Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I have purchased Six Flags memberships for myself and each of my children. I’ve purchased the Six Flags dining pass for myself and my children. All opinions are my own.
Sometime two years ago, I decided it was time to snag a membership to Six Flags Over Georgia. The youngest child, at 7, was old enough. I knew that my teen and tween sons would enjoy it and would have the opportunity to go both with our family as well as with friends. Six Flags had a fabulous sale on the memberships which included admission to both the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park AND the Six Flags White Water park. White Water is only 20 minutes from our house and my kids love water parks, so this was a no-brainer.
The only thing I didn’t love about having passes there is the policy of no outside food permitted in the park. When you have three hungry boys to feed, things can get expensive. Especially at the water park, where my children would be perfectly happy staying from park open until park close. You can go out to your car, eat, and then come back in, but I’m lazy enough where that is just a hassle to me.
What is the Six Flags dining pass? There are several levels. There are plans that offer benefits at Six Flags but not White Water. For pass holders that know they will be frequenting both parks, the combo Six Flags dining pass is another option and is illustrated below.
Is it worth it? Each dining pass is $82.99. (Flash Sale as of 9/1/2017) That’s a lot for four people which is why I am spacing out the purchases one at a time to our passes.There is currently a sale going on where you can purchase the Deluxe Six Flags dining pass and get an automatic upgrade to the Premium pass. I grabbed it for my middle son because I knew that he would get invited to go with friends and this would be a huge convenience. After our first visit of the season this year, I grabbed one for myself as well.
Let’s look at prices for just a regular day. Each meal basket at the various restaurants and counters are approximately $9-$10. While the portions of food are respectable, this does not include your drink. A regular size soda is around $4.75. Most of the snacks are around $5. If you are the type who stays in the park all day, that’s another meal of roughly $10 with another drink. So, you’ve now spent about $35 on food in one day; $40 if you got another drink with your snack. That’s half the cost of the dining pass spent in just one day.
If you were to purchase the sports bottle that gives you free refill privileges all season, it would cost you around $20-$23. There is a discount for buying two, three or four bottles at one time. You could buy a different bottle for only $15.99 but that one requires you to pay .99 for each refill.
Is it a restricted menu? Not really. Naturally, not EVERYTHING in the park is available for Six Flags dining pass members but I found a great variety of food at locations all over the park. On all the menu boards, items that are eligible for purchase using the dining plan will have the dining plan logo next to them. It’s really easy to tell at a glance what your options are. Same goes for the snack options. You can visit the Six Flags website for a complete list of food available and where you can find it.
My verdict: The Six Flags dining pass is TOTALLY worth it for my family. On our most recent visit to White Water we stayed for SEVEN HOURS. Seven hungry and thirsty hours. Although I had to pay for food for two of my sons, it was so great to walk up to the concession stand with just my season pass in my hand, knowing that my son and I could choose from a variety of things on the menu. I also had peace of mind using the sports bottles to refill whenever anyone got thirsty. When I send my son to Six Flags with a friend’s family, I don’t have to worry about sending him with cash that he might lose or blow on junk. We will most definitely be regular visitors at the parks this summer so I’m confident that this will turn out to be a great deal for us.
Who is it not worth it for? Families that for some reason just won’t be frequent visitors. Guests on a restricted diet might not have the flexibility they need. People who only stay in the parks for a couple of hours each time.
That’s a pretty short list. Six Flags Over Georgia is about 45 minutes from our house, so you better believe that once we go, we are there for the day. Now that the DC Super Friends area and The Battle For Metropolis ride is open, all my guys have plenty to entertain them. While White Water is closer, my kids love it so much that we spend all day there, too.
If you are a season pass holder, seriously consider purchasing the dining plan as an add-on to your pass! I already know that it’s going to save our family a lot of money this summer!