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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:02 pm

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Oh, and if anyone has any food recommendations, I'm looking for good places to eat in and near the park. Probably gonna eat somewhere nearby for breakfast, and then for dinner when we leave.


You'll have to google it, but I think there's a Lou Malnati's nearby.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Skittles » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:40 am

Hi TPR,

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Danrarbc » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:13 pm

Skittles wrote:Hi TPR,

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

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Shouldn't be too hard to get everything in on a Thursday without a Flash Pass. Start with Goliath and work either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Whizzer can actually have one of the longer lines so I'd say try working counter-clockwise and make Whizzer your final credit. Great at night.

If the lines are short enough it won't be dark yet by the time you hit Whizzer though. Many flats are on that side of the park so you could mix those in on that leg of your route.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:33 pm

Skittles wrote:As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?


Like Danrarbc said, don't miss Whizzer. A night ride in the very back seat if you can do it. Whizzer is not a big thrill coaster, but rather a very rare chill coaster that is impeccably maintained. An incredible ride if you like that sort of thing. It's easily one of my all-time favorites.

As far as non-coaster rides, if you like "classic" stuff you'll want to hit at least one of the flumes: Logger's Run (double drop) and Yankee Clipper (straight drop). Also, Fiddler's Fling ("the fastest ride ever built" I joke to my friends) and Lobster are great flats not found everywhere, both Schwarzkopfs!. Triple Play and Hometown Fun Machine are good too; they are standards, but their setting at Great America is very nice.

If you are going alone and want someone to hang at the park with, be sure to post here beforehand. A bunch of us live close... and a handful of coaster/park nerds are always at the park. I usually go at night, when the crowds start leaving. Unforunately, the park has cut hours during the summer again... no more 10 pm closes on weekdays.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Vargonon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:27 pm

JT325 wrote:
Skittles wrote:As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Six Flags Great America on Thursday, July 26th. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?


Like Danrarbc said, don't miss Whizzer. A night ride in the very back seat if you can do it. Whizzer is not a big thrill coaster, but rather a very rare chill coaster that is impeccably maintained. An incredible ride if you like that sort of thing. It's easily one of my all-time favorites.

As far as non-coaster rides, if you like "classic" stuff you'll want to hit at least one of the flumes: Logger's Run (double drop) and Yankee Clipper (straight drop). Also, Fiddler's Fling ("the fastest ride ever built" I joke to my friends) and Lobster are great flats not found everywhere, both Schwarzkopfs!. Triple Play and Hometown Fun Machine are good too; they are standards, but their setting at Great America is very nice.

If you are going alone and want someone to hang at the park with, be sure to post here beforehand. A bunch of us live close... and a handful of coaster/park nerds are always at the park. I usually go at night, when the crowds start leaving. Unforunately, the park has cut hours during the summer again... no more 10 pm closes on weekdays.

The lines aren't too bad especially on a Thursday. I typically can get through with everything within three to four hours depending how the day is. I would also start walking towards Goliath and work clock wise around the park. For some reason Superman always has the longest lines and breaks down frequently (or at least it happens every time I'm in line), so if you go early I would ride that one first. I second taking a night ride on Whizzer and if there is a line, it's totally worth the wait. Also if you have time, I would try to take a night ride on American Eagle in the back seat on the red side. As for flat rides SFGAm offers a great line up of different rides. I would definitely hit up Lobster.
I also second coming back to here to see if there is any nerds willing to go with you if you are traveling alone. It's always fun going with someone who shares the same interest as you.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:49 pm

Making a last minute trip to the park this weekend.looking forward to getting back to SF great America.
Do they still have the fx type show that they had last summer? I can't remember the name of it, but it was in the theater next to the flash pass building.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby RollingCoasting » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 pm

EFX 360 is gone. They have some type of magic show in the theater this year

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:01 pm

RollingCoasting wrote:EFX 360 is gone. They have some type of magic show in the theater this year


That's a bummer. The fx show was one of the better theme park shows I have seen.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby 11slataus » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:43 pm

My friend and I are planning a Great America trip this Saturday (weather...potentially permitting), and I had a question about the Gold Flash Pass we were planning on getting. I've had FP at this park before, but not since Goliath. Are there any funky rules for certain rides? I think Goliath in it's opening year had like a "ride once and done" policy, or it was just available on Platinum or something. The website doesn't seem to show anything that I can see about it, and I wanted to ask.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:37 pm

Hangover is....well...hung over right now.
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