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Photo TR: Six Flags Great America (6/25/05)


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Hey everyone, I'm back from my trip up to Chicago and I've got my first official TR! First I'll just set the scene for Saturday: It was a SATURDAY, it was 90 degrees plus, and it was Latino Fest. I'll let you guess how many people were there.

 

I had to go with my whole family including aunts, uncles, and cousins. So we had to do what everybody wanted to do. So first we all rode Stargate. It's ok but I liked Space Shuttle America. Maybe because half of the seats were broke. Then we waited 20 minutes to ride the Sky Tower. I got some pics there and then we were off to the

Whizzer. This year it seemed smooth to me but that might've just been me. I saw like a 14 year old running the thing. But that's a whole other subject that I'll get to later.

 

Then we were off to my favorite coaster at the park: Raging Bull. It was running all three trains that day. That ride tops my list every time. After that I rode Giant Drop. That's my favorite tower ride of all. Then we ate lunch and rode the train. After that our group finally split up with the "weenies going to the waterpark. The rest of us went to the line for Iron Wolf. This was my first stand up and my first major pain headache. It lives up to it's name as being a headbanger. Then we waited 30 minutes to ride the river ride and it was ok. I got soaked. Then we waited 40 minutes for Batman and it was great as usual. Then I got a hit on A Eagle and Demon.

 

Right before going into the Demon's queue, my Dad got a phone call. It was the other group. The wait was 45 minutes just to get into the waterpark. Then as they left that area to go to Carousel plaza, they got trapped under the train bridge. There were so many people waiting to get into the waterpark, leaving the park, entering the park, sitting on benches, that NO ONE could move. People were getting in fights screaming, falling. My 8 YEAR OLD cousin asked politely if he could get by and an ADULT lady started screaming at him. I'm sorry, but that's just wrong. Thankfully there was a cop with his family trying to get out of the waterpark which was also gridlocked started forcing people out of the way. When our family finally got out they and ALOT of other people were at customer relations complaining. Some people called 911 for the police.

 

Overall, the day was packed with long lines. The heat and the fest going on didn't help either. Six Flags needs to hire older, more mature workers. I saw a female security guard about 15 that was trying to handle the crowds. This just isn't going to work especially with the new waterpark.

 

Good-

-Most lines fast moving

-Deja Vu managed to open for about half the day

-Temp cooled off late in the day

 

Bad-

-Park can't withstand these crowds.

-Hurricane Harbor - Period

-Too many people

 

Here are all the pics.

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American Eagle. My favorite racer.

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A shot of Iron Wolf. OUCH!!!

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Demon-An awesome arrow looper.

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Another shot of this Vekoma Break-Alot

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Deja Vu. It was open some of the day.

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Giant Drop. My favorite drop ride.

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And Another.

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And Another- Can you see the long line to HH?

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There's Superman, the ONE coaster that I wanted to ride but ran out of time to

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Here's a pic from the Sky Tower.

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That was a very cool Trip Report! I liked the pictures a lot. I am surprised that Deja Vu was open half a day. I can't believe they have young people running the park. I would love working at a theme park but I wouldn't want to ride a ride that a 14 year old is running. They need better crowd control. I like how you called the Deja Vu a Vekoma break a lot! I know how it feels to go to a theme park with family. When I was 13 we went to Dollywood and I was to small to go on my own. My parents said I was selfish for wanting to go to roller coaster since my little sisters and cousins can't ride them. And they will never move on! It takes them forever to get around the park. At least now I can go to theme parks by myself and do whatever I want!

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