I recently wrote about why I purchased passes for Six Flags Great Adventure, the process or purchasing and my first trip to the park (check out the article here). Now we have our passes and were ready to hit the park!
(I wrote this post back in June but unfortunately forgot to post! I have a lot more about Six Flags coming up!)
First Trip to Six Flags Great Adventure: May 2023
On Tuesday, May 30th, we took a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure. The park did not open until 10:30. We got to the park at 10:15, to give us some time to set up the stroller and pack the stroller. If you have small kids like mine (ages 4 and 1), you know the morning is our best time of day and the by 10am, my kids have already been up for 4 hours.
We got great parking spots, pretty much in the first row of regular parking. I do not remember the park having preferred parking but apparently some passes come with th ability to park in a front parking section called prefered parking. My passes did not come with the parking upgrade.
As we were walking to the park entrance, we noticed a dozen or so school buses unloading high school students. I was a little concerned about the number of kids coming off the buses. But, the high school kids were not going to heading to the rides we were, so we only really ran into the high school students in the entry and by the large fountain.
Entry into the park took less than 10 minutes. We went through security and then the entry lines. Although there were lines in both sections, we barely waited. I had the passes on my phone, which was the first time I used the App in this way, which worked great. We had already checked in with our season passes the first time we went to the park in April, which you can read about here.
We headed into the park and right away my son saw a character hanging out at the fountain greeting kids- Tweety Bird! My son had never watched the Tweet Bird cartoon at that point- but he was beyond excited to see a character. He jumped out of the stroller, got in the short line (of two kids) to greet him. It was such an exciting and fun moment for him. (We have since watched the Tweety Bird cartoons, which he is now a huge fan of).
We first went to Jr. Thrillseekers, which we did not spend much time at the first time we went. First, the elephant ride was open, and had no line. My son was able to ride with my dad- and they had the entire ride to themselves. my daughter could have gone on with me, but she was still nervous about the rides, so we sat that one out. This ride is outside of Jr. Thrillseekers, so it gets a mix of all size riders, not just the little ones.
My son ended up going on 3 to 4 rides in the Jr. Thrillseekers section- there was not a single line and he was the only kid on every ride!
We then headed to Bugs Bunny Land. Again, my son went on several rides, with no lines. By this time it was around 11:30 and there were some other kids in the section, which was really nice to see. My daughter finally warmed up to the park and went on the merry go round- twice. My son actually went on a few rides more than once- with no lines- the ride operators let the kids stay on if they wanted.
Around 12:30 we headed out. It was packed 2 hours at the park and we had an absolute blast.
Six Flags Great Adventure: Exciting First Trip
I want to point out a few things I noticed in this trip:
- Great shaded areas. In the kids sections at least, I saw tons of shaded areas to sit or stand, especially if waiting for your child on a ride. This was very welcomed.
- Tons of picnic tables and benches. I do not know if this is throughout the park or only the kids sections, but it was great and very much appreciated.
- The lovely landscaping. I am a gardener and I took note of all of the the beautiful flower arraignments around the kids sections like hanging baskets full of flowers. All the plants were well maintained. I also noticed a flower cart that was just there for decor. I wish I took a picture- it was just a beautiful touch.
We had a great time at the park. There are some more things I am looking forward to doing and seeing:
- SHOWS> I loved The Batman show, the water shows and the marine life shows when I was a kid and went to the park. I have not seen a schedule yet of the shows and cannot wait to take my kids.
- More characters. My son LOVED meeting Tweety bird. I want to get to experience that excitement again with more characters. I do not know if the park does meet and greets- or a charter lunch like Seasame Place, but I would love to see it!
- I need to check out the shops. We saw an M&M store, Build a Bear, and store that either is a Starbucks or sells Starbucks coffee. These are all new to me at the Park and I want to check out.
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