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I went on 6/3/2010. There were about 4 or 5 schools there and at times it could get crowded. Luckily, when we had gotten there a the schools were heading to PG for lunch so the crowds died down for a little bit. Today was my last day of school, which only lasted two hours so when I got home my mom brought me to six flags. Since it was her birthday we had to do what she wanted, and be very nice because she doesn't really enjoy being there. We rode all of the 48'' rides that my brother hadn't been on which included Viper and RC.

 

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First up was dipper, which only had a 25 minute wait.

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In the station

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for you brake enthusiasts

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Brake run

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Noted!!

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Why is the back car closed?

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Random footer next to Dipper's queue

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Rules and Requirements

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Ropes course is almost done

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Rules and Requirements

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They had workers up on the coarse tweaking things

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Meeting!

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Clown car time!

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Through the loop!

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Ewwww...

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The demon is slowly taking back its car

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little by little

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Next was Buccaneer Battle which was empty all day

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When we were hanging around BB and Demon for about 45 minutes (we were waiting for another group to meet up w/ us) they would have very frequent announcements like "Tired of waiting in line? Then head over to Buccaneer Battle because there is no line!"

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Om NOM NOM!! this harness sure is yummy!

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"Hey boss! We have some extra blue paint, what should we do with it?" "Hell, just paint some of it on Iron Wolf. That'll make them think."

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Hehe... Erect

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Time for some Raging Bull!

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Mmmmm... Twisty

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From this angle it looks like the camera is mounted on the support

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I'm ready for a Ragin' Cagun good time!

 

Total ride count for the day:

Little Dipper- 1

Viper- 2

Orbit- 1

Demon- 1

Raging Bull- 1

Iron Wolf- 1

Ragin Cagun- 1

 

Hope you enjoyed my TR!!

 

--Aeater333

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A large standing roller coaster could be relocated to Great America from another Six Flags theme park. Details are few as park officials maintain "nothing is for sure," but the wheels appear to be turning.

 

On May 26, Great America received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the Gurnee Zoning Board of Appeals to exceed the 125-foot height restriction for the construction of a new 150-foot coaster. The ride is proposed for the park's Space Port area near the main entrance. The site was formerly home to Space Shuttle America, which closed after the 2007 season.

 

"This is our first major thrill ride proposed since Superman in 2003," said Hank Salemi, park president.

 

It's also the first time Great America has asked for a height variance since adding the 205-foot tall Raging Bull in 1999.

 

Park officials said they are in the very early stages of planning and there is no construction timeline. All that is known is the coaster is expected to come from another Six Flags park. The coaster's name is not known, but it was manufactured by the Swiss company B&M, creators of Batman, Superman and Raging Bull.

 

Great America is a huge revenue source for the Village of Gurnee. Keeping it that way benefits the community and the park, said Salemi.

 

"It's important we continue to freshen our product and expand and increase revenue."

 

"If you're not growing, you're dying," said zoning board member John Spadaro.

 

Zoning board president Tom Hood agreed, stating, "Bigger, better, faster is what makes or breaks Great America."

 

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Not everyone was excited to hear about plans for another big coaster, though. About 20 residents who live around the park attended the public hearing to learn more.

 

Several homeowners spoke of how noisy the park is, especially when they're trying to sleep at night. Other concerns included excess garbage and park goers using their neighborhood as a parking lot and cutting through their yards to access the park.

 

"It's not so much an issue of height as location," said resident Dan Fearn, who lives on Bough Court. "It's pretty close to our property."

 

Salemi said the park is landlocked and the Space Port area is the only site large enough to accommodate a large coaster. The coaster will encroach on some parking spaces near the main entrance. About 90 spaces will be lost, but Salemi said additional spaces will be added elsewhere to keep the total at a more-than-sufficient 8,500 spaces.

 

Zoning board members said while they appreciated the public comment, the hearing was about the height variance, not noise or other nuisance issues residents had with Great America. Hood suggested the residents appeal to the village board for such issues.

 

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/gurnee/news/2327076,gurnee-coaster-060310-s1.article

 

This actually isn't Chang, It's Riddlers Revenge. Magic Mountain is taking it out for the new 500 foot Intamin inverted floorless stand up. My amazing source told me, but I can't tell you who it is.

 

Seriously though while I'm happy were getting it I really don't want it to bring an end to IW. Also I hope it keeps its color scheme as it looks pretty darn sexy. It's Medusa pain job was just god awful.

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Wow. I wasn't expecting this. This sure is interesting to hear. I'm not going to go into any speculations right now. I'll just wait to see what happens.

 

But I do have one question. Riddler's Revenge and Chang are over 150 feet. Why is Six Flags asking for a permit to build a "150 foot coaster" then? I'm assuming they are not counting the footers, but rcdb.com has a height of over 150 for both.

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Went to the park yesterday and it was surprisingly empty. The longest wait was for Loggers Run which was only about 20 minutes. Also the RB crew was awesome! Just get in, pull down the restraint, check restraints and dispatch. Even with all three trains there was no stacking and no waiting in the station. The RC crew on the other hand just sucked. Horribly.

It did rain on and off for most of the afternoon but that made for an insane ride on Viper which is really redeeming it's self for its crappy performance last season. Most of the coasters closed for a while after the rain with most reopening with the exception of Demon. The only thing I saw closed all day was all of BBNP (not LD) which I assume was just for maintenance since Porkys Buzzy Bees had part of the "honey comb" removed. Over all it was a great day and it was great to be with Jo and Jeremie again.

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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2385718,CST-NWS-coaster13.article

 

A 150-foot-high roller coaster could be relocated to Great America from another Six Flags theme park, officials say.

 

Officials say "nothing is for sure," but the company has won approval from the Gurnee Zoning Board of Appeals to exceed the 125-foot height restriction for a new 150-foot coaster.

 

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"This is our first major thrill ride proposed since Superman in 2003," said Hank Salemi, park president.

 

Park officials said they are in the very early stages of planning and there is no construction timeline. However, the coaster is expected to come from another Six Flags park and was manufactured by the Swiss company B&M, creators of Batman, Superman and Raging Bull.

 

"It's important we continue to freshen our product and expand and increase revenue," said Salemi.

 

Zoning board president Tom Hood agreed, stating, "Bigger, better, faster is what makes or breaks Great America."

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It's already been confirmed that it will be Chang. They've said that it will be a relocated standup coaster designed by B&M. But why are we getting Chang when other parks need it more and we already have a standup? I don't know, because it's Six Flags?

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^I know a lot of people would LOVE to convert Chang to a floorless and give it a whole new theme, but those are really only dreams simply because there is no real evidence to back that up. The coaster will (hopefully) bring in the crowds that Six Flags wants. Why fix something or change something when there's nothing wrong with it? Plus it was already said in that zoning meeting that a relocated standup coaster by B&M was coming. Any chances of Chang becoming a floorless are very slim at this point. Oh, in a news video posted a while ago, there was a brief glimpse of a Chang train backstage so Great America does have them. From what i've heard, Chang is one of the smoothest standup coasters out there. Hopefully it will be better than Iron Wolf

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^^Don't standup trains have a higher heartline? I know that in Newton2 the heartline of a floorless is 1.3 and standup is 1.6...whatever those numbers mean.

 

There's been a lot of debate about whether or not it would be safe/possible/worth it in the past. I think a lot of people elaborated on this topic mainly because it was speculated to go to SFGAm, and that would leave the park with two stand-ups.

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^I personally never bought the idea that it would be unsafe. Riders already ride outside the heartline on every coaster that is hertlined since you don't sit in the center of each car. And I'm honestly not even sure that all coasters that are 'heartlined' are actually designed around the actual heartline height of the average rider. More extreme turns may be, but from my viewpoint it seems like most lead-ins on these coasters aren't actually enough to truly make the train rotate about the heartline. Coasters are capable of being smooth without any heartlining whatsoever and I feel like a lot of these lead-ins/outs are designed to make the train rotate around a generally smooth line rather than the very specific heartline of the riders as that is not always necessary except on certain obvious elements, such as zero-g rolls and the like.

 

Even so, I really doubt they are going to be converting Chang to a floorless coaster anytime soon.

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1.3 and 1.6 refers to the meters the average heart of each rider (the heart line) is above the track...so that's why stand ups have a larger value. However, I think floorless trains would be just fine on stand up track. 1 foot of difference in the heart line won't change the forces that much at all, at least based on what I've seen.

 

Regardless I think this would be a great addition to the park and it will look amazing in that location in front of the park!

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