Activities abound at the Midwest's largest theme park, from speeding roller coasters like Deja Vu and Viper to pure ... More
Six Flags Great America
Activities abound at the Midwest's largest theme park, from speeding roller coasters like Deja Vu and Viper to pure thrill rides like the Giant Drop and Vertical Velocity. But those who turn green and come one step from puking on the stomach dropping rides will find plenty of other easy going alternatives. There are also tons of activities for the tots, including Looney Tunes National Park and Camp Cartoon Network.
When I go on vacation I like to experience the most of what the place I am visiting has to offer, Because I dont plan on living forever and there are other places I want to go.
With that knowledge.... here is my recomendations and review.
First off Get your parking pass early and online also get your Flash Pass early and online - Or YOU WILL wait for hours in line. Dont be cheap - spend the money and you will thank me later.
We got the Platinum Flash Pass which allows you to ride most rides back to back once. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO. and they only sell so many per day so GET IT ONLINE AND EARLY
The food and drink is expensive. They only allow you to buy 2 Alcohol drinks total for the day - so if you want more you will have to switch to a different vendor/restaurant/ or stand. There about 5 stands that sell beer.
We were there all day on a Friday with the Flash pass and didnt see the whole park. We did ride all of the coasters (some 2-4 times) but we did miss 1-2 coasters
from what we did ride I would rate them:
1. Superman - neat effect and good first loop that gives you a unique g force not often felt on a coaster- rode 2 times
2. Ragin Bull - longer ride - fast - I like the drop - rode 4 times
3. Batman - Fast - we did it in the dark 2 times but it was hard to see as I think the park had lighting issues that night.
4. Demon - I Like the loops riode 2 times
5. X Flight - really smooth and new - almost 2 smooth but thats the idea since its a flight based coaster. looks scarier than it is. rode once as it broke down several times.
The water rides were all pretty short and you can use the FLASH Pass on a few rides in there too. Well worth it.
Their wooden coasters are not that great. Worth a ride or two but nothing to write home about.
All in all It is an awesome time - if you have the flash pass. Did I mention get the Flash pass?
See comments from MIssy on 6/21.
Time to teach your son responsibility. There are rules for attendance and a dress code as six flags. The fact your son ignored them and got caught is his fault alone. Yes, you need to be clean shaven ( a trimmed stache is allowed). He needs to be on time and not still standing in line. There is a 15-30 minute window to check in...and multiple places to swipe your ID card to check in. No jewelery. No tatoos. He was well informed on the rules during his initial interview and again at training class. You son signed two forms saying he read and understood the rules. Your son ignored the rule and was penalized. You need to teach your son that if he agrees to follow the rules, then he needs to follow the rules. There are three thousand plus employees at the park that have no problems and show up on time, and in the proper uniform. It is not the park, it is your son that is the problem....and you for trying to justify his actions.
I've worked several seasons at the park. Nice place to work. Nice people work there. The rules make the place work. I hope your son can find a job that lets him arrive late, take long breaks and not shave properly or follow a dress code. Good luck with that.
DON'T EVER WORK HERE OR LET YOUR CHILD WORK HERE!!! My son is going to be a senior in high school and wanted to get a part time job over the summer. I thought this would be a fun place to work plus would teach him responsibility into becoming an adult in the working world. This was the worst idea ever. He was written up so many times for basically nothing. They would have to stand in line to swipe in and if you were not the 1st one in line and had to wait you would get written up becuase you clocked in late. He has his ears pierced, he forgot to take his earrings out and he went to clock in they told him that he had to get out of line take his earrings out and then get back in line. When he did this, they marked him as late. He was accused of lying to his boss about his break even though the other supervisor said that he was not late his boss said that he saw it with his own eyes. I think the topper was on his last day when he walked in they told him that he needed to go to HR becuase he had 5 lil hairs on his chin and he needed to buy a razor and shave before he started his shift. I am so disappointed with how he was treated there. This was the worst 1st job experience he could have ever gotten. If you are wanting your child to get a part time job, please tell them to look elsewhere. This was terrible.
Last fall, I was told that when we purchased our season passes and got parking for the season, we would get a sticker for our car, so if my husband wanted to bring a couple of our kids to Great America without me, then he could still use our parking pass. Today, I was told that only one person in the family has the season parking pass and my husband would have to purchase a separate parking pass for $30.00 for the season. Why do we, as a family, have to purchase a second parking pass when we already have one? We are not driving two separate cars.
When I addressed this with staff at Great America today, they suggested putting it on one of the kids' passes, but I have four children, some of who are teens and some younger, and it is very likely that that one kid will not go every single time we visit.
I was very excited to get season passes for my family, but something like this really makes me feel like the Great America organization is out to make money any way they can, not to service the very families who come to their parks.
If a family has a season parking pass, then at the very least, the mother and father should be able to use it, even if they are there at separate times.
Really, I would much rather spend my money buying memberships at Chicago area museums and zoos that are much more family friendly. Or even saving my money and going to amusement parks that are not associated with the Six Flags company at this point.
Pleaase don't go here. We went during Fright Fest and it was probably the worst day of my entire year. We arrived at 1pm and didn't leave till 10:30. During that time we were only able to get on TWO RIDES because the lines were THAT LONG. We had to give up on some of the coasters because they literally were not moving. Only the flashpass people were getting on while the rest of us just stood there.
Furthermore, the crowds make it difficult to even get around in the place. The lines were so long that they extended way past the waiting area and into the actual "walking" area. All the haunted houses cost extra fees (as if the $60 you pay to get in, PLUS $20 parking isn't already enough for two freaking rides) and even the go karts cost extra (can you say MAJOR RIP OFF?). On top of it all, it costs NINE DOLLARS FOR ONE SLICE OF PIZZA! And it genuinely was some of the worst food I've had. It tasted like frozen pizza that has gotten cold and been reheated. Then you've got five dollars for a little baskte of fries (which didn't seem to have ANY salt on them).
Please spare yourself the agony and DON'T GO. Six Flags only cares about money. They have no max capacity (which they REALLY SHOULD) and EVERYTHING is overpriced. The decorations were decent but I only saw about five characters walking around through the masses of crowds. I used to LOVE Six Flags and I was VERY excited to go this year. It really sucked to have been crushed THAT BADLY. It's not the same and I am never going again. Not until they change their ways and start being reasonable. $60 (plus parking and food) is NOT worth to go on two rides. Paying double that for flashpasses seems ridiculous (and I even overheard some flashpass holders complaining about THEIR lines too). Major rip-off, highway robbery, i don't care what you call it just DON'T GO.
Oh, and by the way, if you plan on bringing ANYTHING with you (including a tiny little purse to carry your wallet in which you will NEED, expect on paying an ADDITIONAL $7 for a locker because they don't allow any loose article on the rides.
Deja Vu. Wish it was still there...
Get a season pass. it goes a long way... plus parking.
food however is very expensive.
if you're every in southern indiana check out holiday world. their food is half the price and their soft drinks FREE all day! no parking fee either. awesome rollercoasters there!
I went on October sunny Saturday and waiting lines were from 2.5 hours for most popular rides to about an hour to nearly worthless ones. People traffic is annoyingly slow and nothing is ever purchasable without waiting time. Some rides may be great, but 30 sec roller coaster isn't just as exciting after 2 hour waiting in line. Absolute waste of time and spoiled expectations.
i went about 2 weekends ago, the flash pass is the way to go during the summer, it helps alot. every major ride had extreme lines but not with flashpass you get yo cut almost everyone , i got on superman 5 times and it was a max of 5 minutes before i got on the ride. and this was the regular flash pass. and the regular wait for superman is about an hour and ahalf.
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