GURNEE, Ill. — August 30, 2012 — Get ready to igNIGHT the evenings in 2013! Six Flags Great America today announced plans to add the most technologically advanced show in the park’s 37- year history. This nighttime production features singing, dancing, pyrotechnics, video and laser elements that burst with energy, imagery and imagination.
igNIGHT, will serve as a finale to a thrill-filled day at Six Flags Great America by taking Guests on a journey to a never-before-seen world with vibrant, state-of-the-art lighting and sound. By utilizing pyrotechnics, video technology, laser lighting, immersive sensory effects and guest interaction, spectators will feel as if they have stepped into a multimedia universe with a spectacular finish that reaches new heights.
“Our guests have been enjoying immersive nighttime experiences for years. igNIGHT — Grand Finale is going to blow away their expectations,” said park president Hank Salemi.
igNIGHT — Grand Finale will take place in Hometown Square, which will be renovated to enhance the Guest experience and is planned to open summer 2013. Guests to Six Flags Great America can also experience X Flight, an impressive new wing coaster which opened in May 2012 to rave reviews.
Although I was hoping for some kind of thrill ride, I think this will be a great addition to the park. I feel that whenever we get a new roller coaster, it's kind of an expectation that the thrills will keep on coming year after year. But as we've seen in years past, Six Flags Great America is fairly balanced in trying to maintain a consistent theme park AND water park with thrill rides, family rides, and other entertainment such as ig-NIGHT.
Sure, it's total rationalization, and we can complain, complain, complain, but if you're upset that we're not getting a new thrill ride or coaster, look at the bright side--our home park is Six Flags Great America, one of the better Six Flags parks in the country. And honestly, it will be a special sight to be part of or witness such a lively atmosphere in the hour before departing SFGAm! And, of course, there's always 2014!
I would also like to remind people the bad news for next year if you are just buying one pass. For next year, it's going to cost you a lot more money to get into any other Six Flags park unless you buy 4 passes, and get a free upgrade to a Gold pass. The reason is because now they are having 2 separate passes. One you get free admission to every Six Flags park, and free parking, and one you only get admission to SFGAm, and that's it. The gold pass is $140 unless you buy 4 of them, and get the upgrade free.
This show seems like it's getting somewhat recycled from Six Flags Over Georgia I think. They had a show like this in a theater that had those type of costumes plus you probably have Glow in the Park costumes also.
Ilovthevu' wrote:I would also like to remind people the bad news for next year if you are just buying one pass. For next year, it's going to cost you a lot more money to get into any other Six Flags park unless you buy 4 passes, and get a free upgrade to a Gold pass. The reason is because now they are having 2 separate passes. One you get free admission to every Six Flags park, and free parking, and one you only get admission to SFGAm, and that's it. The gold pass is $140 unless you buy 4 of them, and get the upgrade free.
^^ A regular season pass still has admission to every six flags park and all the perks it had this year. The only difference with a gold pass is that you get free parking at every park, first entry to the water park, and extra bring a friend free tickets.
I'm also bummed that they are killing the Xtreme pass. We really had a lot of fun with that this season.
I also asked if they have decided if they will keep the meal pass, and they didn't know as of yet. But that seemed like a cash cow and would be awesome if they kept it.
As for this new light show, it sounds cool, and we will surely check it out at least once. I wonder if they will be shutting rides down for it like they have done for the Glow in the Dark Parade (I think Superman, Condor, King Chaos etc get shut down).
This just seemed like it was destined to dissapoint the public no matter what it was - Skyscreamer, new flat package, etc....just no pleasing folks sometimes...
Johnny.Ink wrote:I wonder if they will be shutting rides down for it like they have done for the Glow in the Dark Parade (I think Superman, Condor, King Chaos etc get shut down).
Rides that closed for Glow: Hometown Fun Machine, Triple Play, Sky Trek Tower (2010 and 2011 only), Condor, King Chaos, and Big Easy Balloons. The only ride I would expect to close for igNIGHT is Triple Play.
Did they give out any information on how they are remodeling Hometown Square? I really hope they don't tear apart the theme of the area to add for this show.
In my opinion, I do think this is a great addition to the park. I was reading some of the comments on their Facebook page that SFGAm is just copying Cedar Point. What park DOESN'T copy each other. We get a wing coaster, they get a wing coaster. etc. I enjoy the fact that we get a good show and I hope they keep it that way and not let it rot by using crappy performers and low budget fireworks in the years to come. I am sure SFGAm didn't want to add in another thrill ride on purpose. It all has to do with revenue and good management. SFGAm has been in the business for over 30 years, they know what they are doing. It really bothers me that the general public will become so angry and say the dumbest things on Facebook whenever we don't install a new thrill ride. Where do they expect us to add all these thrill rides and pay for them? Cedar Point is a thrill park, but in my opinion, it doesn't give out the family and theme park vibe like Six Flags does. It's basically a parking lot with roller coasters. SFGAm is a real theme park that also brings in many thrills.
Kudos to SFGAm for adding on this wonderful attraction.
(p.s. I am copying and pasting this onto the Six Flags Facebook page )
No matter how hard it is...Never EVER give up. The real failure is those who dont try.
^I think it's going to be different than Cedar Points. This to me LOOKS like a dance and light show based on the America's Got Talent Light people. Cedar Points on the other hand is more of a dance and singing popular music show. Basically, what both shows are, are a typical theater show done outside, and they added fireworks. SFGAm copied the idea of outside from Cedar Point, but yet the show idea is something they had at other Six Flags parks previously indoors.
Personally, I would rather have had Cedar Point's singing version as long as the people actually sing the entire song, and not just background (unlike Pop Fusion) than this type.
Well, you figure, They will need to build a stage, and a large enough area to able to have all of the Pyro and fireworks and such without Burning down anything... Tree's, Buildings and such! I Suspect something has to go. Maybe Pass Processing moving to the Front of the park?
Who knows! Eitherway, they are going to have to make Hometown Square BIGGER, A LOT BIGGER and tons of room for people to crowd around.
My Guess is that they will just REMODEL the train station area, the stage in front of it. Maybe even move the Train Station to the other side of the tracks and enter by the Ferris Wheel?
They have been repainting the train station in Hometown Square this year. They always use that "platform" right in front of the train station. What type of remodeling would they really do for that platform? I would expect them maybe to get rid of the gazebo to free up more room, or move it all the way to the back. You are going to have a lot of people standing in front of the train station, so maybe they get rid of some flower sections & grass.
Bummer! I won't go to Six Flags Great America for next year UNLESS they get a new roller coaster Fortunately, I live in the northwestern suburb of Los Angeles which means I can go to Six Flags Magic Mountain for new Full Throttle!
I hope Six Flags Great America can get a new starflyer for 2014.
putuhs84 wrote:I Suspect something has to go. Maybe Pass Processing moving to the Front of the park?
Although they could easily move Pass Processing, there is basically no way they will demolish that building. The second floor is the Park Operations Office (Park Ops), full of offices/conference rooms for Rides and Park Services departments. It would be hard to find another "Park Base". Not that it isn't possible, but I believe it is unlikely. I'm guessing they will take out the flower beds/grass/small fenced area to free up a lot of space. That would create a lot of standing room.
EDIT: Also, from the video they posted, (I know it is a mash-up of a lot of things from other parks) it showed water screens, like from World of Color or Fantasmic from the Disney Parks... Do you think we will have these or will video be projected onto something else? Buildings? Smoke Screens? The only problem with water screens is that you need a base of water, like a pond or lagoon... Which we do not have in Home Town Square... Video of a water screen if you don't know what I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaxqG8UTSKw&feature=player_detailpage#t=344s