Last season, SFStL would open a section of the park early (either 1/2 hour or 1 hour, I don't remember which). The opened section would change every week. If you upgraded your season pass to a "platnum" pass (an extra $20 I believe) you could get in early. The GP could also get in early for an extra $5 or $10.
Yeah, SFA had a similar progam, though it charged no extra fee. It was a different section of the park everyday of the week. For example, Coyote Creek (and Mind Eraser) was the "PrimeTime" area for Fridays and Gotham City (and S:ROS but NOT JJ) was on Sundays. jeremy --who actually only skipped church ONCE for S:ROS "PrimeTime"
It was really nice on Sunday mornings to get in early, catch a few rides on SROS, and then be in a position to head to other coasters at the regular opening time while everyone else was still trying to get in throught the gate.
As far as I know, yes - its only good at the park you bought your pass from... I never tried it myself, but I remember reading a trip report last season from someone who came from a different SF park to SFStL - they had to pay extra to get in early.
I think this is one of SF's "trial" systems (like Fastlane, Low-Q, etc) to see if they can make any extra money.
SFGam used to open certain rides a half hour early, to everyone. This was only a limited number of rides usually just Raging Bull, Columbia Carousel, and one or two others. Perhaps they'll try something new this year, but I wouldn't count on it. The only way I could see that (season pass holders getting in early) happening at SFGam was if corporate "suggested" they start this program, much like they did for fastlane.....
Well, I don't know what to tell you except...if ya don't like it, don't buy a season pass, pay 40 bucks a pop to get in! I don't want to be rude about it, but season pass holders need to understand they are no more or less important than the guests who pay for a single day admission.
chris said: "Are these ride times exclusive to the park you purchased your pass at? For example, could I use a SFGAm pass at SFA for the ERT? "
Like much of what went on @ Six Flags parks during the 2001 season, it was really park specific. For example, as stated above, I too remember someone going to SFStL and being charged a nominal fee to get in early. However @ SFA, I know of people who used SFGAdv and SFWoA (or was it SFKK?) passes to get in early. As always, I would call in advance to make sure.
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Yeah, Jeff, you're right - if you had your SFStL pass processed before a certain date you could get in early... otherwise you had to upgrade. I always ment to check on the details of this, but I could never get motivated to make it to the park that early...
Last year I had to buy a Astroworld season pass, when i visited Fiesta texas later they honored the pass and allowed me to get in the park an hour ealier than the GP for exclusive ride time however that day the ERT was only on Road runner express.
khyron2014 said: Well, I don't know what to tell you except...if ya don't like it, don't buy a season pass, pay 40 bucks a pop to get in! I don't want to be rude about it, but season pass holders need to understand they are no more or less important than the guests who pay for a single day admission.
Bah, BS! Season passholders spend *way* more money at the park in a season than one day guests do! In that respect, they are absolutely more important than single day ticketholders. Why do you think parks push the "upgrade to a season pass TODAY!" crap so much? Besides, it's a fact: other parks do *MUCH* more for thier season passholders than SFGAm does. Prime Times, special concerts, coupon books, etc. Do SFGAm passholders even get coupon books anymore? Anyone who has been to other SF parks knows that there are way more perks going. And I don't think that will ever change. Sad, but true. :-\
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Six Flags great america treats their passsholders the worst of any park that ive heard of!!!! When i went to SFA last year they let us in early with our SFGAM pass and it was very nice. We went on a sunday which wasnt busy and got in alot of rides on SROS. And the coupon books are also useless!!!
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Interesting responses. I'll be getting my pass at SFNE with plans on using it at SFGAdv and SFWOA later in the year. I guess I'll just have to contact the parks to find out a definite answer. Sounds like they're park specific, though...
For the people with season passes are spoiled. I mean seriously, you are still GP that have a plastic card with your picture on it. I think SFGAm is nice to season pass holders. Heck, you go to the park what 2 times, and your pass is payed for. ----------------- Rob
Ride Op-SFGAm Certified on: Roaring Rapids, Loggers Run/Ice Mountain Splash, Batman The Ride, V2, and Deja Vu.
Legendary : The issue isn't with money....I suppose since everything revolves around money for you that you whole-heartedly support the fastlane program at SFGam? (now is when you start shaking your fist at me saying something along the lines of "I said Six Flags Great America treats it's season pass holders badly" that's the Joe we need to see more of) in all seriousness, I was just suggesting to those who hate SFGam for not letting them in early because they hold a season pass to not get one, and pay full price every time they visit. They'll see one hell of a perk the SFGam season pass has then. Just because you don't get in early (and why does that matter to you Campanella?) that doesn't mean that you're being treated badly.
Oh, come on, everything revolves around money for everyone. :-P Good ol' money.
No, I don't support the SlowLane Program. :::gets demoted::: Er, FastLane at SFGAm is a great program that benefits every guest.
I dunno if my tone came off the wrong way, but I am not saying hate SFGAm for not allowing you in earlier, I am just saying that based on other SF parks, SFGAm does less than they do for season passholders.
The example of gaining admission to the park because you purchased a pass as a *perk* is rediculous, IMO. That's what you bought it for! Perks are extra things parks do to make the pass more appealing, and make those who shell out the extra bucks have something more worthwhile.
Reread my post once again, you'll find that I never said a person is being treated poorly (if you were in fact referring to me), but I said *other* parks treat their passholders much better. Similar saying, different meanings, if you will.
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