I went to Great America last week and was able to get a discount ticket at Osco in Waukegen which is only about 5 or 10 mins away. I'm not sure if I spelled the name of that town right it's right outside Gurnee thow.
Mamoosh that's very true. My buddy got burned like that at SFOG. He dropped us off at the park, visited some nearby relatives then got slightly lost on his way back to the park. He paid full price for an hour and a half, so for that price he got one ride on Acrophobia and one ride on S:UF where we got stuck for 45 minutes on the brakerun. Why SF doesn't offer a "twilight" price is beyond me.
If you buy a one day ticket, you can twicket your ticket for a second day. If your looking for discount coupons, the park's main number is (301)249-1500 I'm not sure where their offering them at this year. Moosh could be right, I saw discount coupons at Wendy's in Williams Grove, PA for Great Adventure. Coke products may have a coupon on the back of them as well. I'm not completely sure but I believe I saw one day tickets on sale at Safeway grocery stores. There usually in the checkout lanes.
Hotel accomodations, I like Hampton Inn and there is one in Bowie, MD as well as a Comfort Suites. There is a Marriott hotel in Greenbelt and a Holiday Inn in College Park. Most of these hotels are a 20 minute drive from the park. Annapolis has all sorts of options and no further than 30 minutes from the park. Your best bet is to stay north and east of the park. The other hotels are close to the beltway and once you go inside the beltway you might experience a differnet kind of thrill ride, if you follow me.
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According to the coupon on the tray liner at Burger King yesterday you can get 50% off after 4pm. The same coupon was also good for $6 off on weekdays and $4 off on weekends I believe. There was a line to enter how many people were in the party, in case you have more than one person in your crew. I've already managed to misplace the coupon, so the discounts might be off. The closest BK I know of to the park is located off of rt. 301 at Waugh Chapel heading towards Baltimore. It's located in a big town/strip center and is really obvious.
As to some of your other questions, there is a hotel down the street on Central Ave. and 495 that looks nice, and there is another nice looking hotel on rt. 301 and rt. 50, which is right near the park in Bowie. I can't vouch for either since I've never stayed in them, but both look to be corporate level hotels. *** Edited 8/1/2005 11:16:01 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
Mamoosh, maybe I was wrong. They definitely used to do that 1/2 price offer after 5pm even without a coupon. (and they never advertised it then either) But maybe now it's only with the coupon. (which you can find at every single store and on every single product within 100 miles of the park :P )
It's been a long time since I've paid admission price or was with somebody that did, so perhaps my info was outdated.
The half off discount ticket at Burger King is your best bet if you're looking for an evening discount. I live about an hour and 15 minutes from SFA and even the BK up here has the discount coupons, so I'd say that pretty much any BK in the Balto/Wash area should have the coupons (either on the tray liner or a seperate coupon somewhere at the front counter. Safeway grocery stores also have a discounted price, and the advantage of Safeway is that you buy the actual ticket so you don't have to wait in line at the ticket booth (not that there would even be a line at the ticket booths on a Wednesday evening).
Both the Burger King discounts and the Safeway tickets are mentioned in the email I just recieved, although the Burger King discount is only mentioned in name and logo. I'm presuming that they want you to go to your local BK first and eat the fattening food. Here's another resource for hotels taken directly from the SFA website www.mdlodging.org/sixflags/ gives you a nice choice of hotels and motels to pick from. *** Edited 8/2/2005 5:51:05 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***