleaner than the last time I came. Here are my ratings for the rides:

Kingda Ka-9/10- Wait time was an hour for front row, 45 minutes for all other rows. It was the longest wait of the day becuse me and my friend went for front row. The launch was out of this world and the drop was crazy. Not alot of airtime on the camelback, but still a solid ride.

El Toro-10/10- Best ride in the park. Wait was 10 minutes and even though you're pretty much stapled in, you get insane amounts of airtime.

Rolling Thunder- Skipped it. my friend dislikes the ride.

Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train-6/10- Okay kiddie coaster and was a walk-on. It did have some unexpected forces on its drops.

Skull Mountain-7/10- Not bad. Some cool strbe light effects and creepy music. About a 10 minute wait.

Batman- Skipped it. Don't hate me for this, but I really don't like inverted coasters.

The Dark Knight-7/10- I'm a fan of wild mouses, so this was a treat for me. Some cool theming and decent drops (Preshow was awesome). The wait was the second longest with 50 minutes.

Nitro-9/10- Giant drops, great airtime, and nice swopping curves is what makes this ride so great. Wait was 30 minutes and 40 minutes for front row.

Runaway Mine Train-6/10- Used to be better in my opinion and the ride has gotten a little rougher lately. About a 10 minute wait.

Medusa-8/10- Great twists and inversions. It's a little bit rough for a couple inversions, but is still a cool ride not to be missed. 20 minute wait.

Great American Scream Machine- Skipped it. Way too rough for me.

Superman Ultimate Flight-8/10- An underrated ride in my book. It has swift drops, quick turns, and an intense pretzel loop which is best part of the ride. Not a bad wait for a ride with really long loading times (30 minutes).

Unfortunately we skipped the Glow In the Park Parade because we were too tired. I regret it because it probably would have been awesome. Oh well. It was still an amazing day. One last thing. If you are going to Great Adventure on a weekday, you don't really need a Flash Pass, but if you want to ride the coasters multiple times a day, get it. On weekends, it is a must.

From James Rao
Posted July 17, 2008 at 6:11 PM
Nice trip report, Nick. Thanks for the info, reviews, and ratings. I may never get back to NJ, but if I do, I will definitely go to the park on a weekday as you suggested!

From Christy Shuman
Posted July 18, 2008 at 8:55 AM
Great TR, You must have gotten lucky with the lines b/c I went on a Monday in May and it was packed, 1hr+ waits for everything. I definatly got the flash pass. My favorite there was El toro, insane airtime on that monster. Great Am scream machine was pretty fun IMO, I didnt find it to be all that rough. SUF was awesome, much better than Nighthawk @ Carowinds. KK was totally unenjoyable IMO, way too rough and the launch was weak. I guess Im just used to XLC's launch. I will def be going back next year. SFgradv was very impressing.

From Missy Renee
Posted July 18, 2008 at 9:24 AM
Nice trip report. My family is considering a trip to one of the Six Flags parks, because my children are crazy about the Warner Bros. characters. Nitro and El Toro are at the top of DH's coaster wish list. It definitely sounds like weekdays are the way to go...

From Nick S
Posted July 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM
One thing I forgot to mention was that there were some people at the park that were vandalizing the costumes of some of the characters. Someone ripped the back of Marvin the Martian and another ripped a piece of the Riddler's costume. Unfortunately the people who were responsible were not caught and thrown out of the park which ticked me off.

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