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When I was at the park, I looked at the area that the old Ragin' Cajun used to sit ( Believe it or not - I still haven't rode it at my home park of Six Flags America yet, but it's coming), and I was thinking to myself what sort of ride can Six Flags Great America put in there? It cannot be a small coaster because they already have a wild mouse coaster they call "The Dark Knight" and putting in a flat won't do it any justice ( I mean the area already has a few flats, plus the entrance to their water canyon raft ride). Then I recalled that this park doesn't have a dark ride, and this would be perfect if they could match it up to the scenery they left behind after dismantling the Ragin' Cajun.

 

Then what sort of dark ride could this be? It could have a haunted theme, or maybe a Mardi Gras theme. Here's a crazy idea - How about a clone of Six Flags over Georgia's "Monster Plantation"? Or if they decided on using the Justice League theme, then the story must involve the superheroes battling the evil villains during Mardi Gras. Hey, I would make extra plans and pains to return to Six Flags Great America if they went that route. Shoot, anything would be better than to see an empty area where an exciting ride used to be, and no one wants to be depressed seeing that vacant lot while at an amusement park.

 

Oh, let the speculations commence . . .

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A Throwback Thursday video? Time Machine relocation CONFIRMED.

I have a hypothesis: the original time machine will be placed at SFGAM while a clone will be built at SFFT ("world's 1st clone of the timeless attraction, Time Machine").

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This has probably been asked before but does anyone know of the chances that SFGA will get some type of dark ride? We visited this park for the first time over 4th of July weekend. I enjoyed the park but wish they had a dark ride. I know that The Dark Knight could be considered or probably is considered a dark ride, but I prefer more traditional type of dark rides, such as the Monster Mansion at SFOG (was the Monster Plantation when I last rode it). I think I read an article once that seemed to suggest that Six Flag St. Louis could be making a Justice League interactive dark ride (replacing the Scooby Doo ride). Does anyone think a ride like that could happen here?

 

A focus group survey I took from the park online months ago asked my preferences for a new dark ride as a future attraction, and it was mentioned several times in the survey, so I think it is a real possibility for the near future and something the park really needs.

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Around April or May of this year while they were still working on Goliath, I remember hearing something from an insider at SFGAm that once they were done with Goliath, they'd be turning their attention to American Eagle. They didn't say anything about that rumored iron-horse treatment on one side, but considering RMC is only going to be working on MM and NE this season, that kind of rules out a (desperately needed) rehabbing of American Eagle. Besides, SFGAm would've made an announcement about American Eagle closing if this were the case.

 

My speculation? Possibly an interactive dark ride, maybe where the Pictorium is. (Or where Ragin Cajun used to be...or if they wanted to gut out the Dark Knight Coaster...ugh...) Especially if we're playing into this "choose your path" thing the teaser videos have been doing. And these teasers are kind of annoying me. People really think the choices at the end of the video mean that SFGAm will be getting rid of one of those attractions, but you're supposed to be voting for what you want to hear the scoop about. This whole thing is a scavenger hunt, really. It doesn't mean they'll be getting rid of Buccaneer Battle or Aunt Martha's Boarding House or the Pictorium or whatever. If you try clicking on both links, they both just take you straight to SFGAm's Google+ page. The votes don't really matter. What matters are the hints they're dropping. And based off of the hints ("choose your path," mentioning a "signature ride," mentioning a "neighbor," and that Throwback Thursday video), I'd be inclined to say American Eagle would be getting that overhaul, but it probably won't happen this upcoming season. (More than likely for 2016 when the park celebrates its 40th anniversary.) I don't see them bringing back an old ride. It'd be cool if they could re-theme the Demon back into Turn of the Century, but I don't see them taking out the loops just to bring the airtime hills back. You might as well just take Demon out entirely and replace it with something brand spanking new, but they already said that isn't happening.

 

So....hard to tell, really. I'd hate to get my hopes up and have their announcement be for some lame show (*cough*igNight*cough*).

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What type of crowds should I expect during weekends in September?

 

Well, first thing to keep in mind is that they're only open the 6th and 7th, then they're closed until Fright Fest starts on the 27th. In my past experience, that last weekend of normal operation is usually pretty dead (at least compared to Fright Fest). I would expect the first weekend of Fright Fest to probably be busier, but less crowded than later in Fright Fest would be.

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So it looks like Six Flags accidently leaked the first paragraph of their press release:

 

Six Flags Great America to Celebrate 40 Seasons in 2015

A Look-Back on the Evolution of a True Americana Theme Park

Gurnee, Ill. — August 28, 2014 — Six Flags Great America is excited to announce a celebration of 40 seasons of thrills in 2015. Built on a $50 million dollar investment, thousands workers and countless details, Great America embodied the country’s bicentennial with classic Americana themed territories. Join us as we look back at guests’ favorite shows, classic rides, plus weekly festivals of our world-class roller coasters.

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So it looks like Six Flags accidently leaked the first paragraph of their press release:

 

Six Flags Great America to Celebrate 40 Seasons in 2015

A Look-Back on the Evolution of a True Americana Theme Park

Gurnee, Ill. — August 28, 2014 — Six Flags Great America is excited to announce a celebration of 40 seasons of thrills in 2015. Built on a $50 million dollar investment, thousands workers and countless details, Great America embodied the country’s bicentennial with classic Americana themed territories. Join us as we look back at guests’ favorite shows, classic rides, plus weekly festivals of our world-class roller coasters.

 

So in other words, they're not getting jack squat.

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So it looks like Six Flags accidently leaked the first paragraph of their press release:

 

Six Flags Great America to Celebrate 40 Seasons in 2015

A Look-Back on the Evolution of a True Americana Theme Park

Gurnee, Ill. — August 28, 2014 — Six Flags Great America is excited to announce a celebration of 40 seasons of thrills in 2015. Built on a $50 million dollar investment, thousands workers and countless details, Great America embodied the country’s bicentennial with classic Americana themed territories. Join us as we look back at guests’ favorite shows, classic rides, plus weekly festivals of our world-class roller coasters.

 

So in other words, they're not getting jack squat.

Is it really that big of a deal? I mean, the park's gotten two pretty awesome coasters in three years. And Kings Dominion did a 40 year anniversary celebration that was VERY well received, so this could be a great thing for the park.

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^ I saw replies to the video on twitter saying that they say something that looks like coaster track behind the guy announcing or whatever.. Doesn't connect to the '40 Seasons'

 

I disagree. It looks to me like a Six Flags logo over an old Marriott Great America Logo. I'm guessing it's going to be a "40 Seasons" logo. If there's coaster track back there too, it's probably just because that's the background picture of the park they used.

 

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I agree that it looks like a mashup of old/new logos.

 

Wonder if they're leaning on Steven, the guy who runs greatamericaparks.com, at all for gathering/documenting stuff to celebrate 40? I honestly don't know how good their in-house archiving has been over the years.

 

I must admit that I'm eager to hear what they're going to do. Restoring Hometown Square back to it's original form would be great - and the idea of returning some of the kiddie-type rides to the area is awesome, and thoughts of pulling the old Ameri-Go-Round and getting it running to celebrate 40 are all certainly intriguing!

 

With the removal of the ropes course, you have to assume "something" is going in there...right? Or is this something as simple as an outside vendor's contract running out (I don't know if this upcharge was a Six Flags owned operation or something an outside vendor was running).

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