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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Zand » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:43 am

Unfortunately this cold is just unprecedented. I've never seen a stretch of single digit temps last this long here midwinter nevermind in December. Im sure the park was ready for a frigid day or two but nothing like this ever lasts for weeks like this around here.

Bummed I never made it out for Christmas as I really wanted to see it. Based on the reports of good crowds early on I'm sure it'll absolutely be back next year and maybe we'll have temps back to average (or maybe even 70 on Christmas like 2 years ago lol).

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Blind Idiot God » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:28 am

I've seen worse cold snaps last for comparable lengths of time, but I've never seen them come this early. Really can't blame them for calling it off early, absolutely no one wants to be outside for any length of time beyond what is necessary right now.

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:39 pm

Yeah they can't be getting into this without knowing weather varies. BGW had a year they were running only Griffon and the water kept freezing, which it didn't for the previous 1-2 years they ran it. Their Christmas Town seemed like an experiment the first few years anyway, kind of a good thing. They still have the unusual little local vendors market, though smaller. SFA's HitP makes me wonder if it will make it though.

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Rill'o'beily » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:46 pm

I'm most likely flying to Boston in late April, looks like SFNE is a reasonable distance away and is open by then, should I do it or is it not worth the trouble? If it is could I maybe get some tips on getting there and anything I'd have to keep in mind etc? (plus are there any other real worth it parks near Boston?)

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:23 pm

^Yes, you should! SFNE is one of the best parks in the chain. On your way there or back you need to hit up Lake Compounce and ride Boulder Dash. One of the best woodies in the US.
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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:59 am

If you love ejector air it's one of the best parks anywhere. I've only been once so I don't know about that time of year, but it is a popular park, so it would be better to avoid Saturday or have money avail. for Flash Pass. But then we should all know that.

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:08 am

bill_s wrote:If you love ejector air it's one of the best parks anywhere.


This. WC and Superman are both worth a trip for sure.

The rest of the lineup is a bit of a step down but Batman and Joker are really good, Goliath is fine (based on one ride I had on it), Mind Eraser is a decent SLC, Flashback isn't terrible, etc etc. But Superman and WC are incredible. Also New England Sky Screamer is a pants wetter and a must do.

Agreed with Guy that if you're going from Boston to SFNE you might as well stop at Compounce as well. I'm not a big Boulder Trash fan but lots of people love it for some reason. Phobia is awesome and its a nice park for a stop otherwise.

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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:53 am

Rill'o'beily wrote:I'm most likely flying to Boston in late April, looks like SFNE is a reasonable distance away and is open by then, should I do it or is it not worth the trouble? If it is could I maybe get some tips on getting there and anything I'd have to keep in mind etc? (plus are there any other real worth it parks near Boston?)


Will you have a car for your visit? If so, Six Flags New England is about 2 hours west of Boston on the Mass Pike. It's an easy drive as long as you don't leave between 2-7 on a weekday (Boston traffic is awful). Depending how much time you have, Lake Compounce and Quassy are worth a visit for Boulder Dash and Wooden Warrior. They're about an hour south of SFNE.

I'm a huge Canobie fan too (hence my screen name). It's a half hour north of Boston if there's no traffic, but I'd recommend the other parks before Canobie. Canobie is a great traditional park, but they don't have the top notch coasters of the other places.

If you don't have a car, getting to SFNE could be a bit trickier. SFNE is located in Agawam, a small town just south of Springfield. The T (Boston's subway/train system) only goes as far west as Worcester and Springfield is another 60 miles west. That leaves your public transit options as the Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to Springfield and then calling a cab or Uber to finish the route to the park. Both the buses and trains will leave around South Station. Logan has a free Silver Line bus that can connect you to South Station.

SFNE has a Greyhound bus extension in the summer, but I don't believe it will be running in April. I also don't know anyone who has ever taken it so I don't know how good/bad it is. I took my fair share of Greyhound buses in college and it goes without saying they're usually not in the best of neighborhoods. The one in Springfield in particular is in a really bad area, so I don't recommend it. In general, Springfield isn't really a place worth visiting outside of the Basketball Hall of Fame or the Big E in the fall.

Hopefully you will have a car, but if not it is possible to get to SFNE via public transit. It'll just take a while. I don't think you can get to any of the other parks with just public transit.
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Re: Six Flags New England (SFNE) Discussion Thread

Postby Sluggo77 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:54 am

Rill'o'beily wrote:should I do it or is it not worth the trouble?


Yes you should definitely visit SFNE. For all the reasons others have already said. WC and Superman are worth it alone. If you’ve never been on a free spin The Joker clone is short but fun. The rest of the coaster lineup is solid. Even Thunderbolt is a fun classic woodie. Don’t skip ME / Riddler? thinking it’s going to be a rough SLC. The new trains added this past year with vest restraints have made it a really fun ride. You still get tossed around but no head banging at all. In April the park can get busy but nothing like the summer or fall so you should be able to ride everything even without a flash pass. Maybe just budget for it just in case.

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