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  1. Well Dark Knight wasn't open from when the park opened until I left just after 3. I checked each time I passed when I was riding Superman but they said in the morning it might open later but I don't think it did.
  2. Yeah I think it was the red side that was running. I only rode American Eagle once just before I was leaving and Raging Bull was running better later on so I don't know which I'd call best in the park. It's between those 2 anyways.
  3. Well I was going to Chicago for a week at the end of August so I was going to spend a day at Six Flags Great America as well. I chose the Thursday 27th to visit the park which unfortunately turned out to be a VERY wet day . I kind of expected rain due to the forecast but hoped it would clear early like the day before. I initially assumed there would be a direct bus to the park from Chicago but a few weeks ago I found out there wasn't which put the trip to the park in jeopardy. I quickly looked for alternatives and found the best way was by Metra train to either Waukegan or Libertyville and get a taxi from there to the park. I have to say the Metra website was very easy to use, all I had to do was type in Six Flags Great America and it told me how to get to the park and a list of train times. So we left for Ogilvie train station in Chicago at 7.45am for the 8.35am train to Waukegan. The train took around 1h 20mins and we quickly got a taxi straight away. We arrived at the park around 10.20 to a near empty car park :--D . Sadly the rain hadn't stopped so I feared they wouldn't open the coasters in the wet weather. We proceeded straight through the turnstiles with our online tickets and as I walked straight through I was stopped straight away as I didn't even notice they had metal Detectors... first time i seen that at a themepark! We were greeted by allot of friendly staff at the entrance plaza and got a photo taken with Mr. Six himself . Due to the terrible weather and with Illinois schools back that week, crowds were extremely light that day with all rides being walk-on! :shock: First stop was: Superman: Ultimate Flight This was my 2nd Ultimate Flight clone (the other being SFGadv's) and my 3rd B&M flyer overall. I took the back seat for my first ride and wow, the Pretzel loop was INSANE. I don't remember it being that intense on Gadv's but maybe the wet weather made it run a little faster? This version also has nicer landscaping with more trees planted around the layout. The drop was fun and the pretzel loop was fantastic then it was a bit average after that. Overall I think I slightly prefer Air as Superman just dies off after the pretzel loop and Air has nicer landscaping but Superman was still a great ride and I love the flying gimmick. 8/10 V2: This was my first Intamin Impulse coaster and I was a little excited to ride it. It's awesome watching the ride launch in front of you as you wait which got me excited. The initial launch is pretty weak but still fun and the boost as you speed backwards through the station was awesome. The holding brake isn't on (or working?) this season but it was still quite fun. 7.5/10 Batman: The Ride This is B&M's first Inverted coaster and my 3rd Batman clone. Fun as always but definitely not as intense as Madrid's version. It has a few bumps here and there but nothing major and was generally quite smooth. I found it to be more intense in the middle of the train than at the back. 8/10 Raging Bull My 2nd B&M hyper and I read allot of negative reviews so I wasn't expecting too much. I took my first ride in the back row which provided great airtime on the first drop. Fun so far through the turnaround then......TRIM !!!!! And it was on bloody hard too killing allot of speed which meant no airtime over the first hill. The back provided slight floater on the drop out of the hill. Sadly the following banked hill over the station was taken far too slow as was the next turnaround ruining the pacing of the 1st half of the ride. Then up to the MCBR and surprisingly it flies through it! I'm surprised it didn't bring it to a near stop . So there was some nice airtime on the drop out of the MCBR and on the following airtime hill and the small hills provided a nice little pop of floater then another TRIM! It wasn't on as hard as the first but still took away from the final helixes. While I knew it had 2 trims its quite annoying how much they affect the ride bringing the first half to a near crawl! It's a fun ride and provided a few pops of airtime in the back but it would be a really great coaster without the trims IMO. The 1st trim was on extremely hard but luckily it ran a little better later on in the day and was quite fun overall. Not as good as Nitro but still a fun: 8/10 Viper: I haven't heard much about this woodie before but it was alright. Not too rough and provides some nice lats and a little airtime but with a little more speed over the hills it would have been allot better. 7/10 Iron Wolf: B&M's first ever coaster and my first stand-up! I was expecting the worst after reading all the reviews and it sort of lived up to them. It was only rough in a few places but those few places had allot of head banging which ruined the ride. Luckily I didn't have a headache after but my ears were still sore. By far the worst B&M I've done and the stand-up gimmick is pointless! 4/10 Demon: It was alright nothing amazing, not too rough the tunnel with lights is cool but meh.. oh and wtf is with that transition into the corkscrews? 5/10 American Eagle: The surprise of the trip! I was expecting a rough old woodie like Rolling Thunder but I found it to be allot of fun. It was pretty rough in places and the top of the massive helix is trimmed to death but it gains allot of speed throughout the helix and the last half of the ride has that out of control woodie feeling and was pretty awesome. 8.5/10 Giant Drop: Basic drop tower, nice view of the park and decent drop. Compared to Hurakan Condor it was nothing special. 7/10 Sadly due to the weather combined with the very light crowds the following rides were closed: The Dark Knight Rajin Cajun Whizzer One side of American Eagle The Rapids The Flume I wasn't too bothered by these being closed except maybe Whizzer as it looked like fun but I've done Dark Knight at Gadv and I've done plenty of crappy Wild Mouse coasters. It was far too wet for any water ride but Buccaneer Battle was still open even though I didn't see anyone riding it all the day. All coasters were running 2 trains except V2(Obviously) and Superman but they later took off the 2nd train on Batman but it was still walk on! While it rained most of the day except for 2 hours it kept the crowds away so I wasn't bothered by it. Luckily I didn't purchase the Gold flashpass online before I went as I would look like some idiot . Ride Count: Superman x3 Batman x3 V2 x4 Raging Bull x3 Viper x2 American Eagle x1 Demon x1 Iron Wolf x1 Giant Drop x1 The park looks very nice with some nice theming. They have music playing throughout the park which sets off a nice atmosphere and I wasn't bothered by the amount of advertising. But I have to say, I know themepark food is overpriced but bloody hell over $30 for a chicken strip meal and a burger meal with a drink is ridiculous! Overall park rating: 8/10
  4. Thanks for the help but renting a car isn't really an option as we are just staying in the city of Chicago for the week. Any idea the best way maybe by bus or train that gets anywhere near the park? I was really looking forward to visiting but if it's not easy to get to by public transport then I might just have to leave it . I pretty much know what to expect anyways as I have been to Six Flags Great Adventure last year and I don't usually bring a bag with me to parks so I won't have to worry about the lockers.
  5. To save me starting a new topic I have a few questions about an upcoming trip to Great America. I have never been to the park before but I plan on visiting 1 day during my holiday to Chicago. How do I get to the park from Chicago by public transport? I'm thinking of going to the park on Wednesday 26th or Thursday 27th August, how busy do you think it'll be? (are schools back at that time etc...) I was planning to buy a Gold Flashpass like I did at Great Adventure last year but if the park is allot quieter towards the end of the month I mightn't bother. Any other general advise about the park would be great to!
  6. It is listed on RCDB now . http://rcdb.com/id4147.htm Anyways it says B&M but I am questioning the height they have down. They say it's 164ft tall but I am wondering did they put it down wrong as earlier it stated it will be taller than Katun which is 164ft and maybe they just got it mixed up or maybe they have some sort of height limit? I just find it odd that it would be the exact same height as Katun. Anyways I think this is awesome news and Mirabilandia will now be high on my must visit list for next year.
  7. OMG such awesome news. I have to get to Funderland this year. So did they actually buy it or is it just rented for a few weeks for Funderland Dublin?
  8. Only confirmed parks are: Gardaland Six Flags Great Adventure Doubt I'll get to anywhere else but I'm happy with just Gadv - Ka and Toro!!
  9. Great PTR! Just a quick question, can you use q-bot as many times as you want or just once per ride?
  10. Glad to see work going fast on this, looks pretty decent. Well I just want to ride it for the credit .
  11. I hear that this was a false rumour and it will reopen next week or this week or something but i'm not sure. But it has been having alot of downtime and problems lately so there is a big chance that it could be closed on your visit.
  12. Nope because i'm going to Gardaland next Easter and i'm praying it will be open. Does anyone know when it's supposed to open? Yeah that is'nt that great, I hear Vekoma mine trains are pretty good but I do think 3 lifts is a bit much. Work is going really fast on this, I sure hope it will have excellent theming like the rest of the park has. Thanks for the update!
  13. That looks awesome, there seems to be alot of airtime in that small layout. Reminds me of Heart Beat, the new mini mega under construction in Japan. I hope more small parks start investing in these. It sure looks great.
  14. I am still not convinced, is there any more evidence or proof or a picture of these trains at the park or on El Condor? I sure hope it's true as I hear the ride is awful and if they are a success hopefully other parks will purchase them for their SLC's.
  15. Interesting, I sure hope it works out. Is that picture taken of the train on El Condor or is that a differant train on a differant coaster?
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