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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:43 pm

RollingCoasting wrote:As for seat recommendations, ride Demon in the back car. The first drop is surprisingly great back there

I'll would piggy back on that with the detail of 2nd to last seat (front seat of last car). It's more leg room, more viewing room and smoother. One of the last "snapping drops" in existence (Bill Cobb did these his Cyclones). Note: this drop was redone on the California Demon in the 90s; Paramount thought it was too extreme. So West Coast Demon has a 45 degree drop while ours retains the 55 degree drop with snap built in 1980. Thank you Arrow for making mistakes.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:12 pm

Theme Park Review was invited to the Maxx Force Media Day event today (July 2nd) for some exclusive rides on Six Flags Great America's latest and greatest coaster. Maxx Force is a one of a kind thrill machine that uses air-powered technology to launch to launch riders from 0-78 MPH in less than 2 seconds! Maxx Force also has the tallest double inversion, and the fastest inversion on the planet.

"Maxx Force is absolutely revolutionary, taking Six Flags innovation to an all new level of extreme," said Six Flags Great America President Hank Salemi.

Maxx Force Highlights Include:
* A unique air-powered launch system propels guest forward at record speed.
* The worlds Tallest Double inversion at 175 feet above the ground.
* The fastest inversion on any roller coaster in the world with a 60MPH zero-G roll.
* Five high speed inversions.
* A one of a kind custom train modeled after Formula One racing cars.

The media day event was an early start, as I pulled into the parking lot as the sun was coming up. When entering the park you received a Great America Swag bag with SIx Flags sun glasses, and a mini race car similar to the Maxx Force trains. There were many local Chicago and Milwaukee television stations there to film live on ride broadcasts while on the coaster. Marcus Leshock a fellow coaster enthusiast from WGN channel 9 was there and got 3 on air filming sessions that played throughout the morning. I was able to get five rides this morning and they were all pretty amazing.

The launch on Maxx Force is one of the strongest I have ever experienced, and I have been on TTD, Kingda Ka, and Dododonpa! But unlike those launch coasters this ride has a lot of other amazing elements to compliment the launch. The Zero G roll is so amazing and at 60 miles per hour is super fast. The 175 foot double inversion is also a great, and unique moment on Maxx Force. People will likely complain about the long lines for a 25 second ride, but anyone who loves coasters will have a blast on this ride.

While at the event I was able to talk with many of the people responsible for creating the ride and was able to learn a lot about the new S&S coaster! When Great America's train is back up and running next year it will go just under the tracks of Maxx Force making for an awesome view. The coaster also interacts nicely with Raging Bull, as they are very close to each other. Finally lets talk about the comfort of this ride. The seats are super comfortable and the ride itself is silky smooth. If you like rough coasters don't ride Maxx Force because it is one of the smoothest coasters I have ever been on.

Great America and S&S have hit a home run with this new coaster! It is a perfect addition to an already great coaster line up at Six Flags Great America.

Maxx Force entrance sign at dawn!
Media Badge
Maxx Force Toy from my swag bag!
Before you ride lets go over the basics. Btw you only new to be 48 inches to ride MAxx Force!
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Check out that super cool front end.
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The view from the station into the launch.
Hanging out with Marcus Leshock from WGN Channel 9 a fellow coaster enthusiast.
They were filming each ride today with a drone which was pretty cool to see!
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The train as it finishes it journey and returns to the station.
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A very close relationship with the 20 year old B&M Raging Bull.
The final inversion before the station.
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A view of Maxx Force from Hurricane Harbor's entrance.
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Another view of the zero G roll as seen from the entrance to hurricane harbor.
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A close up on that intense 0 G role!
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The emergency wheels at the top of the 175 double inversion (this inversion i heard referred to as the dog tongue. They are not used unless the rare occurrence that the train gets stuck and needs a push.
A view of the track from the exit.
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The launch made my face look like that, wow was that quick!
Last edited by robbalvey on Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:23 pm.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:27 pm

Excellent report! Glad you had a blast! I need to make my way back out there, haven't been to the park since 2013.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:02 pm

Great report Steve!

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:11 pm

Thanks for the report! It looks like a really fun ride, and I hope we continue to see more launched coasters popping up.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:17 pm

Great first report! It was a fun read and I'm really excited to ride it tomorrow!

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:18 pm

Great report Steve! Maxx Force looks like a blast and that launch looks EPIC!

I’m still not sure about considering that final element to be two inversions, but hey, if Six Flags keeps building new custom ground-up coasters, I’ll call them whatever they want. ;-)

Does that little hop right after the launch give any airtime?

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:55 pm

Awesome report. Looks like a ton of fun.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:45 pm

Great report! I love all the inversions after the launch. In that regard, it reminds me of Storm Runner.

Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:27 am

Looks awesome. Great to see S&S having such a great year in the US.
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