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Everything posted by Yoshi

  1. Hand sanitizer stations all over the park would be great, especially at the exit of Justice League. I usually end up washing my hands afterwards since the laser guns are probably covered in germs (and I guess it's the same for seatbelts and lap bars as well on the other rides). Hershey has dispensers at the exits to almost every ride and since they are there, I frequently stop at them.
  2. That's how I feel as well, if it's not a Freestyle machine, the only option at a regular soda fountain for low or no calories, carbs and sugar is usually Diet Coke which I don't always want when it is hot outside because of the caffeine. I like how the Freestyle machines have light lemonade and light fruit flavored drinks.
  3. It would be great to be able to process the pass online when the pass pricing is the lowest of the year and you only have around a month to get to the park to process the pass and get the free upgrade to Gold. It would also help speed up entry with anyone processing online not having to wait at the entrance for the pass to be processed.
  4. Great report. It's surprising to hear they weren't checking the parking if it was hours before park closing time.
  5. I like how Six Flags can not only run Nitro and other coasters in really cold weather and then promote a challenge about riding the coaster in the cold when other park chains wouldn't even consider running a B&M Hyper in December unless the park was in an area with warm weather.
  6. With both Skyway stations open, hopefully the lines will be short at the Frontier Adventures station with not as many people in that area of the park. I also like how a lot of the games are re-themed for HITP.
  7. Yoshi


    Yeah I think it's because of off season maintenance. Bizarro probably was still running 2 trains if they only needed to start working on 1 train, similar to Nitro with the 3rd train taken apart already (it can be seen under Batman when at Nitro). Yes, it's nice going to the park and not finding some or most of someone's favorite non major rides being closed because of staffing. Thanks, one strategy I found helped me. I'm going to post it as a spoiler tag Thank you. I have been to some other parks that usually will allow rerides but Great Adventure continues to be the only one that always seems to encourage rerides with the announcements in the station.
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    I wasn't sure about going to the park yesterday because I thought with it would be kind of crowded. It was warm with the temperature reaching almost 70 degrees, NYC and Philadelphia school districts closed, bring a friend free and free admission for the military. Crowd levels were not at all what I was expecting, the park was empty with basically no lines for anything except Kingda Ka and The Skyway. It was a lot of fun to just walk around the park knowing you can just walk onto almost any ride and in most cases re-ride as much as you wanted. I took advantage of the low crowds to ride Justice League without anyone else in the ride vehicle and try to see if I could find which targets gave more points and without having to compete with others in the vehicle for the same targets my best score was just under 320,000. I want to eventually try to get over 500,000 points which seems kind of difficult. Even with the low crowds, coasters like Nitro and Skull Mountain were still running multiple trains and at Skull Mountain, the ride operators were literally running to check the lap bars. Skull Mountain felt like it was running slower in the final helix than normal. The Dark Knight was not running the pre-show which I was happy about since that it meant instant access to the ride without having to wait for the pre-show doors to open and then watch the video. I also thought it was great that all rides were open except in the case of a breakdown. On a Monday in November Great Adventure is able to have all the rides open and most food places open yet Hersheypark has 30+ rides closed on weekends. I remember in the early 2000's, out of Great Adventure, Dorney and Hershey, I thought Great Adventure was the worst run of the 3 parks for many reasons. Now it's the opposite and I think Great Adventure is run much better than Dorney and Hershey and it's not even close. I was also hoping to get some final rides at the rides that were closing for the season. When I was riding Runaway Mine Train I saw Bizarro was closed and I don't think it re-opened the rest of the day. Zumanjaro was closed and Kingda Ka had also broken down with the 1 train running on the launch track with riders. I think both rides might have re-opened but never got back to that section of the park before closing. Even missing out on those rides, it was still an excellent trip to the park, probably the best one for me in a year and a half. Ride Count: Nitro, 6 Justice League, 5 The Dark Knight, 2 Skull Mountain, 5 Runaway Mine Train, 2 SkyScreamer, 2 El Toro, 1 Batman, 1 Green Lantern, 1
  9. I also would, there have been a few times I have worn shorts and a t shirt to HITP when it's been warm enough although I usually bring a light jacket as well. I could handle a 3 minute coaster even if it was cold out.
  10. That looks cool. If the new version of the card has different choices (like the Disney credit card), I'd like to see a card with Nitro on it.
  11. It feels strange that yesterday I was walking around Great Adventure with the temperature close to 70 and now today there is snow on the ground.
  12. If the Six Flags branded credit card is a rewards card with the ability to use points on season passes, memberships or other Six Flags items, I would consider applying. I used to have a Universal credit card that had Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure tickets as rewards but it got changed to a regular Chase credit card years ago.
  13. Great pictures. It looks strange to see almost nothing where LTSP was.
  14. Dorney is bringing back Grand Carnivale for 2020: https://www.dorneypark.com/blog/2019/november/new-for-dorney-park-in-2020
  15. Screamscape and EasyWDW are reporting that Primeval Whirl is now seasonal. For a park with not that many rides, it's a shame to see yet another cutback.
  16. Yoshi


    I'm glad that this site and forums are still so active. There are some other former GADV members that post here as well. Thank you
  17. For a non member or pass holder, $42.99 with free parking seems like a great deal. If someone was going to attend the event anyway, an extra $20 for both the park and safari might convince them to go to the park too if they only planned on going to the festival.
  18. For coasters 2006. Kingda Ka and El Toro were added in back to back years and removed coasters like The Chiller, Rolling Thunder and Scream Machine were still operating. All around, maybe 1999 with all those new rides added that year (although not knowing many would be removed faster than expected).
  19. Great report. I wonder if Dorney's re-ride policy is becoming less strict. Since I started visiting Dorney on frequently in 2005, re-rides have basically never been allowed even if the coaster station is completely empty with no one waiting up until a few months ago when I have been allowed to re-ride a couple of times. I also agree about the kiosk ordering. When I go to a place with a kiosk, I have to wait in line twice, once to order my meal at the kiosk and then at the regular line to pick up the paper drink cup.
  20. If they had trouble getting more volunteers this year, I guess that would explain the amount of rides closed. I noticed most of the flat rides closed Saturday and Sunday as well but Wild Mouse and Sidewinder opened. Maybe with only 6 coasters running during Christmas Candylane, more flats will be open.
  21. Probably sometime next year. I want to wait until I see what the non grand opening pricing is and if there will be the option to just pay per ride or an all day wristband. I also want to wait until at least all the coasters are operational since I will likely visit only once or at the most once every few years and want to get all the coaster credits.
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