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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

This is life in Illinois. We're everything that's wrong with California, without the view.

Not even funny, man, not even funny.

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Some decent photos - nice to know that there is a Hampton Inn that close to the park.

 

Come next year there will be a brand new Great Wolf Lodge (replacing and drastically expanding upon the now gone Key Lime Cove) mostly indoor water park and resort across the street... I like the fact that now with the Great Wolf Lodge coming to the area you will be able to get a Disney like full fledged resort/hotel experience combined with the theme park... Something I have always felt Great America (and many other Six Flags) lacked as a family and child getaway place...

 

I'm actually really looking forward to having a no travel full fledged resort weekend getaway with a theme park across the street, as I'm only 10ish minutes down the road....

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^^With Lobster open, my iffy decision about tomorrow night is set: I’m going! It’s always strange going back to my home park after spending a couple days at Knoebels (PPP). Very strange.

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Does anyone have any guesses on how crowds will be this weekend with the first weekend of the Last Call Fall event?

 

Looks like upper 40's and 90% chance of rain, but that could all change.

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^I have no clue but had a GREAT time at the park last night! Most everything was a walk-on and I got a staggering 8 rides in a row - with out leaving my seat - on Whizzer. If you go, bundle up. The lake winds are harsh. I'm inclined to say the next couple weekends won't be busy on Sundays, but I've been in the past. Seems to be hit or miss. And who knows, the park may offer some discount or bring-a-friend deal on social media the day of, and then it will be packed. I most definitely wouldn't bother going on a Saturday.

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The park sent out an email today - All remaining days of the season are now Bring a Friend for Free. Given how last years BAFF closing weekend was (Full queues for flat rides), I'd expect very large crowds.

 

Also the park opens for the 2018 season on April 21st:

https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/special-events/opening-weekend

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^That kinda stinks... hopefully it will be freezing and scare some of the crowd away. They seem to be getting more resilient these days

 

Last night was the first time I ever saw only 1 train on Demon (been riding it since I was a little guy in 1982, I love that ride!) and 1 train on Raging Bull. 1 on Demon was just fine... 1 on Raging Bull made for a 5 train wait, not a biggie either. I've never even heard of those coasters running 1 train. Speaking to a ride op, it seems they were getting ready to add a 2nd train to Bull after it warmed up (!!!). To my dismay, at about 9:15pm (park was closing at 11) walking down the exit we saw the train covered with a tarp in transfer, with fires under it! Holy cow, they were really going to add that train - above and beyond for some reason.

 

Thought I would share a few shots from my 2 hours at the park on Sunday night.

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Lobster looks GREAT after the super-long relocation and repaint/rehab. I have a thing for Schwarzkopf rides... even geek out about those standard issue Schwarzkopf seat that are flat and non-grippy; same seats on some coasters such as Mind Bender (SFOG), Shockwave (SFOT) and Montezooma's revenge. You really get to slide around and enjoy true lateral time in those seats! Such perfection on that super-geeky detail. Fiddler's Fling also has the same seats. It's too bad SFMM didn't go with these original-type of seats when they did Revolution; what is inside those trains is horrible.

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Don't be scurred, it's on the Demon. Many of my coaster buds don't like Demon due to the roughness. Luckily, after having ridden it since I was a kid, I've developed ways to sit and adjust for a fun ride... which isn't really something I like to do, but I make the exception on Demon. 2nd seat from the back, please. Enjoy the *snapping* drop that was removed from the California version in the 90s.

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Still love the Disco tunnel. In the 80s, the lights were red/orange/yellow (as were the trains) and went in a spiral pattern. They removed the lights directly above the track at some point because people were throwing rocks up to break them. It's hard to have nice things.

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I'm not one for camera tech and details, I just try to take a bunch of pictures and hope a couple come out. I like centering my camera on a target, then rotating around it to produce a slight spin effect. The park looks great this year! I still say we have the best all-around Six Flags, operations included (which are usually horrible, unfortunately. What do you expect for a $70 season pass, right?)

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^That kinda stinks... hopefully it will be freezing and scare some of the crowd away. They seem to be getting more resilient these days

 

Honestly, when parks extend their schedules out like this you should be hoping for large crowds. The park is clearly trying to see how far they can push the season and get people to show up. If people keep showing up then Holiday in the Park is likely in Great America's future. If not, then they'll either keep closing in late November or cut back to the end of Fright Fest.

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So some say it will be slow on Saturday, others say packed. *scratches head*

 

It's surprising to me that even a Saturday in November would be as bad a typical day in the summer.

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^A few years ago, I went on the last Sunday in November... may only have been like November 2 or 3, but it was packed beyond belief. It was one of the very few times I got the park and left with out getting on a single ride. It really is hit or miss.

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Oh we did. We made the best out of our four hour day. Please help me to understand this, as I try to have an open mind. We got to the park before opening and it was low 40's drizzling, and pretty much miserable. HOWEVER, the weather got better throughout the day, despite our hour and a half warning that the park was closing four hours (1/2 day) early due to inclimate weather. Keep in mind all coaster were running all day and no lightning. The crowd seemed to be loving the station wait rides despite the last call fall event being laughable. It seems as if the park closed due to not being able to make a profit from the day while completely abusing the weather policy. It's 445 as I type this. The weather is the most warm it has been all day with a very slight drizzle. I feel like I had a total a six flags day. Almost every big ride had full trains, but only station waits. As I type this, five minutes south of the park, the roads are dry. I'm usually a rational person, but I feel like this is total Bullshit. I'll be that guy and compare SF to CF and say when I was at KI a month ago the park stayed open from 9pm to 12am despite total constant downpour with lightning. It's 53 and dry as I type this.

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Please help me to understand this

 

No need, I think you've pretty much got it. Great Adventure does the same thing, closed for weather at Six Flags is code for closed because the park is losing money. They run basically all of their rides in all weather conditions aside from lightning or hurricane force winds and they will all day if they're busy but once it's clear that nobody is going to show up they'll close early and blame weather whenever possible.

 

I guess it's still better than the policy of a lot of Cedar Fair parks where they'll stay open but close every ride in a light drizzle or breeze even if crowd levels are absolutely enormous.

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Well, that definitely makes me feel better, Bill. I was trying not to sound like an entitled coaster enthusiast. This again confirms why KI (probably not typical CF) is my favorite park. When it was an absolute downpour and we hadn't heard lightning for a while, we heard the coasters start testing again. We hurried quickly to beast just as a clap of thunder sounded, only to again silence the park. At least they tried.

 

I'm a little butt hurt, but it gave us an excuse to literally chug two beers and marathon the bull for the last hour. We capped the day off with American Eagle as a fun way to laugh out our Six Flags day. TR to follow... someday..

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$70 season passes = $70 season pass integrity. Sorry to hear you guys got cut short. If they aren’t gonna make enough $$$ that day, they close. I’ve been there in the summer during similar situations.

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True, but how about the people who showed up who didn't buy season passes? Not sure if they got rain checks or not, which would be irrelevant in our case. Just seems like really shitty business practice to me. The park is a destination level park which was also holding an "event."

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Guess I'm lucky they didn't close a couple Saturdays ago when I was there. The weather was dreadful and nothing had full trains but they stayed open. I guess fright fest played into that and since we left at 6 I don't know if fright fest attracted any more crowds.

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True, but how about the people who showed up who didn't buy season passes?

 

I would think the park figures they can piss off a certain percentage of people... even if it wasn't a bring-a-friend-free day. They probably hand out a few comp tickets, too. I'm SURE the guest relations office was packed to the gills, and understaffed as always (including during the height of summer). People wait in that line for an hour with out reaching the counter, and leave pissed. I've seen so many people/families leave that place furious. But some keep coming back. Why? Well, the season pass is only $70... Even with that situation, there are many folks that live in Chicagoland and up into Wisconsin that will have nothing to do with the park; a similar situation with Magic Mountain.

 

Thing is, they could have hundreds of thousands of happy customers that would be happy to pay for fair priced season passes (the Cedar Fair rate is fair but still underpriced around $200, that's what I have in mind), but Six Flags has continually had bad service since the 90s. Sometimes I'll go to the park, and be shocked how good a crew or some employees are, but they are rare. The kind of service and integrity that is key to wonderfully-run places like Cedar Point and Holiday World - it's simply not a part of Six Flags culture. I wish they could turn it around somehow, but I think for now they are fine with how things run.

 

When Will Koch (Holiday World) was around, he often spoke about how important it is to treat your guests with the utmost respect and integrity. He would say something along the lines of 'if you treat them right, they will want to come back.' Maybe something about how if you treat people right, they will be happy to spend their money at your park. They will tell their friends and family to visit, etc. Six Flags figures there will always be a new set of 15-25 year old to market cheap season passes to. Someone could explain this a little better than me I'm sure... but that's my 2 cents.

 

I'm lucky being only 45 minutes away from Great America, I can zip up for a couple hours at night alone, meet friends for a while, etc. But I really feel for the people that bring their kids in an attempt to make a day out of it. That really has to stink. It's such a shame, this park and Magic Mountain (heck, many of the Six Flags parks) could be world-class. They have so much potential. I often call Six Flags the Wal-Mart of the industry; cheap and close, and they DO have lots of good stuff.. but the place can be an armpit and the service is usually poor to absolutely miserable. It's not the people that are working on the front line, it's the lack of training and all trickle-down from corporate/managers... They would rather make a bunch of quick money up-front (cheap season passes) than have long-term security. Astroworld is gone... Six Flags Ohio, man what a train wreck that was. Anymore?

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