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SFOT closes rides when there's lightning halfway across the world (only slightly exaggerating).

 

SFGAm is definitely better with that kind of stuff, but knowing Six Flags I wouldn't be surprised if they actually closed something when there's lightning 30 miles away, lol.

 

The problem is that there is a physical limitation to lightning detection systems. The systems currently on the market have an upper limit of 6-7 miles under the best of conditions.

 

 

The quoted "30 mile" radius goes from Racine, WI to Rosemont, IL. That is a hell of a lot of area and I can guarantee that storms pass through that area and do not effect SFGAm at all... Even going half that, the radius still covers a hell of a lot of ground and that simply can't be covered by any reliable commercial grade lightning detection system...

 

 

Hell, todays weather is a perfect example of how ridiculous the quoted distances are... Look at a radar loop from this afternoon. Storms have been firing along the southern edge of the 15/30 mile radius all afternoon while Gurnee is clear. I'd bet that the park didn't close a single ride due to the cloud to cloud or cloud to ground lightning that has been present for most of the afternoon.

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Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

Some follow-up questions:

-Besides the coasters, what are some other recommended rides I should check out?

-Which rides have single rider lines?

-Are there any tips for avoiding crowds during this part of the day? (4pm to closing for anyone who didn't read my former post) I know that for some parks there are specific areas to go at for specific times to avoid lines, and I'm wondering if this park has anything similar for this time frame.

-Which rides should I absolutely skip if the line is over 25min?

-Any other general tips?

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Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

Some follow-up questions:

-Besides the coasters, what are some other recommended rides I should check out?

-Which rides have single rider lines?

-Are there any tips for avoiding crowds during this part of the day? (4pm to closing for anyone who didn't read my former post) I know that for some parks there are specific areas to go at for specific times to avoid lines, and I'm wondering if this park has anything similar for this time frame.

-Which rides should I absolutely skip if the line is over 25min?

-Any other general tips?

 

We just spent 2 days at the park without fast pass, and rode all the coasters multiple times. We were also able to she the shows and ride a bunch of other rides as well. It was hot, so I think that the main focus for a lot of people was the waterpark.

 

A few non coaster rides you may want to check out are justice league, fiddlers fling(they run this ride in crazy mode), and Mardi Gras hangover. They are also doing vr on the drop tower at no additional cost as well...so check that out if you are able to.

 

The magic show in hometown square was pretty good as well.

 

The only let down this park had for us was the food selection. Not a whole lot of choices outside of the typical park fair. I would suggest the nachos at JB'S smokehouse...they are HUGE!

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Make sure to check out Giant Drop (Running VR), Mardi Gras Hangover, Revolution, The Lobster, and Justice League

 

Goliath, The Joker, and Justice League have single rider lines

 

Personally, I would hit American Eagle and Demon earlier in the day. They tend to have consistently short waits, but if you ride them early you will have gotten them out of the way before everyone goes home and the lines for more popular coasters get shorter. Usually lines pick up a bit around the time Hurricane Harbor closes (6 PM) but they start to weed out during the last hour of operation (This past Saturday for example, Goliath was a 30 minute wait throughout the evening and a station wait right before closing) Looking at the forecast for Friday, I doubt the park will be very crowded anyway so you may be able to just do things how you want

 

Honestly, skip Little Dipper if the line is over 25 minutes (Which it regularly does get longer than). Aside from its history it's really nothing special

 

Some good places to eat in the park are Big Lou's (Italian Beef), Strutters (Chicken), JB's Sports Bar (Wings, nachos, pulled pork), Johnny Rockets (Burgers), and Chop Six (Chinese food)

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Thanks so much for the help!

 

One (probably) last question: What is the loose article policy at this park. Will I need to get any fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo?

 

No loose articles like bags, purses, drink cups or bottles, etc. allowed on rides. Keep your cell phone in your pocket. There are bins in the station of coasters or near the entrance of flat rides you can put loose articles in for free then retrieve when exiting. Hats and sunglasses are allowed on rides though.

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Thanks so much for the help!

 

One (probably) last question: What is the loose article policy at this park. Will I need to get any fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo?

 

No loose articles like bags, purses, drink cups or bottles, etc. allowed on rides. Keep your cell phone in your pocket. There are bins in the station of coasters or near the entrance of flat rides you can put loose articles in for free then retrieve when exiting. Hats and sunglasses are allowed on rides though.

Lockers are essentially not required at Great America. The locking bins on the ride platforms are color coded to the trains when possible. Significantly better than some other parks in the chain.

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^I got a ride name survey this summer, and one of them had a car theme (forget the name) and was an option for a launched racing coaster. Hoping it is that. Hoping the waterslide shot is just a red herring, because if it is a water coaster or other water ride, that seems too obvious.

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^I got a ride name survey this summer, and one of them had a car theme (forget the name) and was an option for a launched racing coaster. Hoping it is that. Hoping the waterslide shot is just a red herring, because if it is a water coaster or other water ride, that seems too obvious.

I believe both Intamin and Vekoma have new launched coaster concepts and neither looks super big. Both might fit the area available. Maybe a Mack considering how much more work they're getting. Or do Skywarps technically launch?

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First 2019 teaser is up

 

If they didn't already have a mat-reacer type slide, I would think that would be the obvious answer, but since they already have one of those, I'm stumped... seems like some sort of water slide with either a racing theme or racing element...

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If this actually ends up being a water ride, this is the lamest teaser campaign I have ever seen. The point of teaser campaigns is to give some clues, but also throw some red herrings in to misdirect people and keep them talking. There are clues in there, such as the racing theme, SPF 1000, showing a record spinning (record breaking ride?). Even showing the drop slides follows the racing theme.

 

I am not buying it being a water slide or water coaster. I now think it’s a dry ride, and this is after years of figuring they would put a water coaster in this spot once the Pictorium came down. It will have been 5 years since Goliath. It is time for something big, unique, and that will draw people to the park after 3 clones in a row (okay, MGH is taller than the others). People will be very disappointed if it is a water slide. They are already expressing as much on FB. It is a nice sized piece of land.

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If this actually ends up being a water ride, this is the lamest teaser campaign I have ever seen. The point of teaser campaigns is to give some clues, but also throw some red herrings in to misdirect people and keep them talking. There are clues in there, such as the racing theme, SPF 1000, showing a record spinning (record breaking ride?). Even showing the drop slides follows the racing theme.

 

I am not buying it being a water slide or water coaster. I now think it’s a dry ride, and this is after years of figuring they would put a water coaster in this spot once the Pictorium came down. It will have been 5 years since Goliath. It is time for something big, unique, and that will draw people to the park after 3 clones in a row (okay, MGH is taller than the others). People will be very disappointed if it is a water slide. They are already expressing as much on FB. It is a nice sized piece of land.

 

Lame? I think it is a pretty good start, with some possible clues in it. Also, you will not know what the actual red herrings are until the announcement.

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Or, maybe it's exactly what it's teasing... They're sending a dude with sun screen all over his body to go ride something... Teasers don't always have to be so obscure.

 

Coaster enthusiasts are the people who speak the loudest on facebook groups and forums, so of course you're going to hear a ton of complaints. Most people outside of the coaster community seem to love water slides. Also, without a few compact coaster additions, with Goliath being one of the few exceptions, Six Flags doesn't seem focused on building many mid sized or large scale coasters at this time. Aside from that, Justice League, the S&S Free Spin, and the largest Larson Loop were pretty decent dry park additions over the last few years.

 

My guess is that the new addition will be exactly what the video is teasing, but I acknowledge that anyone's guess is certainly just as good, if not better, than mine. Coaster enthusiasts sometimes read too much into the obvious. From what I can recall, Six Flags doesn't put nearly as much effort into teasing new attractions as other parks.

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If this actually ends up being a water ride, this is the lamest teaser campaign I have ever seen. The point of teaser campaigns is to give some clues, but also throw some red herrings in to misdirect people and keep them talking. There are clues in there, such as the racing theme, SPF 1000, showing a record spinning (record breaking ride?). Even showing the drop slides follows the racing theme.

 

I am not buying it being a water slide or water coaster. I now think it’s a dry ride, and this is after years of figuring they would put a water coaster in this spot once the Pictorium came down. It will have been 5 years since Goliath. It is time for something big, unique, and that will draw people to the park after 3 clones in a row (okay, MGH is taller than the others). People will be very disappointed if it is a water slide. They are already expressing as much on FB. It is a nice sized piece of land.

 

Lame? I think it is a pretty good start, with some possible clues in it. Also, you will not know what the actual red herrings are until the announcement.

 

Yes, if they essentially give away the type of ride it is in the very first teaser, that is lame to me. That’s a big IF though. I don’t think SFGAm has ever done that. It should take several teasers to determine fully what the type of ride is, even. The video is fine for what it is. I am not knocking the teaser as long as it is not so obvious. There are some clues in there, hopefully some red herrings. It has people talking. That’s good. I did not mean to come off as saying that teaser sucked.

 

Speaking of red herrings, last year, one of the early teasers for MGH was throwing life preservers and/or life jackets on the gator statues in the pool in front of King Chaos. A lot of people thought it meant a possible water ride coming. Nope. It just tied into what we thought the original theme for MGH was, which was a hurricane. That changed due to the bad hurricane just before the announcement. This park likes to play around with us in the early teasers. To be this obvious would be a shift.

 

If it is a water ride, a water coaster is the only thing that makes sense for that space that we do not have yet. While I find water coasters fun, I think that is a waste of prime real estate in the park. I still think it could be something totally different.

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We are talking about red herrings because the park has put them in every teaser campaign for the last several years. Nobody knew what the new attraction was after the first teaser in years past. They are still teasing a coaster in this video just as much as a waterpark addition, because the girls are wearing the X-Flight worker jumpsuits. It could be anything at this point. Those happen to be the 2011 and 2012 additions, too.

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We are talking about red herrings because the park has put them in every teaser campaign for the last several years. Nobody knew what the new attraction was after the first teaser in years past. They are still teasing a coaster in this video just as much as a waterpark addition, because the girls are wearing the X-Flight worker jumpsuits. It could be anything at this point. Those happen to be the 2011 and 2012 additions, too.

I remember the first teaser campaign for Justice League showed American Eagle in the clip; just to clarify, is that what you mean by a red herring?

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