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The park has announced a "Taste of Fall" type event, "Last Call Fall Festival"

 

https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/special-events/last-call-fall-festival

 

Beer, Food, and Rides!

 

There’s nothing quite like a Midwestern fall breeze, and we’re bringing even more to it! Last Call Fall Festival will bring the amazing feel, smell and now taste of fall straight into the theme park. With craft beers from a variety of local and national breweries, delicious new culinary options, and of course thrills – this will be an event you don’t want to miss!

 

Last Call Fall Festival will occur the final three weekends of our operation:

 

November 4 & 5

November 11 & 12

November 18 & 19

We will be open from 12:00pm - 8:00pm on all of these days.

 

Craft Beer and Wines

Check back to see what spirits we will feature at the Last Call Fall Festival.

 

Music

We will be offering some live jams in both Southwest and Yukon Territory. Enjoy your food and booze while listening to local artists perform!

 

Culinary Delights

Last Call will have its own special selection of culinary options. Check back to see what creations we are bringing to your taste buds!

 

Tickets

In order to enjoy this event, you will need a valid Season Pass, Membership, or Daily Ticket to enter the park. Check out our Tickets page to see how you can get in on the fun for this event, or check out the Season Passes page to enjoy more events like this one all season long!

 

Each of the Last Call food and alcohol items will require an additional fee. We will be offering a variety of packages. Check back for more information on these options as we update this page. Dining Passes will not be accepted for the special food and beverage offerings.

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Someone posted this on SFGAMworld.com:

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Maybe Lobster will be ready for Fright Fest? I was hoping to give it a spin later tonight.

 

It's taking a while, but I'm personally happy my home SF park takes special care of some classics.

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Now there is a beautiful paint job. I haven't seen Eagle look this good in a long time. Running like a bat out of hell as well. Still my favorite woodie in the chain (red side airtime woohoo).

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While I'd agree that El Toro is the best wooden coaster in the chain, American Eagle is second, albeit a distant second. American Eagle is an Intamin as well, has a great design, quite smooth for a wooden coaster of its age, and interacts well when they run two sides. The capacity is awesome and it has short lines even on busy days. There's hardly anything one wouldn't love about it.

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2018 rumor from Screamscspe.

A larger Custom Larson Super Loop, a larger water coaster style slide (custom Thunder Rapids) for Hurricane Harbor and a few other additions for HH. Also HH may become a separate gate from the main park. I personally don't like the idea of separate gates. But the larger super loop I'm interested in.

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2018 rumor from Screamscspe.

A larger Custom Larson Super Loop, a larger water coaster style slide (custom Thunder Rapids) for Hurricane Harbor and a few other additions for HH. Also HH may become a separate gate from the main park. I personally don't like the idea of separate gates. But the larger super loop I'm interested in.

 

SF is back to superloops. Come on SF there are so many new looping rides and you're possibly putting in a 40 yr old ride technology. What a record? The biggest superloop. LOL!

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2018 rumor from Screamscspe.

A larger Custom Larson Super Loop, a larger water coaster style slide (custom Thunder Rapids) for Hurricane Harbor and a few other additions for HH. Also HH may become a separate gate from the main park. I personally don't like the idea of separate gates. But the larger super loop I'm interested in.

 

SF is back to superloops. Come on SF there are so many new looping rides and you're possibly putting in a 40 yr old ride technology. What a record? The biggest superloop. LOL!

 

It may be the new S&S take on the giant loop with winged seats. Those can be custom built at much larger sizes. I bet SFMM gets one too.

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Still my favorite woodie in the chain.

For real? That's gotta be a VERY minority opinion. The Eagle is a fun ride, and a nostalgic favorite of mine considering that I grew up with the thing (born in '76), but best woodie in the chain?

 

For real! It's a tie (for me) between Eagle and Le Monstre at La Ronde; I realize these are not considered by the majority of coaster fans to be top-tier rides, but I have had outstanding rides on both. I've had many lame rides on Eagle over the years, but it has been running very good for the past few years. Between 2010-2012, it was running brakeless for a few spurts, which was freaking incredible. When Eagle runs brakesless AND with recent trackwork, I call it "Phoenix meets Voyage." It's no joke. Especially that return run on red, it's incredible. As for Le Monstre, it's a completely different ride with the heavy PTC trains they put on it several years ago. You can really feel that Bill Cobb influenced butt kicking.

 

I would think that SFGAdv's El Toro would be the runaway favorite for most in that particular category.

 

For the majority, sure. I totally get that. I thought El Toro was a fun ride, but being stapled that TIGHT into a roller coaster train ... it's just not for me. I would rather have good airtime - where you get to leave the seat - versus the type of "uplift forces" (called as such to differentiate them from true airtime) that try to separate your spine from the rest of your body, which consequently require extremely tight seating and restraints (like El Toro and RMC rides).

 

I was spoiled in the 80s and 90s with such treats as Texas and Riverside Cyclones, a brand new 1990 Texas Giant and Georgia Cyclone, and a 1989 Timberwolf. It was a time where rides could run wild, buzz bars were fine (well, the 2 in 1990 were the first to feature ratchets, but those were still wild as hell), and people didn't freak out if they didn't have a seatbelt. I like being thrown around on a coaster, and made to think I'm going to flip over a lap bar. It's just a totally different experience when you can't move from the waist down, and the seats on your side are buckets like RMC. Don't get me wrong, I still love RMC and all the newer stuff, but I enjoy the classic-style rides much more. They tend to be longer, and have variations in pacing, all which I enjoy immensely.

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I personally don't like the idea of separate gates. But the larger super loop I'm interested in.

 

It's a great way to increase revenue and it has worked fine at other larger SF parks such as GAdv and MM. Combo regular and Combo gold pass would create a more tiered structure to the passes like SFMM. You have a 1 park pass, a 2 park regular pass for $45 more and 2 park gold for $20 more. That's the SFMM structure of $95, $140, $160. SFGAm could do a $75, $115, $135. Then offer even bigger discounts during flash sale($65, $100) with a regular 2 park pass gets a free upgrade to gold or something. So essentially try to sell a bunch of 2 park gold passes at around $100

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where you get to leave the seat - versus the type of "uplift forces" (called as such to differentiate them from true airtime)

 

 

Ahh, you're one of those enthusiasts...

 

Ever hear the story of the enthusiast who tried to get "true airtime" on Raven at an event in like 2003? She left the restraint a few clicks loose and died on the 5th drop when she was ejected from the train. One could argue she really "left her seat"

 

 

To me, all airtime is great. I love rides like Phoenix and the PNE Coaster with single position restraints (with no seat belts), but I also love El Toro, Skyrush and Lightning Rod (even if stapled). Airtime is airtime

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where you get to leave the seat - versus the type of "uplift forces" (called as such to differentiate them from true airtime)

 

 

Ahh, you're one of those enthusiasts...

 

Ever hear the story of the enthusiast who tried to get "true airtime" on Raven at an event in like 2003? She left the restraint a few clicks loose and died on the 5th drop when she was ejected from the train. One could argue she really "left her seat"

 

Um... no. I am not "one of those enthusiasts." For someone that has been going to HW since 1995, that stings a bit. On several levels. Quite a rude thing to say.

 

To me, all airtime is great. I love rides like Phoenix and the PNE Coaster with single position restraints (with no seat belts), but I also love El Toro, Skyrush and Lightning Rod (even if stapled). Airtime is airtime

 

Well, it's just an opinion. I like the type of airtime where your butt actually moves off the seat. The other stuff is good, just not the same. For me.

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I have a quick question about Flash Pass.

 

We're planning on making our first ever trip to this park on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so (obviously) we plan to get a Flash Pass. How long do lines generally get at the Flash Pass center? I know at Great Adventure you could easily be there for 45 minutes so you need to head there first but ideally I'd love to immediately go to Joker at rope drop since it's on Platinum only then head back and grab a regular Flash Pass.

 

Also, if I buy in advance can I skip the line and asinine movie (I assume the answer is yes since that's how at works at SFNE and SFGADV)?

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I have a quick question about Flash Pass.

 

We're planning on making our first ever trip to this park on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so (obviously) we plan to get a Flash Pass. How long do lines generally get at the Flash Pass center? I know at Great Adventure you could easily be there for 45 minutes so you need to head there first but ideally I'd love to immediately go to Joker at rope drop since it's on Platinum only then head back and grab a regular Flash Pass.

 

Also, if I buy in advance can I skip the line and asinine movie (I assume the answer is yes since that's how at works at SFNE and SFGADV)?

 

Not sure it'll be the same, but I went on a super busy Saturday during Fright Fest, 2015. We prepaid for flashpass, but still went to Goliath first. We then got to the flashpass office 15 minutes after opening and it was empty (it took 3 minutes to get the QBot). Basically the same plan you're describing. It worked fine for me on a day where S:UF and Raging Bull reached 180 mins. I'd think you'll be good

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I have a quick question about Flash Pass.

 

We're planning on making our first ever trip to this park on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so (obviously) we plan to get a Flash Pass. How long do lines generally get at the Flash Pass center? I know at Great Adventure you could easily be there for 45 minutes so you need to head there first but ideally I'd love to immediately go to Joker at rope drop since it's on Platinum only then head back and grab a regular Flash Pass.

 

Also, if I buy in advance can I skip the line and asinine movie (I assume the answer is yes since that's how at works at SFNE and SFGADV)?

 

Each time I've gotten a FP, it was a trip to Goliath first and then FP HQ. I've only waited about 10-15 minutes. Have never encountered this movie before, and I've never pre-purchased. Joker looks to be closer than Goliath, but the FP HQ is in the middle of the park and it's shaped like an oval so there aren't really any short cuts unless you want to grab a quick Whizzer ride then get FP.

https://static.sixflags.com/website/files/sfgam_park-map.pdf

 

The biggest pain to avoid is getting into the park. You need to get there early because lines will build and it often can take 30+ minutes to get into the park.

 

Also, go to Timothy O'Toole's across from the park for food/drinks. They always have a great selection of 3 Floyd's beers.

http://www.timothyotooles.com/gurnee

 

If you any other Chicago area tips, holla at ya local boi.

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I have a quick question about Flash Pass.

 

We're planning on making our first ever trip to this park on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so (obviously) we plan to get a Flash Pass. How long do lines generally get at the Flash Pass center? I know at Great Adventure you could easily be there for 45 minutes so you need to head there first but ideally I'd love to immediately go to Joker at rope drop since it's on Platinum only then head back and grab a regular Flash Pass.

 

Also, if I buy in advance can I skip the line and asinine movie (I assume the answer is yes since that's how at works at SFNE and SFGADV)?

 

I have skipped the Flash Pass line @ Great Adv by simply mentioning I have a frequent user card (not sure if thats a thing at GreatAm). I do have one, but they didn't ask to see. Can anyone confirm they have frequent user cards @ Great America? If they do, I would imagine if you just say you left your frequent user card at the hotel and that you've seen the movie 2 dozen times and can you please skip the line they might let you go for it. Doesn't hurt to try.

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^^Good to know about it taking a long time to get in the park, if all goes well getting there early shouldn't be an issue. We'll still be on Eastern time so it's essentially an 11:30 opening with a hotel that's only a little over an hour away.

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