Tuesday, August 19, 2003 7:51 AM
I'm going to make a trip up to six flags in DC Maryland area this saturday. Does anyone have any idea how the lines are this time of year. Any info would really help me. Thanks
Sam A. Marks
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 8:03 AM
Your best bet to avoid lines is to get there well before opening and position yourself at the front of the line to get in. 9:30am would be good, (an hour from opening)
Immediately upon opening go directly to the back of the park abnd ride batwing, and superman and jokers jinx, then head for the other coasters, get them all done with and ride the flat rides. If lines get rediculous in the afdternoon invest $10 or so in fastlane tickets, they'll get you past the line, and on the ride quick, but the seats are assigned toward the middle of the train. also remember to ride two face early, since it was stuck on worldwide tv it's become quite popular.
never met a coaster I didn't ride (except Junior Geminii) :(
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 8:12 AM
Thanks, I have not been there in a few years. I didn't even know they had fastlane tickets. Were coming in from the Richmond Area. Thanks for the info.
BATWING FAN SFA
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 8:25 AM
Have fun at the park,the place has changed quite a bit since SF took over so if you havn't visited since 99 you're in for quite a few changes.
Like Sam has said your best bet is to go to the back of the park (in gotham city) & start off with JJ,S:ROS & Batwing(Batwing has a nasty habit of running only 1 train & has a long line as a result & while you're in that area check out PBR right next to JJ as you're walking down to S:ROS.
Hey Sam were you at the park this past saturday? man it was crazy for a good 2 hours when the park lost some but not all power just before that huge storm rolled through,I was on Wild one when they lost power & had to exit the train right when we were about to be dispatched.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 8:50 AM
So how do the fastlane tickets work. Where do we get them from.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 11:12 AM
Fastlane tickets can be purchased as you enter the park. Sometimes the fastlane ticket counter is open (recently it has been open on weekends), if it isn't open, then you will be refered to Guest Relations (the first building on your right as you enter the park). To use your Fastlane tickets, typically you go up the exit ramp to the ride, give your ticket to the ride op. However, I don't know if you will really need the Fastlane tickets. I was there this past Saturday and the park was pretty busy. My longest ride was Batwing because it was running one train and that wait was 45 minutes to an hour. S:ROS was no more than a 15-20 minute, wait and JJ was no more than a 20-25 minute wait. If you want to use Fastlane tickets I would recommend using them on the following rides:
Penguin's Blizzard River, Batwing, Two Face.
Just about everything shouldn't be more than a 25 (I'm being conservative) minute wait if there are no problems.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 1:34 PM
Like Sam said, get there early. I usually find that 30 minutes before the gates open is enough, but I also usually avoid Saturdays in August, so an hour may be better.
When the gates open, go directly to Batwing. Do not stop for anything. After Batwing ride SROS, Then Joker's Jinx. Make a pit stop at the restrooms by JJ if you need it, then ride Two Face. After Two Face, ride Wild One. After that head to the other side of the park and ride Mind Eraser and Roar which are always near walk ons. That should get you one ride on every coaster in the park by lunch without buying any fastlane tickets.
If it rains later in the day, go to Roar which is great in the rain. The Wild West show is pretty good, so try to catch it. If Typhoon Seacoaster is running in the afternoon, ride it. It is one of the most unique rides anywhere.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 2:24 PM
Superman, Jokers Jinx, and Batwing are good steel coasters, and Roar and Wild One are decent enough woodies. The park is horrible. The workers are slow rude, and the general population sucks. I'd suggest just skipping, and going to Great Adventure where its much better. I buy my season pass at Six Flags America because its so cheap. Then I go to the other Six Flags parks with it. Hey, but if you lucky you can retrieve the pair of dr. scholls footpads that are floating around in the puddle of Jokers Jinx's loading platform. ;) Seriously if you want to visit I'd wait until september when its not very crowded.
*** This post was edited by Coasterfantom 8/19/2003 6:26:36 PM ***
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 3:56 PM
Thanks everyone for the info. I live in Richmond so we vist PKD many times and GB some. I just want to get out a little and see what some other parks are like. We went up to Cedar point in May, I don't think any park will top that. We were giving free tickets for Six Flags in Maryland, I would love to be able to attend all the six flags one day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 8:44 PM
Weekends have been quite crazy, which is obviously good for the park, so visit early in the week. We are closed several days next week, because the kids are going back to school, so check the schedule before hopping in the car.
I was working the day of the storm, and I thought it was really nice that they apologized over the P.A. system a few times for the rides being closed, and that they would reopen soon (Why you need to apologize to people for rides being closed when it's thundering and lightning is beyond me, but it's good P.R. ...). Typhoon Seacoaster has been operating every day for the last couple of weeks, which is really good news, as obviously we're in the hottest part of the summer. Queue up for this the moment you see the line open, as the wait runs about 50 minutes with a full queue. If you visit in September, you might miss it, due to staffing. It's over eight-minutes long, and there aren't many rides that can make that claim. The Alpine Bobs are about half-way put back together, and there are no themeing changes. Iron Eagle is still down, and I doubt at this point that it'll reopen this year. Lastly, wait for the red train on S:ROS. It's supposedly running faster than the blue train. Have fun if you visist, and take a spin on the go-karts, or the Skycoaster, my two areas.
If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.
BATWING FAN SFA
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 1:23 PM
I-Fan where were you working before& just as the storm hit? I was on Wild one when it lost power just as the storm approached & was waiting on the unload platform overlooking the go karts hoping to get back on but the storm killed any chance of that for the next 2.5 hours.
While waiting at Wild one all of a sudden the speil for the go karts began playing non stop & it took the maintenance worker on Wild one forever to shut that darn thing off because it gave us an enormous headache.