Not exactly a bucket list item, but still could be a good way to thrill your way out of summer days :).
Ticket discount options: *** NOT sold out ***
Regular admission is $56, but you can purchase tics Mon-Fri at the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce (in person only) for a nicely discounted rate of $35 (that's $21 off). Here's the SC city link referencing this:
The Great America website also offers $10 off regular admission when you purchase online. And a season pass can be purchased online for just $56 (3 payments of $18.66). Here's the GA link:
Wear clothes/shoes that you don't mind getting wet, with pocket or fanny-pack that won't lose your valuables on rides. And something to keep your phone dry (ziploc). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and probably a hat.
Not sure how peeps will be meeting up. Maybe based on arrival time and/or whether you'll be riding coasters. ~ David