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#1 TheLegendaryMatthew

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 06:41 PM

Well some of you may not know me, but if you do you should know that I haven't been to SFGAdv. I want to go next year around my birthday. (April 30th). I know I'm going to Hershey park, but I also get to go to SFGAdv later on. I just want to ask about a few things.
What other attractions are around SFGAdv?
What are some of the best Hotels to pick?
Hows the weather up around may-june?
Is there anything to know about the park, like general tips and such?
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:29 PM

What other attractions are around SFGAdv? - If you're not down the shore often, go to the boardwalk! The rides not might be open but I'd still go. Then you have New York City (relatively close, depending where you are coming from) and Philly. Umm, yeah haha not too sure.
Hotels? - Stay at like a Quality Inn or Comfort Inn or something. I'm sure there's one nearby. If you go after Hurricane Harbor opens, you could check that out too.
Weather? - Usually in the 70's-lower 80's, but then again you could have one of those days where it is 50 and one where it is 90.
Tips? - Eat outside of the park (there is a KFC/BK/McDonald's/Wawa down the road), or bring food in the car. Also bring water to leave in the car. Bring sunscreen if you burn easy, and reapply it at least once or you will be sorry. Wear comfortable clothes and especially shoes. If you don't have someone to hold your stuff on rides, make sure you have money for lockers or a fanny pack. Try to get there at opening and head for Ka, do El Toro, and then I would go to Nitro and the Gotham area. Bring a camera! And be careful.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:50 PM

Definitely try to get to the park as early as possible. You'd be visiting when the season just starts to get into full swing, so there's a pretty good chance there'll be a pretty good chance there's going to be a crowd there. If you want to get on Kingda Ka or El Toro and get good seats, go with Amanda's suggestion, get there early and hit those rides first as they're going to be the first to be slammed. Also, try to hit everything early and quick as getting out of the park at closing is an absolute nightmare. In terms of food, I seriously suggest packing your own food for the day since the McDonalds, BK, and KFC are all upcharged thanks to their proximity to the park. If you're going with a large group there's also a picnic area by the bus pickup area; as with most other theme parks, personal food and drink is not allowed into the park. Don't wear any offensive clothing (swear words, nudity, suggestive quotes, etc.), as they would make people buy a $5.00 plain white t-shirt and change if their clothes contained any offensive material this past season.

As for other things to do in the area, Point Pleasant Beach is definitely a good boardwalk to go to if you don't live by a boardwalk. Seaside Heights is a bigger boardwalk, and its rides are a step up from PPB, but it isn't..."family friendly"...so to speak. Point is all around a better area and since you're going to SFGA rides probably aren't on your list for the boardwalk.

Unfortunately, I can't particularly help with lodging as I live only 15 minutes from GAdv and never had to stay at a hotel to go to the park...
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:55 PM

I think there is a Holiday Inn somewhere within 30 mins of the park. Im not sure where though
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 10:41 PM

Here's the trip I would take.

Plan a trip for late May. A weekday, preferably, towards late May. Medusa will be opened by then. Six Flags is usually DEAD on May weekdays. Here's how I would plan my day:

Eat a HUGE breakfast. Fill yourself up and make sure to bring food to leave in your car. Food in the park is expensive, and unless you want to pay about $40 to eat, I suggest bringing your own food. Also make sure you have at least one other person with you to carry your belongings, or if you're alone, bring extra money for lockers. Now. Get to the park at 9:00am and wait for the gates to open at 10:00am. (It seems ridiculous, but trust me, you'll regret it if you come in after the park has opened.) Wait inside the park until 10:30am, and buy a Souvenir Bottle. It will come in handy if you get thirsty in the middle of the day, considering re-fills are free. when they open the park. Head straight for Kingda Ka. Get a front row ride on it, and then quickly leave the Golden Kingdom. Head over to El Toro. Sit in the back, and the front. They are must ride seats. After El Toro, head over to Rolling Thunder. Ride both sides, front row, and back (if you dare). After Rolling Thunder, move on over to Medusa, or whatever it's going to be called next year. Front row is a must, the feeling is incomparable with the floorless trains. (Providing the trains are still floorless next season). After Medusa, Walk over to Runaway Mine Train. Get the first row of any car, there's more leg room. At this point, if you don't feel like walking, you can take the Dream Street Skyway Over to the other side of the park. At this time it should be around 12:30-1:00pm. Head back to your car, remembering to stamp your hands, and have some lunch. Dilly dally, trust me.
By the time you return it should be around 2:30-3:00pm. Head over to the flat rides we have. Put the remainder of the coasters aside for now. Enjoy rides like Twister, Buccaneer, etc. Also, take advantage of the up-charge attractions at this time. Dare Devil Dive is my favorite, following closely by ErUPtion. DDD is expensive, but totally worth it. ErUPtion is about $5. There is also the Go-Karts and the Rockwall. Enjoy those attractions, and by this time it should be around 5:00pm.
Providing the park closes at 8:00pm on this weekday, possibly earlier at 6:00pm, you should now make your way over to Nitro. It should be a walk on. Make sure to ride front and back rows if you can, they are must ride rows. After that, head over to Batman: the Ride. Sit in the front, anywhere else hurts a bit. After that, quickly head ride across the path to The Dark Knight Coaster. It is a fun family ride, don't expect a thrill out of it. Now head over to Skull Mountain. Sit in the back row. If you're a credit whore, you can move quickly to Road Runner Railway in the adjacent Looney Tunes Seaport. If not, head down the Lakefront to Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train. It is a lot of fun, despite it's size. The park should be closing very soon. Quickly head over to The Great American Scream Machine. It will be a complete walk-on. Anywhere you sit it's going to rough you up, but it's very fun, IMO. Now finally head right over to the adjacent Superman: Ultimate Flight. It will be a walk-on. If extreme forces bother you, sit in the middle. If not, then front is a lot of fun, as is back. If there's any time left over, use it to purchase some souvenirs.

As far as hotel stays are involved, the lovely Raddison in Freehold is about fifteen minutes North of the park, DIRECTLY up the road. It's the nicest hotel near the park.

As for other attractions, Head down to the Shore. Seaside Heights is my favorite. They have two boardwalk piers, Casino Pier and Funtown Pier. Make sure to check hours and ride availability from their websites prior to visiting. Also, New York City is about 75 minutes north of the park. If you haven't been, it's wonderful.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:48 PM

I would also like to ask how far away hershey is from SFGAdv. Becuse I'm most likely to go to both parks in 1 weekend.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:54 PM

I would also like to ask how far away hershey is from SFGAdv. Becuse I'm most likely to go to both parks in 1 weekend.

I am going to estimate "three-four" hours? Or that could be Dorney's distance.

I know Great Adventure is 30min from my house, and Hershey is two and a half at least.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:56 PM

Yeah Josh is about spot on. I'm 15-20 minutes from the park and Hershey is usually about 3 hours from me with no traffic.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:27 AM

I would also like to ask how far away hershey is from SFGAdv. Becuse I'm most likely to go to both parks in 1 weekend.

I am going to estimate "three-four" hours? Or that could be Dorney's distance.

I know Great Adventure is 30min from my house, and Hershey is two and a half at least.


See i will disagree with you on the Three to Four hours from GADV, it about two hours to get to hershey from GADV ( from the employee lot). I know this for a fact because last aug. i left from employee housing heading to hershey and it two hours to get their
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:15 PM

See i will disagree with you on the Three to Four hours from GADV, it about two hours to get to hershey from GADV ( from the employee lot). I know this for a fact because last aug. i left from employee housing heading to hershey and it two hours to get their


Wow...You must have been flying lol. It takes me about an hour and a half to two hours to reach dorney, and definitely three to four to get to hershey from Toms River.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:55 AM

I would also like to ask how far away hershey is from SFGAdv. Becuse I'm most likely to go to both parks in 1 weekend.

I am going to estimate "three-four" hours? Or that could be Dorney's distance.

I know Great Adventure is 30min from my house, and Hershey is two and a half at least.


See i will disagree with you on the Three to Four hours from GADV, it about two hours to get to hershey from GADV ( from the employee lot). I know this for a fact because last aug. i left from employee housing heading to hershey and it two hours to get their


Seriously, thats like impossible. I know because I've tried too. And my friends DO NOT go the speed limit.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:30 PM

I would also like to ask how far away hershey is from SFGAdv. Becuse I'm most likely to go to both parks in 1 weekend.

I am going to estimate "three-four" hours? Or that could be Dorney's distance.

I know Great Adventure is 30min from my house, and Hershey is two and a half at least.


Only 30 minutes? I am possibly moving to Ventnor next year (we have a place there now but don't go that often except in the summer) and Yahoo is telling me the park is over 90 minutes away and Ventnor isn't that far from EHT. I hope Yahoo is wrong since if I do move, I'd like to be around the same distance from the park as I am now. I am basically inbetween Great Adventure and Dorney and both are 45 - 50 minutes away from me, with Hershey being just under 2 hours away.
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