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^I see this as more likely. Marginally better than a Larson loop. I probably would not ride it much though. Going upside down over and over is not my thing.

 

Still not certain whatever is coming will even be in King Chaos's spot. They could leave that empty and put something new in the water park, as some have rumored and the clues so far might point to. Hope we get more clues about ride type before the 31st.

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I’m so ready for these totally arbitrary and nonsensical covid rules to be over.  So a waterpark with no masks was fine all summer but they can’t run a coaster Or a Scrambler with a bunch of empt

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Ugh, not that I am too sad about losing king chaos, I'm more upset with the idea that whatever they replace it with won't have a Mardi-gras theme. I know that SF isn't the best at theming lands to begin with but the Mardis-Gras area isn't even that old! Already it's lost the restaurant to Jonny Rockets, the rockin tug, Ragin Cajun (Though I'll give joker a pass here because the purple and green fits in rather well) and now king chaos! The area is officially dead.

 

If it is a skywarp I will be excited but I was just hoping that it would have gone into southwest territory (finally filling the old wagon pad) and been themed to a lasso or something.

 

Also I can almost guarantee you will not see an S&S Super L in any six flags park. Way to expensive. The ride system on that is essentially a coaster with magnetic launching. Super loops and Larson loops work the same way, where the train is just part of a continues set of wheels, which is much easier and cheaper to move around a loop than launching.

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An S&S Twisted Looper is also a possibility.

 

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Looks like a cool ride, plus they could market it as a world's first

 

Why are people pushing so hard for these. They look incredibly boring.

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^I see this as more likely. Marginally better than a Larson loop. I probably would not ride it much though. Going upside down over and over is not my thing.

 

Still not certain whatever is coming will even be in King Chaos's spot. They could leave that empty and put something new in the water park, as some have rumored and the clues so far might point to. Hope we get more clues about ride type before the 31st.

 

The Twisted Looper doesn't go upside down

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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)?

 

Hey Bill, I know this post was a few pages back and most of your questions have been answered by now, but since I was just there a week ago and went through the whole rigamarole, I figured I'd chip in.

 

When my kid and I went to the park, we ended up going to the height measurement center first things first, which just happened to be right next to Joker. We then swung back to the Flash Pass center which is directly across from Whizzer on the opposite side of the park from Joker, and by this time about a half hour had passed since opening due to the walk. We didn't pre purchase or anything in advance; I was hoping that on a Wednesday in the middle of the week it would be on the dead side, but the park was actually surprisingly packed that day. I blame "National Roller Coaster Day" or something.

 

When we finally got to the building, the entrance to the non-prepaid lines was blocked by a few employees outside of the door that needed to explain how they worked and the pricing schemes to you. After about three minutes of that, they finally let us go into the building. We did not need to stand inside and watch a video like at many other Six Flags parks. Once we entered, the Flash Pass line was minimal -- there were maybe about three groups in front of us, but there were five employees manning registers and helping others. We were in and out within ten minutes. The left-hand side of the building had a completely separate entrance for pre-paid purchasers who just want to get in, pick them up, and get out; I assume this is what you'd be doing and you'd definitely be saving even more time.

 

The one thing I do want to note is their messaging was completely inconsistent with each other. The digital screens and magnet boards listed completely different rides for what was included on each pass, and the limits for each. On Platinum, the ONLY limit they currently have in effect is a maximum of two reservations on Joker. Everything else is unlimited. No limits on Goliath or Justice League, no matter what the boards actually say.

 

Hope that info helps. I thought Great America was an awesome park, but we definitely wouldn't have been able to do it all in one crowded day without that Flash Pass. I hope to have a full trip report up at some point later this week.

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^I see this as more likely. Marginally better than a Larson loop. I probably would not ride it much though. Going upside down over and over is not my thing.

 

Still not certain whatever is coming will even be in King Chaos's spot. They could leave that empty and put something new in the water park, as some have rumored and the clues so far might point to. Hope we get more clues about ride type before the 31st.

 

The Twisted Looper doesn't go upside down

 

With the twist at the top, I guess that's true. Okay, I refine my statement: going in a loop over and over, no matter what direction I face, is not my thing.

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Hope that info helps. I thought Great America was an awesome park, but we definitely wouldn't have been able to do it all in one crowded day without that Flash Pass. I hope to have a full trip report up at some point later this week.

 

I have yet to go to Great America and witness low crowds no matter the day of the week. I've had friends that have lucked out a few days this summer, but unfortunately I haven't.

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Hope that info helps. I thought Great America was an awesome park, but we definitely wouldn't have been able to do it all in one crowded day without that Flash Pass. I hope to have a full trip report up at some point later this week.

 

I have yet to go to Great America and witness low crowds no matter the day of the week. I've had friends that have lucked out a few days this summer, but unfortunately I haven't.

 

Early June during the week is about the only you might find fairly low crowds at the park.

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I went to the park the first Thursday of August this year around 8pm and was able to ride 11 of the roller coasters in under 2 hours before the park closed. It was a cloudy and rainy day, which explains the lack of lines. So my advice is to check the weather and go on a rainy day. The rides may be closed some of the day, but it is worth it.

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What if it is just a SkyScreamer that is named Storm Chaser instead?

 

They didn't go before the village board, so they can't build anything over 200 feet (or 125 feet for areas close to houses). It's possible they'd build a small SkyScreamer, but I think that would be rather disappointing.

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I went to the park the first Thursday of August this year around 8pm and was able to ride 11 of the roller coasters in under 2 hours before the park closed.

 

That's when I usually go! After a stop at the Dairy Queen, of course. Double or triple rides on all my favorites like Eagle and Demon. Whizzer is a 2 or 3 train wait then, small wait... but so good to see it so popular after all these years. A gem in the chain!

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Just finished an amazing day at the park. Hardly any lines mostly thanks to an early rain storm that kept most of the rides down. Also I was able to get on the last cycle on King Chaos. Took a few pictures of it for memories. I can't wait until Thursday to see what is (might) be replacing it.

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New Record Breaking Coaster to Debut at Six Flags Great America

World’s Largest Loop Coaster Coming in 2018

 

 

GURNEE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, has an announcement of epic proportions. Coming in 2018 is the world’s largest loop coaster. This world-record breaking attraction will take riders forward and backward on a gigantic loop before suspending them completely upside down for plenty of wicked hang-time.

 

“Six Flags continues to prove that innovation is in our DNA, and we are thrilled to introduce yet another world-record breaking coaster to our impressive arsenal of thrill rides,” said Park President Hank Salemi. “Standing at 100 feet tall, this is an experience our guests cannot get anywhere else on the planet. With the multiple inversions and record hang-time, this new coaster packs a punch and is going to be one of our most intense attractions.”

 

This ride will have riders traveling in unique “face-off” seating. Thrill seekers will go through a whirlwind series of 360° revolutions suspended upside down for the most insane, inverted hang-time of any coaster in the park before reeling down in the opposite direction.

 

Highlights include:

 

World’s largest coaster of its kind;

100 feet tall;

360 degree revolutions with multiple inversions;

32 seats in unique “face-off” design, with guests seated back-to-back and face-to-face;

Inverted hang-time with riders suspended upside down for extended times; and

The park’s 16th coaster.

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Not sure if I'm laughing at the addition, or the addition's name, or the addition's lack of a name, but I find this to be the most hilarious of SF's announcements this morning!

 

Honestly, the addition, for what it is, is actually kind of cool, being the largest of its kind. But WTF with the name situation??? It's almost as if (like I mentioned in the SFOT thread) they accidentally gave the wrong name to their new flat there, and that Harley Quinn name was supposed to go on THIS! Oh well... What's works in China, can work in Chicago, right?

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By making this larger, at least it does separate itself a little more than the versions that you see at carnivals. While often made fun of for now being a coaster by us, the smaller versions are pretty fun rides so I'm sure this will be the same. These give crazy hangtime.

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