Great Adventure Fast Lane Questions

Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:59 AM
I am returning in two weeks or so to Six Flags Great Adventure. Last year my cousin and I really enjoyed our visit, however he is not very patient with lines and I would like to try to help him this year. Always being one of those who wasn't pleased with the idea of fastlane, I think I am going to eat my words and try a qbot this year.

I'm sure we'll just get the regular qbot and do other stuff while it's waiting for us. I couldn't really find specific info. anywhere on the site that I really wanted or in other topics, so here are a few questoins...

Overall, at this park, is the qbot worth it? (I realize this is a very subjective question and could depend on experience, but oh well...)

How many rides can you "wait" for at one time?

What is the process of enterting the fast lane entrance?

I was kind of worried that you'd get crap from regular park quests. Do they actually seat you so there is no confusion? Also, and these depend on if the ride is open (especially Ka), what have some of you guys waited this summer with a qbot for these rides:

Nitro

Chiller

Medusa

Kinda Ka

Superman

Any info would be appreciated on the fast lane, as well as coupons for the park. I forgot where I got them last year! Thanks *** Edited 7/21/2005 4:00:45 PM UTC by Willh51*** *** Edited 7/21/2005 4:01:44 PM UTC by Willh51***

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:43 PM
No matter what everybody else says qbot is worth it.

IF you go to nitro, and superman at opening up til labout 2 or 1 the qbot wait is about 10 min .

Qbot is worth it you put in for your wait and then go ride movie town or a flat ride while you are waiting.

I can visit every coaster and some flat rides and leave at 2pm with qbot

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:53 PM
Depends on the day. Some days (non-Fri. weekdays) you can ride pretty much everything in 2/3 of a day. other days (Sat.) you could do everything but it would be very painful.

I've never used a qbot, but my understanding is that you walk up to a ride, virtually queue up at as many as you want, but you only wait for one. Once that one is done, the next ride on your pager starts the countdown.

KK is obviously down, but regular was about 4hrs. q-bot was 2 (I think). They loaded people into one side of the station before the row breaks.
Nitro spits you into the station, medusa and chiller are exit ramp.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:08 PM
Medusa, Nitro, Superman:Ultimate Flight(sometimes) are rides that you merge in the station.

All others Including Superman:Ultimate Flight(at times, You'll know when there's a trashcan at the Fastline merge point) are exit ramp.

I am not sure about Kingda Ka beings as I have only been there one day when it was operational and we didn't use Q-bot that day since our only mission was to ride Kingda Ka. So we waited in line and enjoyed the company with the people in line that day, It was kind of a party atmosphere in the line. *** Edited 7/21/2005 5:09:51 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:53 PM
If you go to hot stuffy parties with people who smell funny and don't have common courtesy. ;)
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Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:16 PM
Costwise, sure it is worth it.

Morally and ethically, no, I don't think so.

But you may or may not be the kind of person who would have a guilty conscious after paying for the privilege of stealing from other park guests, so it's really up to you.

...Imho.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:32 PM
Dexter, I don't fully agree with you, but in an off-color way, you may be right. That does mean, however, that you don't like Fastlane, Fast Pass, Freeway, or any other form of "line cutting," authorized or not, right?

I don't necessarily think it's "stealing," I mean if you choose that path then that's it, I could understand if a huge % of daily guests did the fastlane, but they don't. Therefore I don't think it's a big deal. And also, don't fastlane guests not get front or back seats, so they aren't getting "the best" rows in the coaster car? *** Edited 7/21/2005 7:33:03 PM UTC by Willh51***

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:01 PM
It's their park, it's their ride, it's their q-bot. Deal.

Nobody's stealing anything from anybody.

More importantly, this topic has been beaten to death so many times, it's getting really pulpy.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:28 PM
IMO....if the park decides to have "alternative queueing methods", then THEY need to add extra staff to handle the multiple queues in order to keep anywhere NEAR capacity.

I remember the "botters" on SFoG's Deja Vu, when there was NOT sufficient staff to help merge the guests properly....dispatches occurred ABOUT every 10 minutes or so....THAT is a nightmare.

Personally, I can't see paying extra to get more rides if it's a park I visit frequently...(GAdv, SFMM, SFoG, FL parks)....but if I'm 3,000 miles from home at a park I may never see again, then clearly it becomes a whole different ballgame.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:32 PM
Wasn't trying to start a qbot debate, just wanted some G.A. qbot related info. I know people have different opinions, wasn't trying to burn bridges.

I do agree though that Deja Vu at SFOG had a fastlane problem. The released trains nearly full of qbot holders and ignored the regular line, that's not right. *** Edited 7/21/2005 8:33:19 PM UTC by Willh51***

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:05 PM

ApolloAndy said:
It's their park, it's their ride, it's their q-bot. Deal.

Nobody's stealing anything from anybody.


That pretty much sums it up. :)

-Gonch
frequent Q-bot user

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:32 PM
I don't really want to get into the debate either. Sorry I said anything. We all have talked it to death. We can agree to disagree.

(Biting tounge)

I..must...not...reply...to...Gonch...or...Andy...or...Willh51...

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Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:48 PM
dex...we already lost that battle, LOL. My biggest issue/complaint was always that it reduced capacity overall, so I'll be content if the parks can at least run those various programs WELL.

I actually will even go so far as to say I *like* the way USF/IoA and Disney run their queue management....they're highly-staffed, well-organized (i.e. fast), DON'T clog up the exit paths, and they're free and available to all guests....honestly, they don't even hinder capacity when run like THAT. :)
*** Edited 7/22/2005 1:57:35 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Friday, July 22, 2005 9:45 AM
GAdv doesn't allow you in the front row unless it feeds you into the station then you can get in the back of the line for the front row in the station. Most exit ramp access is controled by the ops they will tell you where you can and can not sit. With exit lane access you WILL NOT be getting a front row ride. But may luck out and get a back row ride if the op tells you to sit there. DO NOT TRY to go anywhere but where the ops tell you to go to make the system work properly.
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Friday, July 22, 2005 4:51 PM
Does GADV only do qbot, or do they also have fastlanes? Thanks.
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Friday, July 22, 2005 9:33 PM
They only use Qbot. Fastlane tickets are pointless when you can get a Qbot for pratically the same price.
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:55 PM
Fastlanes aren't the same price. At SFA, they are 5 for $10. :)
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 5:11 PM
wait...there are prices for these things...wow
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:23 PM
I think at SFGAm they're $15 for 4, but don't quote me on that.
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:35 PM
what is a qbot?
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