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Whoaaaa... didn't expect my comment about playing hooky from school to being a discussion regarding the current education system. I think this just proves the Coaster Community DOES care. Regardless of where you stand when it comes to skipping school.

 

Anyway, I'm trying to figure the "logistics" behind a last minute trip to Chicago. I'm very comfortable utilizing Chicago's commuter trains and public transportation. Any suggestions for the best way to get from downtown to SFGAm if I'm not renting a car? I'd like to take the train out of St. Louis, as The 9YO Coaster Kid still has a fascination with anything that moves via rails, and stay somewhere within walking distance to Union Station.

 

Thoughts? Suggestions?

 

Do you not own a car? Driving will be 10 times easier.

 

Read again, Negative Nancy...

 

My boy LOVES trains. This is for him. Easy is not always the most enjoyable option when it comes to making memories with the kids, and it's well worth the trouble. Don't be such an arse.

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by now we and members of the media who need to travel long distances would have needed to be informed.

 

Funny thing about the world, it doesn't revolve around your plans. It'll be ready when it's ready and if they can't make May 29th, they can't. There's no blame game to do if that happens. Crap happens, yet somehow life goes on. Besides, it's not like there isn't a ton of other stuff to do at Great America and the surrounding area.

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by now we and members of the media who need to travel long distances would have needed to be informed.

 

Funny thing about the world, it doesn't revolve around your plans. It'll be ready when it's ready and if they can't make May 29th, they can't. There's no blame game to do if that happens. Crap happens, yet somehow life goes on. Besides, it's not like there isn't a ton of other stuff to do at Great America and the surrounding area.

 

I think what Goooose means is that they need some days ahead of time to know if media day is being delayed. It wouldn't make media outlets happy if they show up on Thursday and Six Flags isn't prepared to open the ride. There's media coming from NYC, LA, and I believe a Dallas or Houston paper as well that'll be attending media day. It's a bit easier on media coming from Chicago since it's not far, but it wouldn't be fair to those traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles for media day and then the park isn't even ready to open the attraction. The media isn't attending media day only to ride other rides at the park (except for us enthusiasts) or visit other attractions in the area. They're going so they can report about the one thing they came for, and that one thing is Goliath. If bad weather strikes on a media day, then it's not the park's fault since the park obviously can't control the weather.

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Whoaaaa... didn't expect my comment about playing hooky from school to being a discussion regarding the current education system. I think this just proves the Coaster Community DOES care. Regardless of where you stand when it comes to skipping school.

 

Anyway, I'm trying to figure the "logistics" behind a last minute trip to Chicago. I'm very comfortable utilizing Chicago's commuter trains and public transportation. Any suggestions for the best way to get from downtown to SFGAm if I'm not renting a car? I'd like to take the train out of St. Louis, as The 9YO Coaster Kid still has a fascination with anything that moves via rails, and stay somewhere within walking distance to Union Station.

 

Thoughts? Suggestions?

 

Do you not own a car? Driving will be 10 times easier.

 

Read again, Negative Nancy...

 

My boy LOVES trains. This is for him. Easy is not always the most enjoyable option when it comes to making memories with the kids, and it's well worth the trouble. Don't be such an arse.

 

Seriously! And to think, you are using public transportation, helping offset your impact on our lovely environment, and also easing up on unnecessary congestion on Chicago's already horrible "express" ways. Plus your kid will love it! You'll have a nice extra $20 in your pocket too thanks to not having to park.

 

Good for you!

 

People and their cars

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Goku1910 from SFGAm World said he contacted SFGAm's guest relations and they confirmed that there won't be a Goliath season pass holder preview, only the midnight ERT for people who buy the Goliath shirts and sweaters from the park.

 

I really hope that isn't true because I passed up on buying two Goliath t-shirts 2 days ago when I went because I was expecting there to be a pass holder preview. Their PR team confirmed multiple times throughout the off season that they would have one. I know plans can change last minute but still, I would be pretty mad if they didn't have one.

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^as a season pass holder I am feeling about as angry as I did when I found out that single day pass holders get to use the faster line through security

 

I'm bummed out about this. Anyways, they're filling in the drop now...

 

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Not to be a negative nellie, but if they're going to go through the trouble of even doing these videos - why not make them 3-4mins and show some actual footage of the ride/construction?

 

It seems like they're more concerned about how to insert their social media icons than they are actually showing off the ride (and the progress being made).

 

Again, just seems like a waste - all the quick cuts leave viewers having to pause and stare at a still (VS, let's say, showing them bolting in some track or installing a car on the train).

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I'm speaking of the "Demon viewing area" (there was a sign for it) which was under one of the corkscrews, near the old waterfall and blood fountains I'm thinking it was taken out around the time of Splash Water Falls.

Are you talking about the area in the lower right hand of this picture?

 

I think that's it. I just remember it around and/or merging with the Splash water falls exit. The vivid part for me was the sign stating it was the "Demon viewing area."

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Whoaaaa... didn't expect my comment about playing hooky from school to being a discussion regarding the current education system. I think this just proves the Coaster Community DOES care. Regardless of where you stand when it comes to skipping school.

 

Anyway, I'm trying to figure the "logistics" behind a last minute trip to Chicago. I'm very comfortable utilizing Chicago's commuter trains and public transportation. Any suggestions for the best way to get from downtown to SFGAm if I'm not renting a car? I'd like to take the train out of St. Louis, as The 9YO Coaster Kid still has a fascination with anything that moves via rails, and stay somewhere within walking distance to Union Station.

 

Thoughts? Suggestions?

 

Do you not own a car? Driving will be 10 times easier.

 

Read again, Negative Nancy...

 

My boy LOVES trains. This is for him. Easy is not always the most enjoyable option when it comes to making memories with the kids, and it's well worth the trouble. Don't be such an arse.

 

Who's the "Arse", dude?! I was literally asking if you owned a car, since you said something about renting one. I'm not sure how that is being negative at all. Do I have to put a freaking smiley on everything I say?

 

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Anyway, I'm trying to figure the "logistics" behind a last minute trip to Chicago. I'm very comfortable utilizing Chicago's commuter trains and public transportation. Any suggestions for the best way to get from downtown to SFGAm if I'm not renting a car? I'd like to take the train out of St. Louis, as The 9YO Coaster Kid still has a fascination with anything that moves via rails, and stay somewhere within walking distance to Union Station.

 

Thoughts? Suggestions?

It can be done, you would just have to do a few transfers. You'd have to walk from Union Station to Metra Ogilvie Transportation Center, which is only 3 blocks. Take the Metra Union Pacific North line to Waukegan. You can then take a Pace bus from the Metra station to the park. The SFGAm bus stop is at Grand Ave and Six Flags Drive, so you'd still have to walk down Six Flags Drive to the park entrance. All easy to do without a rental car.

 

Just FYI- Bus fare is $1.85 each way for an adult, and your 9 year old is $0.85. Metra train fare is $6.75 each way for an adult, and $3.25 for your child.

 

The information is much appreciated, thank you!

 

No problem at all! If you have any other questions feel free to ask or send me a PM. I did forget to mention one thing. I'm not positive about the Pace bus, but if you buy a ticket on the Metra train it is cash only. Your best bet is to buy round trips for the 2 of you at the ticket counter in Ogilvie- they will accept any credit cards. If you happen to be going on a weekend you can just get a $7 Metra weekend pass which is good for unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to let us know how the trip went!

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My guess would be they start testing the ride Monday nonstop until Wednesday night when they can have the state inspect for media day. they will test it Friday and then have a ERT for season pass holders Saturday and Sunday. They will open the ride to the public either Monday after the ERT from 11:59-2 or they will open it Tuesday. This is just a guess I am not a ride operator or work for the theme park that is just an educated guess. They will probably have the time line on the next email we get on Wednesday.

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My guess would be they start testing the ride Monday nonstop until Wednesday night when they can have the state inspect for media day. they will test it Friday and then have a ERT for season pass holders Saturday and Sunday. They will open the ride to the public either Monday after the ERT from 11:59-2 or they will open it Tuesday. This is just a guess I am not a ride operator or work for the theme park that is just an educated guess. They will probably have the time line on the next email we get on Wednesday.

 

that is just an educated guess

 

I am not a ride operator or work for the theme park

 

educated

 

 

Sorry, all in good fun. It was just too good to pass up, haha.

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