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Mushroom

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Hey, guys. I don't typically ask for a lot of help on here, but I will be in the D.C. area next week and we have one to two days set aside for Six Flags America. Having never been to any Six Flags park, I'm not quite sure what to expect. I have done my research (and have a fair amount of knowledge gained over the years about the park) as far as knowing about the coasters, the theme, and the basics of the park. I already know the park, and I'm ready to brace myself for low-quality DC comics themes and the like. I want the trip to sorta be a surprise for once, but I do want to be prepared.

So, if you wouldn't mind sharing some tips, I'd be more than grateful. What should I make sure I do? What should I skip (keeping in mind I won't be returning any time soon)? What rides get the most crowded early on? Is one day sufficient for thoroughly experiencing the park?

Thanks a lot for Tthe help, guys! I really appreciate it! :)
 

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I've had a season pass to Six Flags America every year since 2009 with the exception of this year.

What day of the week are you going? The DC Comic coasters are usually plagued by long lines. Batwing is notorious for haveing 1+ hour long lines no matter the day of the week because, I kid you not, the coaster takes 5 minutes to dispatch a train. You really shouldn't experience lines on either of the two wood coasters and the line for Superman and Joker's Jinx tend to fluctuate, they can be long they can be short, it just depends. I've never stood in a line for Apocalypse even on it's grand opening weekend, the ride just never has a line. Ride Apocalypse towards the front of the train not the back, for a smoother ride. While there is no smooth seat on Apocalypse, you in for less head banging in the front of the train.

Mind Eraser is your typical Vekoma SLC, I don't know if you have ever ridden a Vekoma SLC before but I've ridden at least 3 now and SFA's is surprisingly the smoothest if that can even be said about an SLC. Hold your head back as firm as you can on the headrest and just try not to let your head bang on it. The worst part of ANY of the SLC's I've ridden is actually after the ride is over. Be prepared to slam your head into the side of the restraint when the train makes the right hand turn into the station from the final break run. The train can't even be going 5 miles an hour and it will slam your head. Its happened to me on every single SLC so please brace yourself.

The Mardi Gras section is totally new, so please take a ton of pictures of that area all the way back to the Wild One wood coaster in the area that used to be the SouthWest Territory, I haven't been able to get up to the park this season and from what I have seen in a couple of pictures the area looks really great.

Hope this helps.
 

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Shane said:
Ride Apocalypse In the very back towards the front of the train not the back, for a smoother ride. While there is no smooth seat on Apocalypse, you in for less head banging in the front of the train. You should never ride anywhere on a rollercoaster but the very back.

I see you had a couple of typos, so I fixed them for you!
 

Mushroom

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Thanks a ton for the help, guys! Shane- thanks for such a comprehensive write-up, too. I remember somebody relating the park to Paramount-era Kings Dominion, so I'm more or less expecting that. I'm still excited to see what it's like. Maybe it'll make me feel better about BGW. :p

Couple of questions: Which ride(s) should I hit first? It sounds like Batwing and maybe Superman should be hit early on to avoid long lines (what I call "Volcano Protocol"), so it sounds like Gotham City should be hit first? Similarly, I am wondering if it's worth spending time at the waterpark. Is it worth checking out? Also, it looks like they have a Quick Queue-type pass called Flash Pass. I doubt I will be returning any time soon, so is it worth getting the pass?

Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate all the help! :) And don't worry, I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to share.


Zimmy said:
Ride Apocalypse In the very backYou should never ride anywhere on a rollercoaster but the very back.

I think "never" is stretching it. Ever ridden Anaconda in the very back?
 

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ReggaeInMyJeggae said:
Zachary said:
Summary: It's a very bad place. You're better off driving two hours north to Hershey or two hours south to Kings Dominion. :p

I feel a #FunChallenge coming on...

That is already under discussion, actually.

Joe said:
I think "never" is stretching it. Ever ridden Anaconda in the very back?

Joe: I only ride Anaconda in the back
 
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I would actually say that Roar, Superman, and Joker's Jinx are good enough to justify one visit. Plus going to SFA and BGW in the same day got me some well needed perspective. It's bad, but not without it's upsides (and you don't need a dumb hash tag trend to tell you that).
 

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Alright guys, I will be visiting the park tomorrow. If anyone wouldn't mind answering, where should I go first? Should I hit Batwing due to its low capacity and then hit the rest of Gotham City? I'm the kind of person that will zigzag back and forth across the park to hit the rides in the best order.

Thanks again for the help, guys.
 

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I was there Sunday so my word of advice is ask for a Slurpee. When I asked for a frozen drink or an Icee, the employee was confused and came back with a lemonade. You have to be very specific. Also do not eat in the park. It's over priced and terrible. And make sure to go to the store Attitudes and get underwear for your hands for only 12 dollars! Have fun!
 
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