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Postby Dmrbug on May 11th, 2017, 1:31 pm
hook13 wrote:With the water park opening soon, just wondering, how is it? More interested in pool/lounge area/kids area...things 2 to 4 year olds can do....and just enjoying summer weather. Are food lines horrible? Thinking about going to STL's over memorial day weekend, anybody know how it compares to SFGAm....should we warmer down there.....Thanks for any feedback-


There is plenty of splashing and playing for a 2 & 4 year old at the water park. Next to the Skull island water slides there is a toddler section with things for them to climb on and sprinklers to get them all wet. There is a toddler slide as well depending how adventurous your toddlers are. My Kid was able do the big slides in the skull starting at age 4. Do note that you can not slide down with them on any of the slides and they do not allow life vests on slides. My Wife would take him to the top and I would wait at the bottom of slide for him to help him stand up. There is also the wave pool that the kids of all ages love. Also there is a big pool that has lily pads to walk across and swim around in. They have free life jackets to use as well all over the water park and its as simple as just grabbing one in the many of pool sides. There is also 3 kiddie rides that are on the way to the waterpark (bi-planes, lady bugs, and horse carriage) so they can get a ride in as well to add to the fun day.

As for St Louis waterpark I can tell you when we went my then 4 year old loved it. I was ill that day so I chilled out on a lawn chair and people watched all day. My kid and wife ended up playing all day and I got much needed rest outside. This was 2 years ago so as far as I remember they had pretty much the same stuff SFGAM has.

EDIT: Reworded about St Louis to state that I am talking about the waterpark not the whole amusement park. The amusement parks are very different. If you go to St Louis six flags be sure to wear good walking shoes. The whole thing is on a big hill and has a lot of up hill and down hill walking.
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Postby JaminOut on May 11th, 2017, 4:23 pm
^Six Flags Great America and St. Louis are very different parks.

Climate-wise, GAm is cooler because it's further north and near the lake.

Great America has a mostly solid flat ride collection and several great roller coasters that are fairly well maintained.

St. Louis has some good flats and mostly mediocre coasters.

The major similar rides between the parks are Justice League (GAm has an updated version) and Batman (ours is more themed and photogenic).


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Postby RollingCoasting on May 11th, 2017, 4:55 pm
CoasterRiderSC wrote:RC, I thought you did Demon VR last year??


Haha nope. I haven't ridden Demon since June 29th, 2014

RollingCoasting wrote:Sorry for all of the questions but has anyone here done Drop of Doom yet? How was it? I was hoping to get on it yesterday but prioritized other things and only had 70 minutes at the park so I didn't get to it.


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Alright, I finally rode it after 3 visits and here's my review:

I got in line around 11:20 and it was pretty short for a new attraction. 20 minute line (Even though everything else was 5 minutes or less, more likely the latter)

They had quite a few signs in the queue line with rules and information about the VR. I believe they were running cars 1, 2, and 3 only. After pulling down your restraint, the attendant walks by and asks if you want a headset or not. A lot of people seemed to mention that ROTG headsets had problems turning on and were glitchy, but DoD was completely fine, no bugs whatsoever. (For me, atleast). The ascent feels a lot longer than it really is and the headsets do a great job of making you feel like you're rotating even after the car gets to the top. My younger sister told me when we arrived at the top but again, it felt very long. When the catch car releases, the screen sort of turns to the side to give you a perspective of falling off of a tower sideways.

Overall, it was a neat experience. Not sure I'd wait over 30 minutes for it but for sure less. I would've expected longer dispatch intervals but like Justin said, they were only 4-5 minutes, nothing terrible. I've seen worse operations for GD without VR, actually.

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Non GD related updates

-Both sides of Eagle, Logger's Run, and Dare Devil Dive were closed
-The Joker did not appear to be testing today (Atleast from 10:30-3:00)
-Did not get a picture but the "ENTER" portion of the Joker's sign has been completed, work was being done on the queue tent
-Not sure if this has been pointed out already but Whizzer did not get a new wait time sign like other rides
-Batman was only running 1 train (Not that it mattered, the station was empty). It seems like it has on all of the "Dead Days" this season
-Unlike most flat rides, Triple Play does not seem to have a shorter cycle this year, at least not noticeably.
-There is a crane parked behind Goliath's station
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Postby Guy_With_A_Stick on May 11th, 2017, 6:55 pm
Glad to hear the DoD is running fairly smoothly. I'm hoping to get on it this weekend.

Another bit of news- Eagle's lift hill is now 100% done(there were a few bents that weren't fully painted before).
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on May 11th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Does anyone know if they are repainting Eagle's red handrails/blue track as well? It looked pretty bad with the bright white sprayed all over the blue track and some of the rails.
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Postby hoju74 on May 12th, 2017, 11:12 am
Does anyone know if the VR on Giant Drop is limited to guests over 14 years old like it was for Demon last year ? My son got interested when he heard it was about spiders...lol
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Postby RollingCoasting on May 12th, 2017, 11:15 am
^ 13 and up
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Postby great america fan on May 12th, 2017, 7:29 pm
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Some updates from today the bridge has also been extended
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on May 12th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Sad to see they took down the blueprints, but I love that Eagle poster so much I may or may not have bought it in postcard form already. :lol:
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Postby great america fan on May 13th, 2017, 8:50 am
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Postby Maverick416 on May 14th, 2017, 12:58 am
Did anybody else apply for that commercial shoot their doing on Thursday? When do we hear back about it?
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Postby RollingCoasting on May 14th, 2017, 1:26 pm
^ I may be wrong, but I believe the deadline to enter was 5/11 and you would've heard back on 5/12

Looks like they found use for Jester's ride-op booth :lol:

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Postby great america fan on May 14th, 2017, 1:46 pm
I still wouldn't be surprised if jesters is brought back this season especially now since there's a jesters sized plot Image
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Postby Goku1910 on May 14th, 2017, 2:23 pm
I noticed this yesterday, the curb ends right there by the fence. Sure there's a reason for it.
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on May 14th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Don't think this has been posted, but Batman's giant cup holder think is gone and was replaced with the boxes with locks like most other rides. Also, Bull's test seat was missing today.
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Postby hook13 on May 15th, 2017, 10:18 am
Thanks for the waterpark feedback- I've been to both STL and GAM this year, but the waterparks will be new for us, and was hoping it wouldn't be too crowded and fun for the little guy. I prefer GAM, but liked some of the food options at STL this year (pulled pork nachos and buffet were good) , and their food service employees seem to be MUCH better prepared/trained for the season, at least on my visits so far. As far as toddler friendly, found SFGAM to be better, more rides, but my 2 year old disagrees....loves the bugs bunny castle playground at STL (who designs a playground with two exits BTW?) and he loves the little train...for some reason he's decided he is terrified of the zoom jets and most of the kiddie rides at GAM this spring- LOVED them in October at fright fest time-
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Postby staticshadows on May 16th, 2017, 2:04 pm
great america fan wrote:I still wouldn't be surprised if jesters is brought back this season especially now since there's a jesters sized plot Image Deleted

It's possible. In the first image below, I overlaid a satellite image of the previous location of JWR over the latest Nearmap image of the site at the same scale. In the second image below, I placed the ride against the fence and it looks like there is enough room for a queue space in front of it. Or they could remove the ride information building in the future and put in a Super Loop. :lol:
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Postby SFGAMNUT9302 on May 16th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Nice work staticshadows! They probably will squeeze Jesters Wild Ride back into that plot of land!
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on May 16th, 2017, 8:59 pm
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RIP - BAFF and Read to Suckeed. That is going to be slammed. Those Saturdays may actually hit capacity.
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Postby momlovescoasters on May 16th, 2017, 9:18 pm
What do they consider capacity.....one million? Seriously, this is why I'll only go in the spring and early fall (or bad weather).
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on May 16th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Could be wrong, but I believe it has been 40,000 since the park opened in 1976.
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Postby RollingCoasting on May 16th, 2017, 9:26 pm
Couple things

1. Guess I'm not going to the park for those 2 weeks, lol

2. BAFF AND the final days of Read to Succeed?? Either alone can cause the overflow lot to be 95% full, I can't wait to see what's going to happen here. I'd love to pull a lawn chair up on the opposite site of I-94 and watch people wait in the two hour traffic jam :lol:

One more thing to note: There is still MORE BAFF in August. (August 21st-August 25th) That's going to be a terrible month to visit the park, save for the weekdays without any free entry promotion, which is very few.
I swear if the park closes another one of our attractions in the July 31st-August 15th timeframe.. :evil:
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Postby Guy_With_A_Stick on May 16th, 2017, 11:26 pm
^Well to be fair, I doubt we're getting anything major next year, so I think all the rides are safe to the offseason.
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Postby gottastrata33 on May 17th, 2017, 12:53 am
I think a water park expansion & family coaster is pretty major...
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Postby MrsTaxi on May 17th, 2017, 2:16 am
gottastrata33 wrote:I think a water park expansion & family coaster is pretty major...


Rumor or inside info? :D
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