Going to SFGadv

Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:06 PM
So Im planning a trip to go to Six Flags Great Adventure on the 15th of October which is a Saturday. I've been to the park a couple of times before in the summer time and I know it can get pretty crowded. I was interested in knowing if the frightfest makes the park more crowded and also how Kingda Ka has been running. Is it a 50/50 chance it will be open or is it open but breaking down every so often?
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:13 PM
KA should be open. Check Trip reports from this time last year. I personally think the park is more crowded durning fright fest! Get a Q-bot!
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 9:48 AM
the park is always more crowded during fright fest......often times, they reach full capacity(55,000)so get there early!!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:07 AM
This park gets more "I need tips" threads than any other park.

Have fun.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 4:52 PM
Alright, well, Im a little unfamiliar about the whole qbot system. I know that you buy it and they page you to go to the ride at a certain time, but where can I get them? How much do they cost? Is there a certain kind I should be getting? How many times can I use it? (If I do get one, it'll be for Kingda Ka) and is it worth it? Sorry, that was a lot of questions...
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 5:13 PM
You can get it in the fastlane building, to the right of the fountain. They cost something like $30 for one person, $45 for two. You can get a regular or a gold. A gold costs twice as much, and supposedly cuts your waiting time by 75%. You can use them as many times as you want. Only one ride can be queued at a time. You can scan multiple rides, but they won't "put you in line" until the last ride was completed. Hope this helps.
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 5:18 PM
QBot pricing can be found in this thread. As for how to use it? It's quite simple.. at each ride that you can use it, there are 2 boxes. One to reserve your spot, and one to validate your reservation at the right time. They are clearly labelled. You go up to the ride you want to Q, hold up the QBot to the reservation box, and it'll beep and give a message to the effect that the ride has been reserved. You'll get a time when you come back to ride the ride. In essence, you're standing in a "virtual line". In the meantime, you can wait in line for that or another ride, go get food, use the restroom, etc. At the allotted time, it'll beep and tell you to go back to that ride for your reservation. At that point, you go back to the FastLane entrance, hold up your QBot to the validation box, and it'll beep and say 'Enjoy your ride!'.

Interesting tidbits from my experience:
- The estimated wait times for the QBot are fairly accurate to the regular wait times. Me & a friend used to use it by reserving our ride, then getting in line.. when we got off, it was pretty much time for our reservation, and we'd get right back on the ride.
- You can Q more than one ride at once, however the timer won't start ticking on the second (or third, etc.) ride until you get off the first ride. They explain this briefly in their documentation saying that your QBot can only wait in one line at a time, just like in real life you can only wait in one line at a time. Either way, it's useful to know, so you can Q up a few coasters at once, and then the timer starts ticking as soon as you get off the ride, instead of waiting the 5-10 mins. it would take to walk there and add it to your QBot.

I hope that helped! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 5:45 PM
Honestly, I was there on Saturday (trip report to come soon) and if you get there early you can get on everything with very little wait. Got on KK in about 20 minutes at 10:30 (and in only 45 later in the afternoon with one breakdown), Medusa was a walkon in the morning, GASM was a walkon, S:UF was about 45 minutes all day, Chiller was 40 minutes just because it's so low capacity, Nitro was 20 minutes in the day, and an hour at night, and Batman was about 30 minutes. All the little ones were walkons to 15 minutes. Honestly, the Q-bots seemed like a waste of money to me as I got on everything before the day was half over. But regardless, have fun. :)
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 6:12 PM
Depending on how you use it, it can be worth the money even on the not-too-busy days. The QBot wait will be approximately what the line is, and if you use it the way I did to essentially double-ride the rides (QBot reserve, wait in line to ride, and then use the reservation right when you get off), then you can get your money's worth. I noticed that once in early May this year, they weren't even selling the QBots and had a sign posted saying that the lines were short in the park so they wouldn't be selling it that day. I was impressed since my previous experience was that they'd purposely slow down operations to MAKE the line longer to justify QBot..... but I digress.. :)

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