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Long awaited SFGA trip...

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:44 am
by N_Dub04Gli
Hey everyone. So I am hoping to make it to SFGA for the first time in like 15 years. I have avoided the trip because of the crowds that are usually there during mid season. I recently had a conversation with someone who strongly sugguested that I make a late April/early May trip to be able to enjoy the park before the mass crowds, city buses, and loud abnoxious people. So here are my questions:

~Where do I find discounts for the park that early in the season? Are they offered that early? The regular price of admission makes me cringe.

~Any "must see" sugguestions? I mean food specialties, unique rides or games etc...

~I hear that there are "pay per use" lockers at every ride. Should I get any memorabilia on this day are there all day lockers that may be worth my while?

Any input or advise that can be offered is appreciated.

Re: Long awaited SFGA trip...

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:25 pm
by Yoshi
A Sunday early in the season would be the best option to go, or a weekday in June but they can be bad with school trips sometimes. Just check the event calendar to make sure there are no concerts or events (like a Scout weekend) since they can add to crowds.

The park opens at 10:30, get there at opening. Because there are no hotels near the park, from 10:30 to 12:00 the park is usually empty and plenty of chances for re-rides (which the park allows and encourages if there is no line unlike Dorney)

You can get a ticket for $41.99 on their site, if season passes are still cheap and you plan to go more than once, that is an option too. I live almost an equal distance from Dorney and Great Adventure so I go to both parks 10+ times each year. I paid $75 for a 3 park season pass for 2012. Sometimes the Coke cans have $20 off admission but that is still $44.99.

Nitro is my favorite coaster, the only bad thing is that it kind of ruined Steel Force for me because Nitro is such a better ride. Also Kingda Ka, El Toro, Superman, Green Lantern, Batman The Ridew and Bizarro are the other major coasters. Bizarro also a floorless like Hydra is a way better ride than Hydra. The Sawmill Log Flume is also nice, it's a very long flume with 3 drops.

All the coasters and water rides except the kiddie coasters and Rolling Thunder and Runaway Mine Train have lockers outside the ride. You can't take anything in line with you that won't fit in your pockets except refillable souvenir soda bottles. They are $1 and you have to get your stuff out in 2 hours or less. If you plan on using them and lines are short, you could use the lockers at Nitro for example and then ride Nitro, Batman The Ride and The Dark Knight since all are so close.

All day lockers are I think $13 and in the middle of the park in the boardwalk and at the entrance. I'd wait until the end of the day to get anything souvenirs so you don't need to use the lockers.

Re: Long awaited SFGA trip...

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:22 pm
by dptalon135
Keep your eyes open for specials on ticket prices. A lot of times they have specials in the spring where you can buy adult tickets online for the price of a kids ticket (I think around $35ish).

Re: Long awaited SFGA trip...

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:25 am
by N_Dub04Gli
Yoshi, first let me thank you for your detailed input. I think that you contribute some of the best posts of any member on a very consistant basis. I appreciate you taking the time to share your input and thoughts. I found your input most helpful.

Josh, thanks for putting my post in the proper place and for the heads up on potential online discounts. I will keep my eyes peeled.