Great Adventure and Q-Bots

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 4:43 PM
My wife and I are going to be hitting Six Flags Great Adventure on July 7th for the first time. The number of coasters we want to ride coupled with the understanding that the park will probably be packed even on a Monday has us contemplating renting a Q-Bot. My question is, is it worth the $30 for the two of us? Any opinions would be welcome. Also, I saw on their website that it has a limited usage of 13 reservations. I was always under the impression that it was unlimited but I guess not. Finally, if we do decide to rent one, does anyone have any helpful strategies for getting the most out of it. Thanks in advance for all your help.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 5:50 PM
I've only used the Q-Bot at SFOG, and it is well worth it! Most of the time the virtual queue is shorter than the actual line, so you can just sit on a bench and wait and it will be an easier day overall.

The ones at SFOG are unlimited to my knowledge, but I don't think we ever tried to reserve more than 13 rides over the course of the day.

The best strategy that we found was to reserve a couple rides at a time, then when you're getting off of one, you are already in the virtual queue for the next one. The system at SFOG also lets you board 5 minutes before your scheduled time, so keep that in mind.

Sometimes, if the actual line is just as long as the virtual queue or shorter, you can scan the Qbot, wait in the regular line and ride, and then reride immediately with your reservation. Be careful though, as if the regular line is long, you may lose your reservation.

Since there are more flats at SFGAdv, you're best bet might be to scan the coasters and then ride flats during the virtual queue time.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 6:55 PM
I won't visit a Six Flags park and not take advantage of whatever Fastlane system they use. Be it Q-Bot or Fastpass.

I can afford it and it is just so darn conveinent. I would definitely use it at Gadv and I have before.

As far as I know it is unlimited reservations, it was last time I used it at Gadv.

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce 6/25/2003 10:56:43 PM ***

Thursday, June 26, 2003 8:02 AM
To be honest I would much rather wait in line than sit on a bench. But thats maybe just because i'm young.
Thursday, June 26, 2003 6:06 PM
I, too, have found that the Q-Bot system is wonderfull. I have used it, pretty much every time I've gone to SFGA over the past year or so since they've had it. It is well worth it. If you time it just right, and the wait isn't that long and untolerable you can get two rides for one wait. Here's how. Lets say Nitro has a 20 min. wait, scan in the Q-Bot and then step into the line for Nitro. You have 10 extra minutes BEYOND the 20 that the Q-Bot queues for you, so if it works out just right you can ride the ride, get off, and go up the exit ramp, scan in the Q-Bot, and go again for no wait! So, even if the park isn't incredibly crowded, I'll rent it for this reason alone. But if it's an hour wait or so, it's nice to sit down and shop, or look around, or eat. That way you aren't dealing with the crowds on line.
Thursday, June 26, 2003 6:14 PM
i was with magnumforce that day, lol....believe me Matt, use it!! youll have a MUCH more enjoyable day :)

think of it as a really cheap business class flight with all the perks, and then some ;)

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Friday, June 27, 2003 5:56 PM
Q-Bot is fun to use, but also tricky to use, especially at Great Adventure, because of geography. An example we faced was that we were waiting in line for Twister (Topspin), and our next appointment was at Nitro. It's a very long walk from Boardwalk to the Movietown area, but we made it as they give you 10 minutes beyond your scheduled time. Q-Bot doesn't give you linear paths between rides, so be prepared to run sometimes. Just hope you don't have Medusa and Nitro back to back!
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