We were there yesterday. Rules, options and prices have changed.
We were there last year when they first offered the Fast Lane for $55 each.
Now, they have a different set up, higher prices but group discounts.
FAST LANE PASS
$65 each for one to two people, $55 each for 3 people, $50 each for four or more.
Good for all rides with the option EXCEPT Top Thrill Dragster and the new GateKeeper
FAST LANE PLUS PASS
$80 for one or two people. Can't remember the 'discount' for three. $65 each for four or more.
Good for all rides INCLUDING Top Thrill Dragster and the new GateKeeper.
They are available at the front and at gift shops throughout the park if they have the sign and price list outside.
We bought them last year and did not regret it. It was my husband's company's picnic on a Saturday in July - packed to the gills and 92 degrees. We had free tickets so the Fast Past (as we are somehow used to calling it) was worth its weight in gold. The longest we had to wait for anything was about 30 minutes for The Maverick and Top Thrill Dragster when the posted times were at least 90 minutes for the coasters.
This year, I got free tix and we went in the middle of the week before high season. We waited 45 minutes for the GateKeeper at 10:30 am. Not too bad, but it will probably be longer once the high season kicks in. The Fast Lane sign said the wait was 15 min.
We admitted that we got a bit spoiled with the Pass last year. We're both in our early 40s (backs not like they used to be) and Hubby had to be at work by 7am the next day. Carpe diem. We splurged with the Fast Lane Plus.
It did get us on the GateKeeper and Top Thrill Dragster in 15 minutes or under. But, by 4 pm, the GateKeeper's line was only 30 minutes. Again, that's an off day in low season.
Here's what we rode and the time it took with the Fast Lane Plus pass:
All times are based on us getting in the least populated gate. We never waited for the front or back row.
Average times are based on our observations only, based on a Wednesday in early June.
All times are based on us getting in line to the platform gates. Fast Lane holders are slowly weaved into the others by staff at the platform entry before you get to the gates. Some rides like the Millennium Force let you in as far as 'the bridge,' so your wait is almost guaranteed at 15 minutes or more if you want to wait for the front or back car.
Gatekeeper - 15 min (avg time 45 min - 30 min)
Raptor - 10 min (avg 60 - 30)
Millennium Force - 15 min (avg 90 to 30)
Maverick - 5 min (even though it was down for three hours in the morning) (avg 2 hrs -45)
SkyFall - Closed all day (the GIANT swing in Frontier Land)
Gemini - Instant (avg 15-30)
Magnum - 10 min (avg 30)
Top Thrill Dragster - 25 min (avg 90)
Power Tower - Instant on Rocket Up, waited just one ride for Free Fall (avg 15)
We got there at 10:30 and left at 8. We went on the Gatekeeper, Maverick and Millennium three times, Raptor twice and others once with plenty of time to get home at a decent hour for work the next day.
Just observations and experiences.