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This park pushes me away by having long lines among some other problems, to the point where I was looking at the pass options for 2019 and considering looking elsewhere (spoiler CP) for my coaster fix....

 

Then they pull this out of their A$$

 

Well played SFGAm... Well played...

 

**Signs up for membership **

 

Also, if you are coming to Chicago and only looking for pizza, you are missing out on a very underrated culinary city

 

P.S. Giardano's sucks donkey

if you're looking to avoid long lines Cedar Point is definitely not the place to go.

 

When you live an hour away from a park and can basically go whenever you want, you go on days where it's not crowded... Unfortunately those days are few and far between at SFGAm over the past few seasons....

I must have gotten *ridiculously lucky* my one visit this season. I went on a day that was forecasted thunderstorms for like a whole week before the actual date, and when I got there, there was only a little bit of rain, nearly everything I wanted was open, and the park was dead! Mind you this was late July! I'm probably coming back next year (especially now with Maxx Force ) but unless I'm literally the god of luck I doubt I'll ever see anything like that again at this park. That one visit though was awesome

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I wasn't thrilled with SFGAm's coaster collection this summer, but I think this will be a good one.

I feel like Great America has a pretty solid line-up of "Totally non-offensive, but rides you wouldn't go out of your way for." Such as:

 

Raging Bull

X-Flight

Goliath

Viper

Batman

Vertical Velocity

Superman: Ultimate Flight

Demon

Whizzer

American Eagle

 

 

Like these are all really GOOD to GREAT coasters. They don't hurt you or make you angry at the world in any way at all... But at the same time... I'm not sure there is a single one on that list that I would make a trip for. And it's sort of too bad because, when I'm at the park, I enjoy every single one of those rides. But none of them are "Stand Out" attractions.

 

Hopefully this new coaster will shake that up a little bit.

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That's pretty close to how I felt, though I might not even put American Eagle on that list. It was a park with plenty of nice B-level coasters, which at some parks would be okay, but with SFGAm's size and history it needed something more.

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That's pretty close to how I felt, though I might not even put American Eagle on that list. It was a park with plenty of nice B-level coasters, which at some parks would be okay, but with SFGAm's size and history it needed something more.

It's been a few years since we last visited the park and American Eagle is probably at the very bottom of that list for me, but is was running "okay" and still pretty non-offensive. I've ridden it when it can be offensive, though, so that's why it would be at the bottom.... hanging on by a lizard or something...

 

Honestly, them getting rid of Iron Wolf only IMPROVED their overall collection of "Somewhat pretty good" rides!

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I mean, it has Wrigley Field and an awesome aquarium so I'm all about it. Your pizza sucks though.

 

Blasphemous

 

Chicago Deep Dish > life itself. Honestly the main reason I'm thinking about visiting this park again next year, get myself some Lou Malnati's and maybe ride Maxx Force or whatever. Edit - I know the locals are all about the thin crust, but that's what I go to New York for.. so I get deep dish in Chicago. It hasn't failed me yet. Even Giordano's and Uno's are really good. Pequads is next on the list to try though, keep hearing great things.

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Maxx looks amazing, clearly the work of those behind the Curtain. Maybe they haven't decided if they want to call it a Vekoma or S&S (a Steelers themed coaster had to be S&S). The high speed roll is the lowly corkscrew finally getting its due, rather than being stuck towards the end when there isn't enough energy to do much else interesting.

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The high speed roll is the lowly corkscrew finally getting its due, rather than being stuck towards the end when there isn't enough energy to do much else interesting.

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The high speed roll is the lowly corkscrew finally getting its due, rather than being stuck towards the end when there isn't enough energy to do much else interesting.

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Is the bob ross the happy little trees guy? This site cracks me up

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I wasn't thrilled with SFGAm's coaster collection this summer, but I think this will be a good one.

I feel like Great America has a pretty solid line-up of "Totally non-offensive, but rides you wouldn't go out of your way for." Such as:

 

Raging Bull

X-Flight

Goliath

Viper

Batman

Vertical Velocity

Superman: Ultimate Flight

Demon

Whizzer

American Eagle

 

 

Like these are all really GOOD to GREAT coasters. They don't hurt you or make you angry at the world in any way at all... But at the same time... I'm not sure there is a single one on that list that I would make a trip for. And it's sort of too bad because, when I'm at the park, I enjoy every single one of those rides. But none of them are "Stand Out" attractions.

 

Hopefully this new coaster will shake that up a little bit.

 

This right here really describes how I view the park as well. It's my home park and I might visit it once or twice each season. It does lack that one or two attractions that would get me to go more often. There is nothing wrong with their line-up, it's that is just lacks any "wow" factor.

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I wasn't thrilled with SFGAm's coaster collection this summer, but I think this will be a good one.

I feel like Great America has a pretty solid line-up of "Totally non-offensive, but rides you wouldn't go out of your way for." Such as:

 

Raging Bull

X-Flight

Goliath

Viper

Batman

Vertical Velocity

Superman: Ultimate Flight

Demon

Whizzer

American Eagle

 

 

Like these are all really GOOD to GREAT coasters. They don't hurt you or make you angry at the world in any way at all... But at the same time... I'm not sure there is a single one on that list that I would make a trip for. And it's sort of too bad because, when I'm at the park, I enjoy every single one of those rides. But none of them are "Stand Out" attractions.

 

Hopefully this new coaster will shake that up a little bit.

I agree as well. I had a good time at the park, didn't even get to ride everything on the day I went, but I haven't been particularly motivated to return even though it's one of the "closer" Six Flags parks to my current location. Not sure if Maxx Force will add that "wow" factor that will make me want to keep coming back, but it will definitely inspire me to make a return visit next year!

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When me and my wife visited the park we enjoyed it. I have ridden all 4 north america wing riders and I enjoyed x flight the best. Goliath is one of my favorite wood coasters. Raging Bull is a very underrated hyper and batman though cloned is great. They have a very solid line up. No major holes as they seem to have one of everything. Only thing in my mind they are missing is that one amazing signature ride. The Maverick and Fury's of the world..02

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Only thing in my mind they are missing is that one amazing signature ride.

Curious, wasn't that supposed to be Goliath?

 

 

I loved Goliath. When I got off though I wanted more. It felt kinda short. Another 1500 feet of track could of really made it a world beater.

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When me and my wife visited the park we enjoyed it. I have ridden all 4 north america wing riders and I enjoyed x flight the best. Goliath is one of my favorite wood coasters. Raging Bull is a very underrated hyper and batman though cloned is great. They have a very solid line up. No major holes as they seem to have one of everything. Only thing in my mind they are missing is that one amazing signature ride. The Maverick and Fury's of the world..02

 

Am I the only one that thinks this is the best Batman out there? I’ve been a quite a few different ones and I have to say the terrain makes the difference in this one. Going over the water and through some of the trenches surrounded by trees it makes it feel faster then it is. In this case I’d have to say original is best. After this slot of then we’re just thrown down on empty flat plots of land.

 

 

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When me and my wife visited the park we enjoyed it. I have ridden all 4 north america wing riders and I enjoyed x flight the best. Goliath is one of my favorite wood coasters. Raging Bull is a very underrated hyper and batman though cloned is great. They have a very solid line up. No major holes as they seem to have one of everything. Only thing in my mind they are missing is that one amazing signature ride. The Maverick and Fury's of the world..02

 

Am I the only one that thinks this is the best Batman out there? I’ve been a quite a few different ones and I have to say the terrain makes the difference in this one. Going over the water and through some of the trenches surrounded by trees it makes it feel faster then it is. In this case I’d have to say original is best. After this slot of then we’re just thrown down on empty flat plots of land.

 

 

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Of course it is the best Batman out there. It is the original one built! I do agree though, the terrain makes it more fun than on some of the clones.

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When me and my wife visited the park we enjoyed it. I have ridden all 4 north america wing riders and I enjoyed x flight the best. Goliath is one of my favorite wood coasters. Raging Bull is a very underrated hyper and batman though cloned is great. They have a very solid line up. No major holes as they seem to have one of everything. Only thing in my mind they are missing is that one amazing signature ride. The Maverick and Fury's of the world..02

 

Am I the only one that thinks this is the best Batman out there? I’ve been a quite a few different ones and I have to say the terrain makes the difference in this one. Going over the water and through some of the trenches surrounded by trees it makes it feel faster then it is. In this case I’d have to say original is best. After this slot of then we’re just thrown down on empty flat plots of land.

 

 

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Of course it is the best Batman out there. It is the original one built! I do agree though, the terrain makes it more fun than on some of the clones.

In fairness they did try to duplicate some of the terrain features in St Louis by having it interact with queue elements and they dug a trench. But yes the original is definitely the best location Six Flags ever picked for the ride. I want to say one or two of the others rides a bit better though as B & M improved their manufacturing process.

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