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Something I've been wondering about for a while is Viper in its inaugural year. I read that it opened in 1995 with its entrance in Hometown Square as Southwest Territory wasn't created yet.

 

Does anyone know where the old entrance was located and are there any pictures?

 

I don't recall this....It sits on Rolling Thunder's old site. If I recall correctly it was just a really long queue off the midway from Hometown Square.

 

That was an era I didn't go very often though being away at school, and the park not being known to be as safe.....

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It sits on Rolling Thunder's old site. If I recall correctly it was just a really long queue off the midway from Hometown Square.

 

That's my recollection as well. You just went under the train bridge, and there was the queue. A long, long queue.

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Wow, that's great thanks! Looks more or less what I thought it would, but I also assumed Viper took Rolling Thunder's queue. Didn't know they coexisted for a year.

 

Very cool. So Viper has had a long queue with both entrances... Also an interesting POV without Southwest Territory or Raging Bull.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Press Release from Six Flags Great America....

 

Six Flags Great America Announces BATMAN: The Ride Backwards

 

GURNEE, Ill. — February 20, 2013 — Go Big. Go Backwards! For a limited time only, the world’s first

suspended looping coaster, BATMAN: The Ride, will be more intense than ever when riders dare to take on

an all new experience – going backwards!

 

As the roller coaster climbs the 10-story lift hill, riders will take in the full scope of BATMAN: The Ride’s track

as they anticipate the adventure that lies ahead. The train will reach speeds of 50 mph and travel through

2,700 feet of track, all while maneuvering hairpin turns, vertical loops, corkscrews and a zero-g roll. The

excitement is magnified since guests cannot see the maneuvers that await.

 

“BATMAN: The Ride will open for its 21st season this spring, offering our guests an entirely different ride

experience by going backwards. No matter how many times you have been on BATMAN: The Ride, nothing

compares to the thrill of racing down 10 stories facing the other direction,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great

America park president. “You literally have no idea what is coming next. This is a tremendous new experience

for our guests and one to take advantage of quickly since it will only be available for a limited time.”

 

Since opening in 1992, BATMAN: The Ride has given more than 28 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of

the most popular roller coasters in the world. BATMAN: The Ride backwards will launch on Saturday, May 4 –

the park’s opening weekend – and be available for a limited time this summer.

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Press Release from Six Flags Great America....

 

Six Flags Great America Announces BATMAN: The Ride Backwards

 

GURNEE, Ill. — February 20, 2013 — Go Big. Go Backwards! For a limited time only, the world’s first

suspended looping coaster, BATMAN: The Ride, will be more intense than ever when riders dare to take on

an all new experience – going backwards!

 

As the roller coaster climbs the 10-story lift hill, riders will take in the full scope of BATMAN: The Ride’s track

as they anticipate the adventure that lies ahead. The train will reach speeds of 50 mph and travel through

2,700 feet of track, all while maneuvering hairpin turns, vertical loops, corkscrews and a zero-g roll. The

excitement is magnified since guests cannot see the maneuvers that await.

 

“BATMAN: The Ride will open for its 21st season this spring, offering our guests an entirely different ride

experience by going backwards. No matter how many times you have been on BATMAN: The Ride, nothing

compares to the thrill of racing down 10 stories facing the other direction,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great

America park president. “You literally have no idea what is coming next. This is a tremendous new experience

for our guests and one to take advantage of quickly since it will only be available for a limited time.”

 

Since opening in 1992, BATMAN: The Ride has given more than 28 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of

the most popular roller coasters in the world. BATMAN: The Ride backwards will launch on Saturday, May 4 –

the park’s opening weekend – and be available for a limited time this summer.

 

So you're saying this is "Limited Time Magic"??? Does Disney know about this!?!?

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Here's a few new things around the park other than IgNite.

 

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The old ticket booths are being removed for the new entrance area. The metal detectors will be moved to their spot, with all ticket sales moved to a single building to the left.

 

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Yankee Clipper is getting a new turntable.

 

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The new sports bar replacing Crazy Buffet-lo is looking pretty good! First full service bar in the park as well.

 

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Lots of new food this year, such as this buffalo chicken pizza.

 

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Screams & Dreams part 3 production is well underway, with filming being done in what looks like an old gym shower.

 

All pictures from the park Twitter.

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Anyone else find it odd how they are tearing out those buildings with the flags still flying? I don't know why that strikes me as odd.

 

I haven't followed too closely exactly the new flow of the entrance plaza, but a part of me is definitely bummed about yet another Marriott staple going away. I'm thankful that remnants remain at both parks, and continue to be amazed at what still exists at Gurnee (the train, Whizzer) vs what still exists in Santa Clara (the covered walkway by the old Sky Whirl site, Eagle's Flight). Really glad that double decker carousel/pond and Demon are still at BOTH parks.....and happy to see Gurnee still working to maintain their flume rides!

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New food? Awesome. I went last year and it really felt like the menu for the whole park had become super limited. I liked a lot of the park but the food used to be better. Or at least I remember it being better and having way more variety. Also, the ads plastered floor to ceiling everywhere in the park is kind of insane. Like V2, brought to you by hair gel.

 

I am also kind of surprised the park isn't building the new entrance even further out. It seems that it would then leave even more room for expansion into the parking lot.

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Well that's kind of disheartening that they're tearing these original structures down without much thought. Not entirely thrilled about this new entrance setup either. I mean, I can at least understand the setup that Cedar Point is doing as the old ticket booths were quite generic and blocked the entrance, but at least these ones had some character and the design carried through the whole entrance area with the carousel and some of the original buildings. Now with the metal detectors there, makes you feel like you're walking into a prison.

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I'm also bummed that the ticket booths have been reduced to rubble. They added some character to the front of the park however I'm all for moving the metal detectors away from the entrance as it will speed up the process of getting in.

 

Moving the ticket booths to the side seems to be a trend at most parks. Kings Island did the same thing under Paramount by demolishing their ticket booths for metal detectors that Cedar Fair eventually removed.

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Ugh this makes me sick. I totally 100% get what they are doing and this new layout makes so much sense, but that was one of my favorite park entrances. The architectural continuity between those ticket booths and the rest of the main entry plaza all the way to the carousel was nice. Blah!

 

For this to be happening the same year that they remove the park square area from hometown square is equally disheartening.

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^ The HTS park should only be gone for the season. At No Coaster Con one of the entertainment leads said that any changes to Hometown Square will be reversible and that they didn't want to have to remove a lot of the area but it just wasn't really possible to leave the area as is. And while I'm kinda bummed the area will be gone for next year as it was a good place to sit and relax, it really will be best in the end with the crowd IgNite will bring. Even with the parade the area was packed, and people had half the park to spread out over.

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