How should I plan my day at Six Flags Great Adventure?

Six Flags Great Adventure: What rides should I tackle first? Which side of the park should we cover? How does the Gold Flash Pass QBot work?

From Isabel Beck
Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM
I'm going with three other people, but we will be splitting into groups of two - me and my boyfriend, and my parents. We have GOLD Flash Passes and no time constraints, we will be there from around 11am to closing time. We want to go on all the major thrill rides multiple times and do some mild ones if we have time. We have no interest in seeing any shows or playing any games.

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?

From AJ Hummel
Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM
I've only been to Six Flags Great Adventure once (a weekday in August 2011), and I used a Gold Flash Pass during my visit. I started with El Toro, then went clockwise around the park. During the day, I was able to get on all the Flash Pass attractions, as well as a handful of non-Flash Pass attractions and re-rides on about half the coasters. I never ran into any significant waits due to the Flash Pass, so I'm guessing it won't matter too much what order you do things in. I would only recommend that if there is something that is not included on the Flash Pass ride list that you want to do, do it early or late.

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.

From Isabel Beck
Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Thank you so much, you answered my questions perfectly. I was at SFGA last August on a weekday as well, also with the Gold flash passes, but I wasn't the main orchestrator of the event so I didn't have to do as much planning.

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?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM
I've seen KK run in light drizzle. But it's a crapshoot.

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