Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Going to SFGA on the 4th of July turned out to be one of the more intelligent decisions I've made recently. I arrived late in the afternoon and could see immediately from the number of vacant spaces in the parking lot that the park was less crowded than usual. Presumably it would get crowded later, closer to the time of the fireworks display. I purchased a Flash Pass, as I always do at this park, because with my season pass I get a $10 discount, and initially thought that this was a mistake because the ride lines were so short that I didn't need it. There was no line whatsoever on El Toro, so I got on for my 59th, 60th and 61st ride. (I'm a member of another website which allows me to track the number of times I've ridden any given coaster and update my track record accordingly, so that I know exactly how many times I've ridden.) The Flash Pass did come in handy later when people came trickling into the park but I think I got on more quickly than I should have considering that I paid for only a regular pass, which is supposedly equal to the actual wait time for the ride. By this time there was a line to ride Nitro but I managed to get in my 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th rides in almost record time. It was almost comical because as soon as I got through the Flash Pass entrance I reserved Nitro again, and the device went off with the message "You can ride now" before I was even finished with the ride I had reserved previously. At one point I could feel the device vibrate while the train was in motion. So from my point of view it was a great day at the park. I think I'll go there again next year on the 4th of July. And no, I didn't stay for the fireworks because it's an hour drive from Jackson, NJ to Philadelphia and I had a Zipcar reserved only until 10:30pm.
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