This year I bought the season pass with parking. I highly recommend it if you plan on attending the park more than once in a season. The pass includes all of the six flags parks so we took advantage and went to six flags Atlanta over spring break. We did not have our passes yet and simply called Great America and they gave us confirmation numbers to bring to the Atlanta Park. It was very easy. I thought about getting the meal plan this year but, realized they only have it at certain food locations and it is not like Disney World where you have a certain amount of meals for your stay that are checked off. At SFGA you can only eat lunch at a certain time and dinner at a certain time. I decided not to try it but, will be looking out for review feedback from others. Instead, I have been taking advantage of the family meal plans on-line. An on-line meal plan for 4 at Johnny Rockets is $44 as compared to the same meals purchased at Johnny Rockets in the park would run you $88. I want to give a shout out to the Johnny Rockets by Xflight. They have a nice outdoor seating area and I have eaten there on 2 separate occasions and found the food pretty decent and the staff really nice. Both times a staff member helped me carry a second tray out to the table. This year Six Flags Great America is really enforcing no bags on thrill rides. I have been able to get away with a small purse at this park since the 80's but, this year they won't allow any. You can rent a locker or just have everyone wear shorts with pockets for passes, phones (sandwich bag 4 your phone on water rides) and leave everything else at home.
NOW FOR COASTERS AFTER DARK - NOT AS ADVERTISED
COASTERS AFTER DARK 4 season pass holders 0 STARS
WHAT GREAT AMERICA ADVERTISES
Friday, June 15, 2012 from 8pm-11pm. Coasters after dark is a special event for season pass holders. Enjoy exclusive ride time for three hours on SFGA major rides along with fellow season pass holders. You MUST be inside the park 60 minutes prior to the event start time in order to experience Coasters After Dark.
We got there by 6:45pm but, found Great America does not track this so you can really go in any time before the park closes. Very annoying as we waited around till 8pm assuming people would clear out and only season pass holders would stay. Not the case. Everyone is allowed to stay in the park for the event. They just limit thrill rides to season pass holders so the park is extremely crowded just like an average night at GA. 8pm comes and goes and the lines have not changed. I asked a supervisor who happened to be standing around and he told me that corporate anticipated the park to be busy that day and decided at the last minute to keep it open till 9pm instead of 8pm and make coasters after dark from 9pm-12am which annoyed me and especially him as a lot of staff had to leave and supervisors had to scramble to keep staff in the park till midnight. Now we end up waiting another hour thinking maybe the lines would slow down at 9pm. They never did. There are so many season pass holders going to Coasters After Dark that it is like any other crowded evening at GA except now the whole park is short staffed. It was a 90 minute wait to ride the Viper because they only had one person operating the ride. We walked by all the other big rides Raging Bull, X Flight, Vertical Velocity etc. but, did not bother as all the lines were easily a 90 minute wait. By 7pm the park was filthy, bathrooms were gross and the men's bathroom in the Southwest Territory was closed. All in All a bad experience and not what I expected. My recommendation is still to go to the park early and take advantage of flash pass if you want to ride a lot of thrill rides without a long wait.
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