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  1. If you know you are coming to Great America, make sure you post on here in the couple weeks beforehand. Some of us are very close to O'hare/NW side, and several of us locals on here will be at the park any given day. Good way to make good contacts, too! I've met some nice people on through this forum (and other forums) in the past. A couple people I'd rather forget as well...


    I love my car... I'm also open to public transit, but I can't imagine taking it all the way to Great America.


    If people are flying to O'hare I may be willing to meet up for a trip to the park. Same goes for people near O'hare and the NW side.


    I had a good experience taking the PACE bus to the park. I got on the first bus of the day so there were only a few people on it. I think I got on the last bus to leave the park and it was about three quarters full. The fare was cheap and it didn't take much longer than driving. Also the bus was really clean and that's probably because it's a suburban bus. I would say this is the best option for out of towners. Do whatever you feel comfortable with and fits in your budget.

  2. Hey everyone,


    Planning a trip to Chicago at the end of June. What public transportation choices do we have from Downtown Chicago? also, is Uber a viable choice? I have a Gold Season Pass to SFGAdv so I may look into ZipCar as well... Any guidance is appreciated!


    I have a similar scenario, planning to Uber from O'Hare to the park and back. So getting out there is no problem, but is anyone able to comment on whether it's a reasonable option to get back again? Am I likely to have trouble getting an Uber pickup around park closing time (10pm)?


    Pace is the suburban public transportation bus and you can take it to the park. This will be your cheapest way there. The trip is about 45 minutes from Rosemont, IL to the park. You can take this bus from the park back to Rosemont, IL. I took this bus once and it worked out well. Go to this page for more information on the route. http://www.pacebus.com/sub/espd/six_flags_express.asp.


    Azza29 - Get on the CTA Blue Line at O'hare and take it to the first stop, which is Rosemont. You will find the Pace bus in the bus terminal when you exit the Rosemont station.


    Brassinthegrass - Find the nearest downtown CTA Blue Line station and take it to the Rosemont stop. This is about an hour ride. You will find the Pace bus in the bus terminal when you exit the Rosemont station.


    Go to this page for information on the CTA portion of your trip. http://www.transitchicago.com/


    If you have any questions then feel free to ask me.

  3. I was so looking forward to the trick track on Shivering Timbers as I had never experienced trick track before. And I'm bummed I didn't get over there in time, but from what people are saying, I guess the trick track element wasn't all that great.


    According to rcdb, Shivering Timbers was the only coaster with trick track so I understand your excitement. Trick track is a pointless element so you didn't miss anything. If you want an idea of what it's like then hit a pothole or drive fast over a speed bump. The hill that replaced the trick track is an improvement and has me excited.

  4. I agree that the coaster looks like a GCI, but I wouldn't completely rule out RMC. Look at the 3D renderings of Storm Chaser and imagine them as a 2D drawing like the one being discussed. I think it would look like a GCI.


    I would rather see an RMC built at KI because it would be much different than the other woodies. KI lacks strong airtime and an RMC would fill that gap. I would be so happy if KI got the first RMC in the chain next year. I would be cool with a GCI as long as it has more airtime than laterals.

  5. SFGAm used to require a doctor's note in the late 90's to early 2000's. Most of the people that complained were from out of state. They always claimed that they didn't know about the policy because they were from out of state. From what I saw they were always denied even if their handicap was obvious. That policy did keep the pass from being abused so I'm happy it's coming back.

  6. How busy is Gold Rush during the winter?


    I know people are expecting a ride next year because it's the 60th anniversary, but I highly doubt it. The park had another busy year so there really isn't a need to boost attendance with a ride. Recent Cedar Fair history shows that anniversaries don't warrant big investments. If anything is coming to the park next year I would expect it to be a small scale anniversary celebration.

  7. I prefer the new restraints for the same reasons others have said. I like the bigger field of vision, the sense of freedom, the absence of head banging and the ability to put my hands up. Inverted coasters are my favorite B&M model by far and I have always felt that the old restraints took away from the experience. Banshee is a good ride and the new restraints enhance the experience. The only time I have felt the vest tighten is on wing coasters, but it's not much. I don't think the new restraints on Valravn are necessary, but I'm sure it won't hurt. I'll find out next year.

  8. Are there really any B&M hypers with mediocre airtime?!


    I have only been on 3 B&M hypers, but I would say Diamondback has pretty good airtime. Nitro has mediocre airtime and Raging Bull barely has any. Cedar Point's Blue Streak has more airtime than those coasters combined.


    Are you kidding me right now?!?! There isn't even a parallel universe in existence where Nitro's airtime could be described as "mediocre"! I'm one of the bigger fans of Blue Streak there is, and it in no way has as much airtime as Nitro alone! You Intamin fanboys are something else!


    Nope, not kidding. Nitro is fun, but it's over hyped. I would gladly trade it for Raging Bull any day. Oh, if being an Intamin fanboy is wrong then I don't want to be right.

  9. 1. We decided to ride the trolley so that we would be able to see the construction zone and as we were going through it the driver said,"We are now going through the area for next year's new attraction. It is going to be the longest roller coaster in America!"

    After he said that I was skeptical but once I saw the clearing I noticed it could definitely be the longest! Though, this is still a rumor I can't imagine an elderly man lying to a busload of passengers.


    When I was at Busch Gardens earlier this year I took a ride on the Serengeti Railway. When we passed Cheetah Hunt we were told that Cheetah Hunt was three and a half minutes long. You can't always take what employees say at face value.

  10. Sheikra is the only dive machine I have been on and it wasn't anything special. The drops had good airtime, but the rest was forceless. The holding brake didn't do anything for me either. I won't be very excited if Cedar Point gets a dive machine, but I bet it will be the best one built. It would be the Gatekeeper of dive machines. No matter how I feel about it, at least it will make the lines shorter for the big 3.


    We really don't know what's coming next year, but if it's a coaster then it may be something we really aren't thinking of. Everyone wants RMC to get their hands on Mean Streak, but Cedar Point also has the option to build a custom RMC. I wouldn't be too surprised if Cedar Point gets a custom RMC or even a wooden coaster from another company. Now that would be something to get excited about. I can't wait for the 2016 announcement.

  11. If a launched RMC is coming I think it's safe to say it will have a relatively intense launch. I wouldn't be surprised if steel supports are used for the launched section and possibly the first element. If that happens would anyone have a problem considering it the first launched wooden coaster? I only ask because I find the different opinions of RMC coasters interesting whether I agree with them or not. I'm not trying to start arguments based on speculation so please keep it civil.

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