Which SF to go to?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:48 PM
I live in Colorado and am planning on taking my kids in Sept to SF. The question I have is whether to go to SFOT which we have been to more than once. I am trying to stay in about an 800 mile range. I also have the choice of SF in St. Louis or SFGA since we have season passes. We have never been to either of these parks. How crowded are the parks usually in Sept. ( may have to be Labor Day Weekend) ? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:53 PM
Why not Six Flags MAgic Mountain?
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:55 PM
I hadn't thought about that onefor this trip. Not sure of how far that one is.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 2:31 PM
SFMM or SFOT are the best of the ones you said. *** Edited 8/21/2007 6:31:38 PM UTC by Spinout***
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 3:16 PM
^Six Flags Great America all the way.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 4:45 PM
I'd do SF Great Adventure!! Wait a minute...are you driving?? Because if so, then the whole HW, SFKK, KI, and of course CP route can come into play!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 6:07 PM
Magic Mountains is in Cali. It's the one I would choose, even though El Toro is at SFGAdv. As for mileage, I lost all concept of distance through flight. I couldn't help you there. but from Denver, flying, you'll be in Texas in 3 hours, and Cali in an hour and a half. Valencia 45 minute drive from LAX.

But sounds like you're not flying.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:09 AM
If your only choices are SFOT, SFStL, SFGAm or SFMM here's how I'd rank:

1. SFGAm
2. SFOT
3. SFStL
4. SFMM

Does it have to be a Six Flags park? How about Silverwood? Holiday World? Cliff's?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:19 AM
SFGAm...
They have the most 'unique' rides of the chain (Eagle, Viper, Whizzer, well... Demon) in a pretty much cookie cutter chain.

And hands-down, although still needs work, has probably the best operation in the chain.

SFMM and SFGAd may be 'big' and have 'big' coasters, but are total pits when it comes to operations.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:24 AM
You just mentioned Colorado, so I just did a mileage range from Denver to Valencia, Ca. (where SFMM is). It calculates 1019 miles. Even if you live on the western edge of Colorado, that is still right at the max or near it for the miles you are willing to travel.

If just SF parks on your agenda, you could do both SFGAm and SFSTl in one weekend. Both parks are well run and worth a visit.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:25 AM
Actually, my last visit to SFGAd a few weeks ago was the best visit I have had to a Six Flags park in nearly a decade. And all but one of my recent visits to Six Flags parks in general (SFNE, SFKK, SFMM, SFSTL and SFOT) have all been MUCH improved over the last few years. SFGAm actually was the one visit where I felt things seemed to be going south. The ride closures there are out of control.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:27 AM
Damn, I move to Florida, and now all I hear is SFGAm going down the toilet.

I hope it's just a fluke thing with ride closures.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:41 AM
Like someone has mentioned, if you do this during the weekend you could hit both SFGAm and SFStL. Now that most of the schools here in the St. Louis area are back in session SFStL really dies down. I can spend four hours in the park in September and do everything I'd like. They are doing very well on operations this year.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:43 AM
SFGAM I'd say.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:13 AM
Is SFFT close enough? Of the half-dozen or so I've been to, it's one of my favorites. You could combine it with Sea World and Schlitterbahn, and really make a nice trip out of it. SFGAm is great too.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:08 PM

J7G3 said:
SFGAm...
They have the most 'unique' rides of the chain (Eagle, Viper, Whizzer, well... Demon) in a pretty much cookie cutter chain.

By far the worst and most hilarious attempt at trying to convince people of something.

First of all, Viper is a Coney-Island-Cyclone knock-off -- not unique.

And you say "they have the most unique rides in the chain, in a pretty much cookie cutter chain?"

What do you call Deja Vu, Batman The Ride, Vertical Velocity, Ragin' Cajun, Spacely's Sprocket Rockets, and Superman Ultimate Flight?

Ironically, that's the largest number of "off-the-shelf" coasters in any one Six Flags park.


Chitown said:
You just mentioned Colorado, so I just did a mileage range from Denver to Valencia, Ca. (where SFMM is). It calculates 1019 miles. Even if you live on the western edge of Colorado, that is still right at the max or near it for the miles you are willing to travel.

If just SF parks on your agenda, you could do both SFGAm and SFSTl in one weekend. Both parks are well run and worth a visit.


Same said with SFGam and SFSTL...and they're actually farther. I just did a mileage range from Denver to Gurnee, IL (where SFGAm is) and it calculates 1027 miles. So on and so forth.

*** Edited 8/23/2007 6:16:36 PM UTC by kRaXLeRidAh***

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Thursday, August 23, 2007 3:22 PM

DWeaver said:Actually, my last visit to SFGAd a few weeks ago was the best visit I have had to a Six Flags park in nearly a decade. And all but one of my recent visits to Six Flags parks in general (SFNE, SFKK, SFMM, SFSTL and SFOT) have all been MUCH improved over the last few years. SFGAm actually was the one visit where I felt things seemed to be going south. The ride closures there are out of control.

Took the words RIGHT out of my mouth...might be a slightly different mix of parks, but SF as a whole is on the upswing, in a BIG way... :)

What on EARTH happened to the Chicago park, though? WAY too few employees, too many rides closed or majorly short-staffed... :(

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Thursday, August 23, 2007 3:32 PM

Took the words RIGHT out of my mouth...might be a slightly different mix of parks, but SF as a whole is on the upswing, in a BIG way...

:) :)

Nice to hear that come from someone like Gator.

I still have faith in Shapiro.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:10 PM
At this point, I think it is going to be SFOT. We have one girl going who just went on her first coaster last year and she has never been there. We will be going to CA next summer, so I am going to wait on that one until the whole family can go. I am only going to have 2 days ( 3 if we go Labor Day Weekend) so I think the other parks I was looking at will wait until I have more time to spend and have another driver. Thanks so much to everyone who replied. This was a hard decision to make. I want to go to all of them now. *LOL*
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