La Ronde, and SFNE tips

Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:26 PM

I am going to La ronde in 2 weeks, and SFNE in the fall. Will a La Ronde season pass work at SFNE? or is it like cedar fair where you need a platnum pass that costs alot more... Also does anyone know of any promo codes for either place. I'm getting $38 for La Ronde, and $37 for SFNE both on-line purchases.

Thanks for any help.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:05 PM

Pretty sure a La Ronde pass is good chain-wide, just not the parking. ;)

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Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:54 PM

hmm just thinking now im sure a seasons pass at la ronde is more than 70 bucks making it not worth while. I have no other 6flags on my radarr this year. I need something like that 21 dollar kings island autoworkers ticket we all got last year at HWN.

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Monday, June 27, 2011 12:39 AM

La Ronde season pass is indeed valid at other Six Flags. Watch out for the parking costs through! Normally, its 15$ to park, but if you come on a fireworks day, every parking spot is 25$! If its firework night, come early and do not park in the back parking lot, as tempting as it is to get great pictures of Goliath.

The reason for this is that from 8pm to 11:30pm, the large bridge that provide the main access to La Ronde is closed, leaving only the casino bridge and the subway to exit the island... Plus, the road to the back parking lot is closed until 11pm. So, if you watch the fireworks and quickly make your way to your car in the front parking lot, you got a good chance of getting out and getting directed to the casino bridge. Back parking lot means you won't get out before 1-2am.

The subway is also not a very good choice unfortunately. Thousands of people will flood the bus service and many will walk the 10-15 minutes to the station. There, expect long waits as trains will only every 5-10 minutes.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:36 PM

Tips for La Ronde, learn French. It can be a real challenge getting off the island in the dark and not understanding any of the street signs.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:43 PM

DKNY6363 is from Canada, I'm sure he'll figure it out ;).

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:35 PM

Or just use a GPS. I had no problem with the language barrier.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:03 PM

French is easy to understand but hard to speak. You would think taking french from grade 3 to 10 would have been more helpfull. I'm thinking about canning the La Ronde thing until next Montreal visit. My wife's Pregnant, so I would be riding solo. Also there is nothing there thats gettting me too overly excitted. Montre is the only ride that intreagues me.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:34 PM

I had two years of French in middle school, three in high school, one in college. I couldn't speak it to save my life. I can read it a little, but have a hard time understanding it when spoken. Education fail.

And I thank the Cleveland schools for not putting me in Spanish, the more useful language, given the dominantly Latino neighborhood I grew up in. Stupid schools.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:12 AM

Absimilliard said:
The subway is also not a very good choice unfortunately. Thousands of people will flood the bus service and many will walk the 10-15 minutes to the station. There, expect long waits as trains will only every 5-10 minutes.

I've taken the subway to La Ronde many times and never had a problem. But also have never stayed there until close or on a fireworks night so that could explain why it's always been smooth sailing. Unless staying downtown the subway probably wouldn't be much of a benefit. Now that I think of it, I've never actually driven out and parked at La Ronde, ever.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 8:06 AM

Jeff said:
And I thank the Cleveland schools for not putting me in Spanish, the more useful language, given the dominantly Latino neighborhood I grew up in. Stupid schools.

Wait...you didn't have a choice?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:25 AM

As to the GPS, just a bit of a warning if your using it on your phone. You could come home to a huge bill if you don't add an international plan first.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:39 AM

Yeah, that's why I ended up purchasing a turn by turn for my iPhone. It has all of the data stored on the phone, doesn't use any cell data, only the GPS. And I only have to buy international maps as needed and only have to load whatever maps I need onto my phone depending on the trip. I'd highly suggest that to anyone using their phone for GPS out of the country.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:15 PM

I did not have a choice. At that point, the district was basically just splitting people up and that was that.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:43 PM

That really blows. Foreign language was required in junior high and high school here, but which language you took was your choice. I chose Spanish because it's obviously the most commonly spoken aside from English, but also because it's got some vague similarities to Italian. Unfortunately my high school only offered Italian for 2 years with 2 additional years of another language required, but I wanted to get foreign language out of the way in 3 years. The only 3-year courses offered were French and Spanish.

I would think that if any one foreign language is made a requirement in school in this country, it should be Spanish.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:52 PM

The French/Spniash thing was the first academic disagreement we had with our daughter. She wanted to take French because it's obviously the more romantic choice for a 13 year old girl and all of her friends were taking it. We told her Spanish would be much more useful in life.

We went back and forth a lot over the weeks leading up to her having to decide.

When I was a kid, our high school offered German, French and Spanish. Smart kids took German. Cool kids took French and everyone else took Spanish.

This fall my daughter will be taking French just like I did. (insert roll eyes smiley here)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:06 PM

Now that you mention it, German was the only other offering when I entered high school, but they added Italian a year or two later. I probably still would have opted for Spanish since 2 years of German was required along with 2 years of Italian. I wasn't about to endure 4 years of two languages I would rarely, if ever, use.

In other useless news, I inadvertently discovered like a year ago that 'vater' is German for 'father.'

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:30 PM

That's what Luke said

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:50 PM

Cropsey said:

Absimilliard said:
The subway is also not a very good choice unfortunately. Thousands of people will flood the bus service and many will walk the 10-15 minutes to the station. There, expect long waits as trains will only every 5-10 minutes.

I've taken the subway to La Ronde many times and never had a problem. But also have never stayed there until close or on a fireworks night so that could explain why it's always been smooth sailing. Unless staying downtown the subway probably wouldn't be much of a benefit. Now that I think of it, I've never actually driven out and parked at La Ronde, ever.

Yeah, if the park is not too busy or you leave before closing, you'll be fine! Also, if its not fireworks night and you're staying downtown, head to Papineau subway station and grab bus 169 from there. It will take you over the bridge to La Ronde and its easier than the 167 from Parc Jean Drapeau station on the island itself.

Regarding foreign languages, I'm french canadian, so I did go to french school. English lessons were terrible, but frequent trips to the US and doing 6th grade in a english immersion class helped!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:22 PM

Didn't anyone one else take Latin? Best choice EVER - no speaking requirement, and it proves amazingly useful for all the other Romance languages.

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