Worth the drive to SF Gadv?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:01 AM

Last year we purchased a pass to SFDL and it was only about $50 for each person in my family. Not bad but over the years we've gotten more and more disgusted and unimpressed with the management at SFDL who refuses to run 2 trains on coasters and allows slow ride ops (with the exception of SROS).

The only reason we bought it was so we could go to SFNE so it worked out well and we saved some money.

Would it be worth getting a SFDL pass so I could go there a few times and then drive the 5 hours to SFgadv?

What's it like? Long lines all the time? How's the customer service?

I'm not worried about the coaster lineup, it looks awesome.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:11 AM
This question will be easier to answer later in the year. But last season I used a gold q-bot on a saturday in mid-summer and didn't wait longer than 30 mins for any ride that the system is available on buying a season pass made the q-bot an option since we didn't need to pay admission to the park. But this season it sounds like they are stepping up the ops so maybe the q-bot may not be needed. Coasters at GAdv run 2 trains or more if designed for it.

I would say if you never been there. Yes it's worth the trip on the lineup alone. But you may see long waits on Superman Ultimate Flight and Kingda Ka when it opens. *** Edited 4/19/2005 5:54:36 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:47 AM
Read some trip reports and make the decision yourself. Whenever I am within an hour or two I try and make it a point to go for a few hours to ride Nitro, Batman and Medusa.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:34 AM
I fly 3000 miles to go to Great Adventure. Does that answer your question?
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:50 AM
Antuan said:
I fly 3000 miles to go to Great Adventure. Does that answer your question?

I was about to say that Antuan but it is about 1100+ one way from where I live.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:11 PM
Well, Antuan also visits PGA, so he KNOWS what to look for in wood....RT/Fizzly, now THERE is a battle for the ages...;)

'Tuan knows I'm teasing...:)

And yes, if you've never been, do go to GAdv...get there NICE and early for some riding time before the crowds hit....and they WILL hit...;)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 9:52 PM
SFGAdv is one of the better SF parks. We try to get there every year. I would recommend that you try to avoid summer weekends when the park can be quite crowded. Spring, fall, and weekends usually aren't too bad.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:48 PM
^^Well Gates, I was never a big fan of wood (Unless the name starts with G and ends with Rider) so that was never an issue for me ;) I also visit Great Adventure far more often than Great America, which is a mere 40 minutes away.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:51 AM
i am not a big fan of wood unless it starts with s and ends with t:G
Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:28 AM
Great Adventure is well worth the trip. I made my first trip there last summer and will be visiting again this year. Nitro is my favorite steel coaster and I'm sure Kingda Ka will be great.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:03 AM
Great Adventure is a decent park. I visit at least once a season since I am only 2 hours away. If hitting on a weekend day the Q-bot is the only option to avoid the long lines.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:23 AM
Their lines wouldn't be that long if they ran the rides efficiently. I think the Q-bot is a scam. They have several rides Medusa, Nitro, GASM, Superman, Batman, etc that should really eat people up. And their average daily crowd is probably less than CP since their season is longer and their attendance is slightly less.

Having said that, I think that Great Adventure is probably one of the top SF parks and their coaster collection makes it well worth the trip. They really do have a great collection.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 4:03 PM
YES!! I drove 9 hrs to go there. It was my first visit and I will go back there next season it was a great park. but it did help that it was empty got 34 rides in!! If you go you MUST Ride Nitron and Superman. On my trip we got 4 consecutive rides on super man and 3 rides total on Nitro!!

The service was Excellent!! It was on par with Cedar Fair and maybe a little better. But it was only the 2nd day of op. so that might play into things. All the emplyoees were really Nice and the manager of ride Operations help us find a store that sold ChapStick (WindBurned Lips it was only 42 degrees that day Ouch!) *** Edited 4/21/2005 8:06:00 PM UTC by The Elf***

Thursday, April 21, 2005 5:10 PM
They will let you reride to if the lines are not long. While getting a few last laps in on Nitro befor the park closed, my train entered the station and there was only a hand full of people waiting for the last train. The ride ops gave in and let us reride on the last train of the day. That was a great way to finish the day. You will love the park.

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