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Is this one really bigger than the originals? It looks exactly the same to me...

 

It could just be the perspective with those cars sitting in front. If you look at the one car already sitting on the bottom of the ride, it actually looks pretty massive. To me, anyways.

 

Oh wow, now I can tell. Those cars sitting in the "station" definitely put it into better perspective.

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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.

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Couple updates

 

-Hangover has been topped off

 

-It seems the park is dropping the Hanna Barbera theming from Camp Cartoon:

http://www.screamscape.com/html/six_flags_great_america.htm

 

-Supposedly the park will be making some type of announcement tomorrow:

cough Holiday In The Park cough

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I need to get back to Great America for Hurricane Harbor. It's like a Pro-Slide catalog. The only thing missing is a water coaster, to be honest. They haven't added anything since 2011 which is shocking, but understandable since you could spend a whole day at HH as is.

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Six Flags Great America is adding Holiday in the Park to their event lineup this year!

 

Six Flags Great America Launches New Holiday in the Park®

 

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For the first time in the park’s 42-year history, Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, is extending its operating season and inviting guests of all ages to be a part of the festivities at the new Six Flags Holiday in the Park®. This spectacular event — making its Six Flags Great America debut — features more than one million LED lights, beautifully adorned Christmas trees, thrilling rides, enchanting shows, delicious seasonal food and dazzling park décor. Holiday in the Park will premiere on Friday, November 23 and run weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31.

 

“Six Flags is creating a new season of thrills as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a million dazzling lights and all the magical sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays,” said Park President, Hank Salemi. “We are excited to extend our operating calendar and make Gurnee the premier place to spend the holiday season.”

 

Additional highlights of Holiday in the Park include:

 

  • State-of-the-art light shows;
  • Spectacular nightly tree-lighting ceremony;
  • Outstanding coasters and attractions;
  • Magical holiday shows;
  • Fire pits for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores;
  • Millions of dazzling lights; and
  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday In The Park® will be the largest holiday celebration in the region and promises to become a time-honored tradition that can only be experienced at Six Flags Great America.

 

Holiday in the Park is included with a 2018 Six Flags Great America Season Pass and Membership. Members can now enjoy priority park entry and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Members also receive skip-the-line passes, sneak previews, and extended ride times on some of their favorite rides and attractions. For more information about the 2018 season at Six Flags Great America, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/newfor2018.

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^^Maybe. Joker loves to throw temper tantrums in the cold. It's open in New England and at Great Adventure but it needs to close a lot... even with the wheel heaters in New England. It's never successfully operated until the end of the event at either park.

 

Dark Knight is sort of a given though and Superman is highly likely. It runs like a champ at Great Adventure aside from it's usual sh*t when it swings up into position and refuses to move but it does that on 80 degree summer days. It ran with temperatures down in the teens a few times last year.

 

V2 could be interesting too. I mean... what's it going to do? Valley?

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^^Maybe. Joker loves to throw temper tantrums in the cold. It's open in New England and at Great Adventure but it needs to close a lot... even with the wheel heaters in New England. It's never successfully operated until the end of the event at either park.

 

Dark Knight is sort of a given though and Superman is highly likely. It runs like a champ at Great Adventure aside from it's usual sh*t when it swings up into position and refuses to move but it does that on 80 degree summer days. It ran with temperatures down in the teens a few times last year.

 

V2 could be interesting too. I mean... what's it going to do? Valley?

 

I like the possibilities at this park. Could be a really great event full of rides. Might have to make the drive from Cleveland

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^^Maybe. Joker loves to throw temper tantrums in the cold. It's open in New England and at Great Adventure but it needs to close a lot... even with the wheel heaters in New England. It's never successfully operated until the end of the event at either park.

 

Dark Knight is sort of a given though and Superman is highly likely. It runs like a champ at Great Adventure aside from it's usual sh*t when it swings up into position and refuses to move but it does that on 80 degree summer days. It ran with temperatures down in the teens a few times last year.

 

V2 could be interesting too. I mean... what's it going to do? Valley?

 

Is it safe to say Raging Bull will be open? I'll be going to this for sure.

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Is it safe to say Raging Bull will be open? I'll be going to this for sure.

 

I'd be hesitant to make any bold assumptions at this point since we're pretty much in uncharted territory. I feel like anything under the train tracks on the right side of the park is pretty up in the air.

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^^Maybe. Joker loves to throw temper tantrums in the cold. It's open in New England and at Great Adventure but it needs to close a lot... even with the wheel heaters in New England. It's never successfully operated until the end of the event at either park.

 

SFNE's Joker had no trouble on the 30 degree day I visited last year. I actually don't recall it having any trouble during the event until that last week when the temperatures reached single digits and all the park's rides basically died.

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The new GreatAmericaParks.com site is up. It's loaded with awesome pictures, videos and stuff. It doesn't look like some of the stuff that was on his original site hasn't been uploaded yet (like the Tidal Wave commercial featuring Pat Ast of Reform School Girls, there's one for anyone around in the 80s), but the site looks great! He also has a facebook page that has featured pictures (like construction of Whizzer, Eagle... and everything else) that don't appear to be on the website. Awesome stuff!

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Here is exactly where the "magic happens" on the Gurnee Demon's drop. For anyone who has ridden the back car, you know this is where the snap airtime is. Both Demon's had this drop but the California model had it's drop "family-fied" sometime in the 90s. On that Demon, the drop now starts further back (directly after the curve) and has a more parabolic drop... also changed from the steeper 55 degrees we still enjoy in Gurnee to a more gentle 45 degrees.

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As they release more and more promotional videos it seems like they're focusing on Batman, Superman and Joker quite a bit. Obviously this is b-roll from other parks and nothing shown in these videos should be taken too seriously but it stands to reason that those areas and rides will be open anyway so I don't feel too bad about reading something into this...

 

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As they release more and more promotional videos it seems like they're focusing on Batman, Superman and Joker quite a bit. Obviously this is b-roll from other parks and nothing shown in these videos should be taken too seriously but it stands to reason that those areas and rides will be open anyway so I don't feel too bad about reading something into this...

 

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That really wouldn't be a bad thing to close the right half of the park and just have the left half open. We know Batman runs in the cold, and Dark Knight obviously can too. Superman, Joker, and Mardi Gras Hangover are in that same area too, so you've got five coasters clustered together. Add the kids area right behind there, and that's really plenty. You've got lots of flats scattered among those rides.

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Yeah, I'm starting to think that's how this is going to play out. Close the path on the right under the train bridge. Close the path a the bridge to County Fair. You have everything you need there... an indoor heated theater, a kids area, tons of food options and up to 8 coasters.

 

Superman, Batman, Joker, Dark Knight, Mardi Gras Hangover and Spacely's are pretty much a given. All of them have clones running in other cold weather HITP events and most of them have been shown in B roll promos already. You've also got Little Dipper and Vertical Velocity if it's practical to run them.

 

If they expand the other way at all, that's really a bonus. I wouldn't be shocked if they open back to Justice League but seeing how these promos are going so far I wouldn't really go in expecting those areas to be open.

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