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Holiday In The Park Discussion Thread

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Postby Goku1910 on November 27th, 2018, 4:34 pm
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Ilovthevu' wrote:I wonder if the Buccaneer Battle area is blocked because if we have 8 inches of snow, you have to think if a plow comes in that park, where are you going to put all that snow?


BB is blocked off, along with the area between The Lobster and Demon. There are also fences around Daredevil Dive, Kidzopolis and part of SWT.


Most likely serves as areas to push snow into as well.
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Postby Iron Wolf 90-11 on November 29th, 2018, 2:00 am
I was at the park on Tuesday and they actually just pushed all of the snow into big piles within the park. One of them was in the middle of the pathway right before the bridge into Southwest Territory from Hometown Square by the restrooms and game. There were many spots with ice as well, especially in the square part of Hometown Square and in Southwest Territory.
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Postby coasterlove on December 2nd, 2018, 5:36 pm
I have some questions about the Holiday In The Park event that I couldn't easily find answers for on their site.

How busy has it been?

How long are the shows in the Grand Music Hall;Wonderland At The Grand, Looney Tunes Christmas?

What restaurants are open, food options? It's going to be very cold the day I'm likely going and curious where and what places can I duck into to warm up to besides the two indoor shows.

Thanks to anyone for any information.
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Postby WaltDatedWorld on December 2nd, 2018, 7:51 pm
coasterlove wrote:I have some questions about the Holiday In The Park event that I couldn't easily find answers for on their site.

How busy has it been?

How long are the shows in the Grand Music Hall;Wonderland At The Grand, Looney Tunes Christmas?

What restaurants are open, food options? It's going to be very cold the day I'm likely going and curious where and what places can I duck into to warm up to besides the two indoor shows.

Thanks to anyone for any information.


I was also wondering if they have all the regular restrooms open or only certain ones.
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Postby anewman35 on December 2nd, 2018, 8:08 pm
Wonderland at the Grand was about 45 minutes. All the restrooms are open I believe. All of smaller food carts and Coke kiosks are closed, but most permanent food places are open, I think you can see a list on the website (or on a PDF of the map for sure). And at least last Friday, it wasn't very crowded, a lot less than I expected for a pretty nice day...
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Postby Ilovthevu' on December 3rd, 2018, 12:24 am
Just to offer some advice in case it happens again when it's raining in the cold, in my opinion the best 2 outdoor coasters to not get pelted in the face are Superman, and the Joker. Superman is absolutely the best outdoor coaster in regards to rain in the park because the ride protects you from most of the rain. The Joker is good because it's not that fast, and it's not that tall plus you are going upside down a bunch of times. So, if you go on Raging Bull, and you are pelted in the face, and vow to not go on another coaster during the cold rain, I will tell you, you have Superman, and Joker. In my opinion, the best outdoor coasters for rain & cold.

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My 2 favorite types of decorations for this Christmas in the Park are the tinsel decoration. They are in the order like this: http://northernlightd.wpengine.com/?page_id=815 They have Candy Canes going to Fiddler's Fling. They have lots and lots of Bells around Rue Le Dodge (maybe 10). They have about 3 Snow people faces near Condor. They have Mardi Gras masks wearing Saint Nicholas hats. It's weird. This is by Big Easy Balloons. Than, they also have soldiers all over Hometown Square. They all have lights on them. The Mardi Gras ones are just a little to weird for my tastes though - to me the worst, of them..

My 2nd favorite / unique decoration is by the Go-Karts. They made it look like where all the reindeer pens are - Dasher, Dancer, etc with some reindeer statues in front of it.
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Postby coasterlove on December 4th, 2018, 12:36 am
A few years ago I went to Cedar Point for their Halloweekends and it was probably in the high 40s, possibly low 50 but drizzling throughout much of one of the days there. It scared many people away and most rides were walk ons. I rode Millennium Force 3 times in a span of ten minutes and wished I could have endured more but it was rough. 93mph in very cold rain in the front row at least once was a challenge. A fun challenge but still pretty rough. :D
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Postby Muck Finnesota on December 9th, 2018, 6:27 pm
Finally had the opportunity to make it out to the park for this event last night (Saturday). It was a blast, despite some bad luck with breakdowns- which are to be expected in conditions like this. The park looks fantastic lit up (it reminded me of Electric Forest Festival).

Arrived at about 4:30, stayed until 7:30. Wanted to kick it off on Raging Bull, but it was down when I got there, and I figured it would be for the rest of the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see it back up and running later in the day; although by the time I was a train or two away from riding, it went down for the night due to weather. First few laps of the day ended up being on X-Flight. This was my first time riding in conditions like this, so it was memorable. The highlight of the day was planting my ass in a last row seat on Batman for a roughly half-hour marathon. It was ended prematurely due to breakdown, but how could I complain? Also ended up stuck on Superman prior to our train being dispatched. When I eventually made it back (after the fruitless wait for Raging Bull), it too, was down for the night. All in all, I ended up getting two laps each on V2 and X-Flight, and the mini-marathon on Batman. Probably could have done more, but I was in no hurry. I mostly wanted to savor the novelty of mid-December coaster riding in Chicago- and it was surreal to be able to do so in these conditions.

The introduction of this event was a huge factor in my decision to hold onto my membership, and I'm very satisfied with it. I look forward to another visit or two before it's over, and hope the event is a success for the park.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on December 11th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Muck Finnesota wrote:Finally had the opportunity to make it out to the park for this event last night (Saturday). It was a blast, despite some bad luck with breakdowns- which are to be expected in conditions like this. The park looks fantastic lit up (it reminded me of Electric Forest Festival).

Arrived at about 4:30, stayed until 7:30. Wanted to kick it off on Raging Bull, but it was down when I got there, and I figured it would be for the rest of the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see it back up and running later in the day; although by the time I was a train or two away from riding, it went down for the night due to weather. First few laps of the day ended up being on X-Flight. This was my first time riding in conditions like this, so it was memorable. The highlight of the day was planting my ass in a last row seat on Batman for a roughly half-hour marathon. It was ended prematurely due to breakdown, but how could I complain? Also ended up stuck on Superman prior to our train being dispatched. When I eventually made it back (after the fruitless wait for Raging Bull), it too, was down for the night. All in all, I ended up getting two laps each on V2 and X-Flight, and the mini-marathon on Batman. Probably could have done more, but I was in no hurry. I mostly wanted to savor the novelty of mid-December coaster riding in Chicago- and it was surreal to be able to do so in these conditions.

The introduction of this event was a huge factor in my decision to hold onto my membership, and I'm very satisfied with it. I look forward to another visit or two before it's over, and hope the event is a success for the park.


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Postby Muck Finnesota on December 11th, 2018, 11:19 pm
Superman isn't my cup of tea, but I'll grab a token lap on it here and there- especially when it's the middle of December. A coaster is still a coaster.
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