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I went to Six Flags: Great America on my birthday this year. I had previously visited the park nearly a dozen times, and was excited to ride my favorite ride - Batman: the ride, as well as try the new X-Flight coaster.

 

"GO BIG OR GO HOME" is the slogan I hear on all the ads for Six Flags. Yet, for some reason, they do not live up to that slogan.

 

I stood in line for Batman, seeing all the (now rusty and dilapidated) set and props. I still wish they would bring back (even just once an hour) any of the original Batman film theme songs, or even play the soundtrack for the newer Batman films.

 

However, once I got into the "bat cave" I was disappointed beyond any ambition to have a blast on my birthday.

 

Being a tall man (6'3"), I have never had any difficulty fitting into the seats on Batman, Superman Ultimate Flight, or any of the other rides. For some reason this time, the seat harness would not fit. It came down to my shoulders, but would not go all the way down, because the harness hit my shoulder-blades and would go no lower.

 

After considerable effort, twisting and scrunching of my torso, I reluctantly got up and headed for the exit, unable to ride the coaster I had once ridden 13 times in a row, without ever getting off. (The park was dead on a Wednesday a few years ago so they let me ride nonstop.)

 

I asked one of the attendants why the seats seemed smaller, and she told me that these were new seats. Apparently, the seat design of Batman are the same seat design as the new X-Flight coaster, so Six Flags chose to just order in bulk and REPLACE the Batman seats with the newer, now SMALLER X-Flight seats.

 

This upset me even more, and I rushed over to the X-Flight coaster and tried out the sample seat at the entrance to that ride. It was the same situation as what I had just experienced on Batman: I am apparently too tall to ride hanging coasters now.

 

After wandering aimlessly and hopelessly depressed for a bit, my eye caught a new set of signs at different areas of the park ride queues. Some coasters now have a HEIGHT LIMIT! If you are over 6' tall, it's not worth even bothering to pay the parking fee once you arrive, because you will no longer be able to ride some of the best coasters in the park.

 

"GO BIG OR GO HOME" is a sorry theme for a park that refuses to allow people of taller stature to ride their newest, and best rides.

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The slogan is Go Big. Go Six Flags. There is no go home in there. The max height for X-Flight is 6'6". My brother in law is 6'6" and rode everything in the park. The only ride he is too tall for is V2. He is also a bulkier guy, don't think he is thin and that's why he got on. Whomever told you the seats were the same on Batman and X-Flight were wrong too. The seats on Batman are new this year but aren't X-Flight seats. They didn't seem any smaller either.

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I'm glad that the construction cam is finally up. http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatamerica/goliath/

 

Wow is this the first SF park to use a live web cam or a web in in general to cover a construction project??? I know it's the first one I can recall, I know CF usually has webcams for their projects I hope more SF parks start using webcam coverage.

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I'm glad that the construction cam is finally up. http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatamerica/goliath/

 

Wow is this the first SF park to use a live web cam or a web in in general to cover a construction project??? I know it's the first one I can recall, I know CF usually has webcams for their projects I hope more SF parks start using webcam coverage.

 

SFGAm has done it for numerous projects, including X-Flight and Hurricane Harbor construction.

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I'm glad that the construction cam is finally up. http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatamerica/goliath/

 

Wow is this the first SF park to use a live web cam or a web in in general to cover a construction project??? I know it's the first one I can recall, I know CF usually has webcams for their projects I hope more SF parks start using webcam coverage.

 

SFGAm used a webcam for X-Flight's construction as well as Riptide Bay the year before that.

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I'm glad that the construction cam is finally up. http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatamerica/goliath/

 

Wow is this the first SF park to use a live web cam or a web in in general to cover a construction project??? I know it's the first one I can recall, I know CF usually has webcams for their projects I hope more SF parks start using webcam coverage.

 

SFGAm used a webcam for X-Flight's construction as well as Riptide Bay the year before that.

 

 

And Hurricane Harbor during the winter of 04-05

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My trip report from columbus day last year should be in this thread still. If I recall, it was a good day to go. Just closed way too early. Some of the other late October weekend days were horrid. A million buses and they actually told people not to visit on their sign viewable from the highway.

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Ok so I had this trip report almost done when the page refreshed blank as a slate. anyways I'm only going to post a few pictures and my reviews of the ride for the Columbus Day visit.

 

First ride of the day DEMON (walk on most of the day line built up by the end)

ok so first ride in months for me and it seemed smoother on the loops, of course the horrible transition into the corkscrew isn't any better but it's nullified by sticking your head forward. Plain fun entry level with a theme that holds up better than any other in the park (batmans close). I'm going to try 2 separate out of ten ratings one for my personal feelings on the ride experience and it's ranking as a quality attraction. Personal enjoyment 7/10 Value to the park 7/10

 

Moving on to X-Flight Personal enjoyment 9/10 Value to park 10/10 (15min)

Very fun visceral ride, as well as forceful in the hang-time and positive Gs. Consistent stacking for at least 20 seconds most of The day.

 

Taking the long walk across the maintenance road and railroad tracks to American Eagle Red side Personal enjoyment 10/10 Value to park 9/10 (20minute wait).

Now this is either standard procedure or Laziness, the red side of AE wasn't operating an hour after opening. However while in line the red side opened and the dumb GP didn't notice so we walked to the top of the stairs before meeting people. Fantastic ride through and though, in my opinion the best racing woodie in the US besides Lightning Racer. Great layout that's nice and varied non standard Unlike the Cedar fair racers.

 

After AE we walked to southwest territory's resident Woodie Viper Personal enjoyment 7/10 Value to park 8/10(40 minute BS)

The real problem that caused the wait to be this long was some biotch walked up the exit path with 6 of her kids kept calling one of only 2 operators over, holding up dispatches by minutes at a time.as for the ride Well it's certainly degraded a bit in the comfort level. The ride wasn't rough it just jerked around more than I can remember before which was fairly uncomfortable. Still fun all drops gave good pops into the air.

 

Next was the Raging Bull Personal enjoyment 10/10 Value to park 10/10 (40 minute deservedly so one Que house open)

SFGAMS signature ride since 1999, a crowd pleaser that while braked on the big airtime hill still gave a fantastic ride with surprising positive Gs in the figure eight.

 

That's part one for now...

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Demons lift turn and drop through the trees!

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Dang it lady you ruined the shot

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Roll over spin move element

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Train executing roll over spin move maneuver

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Immelmann loop

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Lift hill through a tree!

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Nice quaint station. Love the buzzing lap bar release noise

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Something visible through something not entirely opaque

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Monster of the midway

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Now here's a new fadd DEMON through the scenery!

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Viperidae de la shakus

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Bull cutting loose from vipers queue.

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Weird HDR after effect randomly making a good photo?

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Marquee

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Hella figure eight helix on that bull

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Funky banking

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Pine tree attack!

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I'm at the park tonight, was the only person on Viper for the first ride of the day. Odd sensation...

 

I'm glad you made this post- I wasn't aware that they're open on Thursdays. Looks like I may yet accomplish that first visit of the 2013 season.

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Is Sunday about the same as Saturday?

 

Having roughly the same weather Saturday was in 99 out of 100 parks I visited more crowded than Sunday. Do not know why exactly but guess many people want a day off before work or going to church on Sundays. So if you only can go during the weekend go Sunday!

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I went to the park last night as well. Everything was a walk on even with some rides being on single train operation. The park may have only been open for 4 hours but that was more then enough to ride everything several times. It's a great feeling when you're coming down the brake run and you know that you that you don't even have to worry about getting out of your seat if you want to ride again.

 

The night was capped off with an hour of ERT on X-Flight from 10PM-11PM. There were about 8 of us and we got around 15 rides on. It was absolutely freezing, though! I've never been so cold after an hour of riding like that.

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I went to the park last night as well. Everything was a walk on even with some rides being on single train operation. The park may have only been open for 4 hours but that was more then enough to ride everything several times. It's a great feeling when you're coming down the brake run and you know that you that you don't even have to worry about getting out of your seat if you want to ride again.

 

The night was capped off with an hour of ERT on X-Flight from 10PM-11PM. There were about 8 of us and we got around 15 rides on. It was absolutely freezing, though! I've never been so cold after an hour of riding like that.

 

One of the best times I've ever had at a park was when Great America did Last Blast some time ago. The park was open on the first weekend November and it felt like 11 people (employees included) in the world knew. It was pretty damn cold, there were walk-ons all day, and the season was capped off with a string of laps on Iron Wolf just as some sleet was starting to come down.

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I'm at the park tonight, was the only person on Viper for the first ride of the day. Odd sensation...

 

I'm glad you made this post- I wasn't aware that they're open on Thursdays. Looks like I may yet accomplish that first visit of the 2013 season.

 

Only one Thurs left and it's this one, the 24th. If you are a season pass holder you get ERT on raging bull from 10:30-11pm.

 

Oh, and not to be rude or anything, but sixflags has a pretty helpful calender on their website that tells you the days they are operating per month.

 

Take care, I hope you make it out thurs!

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I went to the park last night as well. Everything was a walk on even with some rides being on single train operation. The park may have only been open for 4 hours but that was more then enough to ride everything several times. It's a great feeling when you're coming down the brake run and you know that you that you don't even have to worry about getting out of your seat if you want to ride again.

 

The night was capped off with an hour of ERT on X-Flight from 10PM-11PM. There were about 8 of us and we got around 15 rides on. It was absolutely freezing, though! I've never been so cold after an hour of riding like that.

 

One of the best times I've ever had at a park was when Great America did Last Blast some time ago. The park was open on the first weekend November and it felt like 11 people (employees included) in the world knew. It was pretty damn cold, there were walk-ons all day, and the season was capped off with a string of laps on Iron Wolf just as some sleet was starting to come down.

 

 

I was there for this too. The last day the park was open, it was dead as hell. I was able to ride Batman, Whizzer, Demon, Iron Wolf without getting off. The only time I got off was to switch seats. It was cold as hell too, but I had a great time.

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Went there Sunday very briefly. Due to circumstances beyond my control, we only ended up having dinner at that new BBQ place and riding Viper. The ride is still running awesome for me. We just go to the row adjacent to the height measure thing. There was a pretty healthy line for Viper around 7:30ish. Maybe took 20 minutes, perhaps more. Park was pretty crowded considering there were only about two buses at 6:30. The back lot still had a lot of cars in it. To me, it's definitely worth driving 50 miles even if only to ride Viper once. I'm lucky I can do that. Most people in this country have to travel a lot further than that to get to a decent theme park. Hopefully I can get at least two more 5+ hour days in before the season ends. They could draw crowds in November, I bet. Only if they advertised enough. Guess it would depend how many weekends they have to close because of weather. If the sun is out and there's no snow or anything, they could draw year round nowadays. Some of this October weather can be pretty brutal and looks like it isn't deterring too much attendance yet.

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