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  1. Quick Maxx Force update: I went to Six Flags yesterday for a few hours and MF was consistently launching in the neighborhood of 110 seconds. Although they were not being used for the most part, all of the new queue line addition is finished AND 4 out of six overhead sun shelter screens have been installed as well as a second large misting fan. Also, yesterday was exactly 40 years to the day that I first set foot in (what was then) Marriott's Great America. The new attraction for '79 was Fort Fun, the large children's playhouse where the Go Kart track is now. Tidal Wave was only a ye
  2. I don't Tweet so this will have to do...at SFGAM right now in line for Maxx Force. Big improvement this week with launches averaging every 105-110 seconds. The line is only 80% as long as last Tues, but moving almost 3x quicker. Got my first ride after a 32 min wait. Let's hope the trend continues.
  3. Ok,thanks! I thought it was a powering up number for the ride, but it makes sense that it is actually a cooling down reference to the LIMs.
  4. Thanks for the feedback^, however I think this number may be something different in this case. I am pretty familiar with the usual, "check 53, or cycle 31," banter, but after they say "120, or 115,... e.t.c, there is no additional rechecking of any restraints. Usually the number they say is followed by "clear to launch". I was thinking it has something to do with the ride itself being 'powered up' and ready to go...
  5. The only Intamin Impulse I have ever ridden is V2 at Six Flags Great America. I love this ride in the back of the train simply for the free fall sensation (especially since they stopped using the back tower brakes on the 2nd climb-out). However when in line, the operators will talk over the intercom prior to launch, but after safety restraints are checked and secure, and they say something that sounds like “115” or “150”, or some other ambiguous number...what is that?
  6. So, as far as Maxx Force is concerned, here is my report from riding it today. I was not there when the park opened, but I got in line as soon as I entered the park. The quoted wait time was 90 min and pretty accurate as I got on it in 84 min. That being said, I am not sure what the theoretical throughput of the ride is stated as delivering, but it was never quicker than close to 3 min between launches. At that rate, with full trains, that’s about 320 guests/hour. For today anyway. Half of the queue line switchbacks are not completed yet but are on the way. Today was about 84 with
  7. Take 294. There may be a slowdown in the area around O'Hare airport, but for the most part it is generally painless. Unless you are going on the weekend it is usually pretty fast. Another bonus is that there are 4 rest stop oasis areas between the IL state line and Great America and on I-90/94 there are none until it merges back with 294 in northern Illinois.
  8. There is a pretty good collection of pics in the book Riverview:Gone but not forgotten.. by Chuck Wlodarczyk on amazon and possibly EBay.
  9. I think this ride looks like a great addition to the park’s lineup, however, I think that the name of it is pretty C-...just saying...
  10. Got to ride “Mardi Gras Hangover” this past Tuesday, although I had to buy the T-Shirt to do so. Strangely enough I don’t think there were more than 40 people who chose to do so...I was expecting more of a crowd. The ride is a blast and the hang time is pretty insane! And the ride is long enough to feel like you feel that you have actually ridden something more than a tease. And it “feels” faster than it probably is. That being said, here are a couple caveats: The ride still has some bugs to work out, mainly the train repeatedly did not line up with what the operating controls
  11. I was appalled when they covered up the train station in Hometown Square.....glad it's looking like it did when I was a kid!
  12. Yeah, hey everyone with the Indiana Bashing because of a mis-worded new law which is going to be re-written to sound much nicer and compatible with all the other states that have this law (we are number 19) .....we the people living here were not given a memo by the Gov to start discriminating effective immediately.....Really, C'mon, the same peeps you have dealt with here are still the same peeps you are gonna get when you see us again....it would be in no one's best interest to be otherwise. We have not gone wicked and weird since the last time you have been here....no one is wearing a "I c
  13. This may be a rant.... I am "all" for themed rides, HOWEVER..... Not all themed rides have to tie in with movies or sports teams or personalities etc...etc... My home park SFGA was the first to introduce "Batman, The Ride" for a B&M creation....and don't get me wrong, it was a really cool concept....did I need to see the movie or be a Graphic Novel Enthusiast for me to enjoy the ride?... no! I just needed to like roller coasters...and I do. All the tie ins were just fluff for a good ride....but I didn't get in line going, "Oh wow, I am going to soar and twist like the Bat Man
  14. How many trains are going to be on the track? If I have seen this anywhere I have forgotten about it, there has to be at least 3 trains to keep two on the circuit, and one to join the one that's leaving the racing portion, but it it 3 or 4 trains.....I didn't see an answer at RCDB either..... Just curious, thanx!
  15. Six Flags Great America: 2015: Sky Screamer Swing Ride- - -where Rajun' Cajun was located. 2016: Removal of Pictorium - - -Expansion of waterpark. New 'launched' watercoaster, couple of body slides. This will also be the 40th anniversary of the park, so a new coaster is not out of the question. 2017: Crickets...... or maybe a new show.... 2018: Removal of ampitheather in Southwest Territory, installation of Mine Train. Why are we a Six Flags park without a Mine Train? I want a mine train....just make it a good one! 2019: It is going to happen like it or not.....this
  16. I am not usually amused by Tweenagers in line ahead of me, (and I am sure when I was that age, me and our group of friends were equally as annoying....) but there were a couple of Tweens (from Missouri) talking with a couple of early 20-somethings (from west suburbs of Chicago)....and it went like this..... If it rains outside, you say it is "Raining" If it snows outside, you say it is "Snowing" If it thunders outside, you say it is "Thundering" Yet.... When it is lightning outside you say it is "Lightning" And not "Lightning-Ing" Why is this? They were being especially stu
  17. "Whizzer" is kind of like Cedar Point's "Blue Streak"....it's not the longest, tallest, fastest ride at the park ....etc. etc....but if you were to remove it, a LOT of people would be bummed. I get that Blue Streak actually has airtime, but I am talking from a "nostalgia" standpoint......."Whizzer is the 2nd last of it's kind in the world, and I can ride it if I want with my season pass and a mere hour plus drive away. Who doesn't love that station that looks like it's something from another century.....surprise, it is~
  18. Not sure if you had anything to do with this (both Robb and Elissa), But there is a Single Rider line now in place for Goliath..... The only caveat is that the line has to have a posted wait above 60 min for anyone to be able to use it. I got six rides on it on Tuesday....as a real single rider....and I never waited more than 25 min....two of the rides I was onboard within ten min. One of the ride ops/station groupers said to me and another single rider was that Goliath will have this option, and depending on it's success that we may see more slow loading coasters build this i
  19. Same as a wing coaster^ for load capacity, but I am assuming the track would have a structure that could support a flying coaster. Possibly new track supports.....I am sure B&M could hand this off to HW with no problems though....
  20. New Update on Single Rider Line for Goliath: It IS operational, with some minor guffaws..... IF you are a single rider mention this when you first get in line, some ops will give you a lanyard with the Single Rider Ticket, immediately, BUT you will still have to wait in the overflow queue til you get to the Flash Pass entrance. Others will say, when you get to the Flash Pass entrance after the overflow queue, let the line attendant know and THEN they will give you the pass and send you up the "Other Side Of The Staircase". Regardless, in my first 80 min at the park the other da
  21. Wait, wait, wait....... I thought B&M launched flyer...loading facing the rear of the station, have the train put you in the "on your back doggie position", launch into a half pretzel loop or reverse Immelman and continue on from there, But...................... What if this is a hybrid (launched or not) "Wing-Flyer"......taking the flying position, but with Wing Rider vehicles.....Two on each side of the track....for four across....I don't think this has been mentioned yet....that would be a first!!!! Just brainstorming here people!
  22. Just to clarify what I have already posted.......you would board the train sitting upright. The seats would then recline to a horizontal postion....i.e. laying on your back, as opposed to be 'lifted' into the flying position. You would either twist 180 after leaving the station and launch in a 'normal' flying position, OR, what I rather hope...you would remain on your back (which would be a heck of a lot easier on the restraints), launch and then either be thrown into a "half Immelman" or the lower portion of a "Pretzel Loop" twist 180 degrees and spend the rest of the ride in the forward "f
  23. Years ago, in the "Rumors and Speculation" thread I mentioned that I think a launched flyer would be possible.....get into your seats, have the seats go down with you as a rider going into a backwards "Flying" position....have a launch and a half loop/Immelman/half Pretzel to invert you into the 'typical' flying position and continue on from there....I may not have been wrong on what B&M are capable of doing......and that "Pit" screams 'water element' flyover from what I have seen. No Dive... No Wing... Just Fly....(I'll bet a dollar on this)
  24. The last time I have visited Six Flags St. Louis, "Evel Knieval" (before the name change) was the new ride (and fun), but the thing I remember most was one of the older (age wise)park employees telling me the park was "looking into" a "Flyer"....something that would run to the north of "Screaming Eagle" and back down towards where the waterpark is, due to the elevation changes. I might have posted this to the rumor/crazy ideas thread a few years ago, but I have always thought then and now that this would be a "Significant" coaster for the park....hope it happens one day. I have absolutely no
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