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Old 10-17-2007, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ScrantonWilkesBarre View Post
I'm still a fan of Knoebel's Amusement Park here in Pennsylvania. The park has free admission, free parking, and for rides you can either pay as you go or get a handstamp (I think I paid roughly $30 each for a handstamp for me and my boyfriend). They have roller coasters, a ferris wheel, kiddie rides, log flumes, and dozens of others.

We just went about a month ago during some sort of charity walk, so the park was packed. Nevertheless, the longest we waited in line was about ten minutes for the Tilt-a-Whirl. My friends got onto the Twister and Phoenix (the park's two massive wooden roller coasters) in just under ten minutes (I'm still afraid of roller coasters myself ever since I saw the opening scene in Final Destination 3).

I can't recall ever not having a great time at Knoebel's. It's not far off of I-80 in Central Pennsylvania; roughly a two-hour drive for most of you.
Yes, we like it very much! And if you want to save some money, you can bid 2.5* hotel at $45 on priceline.com to get this wonderful new Country Inn and Suites nearby.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:39 AM
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My wife, son and I have had season passes for the last 3 or 4 years, and here is what works for us, so we feel like we get our money's worth and actually enjoy everything. We live around 35 minutes drive from the park.

1. Make sure you get the 3-park pass (includes Hurricane Harbor). Get your passes early, i.e. in April or before, so you are ready to use 'em as soon as the park opens in the spring and you save money on the passes.
2. Go to Great Adventure several times during April - May, even into early June, before school ends. During that time, the lines are short (or reasonable for Kingda Ka, El Toro and Superman) and temperatures nice. Our son really loves roller coasters, so he gets his fill during this time. He was able to ride Kingda Ka and El Toro multiple times this season without standing in a line of more than approx 30 minutes max. And no, we don't buy the Fast Pass, by all reports it is a ripoff.
3. Make sure to use some of the "bring a friend for free" passes during the April-June time frame also - you get extra value from your season passes, and kids get to enjoy the park with their friends.
4. Once the weather gets pretty hot and public schools are out, the lines at Great Adventure get ridiculous, especially on the weekend, but for us, we've had enough of Great Adventure by then anyway! So we start going to Hurricane Harbor. Again, by going there early in the season, you can actually ride the various water slides multiple times without standing in any long lines. As the summer progresses and the weather gets hotter, getting to the park at opening time usually means more comfort and enjoyment, as long as the weather cooperates.
5. Bring some bottles of frozen water and a backpack, and drink 'em as they thaw during the hot days. You'll have really cold water when you want it, and save money. You can't bring food or other beverages into the parks, but they let you bring in plenty of water.
6. Minimize the number of times you actually eat a meal in either of these parks. The food is so-so at best and badly over-priced. Get out of the park and go to the nearby Wawa for some much healthier and less expensive lunch instead. Or pack an ice chest with sandwiches etc and eat in the parking lot (this doesn't work as well when the summer gets really hot).
7. The crowds are not too bad during FrightFest if you go early enough in the day, so you can squeeze in one or two more Great Adventure visits during October, and weather is usually very nice then too.
Geez my family lives 8 minutes from Six Flags and I have never heard such a well organized approach to enjoying this park. Great advice.
Problem is I cannot go during the week, just fridays, and we did manage to go early mornings, but still had to wait relatively long for rides. Hurricane harbor was nice, but we waited 45 minutes in one line, it was really uncomfortable, but much better than the lines at Dorney's water park. Frightfest lines were horrible last week, but it sounds like everyone has had some decent experiences, so maybe I won't give up hope! Thanks again!!
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:39 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah go to Great Adventure during Fright Fest. I did that years ago when I was in High School and I got to ride on all of the roller coasters in the park that day. It was a blast. There's generally very short lines, if any real lines at all. You can never pull something like this off during the summertime.
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