Is there anything else I should look out for this early in the season? Any tips, tricks?
Get there before opening, hit Goliath twice before any crowds hit. The ride is fabulous, and you'll WANT more than two, but....
Mindbender seems to have replaced Vu as "the ride that might open late"....so beware of that. Nonetheless it's one of the very best looping coasters in existence, so it IS worth waiting for....
THIS year, thus far....Ga. Cyclone is the bomb-diggity, and is running as well as it has in recent memory, probably better. GASM-I, not so much... ;)
I'm looking forward to a new park, and even after 75 coasters, this is my first Six Flags... so it should be interesting :-)
As long as Six Flags isn't as "horrifying" as some people make it out to be...
Wow... a one-day pass is 39.99, but a season pass is 69.99. I maybe should just get a SP, since I am planning on going to SFGAm at least once this summer, and possibly going to SFNE or SFGAdv... If I go to a park twice It's paid for itself... Anyone see any reason not to?
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You get in-park discounts and the coupon book too. :)
People like that SFOG's Superman is terrain based compared to the other ones which aren't. I think of Mindbender like Demon, but people say Demon is too rough.
Goliath gives you a whole LOT of airtime! I think Cyclone does too. I even get airtime on Mendbender.
I say go to SFGAm another year instead of the same year you go to SFOG so you aren't riding the same rides. I don't go to SFOT, and SFStL in the same year because of Mr. Freeze, and the mine train at both parks.
The Georgia Cyclone is going to be rough. It's just that ride. I love it, but other people might not. I don't care for the Monster Plantation. It's good for air-conditioning in my opinion. Sometimes, they like to close the rides down early so make sure you get in the line before park closing. One time, they closed it 5 minutes before, and another time they closed it 15 minutes. It's called bad management. Ninja is going to be rough. You might like it, or you might not.
There aren't that many flats at this park. The scrambler was run short, but it was quite fast. It's a unique experience. They have music on during the ride if that's working. It's called Shake, Rattle, and Roll. Other flats are the antique cars, Enterprise that looks cool (Wheelie), bumper cars, Wave Swinger, train, Rock N' Tug, Smaller version of Balloon Ride (8 cars), and the Carousel (It has something to do with the mob.).
The other flats are the water rafting ride that might not be open, the Log Flume (water ride), Shoot-the-Chutes water ride, the Interative play structure with kids slides, and the Intamin Generation Drop ride in which you have "no seat", and your privates are supposed to hurt.
Freefall (First Generation Intamin Drop) is extinct along with the Intamin Space Shuttle (Upside down flat ride), and the Intamin Parachute ride called the Gasp. Hey, they dumped three Intamins. What's the next Intamin to go. Actually, Intamin is the roller coaster company, and Ride Trade is the flat company. That's what they say on the website.
Maybe you're going to be in both cities ANYWAY? Besides, there's Mindbender @ SFoG, which is possibly the best looping coaster in the U.S. (2nd for me, but hey), and SFGAm has Whizzer, which (also IMO) is the best non-looping Anton coaster in the U.S. SFGAm also has a cool Impulse, a fabuolus Cy-clone, a spinner, one of the new Dark Knight rides, a BIG waterpark, and the whole of Chicago for extras. Didn't even mention the CRAZY collection of flats at the park (Crawler and Fling are must-rides for me).
I'd never question someone visiting ANY park....then again, I've done MUCH worse I'm sure... ;)
I will be going to SFOG on Sunday now... And going to the Braves game on Saturday night. Gotta love changing plans. I'll be going to the park by myself, since none of the others I am going with are Amusement Park fans. Oh well... It will let me make my own itinerary. I will let you know my thoughts when I get back!
Thanks for all the helpful tips!
Agree completly, SFGAm, and SFOG are half of what I would call the "well run" Six Flags Parks I have been to (the others being SFOT and SFFT.)
Wow, just wow. The other parks must be pretty darn bad if SFOG is in that list of great run parks. I think SFOT, SFStL, and SFGAm are well run. I have been to SFKK, but it was such a slow day, that you can't tell how that park is run. SFA was bad!
You name it, there wasn't a lot of rides that weren't roller coasters open. They did open later though, but why is every ride broke? It just doesn't happen at other parks unless they aren't maintaining the rides very good. They were having trouble with Deja Vu, but I did get on it this time. I believe I went two days this time, and two times the other time. They closed the park 15 minutes before closing. You couldn't even get on the walk-on swings if you wanted to. I was mad as heck. The one train operation was bad enough, and than they kick you out 15 minutes before the park closes.
For the second time, Batman the Ride had a real slow line. It was painfully slow, and thus I blame those employees for that. The day it was more crowded, I was in line for quite awhile on the Great American Scream Machine, and it took them a whole stinking 2 1/2 hours to put on another train.
Why are we waiting this long which was around 20-30 minutes when they have another train? They couldn't get Deja Vu working. The mechanics were like let's rest awhile, and eat food while working. Now, many rides actually did have more than one train which was so much better than last time. I think a lot of rides broke down that time though. This was in 2006 by the way when Goliath opened. They still don't understand to not close the rides down early though.
They ask me at Georgia Cyclone what time it is. They should have someone calling them up to close each ride, or have a speaker announcement that the park is closed. Who makes up there own time of when to close the rides down? I have been to Cypress Gardens, and they closed the rides earlier to. If the park doesn't close til 9:00, than the rides shouldn't be closed til 9:00. That's what you are paying for.
The difference between SFOG and Cypress Gardens was the fact that Cypress Gardens was really empty. Three people were in the park while SFOG did not have 3 people in the park. So, I give them sympathy, and an understanding for doing that.
Who closes the park earlier if there are people in the park? SFGAm, SFStL, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, California Adventure, IOA, Universal Studios, Kiddieland, SFMM, SFA, MGM Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, SFKK, and Santa's Village I never had this problem with.
It was only at SFOG! At SFMM, they did close X though, and said it. I'm okay with that as long as say it! It's your choice whether you want to ride it or not.
The whole thing is this than. If the workers don't want to work til 8:00 pm in June and beyond, than make them work til 7:30 pm, and closing the line at 7:30 pm. Close the park earlier instead of doing this stupid stuff SFOG! Has anyone been to the park, and has not been kicked out before closing time?
I got on Georgia Cyclone that time, but they asked me the time, and they closed the gate right away. It was still 5 minutes until closing. I'm sorry, but I think that last impressions are more important than first impressions. That was the last impression I got. *** Edited 4/1/2008 4:54:58 PM UTC by Spinout***
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