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Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:10 am

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Six Flags Great America, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

January 15th, 2006 - SFGAm waterpark to get ProSlide Tornado in 2006 - SEE BELOW!

January 17th, 2007 - Wiggles World coming to SFGAm
September 27th, 2007 - Dark Knight indoor Mack Wild Mouse announced
October 29th, 2007 - Deja Vu to be removed

June 20th, 2009 - Mini Photo TR
July 18th, 2009 - Photo TR
October 1st, 2009 - Fright Fest Details
November 24th, 2009 - SFGAm buys Kiddieland's Little Dipper
November 29th, 2009 - Chang in storage at SFGAm

Jan. 25th, 2010 - Little Dipper Construction Update
March 10th, 2010 - Park readies the Little Dipper for the 2010 season
April 13th, 2010 - Re-construction begins on the Little Dipper
April 15th, 2010 - Park partners with Goodwill for the start of season
June 12th, 2010 - Great America gets OK on 150-ft.-high coaster
June 22nd, 2010 - Chang no longer coming to SFGAm?
August 31st, 2010 - Facebook has attraction announcement on Sept. 1st
September 1st, 2010 - Announcement of Hurricane Harbor Expansion

June 5th, 2011 - Riptide Bay at Hurricane Harbor photo & video!
August 5th, 2011 - Iron Wolf removal confirmed, closes September 5th
September 1st, 2011 - X Flight B&M Wing Rider Coaster announced!

February 1st, 2012 - Huge X Flight construction photo update!
April 12th, 2012 - X-Flight Begins Testing!
August 30th, 2012 - igNIGHT - Grand Finale Announced!

January 19th, 2013 - Batman to run BACKWARDS in 2013!
January 25th, 2013 - Six Flags Great America IN THE SNOW!!!
August 29th, 2013 - Goliath is announced

January 22nd, 2014 - Goliath Construction Tour photos
June 6th, 2014 - Goliath POV
June 18th, 2014 - Goliath opens
August 28th, 2014 - Three kiddie rides to be restored and re-installed along with refreshing of Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square for 2015

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis announced for 2016

September 1st, 2016 - Joker Roller Coaster announced for 2017

August 31st, 2017 - 100 ft Larson Super Loop announced or 2018

April 11th, 2018 - "Holiday in the Park: event announced for 2018!
August 22nd, 2018 - Hell Fest maze announced for Fright Fest!
August 30th, 2018 - Maxx Force announced for 2019

July 2nd, 2019 - Maxx Force Media Day coverage
August 29rh, 2019 - Water Coaster announced for 2020

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Award Winning Water Thrill Ride will Touch Down Spring 2006 in Gurnee, IL

Gurnee, IL - Just one year after the launch of the brand new Caribbean themed water park, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Great America has announced that it will be adding yet another thrilling and unique family water slide experience to its already astonishing collection of water attractions. This spring, the award-winning giant Tornado slide will take the Midwest's most popular water park by storm.
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Postby Joe Cool » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:21 am

Sweet! So now pretty much every HH as one of these now.

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Postby QuakerOaties » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:31 am

^ GADV still doesn't have one. I'm a bit surprised! We haven't had new slides since 2001.

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Postby Scaparri » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:59 am

The ProSlide Tornado is the Vekoma Boomerang of water parks. They sell like crazy, look cool, and fit into a small space, but in reality, really aren't that good.

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Postby DATman » Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:46 am

^I likes SFMM's.

They just need to be longer.

This is a great addition to an already great waterpark. I went last summer, and did HH, as it was free w/ admission, and had a lot of fun. Their play structure is a blast, as well as their mat racer!

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Postby dj snow » Sat Jan 14, 2006 12:33 pm

Scaparri wrote:They... really aren't that good.

I agree. I think they do the job of adding a marquee attraction to a waterpark--certainly they're visually impressive and fun to watch. But the actual experience of the ride doesn't really "do it" for me. Not to mention, the throughput is not especially good either.

I think my opinions on the ride experience are in the minority though, since these rides seem to be very popular every time I visit a waterpark with one. So as an investment, I think they tend to be a good one. Congrats to Great America on this new addition.

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Postby sfmmFREAK » Sat Jan 14, 2006 12:39 pm

i haven't been to any hurricane harbor :cry:

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Postby ParkTrips » Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:44 pm

I personally love the Tornado's. The ones I have been on rank second only to the master blaster type of rides in my book.

I'd really like my park to add one. Someday...

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Postby Mind Eraser » Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:59 pm

Scaparri wrote:
The ProSlide Tornado is the Vekoma Boomerang of water parks. They sell like crazy, look cool, and fit into a small space, but in reality, really aren't that good.

I totally agree. The Tornado slides look fantastic but the best part of the experience is the big, steep drop into the main section. The actual funnel part is really uncomfortable. Way too turbulent for a waterslide.

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Postby SharkTums » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:06 pm

I agree about the general roughness of the funnel. I've seen it rip two peoples bathing suits, and really rough people up!

It almost needs to have a little less water in there because when you hit it, it feels like hitting concrete. I know it has to be there to slow you down, but I really can only ride it once or twice in a day.


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