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https://www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/news/six-flags-magic-waters

 

 

Six Flags will manage Magic Waters, a waterpark in Rockford, IL....

 

Ho hum.... Park is out in the middle of nowhere... Probably a good thing if you live in Rockford, but not really doing much for the rest of the Chicago area...

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https://www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/news/six-flags-magic-waters

 

Six Flags is adding Magic Waters in Rockford, IL to their list of water parks! Six Flags will operate the park starting in Spring 2019!

 

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The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners has approved a lease agreement that allows Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to operate Magic Waters Waterpark starting in the spring of 2019. This lease agreement is expected to be signed in the near future, and allows the largest regional theme park company in the world to bring its unique and innovative brand to the Rockford market.

 

Magic Waters Waterpark, a 43-acre waterpark located in Rockford, Illinois, has been owned and operated by the Rockford Park District since 1988. The park features a wide array of tube slides and body slides; an expansive children’s play area; a 1200 ft. lazy river; and Tsunami Bay, Illinois’ largest wavepool.

 

“We are excited about the prospect of welcoming Magic Waters to the Six Flags family of parks,” said Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi. “This is a fantastic property that complements our theme and waterpark in Gurnee and provides tremendous added value for our Season Passholders and Members. We look forward to bringing our unique and innovative brand of thrills to this important market.”

 

The lease agreement is expected to be finalized in the near future and commence in spring of 2019.

 

"The Rockford Park District has always had a strong culture of collaboration,” said Jay Sandine, Rockford Park District Executive Director. “Partnering with Six Flags means great things for our community and will enhance the experience for local families looking for affordable family fun. By having the Six Flags brand in this market we expect a major increase in tourism which will have significant economic impact for our community. Six Flags will continue to make capital investments in the waterpark, which frees up District resources to invest in our communities’ priorities such as parks, playgrounds, and youth.”

 

When the lease begins, Six Flags Gold Season Passes and Memberships will offer admission to Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Magic Waters and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.

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This is a very odd deal for Six Flags. The park is basically 75 miles from both Chicago and Milwaukee and while it is the largest water park anywhere near Chicago there are still options closer and if you're in Milwaukee the Dells would probably be your destination.

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They want to grow their membership base. I don't think the goal is to get Six Flags passholders to venture out to Magic Waters in droves (though some people will and that's a win for Six Flags too), I think the goal is to get people who visit Magic Waters to buy memberships, visit Great America and add to their growing subscription base.

 

This is pretty much just a repeat of what they were doing like 10-15 years ago when they operated parks like Wyandot Lake, though I guess you could argue that they''ll likely have more success with retention due to their new membership model. Hell, even if they decide to cut this place loose in a few years I wouldn't be shocked if (depending on the verbiage of the membership agreement) they just keep billing these people anyway and actually retain a lot of them.

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I feel like Six Flags probably got a great deal here.

 

From what I can tell, the park was being run by the local parks district (so like... the people who are responsible for small public community parks) and it sounds like it was too large and volatile for them to handle. The head of the park district recently said that they wanted to sell or lease it because "Magic Waters because it’s so weather-dependent out there and when we have a bad summer, it really affects the whole park district financially.” (link).

 

So it looks like it was a burden on the city and they had bipartisan support to unload it. I don't think this is going to lead to massive growth or anything, but if Six Flags sees a small increase in their passholder base (they've undoubtedly added a lot of value to the Six Flags membership for anyone in this area) and if this place is even slightly profitable it's probably a good deal for the right price.

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I feel like Six Flags probably got a great deal here.

 

From what I can tell, the park was being run by the local parks district (so like... the people who are responsible for small public community parks) and it sounds like it was too large and volatile for them to handle. The head of the park district recently said that they wanted to sell or lease it because "Magic Waters because it’s so weather-dependent out there and when we have a bad summer, it really affects the whole park district financially.” (link).

 

So it looks like it was a burden on the city and they had bipartisan support to unload it. I don't think this is going to lead to massive growth or anything, but if Six Flags sees a small increase in their passholder base (they've undoubtedly added a lot of value to the Six Flags membership for anyone in this area) and if this place is even slightly profitable it's probably a good deal for the right price.

Yeah I kinda forgot this was a lease agreement, not a purchase, for a second.

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During my visit this weekend I definitely saw lights installed for HITP in every single section of the park including Southwest Territory. Great America is almost certainly going to attempt to open the entire park.

 

As for rides X-Flight might be the biggest question B&M-wise. There are a few stall elements designed to hang you upside down for longer than you'd experience on older style rides. As the wheel lubricant thickens those stalls might become rollbacks. Goliath will probably be fine. American Eagle and Viper both have those high turns that you take at lower speeds - they might not run once the low 20s hit.

 

Nitro in Great Adventure doesn't handle the cold as well as other rides in that park, but Raging Bull seems to be a bit more 'downhill' of a layout. With the trim off I could actually see it running pretty well at low temps. If it has to stop on the MCBR it might crawl back to the station though.

 

I would say Chicago is probably going to Six Flags' hardest winter test, but St. Louis already hit single digit temperatures and showed what some limits are. Heaters in the stations aimed at the rolling stock can help. Great Adventure has some but they aren't used in St. Louis, maybe that could have kept a few rides running. I hope Sky Trek Tower is reopened for the event - it'd be a great way to see the lights.

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I'm shocked that they're seriously going to open the entire park but Justice League's location did put them in a tough spot.

 

The coaster collection is bound to be really solid. Batman is confirmed, Dark Knight is a given, Superman and Joker are shown in their promo video and they run them at their other cold weather parks so I would think those will most likely be open. Already that's impressive, and anything else is a bonus. I feel like X Flight is highly likely and the other steel coasters are mostly a toss up. I don't *really* expect them to open Raging Bull but that would be hilarious and I mean... they are Six Flags. I wouldn't put be shocked if they go for it.

 

As for rides X-Flight might be the biggest question B&M-wise. There are a few stall elements designed to hang you upside down for longer than you'd experience on older style rides. As the wheel lubricant thickens those stalls might become rollbacks. Goliath will probably be fine. American Eagle and Viper both have those high turns that you take at lower speeds - they might not run once the low 20s hit.

 

Nitro in Great Adventure doesn't handle the cold as well as other rides in that park, but Raging Bull seems to be a bit more 'downhill' of a layout. With the trim off I could actually see it running pretty well at low temps. If it has to stop on the MCBR it might crawl back to the station though.

 

I would say Chicago is probably going to Six Flags' hardest winter test, but St. Louis already hit single digit temperatures and showed what some limits are. Heaters in the stations aimed at the rolling stock can help. Great Adventure has some but they aren't used in St. Louis, maybe that could have kept a few rides running. I hope Sky Trek Tower is reopened for the event - it'd be a great way to see the lights.

 

Great Adventure doesn't use wheel heaters on anything but New England does on every single coaster (aside from Fireball and Flashback). I would expect Great America to use them also (though Batman honestly doesn't need them and Superman probably doesn't either).

 

Personally I'd be shocked if they open Goliath. I'd be even more shocked if they open Viper and American Eagle though. They're set way back and they're honestly just easy to close since nobody would really care. Plus do you really expect them to shovel that American Eagle queue? Thoughts and prayers for the poor bastard that has to do that.

 

Even with all of the pathways open I would expect a decent amount of closed coasters.

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I’m confused on why so many are shocked about the whole park opening. It was confirmed by the park after the announcement of HITP that it would be. Plus lights went up months ago now that pretty much confirmed it. I’m thinking Viper & Whizzer May be periodically closed due to MF construction but maybe the bulk of it will start after the holidays.

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I’m confused on why so many are shocked about the whole park opening.

 

Because it's the only seasonal park in the chain where they opened the entire park except for Six Flags over Texas (which probably won't be seasonal for long) and it's insane and amazing because it's north of Chicago in December.

 

That said, just because all of the midways are open doesn't mean all of the coasters will be. Nobody should seriously expect that.

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Excited to make my now yearly trip from Cleveland to the park Friday and Saturday.

We'll be at the park the entire time they're open Friday and from opening till about 7 on Saturday. Anything worth noting that's not operating or any issues I should be aware of?

Also, what kind of crowds are we talking about this weekend. I fully expect it to be packed Friday and even worse Saturday. I'm more curious about the Friday crowds I guess since we all know what Saturdays are like during haunt events. Will flash pass be worth it ($150 each) on Saturday if we're only gonna be there about 8 hours?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Excited to make my now yearly trip from Cleveland to the park Friday and Saturday.

We'll be at the park the entire time they're open Friday and from opening till about 7 on Saturday. Anything worth noting that's not operating or any issues I should be aware of?

Also, what kind of crowds are we talking about this weekend. I fully expect it to be packed Friday and even worse Saturday. I'm more curious about the Friday crowds I guess since we all know what Saturdays are like during haunt events. Will flash pass be worth it ($150 each) on Saturday if we're only gonna be there about 8 hours?

 

Thanks in advance!

Last Friday almost everything was a walk on. But it was also cold.

 

If you only have 8 hours on a Fright Fest Saturday Flash Pass will be essential if you hope to ride more than 4 things.

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Hi all! I took a picture of Maxx Force's construction site last Friday and photoshopped in an image from my NL2 Maxx Force recreation. It's going to look awesome, can't wait to see it in real life!

 

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Is anyone planning on going to the Last Call Fall Festival? I'm kind of surprised they're having it again. The event seemed like a bust, last year. Maybe they'll step it up this year.

 

Last year we got the Six Flags experience, being that the weather sucked in the morning and started to clear up about an hour after the park opened. The day ended up being beautiful, but they closed the park due to inclimate weather, because they didn't get the attendance they wanted.

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I'm planning on going to Last Call, but I don't know what day. I wouldn't bother, but I haven't ridden the coasters there this year. I will be able to get on everything easily.

 

It's annoying that the park will close early due to low attendance, but claim it's due to the weather. I get it because they don't want the complaints. The park thought Last Call was going to be a hit, but it was a bust. It would make more sense for them to close until Holiday in the Park. That way they will have plenty of time to put up the five decorations they have.

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I'm planning on going to Last Call, but I don't know what day. I wouldn't bother, but I haven't ridden the coasters there this year. I will be able to get on everything easily.

 

It's annoying that the park will close early due to low attendance, but claim it's due to the weather. I get it because they don't want the complaints. The park thought Last Call was going to be a hit, but it was a bust. It would make more sense for them to close until Holiday in the Park. That way they will have plenty of time to put up the five decorations they have.

Another reason to claim it closed due to weather is the tickets have language on them that specifically States they are under no liability to reimburse you for the tickets if they closed due to weather.

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