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Postby batmanfan80 on August 6th, 2018, 7:45 am
We went Saturday and I'm guessing around the 10th of last month. Didn't really have a problem with lines or getting into the park. Saturday there were a lot of 12 year old looking girls spitting over the railings on half the rides. Must be a new trend. A couple times groups used the "we need to get to our ___ family member" to skip ahead of 20 people or more. One group looked like MSNBC Lock-up cast members and gave off the kinda vibe that they would cause an incident if you stopped them. The other were some little kids who either really did have to find parents or were told by their parents to use that as a way to skip ahead on the lines. The lines kept moving for everything we went on. Clipper, Roaring, Eagle, Batman, and Raging. Even the funnel cake line near Goliath went pretty smoothly. The only thing that took long was the Clipper. We woulda rode more but we stopped at Big Ed's before. To us, that's the best bbq of any place we've been in the country. Just 2.9 miles away from the park, so at least I won't feel as bad if we drive out there and it's such a mess that we can't go. Also stopped by Burger King for some frostie type thing. Don't think we got to the park til around 3:30. Left right after the fireworks.

There were a ton of parking spaces blocked off that no one was using. Guess those must be the premier spots. They were all taken up on the 10th.

The ride quality on Eagle, Roaring, and Raging was much better than usual Saturday. Eagle gave me the first thing resembling a dopamine rush I've experienced since I last rode Kumba. Lot of people with flash passes walking around, though the lines weren't stalling. These were all kids who looked like they were 18 or 20, and none who looked rich or polished. The heat definitely ate into our stamina a lot too. Couldn't tell you much about the other lines other than what the queue sites said. Pretzelman had a line pretty far back when we got there. Whizzer reportedly had a 55 min line. Goliath I think was at 70. But when we walked by Goliath, it didn't look anywhere near that long of a line. Eagle was also reporting a 10 min line, but the queue sites lag by an hour or more I think. It took more like 15-20 because the blue side was closed.

We went there a lot in 2012 and 2013 and I think some stuff has gotten better even though it got worse between 2014-2016. There were a ton of empty seats going out in 2012. The only real thing I would say was better then was that you could always count on walk-ups in the last hour or two. But there were a lot of times where the Batman and X-Flight lines were completely full. Fright Fest was still doable in '12 and '13. Meaning the first week had light crowds and the 2nd pretty moderate. And even in the later weeks, you could at least get in and have decent ride times late at night. Now we got 4 extra rides dispersing the crowds more evenly, so maybe it's a lot harder for huge lines to accumulate. I still can't believe people wait 80+ min for the Hangover when it's almost the same exact thing as at festivals.

We'll probably try to go again in a couple weeks. So far the biggest problem for us has been the heat.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 8th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Triple Play received a new mirror that is for the workers to see the back half of the ride. I know, no one really cares, but this is more for a Six Flags head up person (if they read this). This mirror (in my opinion is too close to the ride). It only takes 1 person to hit that mirror (because it is that close to the ride), and get a bloody hand from that mirror. In my opinion, they should keep the mirror because it's for the good, ( but remove some shrubbery), and move the mirror back so that the chances of a bloody hand (broken mirror) does not happen. I looked at the mirror even, and see scratches on it. The ride almost hits it (alone).
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Postby benneluke on August 9th, 2018, 9:27 am
Ilovthevu' wrote:Triple Play received a new mirror that is for the workers to see the back half of the ride. I know, no one really cares, but this is more for a Six Flags head up person .


Yikes. Best to call them directly or go to guest services.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on August 10th, 2018, 2:48 pm
SaveTheWAVE wrote:Thanks, all! Everyone at Bull was very nice and assured me that I was doing the right thing. Security personnel were equally nice and helpful.


You DEFINITELY did the right thing!! Great job!!
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 11th, 2018, 1:52 am
The Hurricane Harbor entrance now has fingerprint scanners. They were even asking everyone what their name was. I guess they caught on to my family sneaking extra dining passes in :lol:
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 11th, 2018, 4:21 pm
^You mean the outside one? You don't mean the inside one. If you get your fingerprint scanning when you come into the park, and than go waterpark later, why would you need to fingerprint twice in one day?
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 11th, 2018, 10:46 pm
I did mean the outside one. Should've clarified
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 12th, 2018, 12:33 am
Jiggdyndg says the last day of the train is today - Sunday Aug 12th.

In regards to that money that they are getting to "fix things", one thing they should do is to add LOTS of shaded areas (like the blue "tarp" that Superman has). Vertical Velocity has nothing. Roaring Rapids barely has anything. Ricochet has nothing for protection. Hometown Fun Machine, same thing. Revolution, etc. More shade = less people sick (from dehydration of overheating their bodies) = less people throwing up on rides = less operation downtime. Vertical Velocity having nothing (except the station, of course), is probably the most puzzling..

I know you probably don't care about what I'm going to say, but I will discuss for a minute. The park plays this advertisement. Advertising is fine to me. It just doesn't make sense. It's an electric company. The lady says what is is that you are you wondering about. The guy goes I'm in my car wondering how many traffic stop lights I'm going to get it. The lady goes that's not electricity. The first part (sort of is wrong / could be right) is that his car could be an electric car. The traffic light is also electric. So, that deals with electricity. One of the other ones that bugs me is that the guy says I'm binge watching something for 2 hours eating lots of popcorn. Making popcorn COULD require electricity. You have microwave popcorn, and you have popcorn seeds you cook. Both are electricity. Maybe if they would have said store bought popcorn in a bag, I would give them a break. Doesn't the park even make their own popcorn (in those buckets)? If you go AMC, they aren't giving you store bought bagged popcorn. If you put a tv on, that's electricity. She goes your date night might be electrifying (or something like that), but it's not electricity. It's such a bad ad.

She should say something like having a picnic playing a Scrabble board game. Well, that's not electricity... Basically, we (Americans) are obsessed with electricity! So much of our lives is electricity. Radio / tv / amusement rides / power to water stuff (like the wavepool) / video games / bowling alleys / movies / now electric cars.
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Postby B&MGuy35 on August 14th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Haunted Attraction up in southwest territory already. Infestation I think it was called. Also lots of more buildings have the lights up for HITP.


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Postby ChicagoCoasters on August 14th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Got any pics I would love to see them.
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Postby Foltzy on August 14th, 2018, 10:52 pm
I believe I also saw some work for a haunted attraction being done in the back of kidzoplis where the stage (? I think. Never actually gone in there) was. I may be wrong as I was walking quickly in the queue for eagle but I thought I'd share what I noticed.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 16th, 2018, 10:23 am
So, Roaring Rapids used to close early for the season, but I asked, and they said this (for this year). This is GREAT news. Last year was August 20, 2017, for instance.

"So the last day that Roaring Rapids (and all the water rides for that matter) will be open is Labor Day Weekend. Essentially when Hurricane Harbor closes for the season, the water rides in the dry park will close as well. I hope that helps out and if you have any further questions please feel free to email me or call the info line
Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 18th, 2018, 10:06 am
Double post; but you should know: The Lobster was shut down all day on Friday - August 17, 2018.

The segment - Spiels that don't make sense.
"American Eagle is Viper's older brother." Huh?
I take things literally, but hear we go. If an eagle and a viper were brothers, that's messed up inter-species type of stuff. What's worse with these 2 animals though is that eagles eat snakes (vipers).

So, here is a video for you - an eagle & a snake fighting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD0KOmg_YQ8

The American Eagle and Condor would be better rides to match up, yet they are not 2 coasters. At least a bird would get it on with another bird rather than a bird and a snake. I also don't think eagles are against condors.

I know. Ha ha. I'm supposed to be dumb, and just go eagle and viper are wooden coasters. Ha ha...
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Postby SaveTheWAVE on August 18th, 2018, 12:59 pm
CoasterRiderSC wrote:
SaveTheWAVE wrote:Thanks, all! Everyone at Bull was very nice and assured me that I was doing the right thing. Security personnel were equally nice and helpful.


You DEFINITELY did the right thing!! Great job!!

Thank you, CoasterRiderSC!
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Postby Bobthebuilder645 on August 18th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Next year's gold pass will no longer include Hurricane Harbour. Neither will the regular pass... That's total bs
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Postby SFGAM_Hog on August 18th, 2018, 6:01 pm
Can this confirm Hurricane Harbor could possibly become a seperate park?
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Postby Sven18 on August 18th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Bobthebuilder645 wrote:Next year's gold pass will no longer include Hurricane Harbour. Neither will the regular pass... That's total bs


The current chart on the website shows regular passes and Gold pass get you in SFGAm Hurricane Harbor, but don't get you into the at any other SF parks Hurricane Harbor, while memberships do. Where is this info coming from?
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 18th, 2018, 6:38 pm
^^^If you are talking about what's on the website right now, it says "No Waterpark Entry Fee". That's what gets you into Great America's waterpark with a season pass.
https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/store/membership
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Postby anewman35 on August 18th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Yeah, I see people complaining about this on Facebook too, but it's a misunderstanding. It's water parks at OTHER Six Flags that aren't included with a normal pass (and I don't think they ever have been), not our HH...
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Postby Sven18 on August 18th, 2018, 6:56 pm
anewman35 wrote:Yeah, I see people complaining about this on Facebook too, but it's a misunderstanding. It's water parks at OTHER Six Flags that aren't included with a normal pass (and I don't think they ever have been), not our HH...


Exactly!
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Postby Jodon on August 18th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Does anyone know if the dates for Read to Succeed have passed? If not, what is the end date for the tickets?
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Postby JaminOut on August 18th, 2018, 10:48 pm
The end date for the tickets are always this past Wednesday. Sorry man.
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Postby batmanfan80 on August 18th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Was there today like 3:30-8. Not many lines longer than 20 min, but didn't get to Orleans or Yankee Harbor due to Eagle obliterating us. So Whizzer was supposedly a 55 min wait on the queue site but was pretty much a walk up first thing. One of the best rides it gave us. Lobster broke and recovered fast. Great ride, more intense than usual. Demon was pretty much its usually self in the yellow train. X-Flight was completely smooth the whole time, which hasn't been the case for me in years. Eagle red was brutal. Blue was closed again. A couple weeks ago it was about the best its ever been. Today it was out of control, train flying off the tracks in a bad way. We sat 3rd from the back instead of 5th or 6th. But I don't think that was the issue. Maybe the train was heavier. After that, riding anything else didn't seem like that fun of an idea. No rock shows today for some reason. Trudy's actually had ice and the minute maid stuff in stock for most of the day. Again, no one was parking in the preferred lot. Hundreds of spaces left open. This kinda attendance is probably where they should keep it. Lines never get too horrible and the place isn't totally dead. For some reason there was a million cars parked outside Kohl's at Gurnee Mills after 8. Never knew Kohl's was such a hip spot for Saturday night. People could be parking at the mall and walking to avoid paying for parking if they don't have the free parking on their season pass. Reminds me of record crowd FF days in the past where we went to the mall due to the insane crowds and the mall lot was full yet there wasn't that many people inside the mall. This time there was a lot more people in the mall, but nothing that would lead me to believe all those cars belonged to mall patrons.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on August 19th, 2018, 12:04 am
^I would think that the only reason people are parking by Kohl's is because that it is towards the front of the mall (from the main street). It's not the beginning of the mall, but it seems to be towards the end of the mall. I guess Macy's is the end of the mall. I don't believe people are parking there, and going to Great America. It's too far. You also said the lines were short..

We (enthusiasts) LOVE empty parks, empty parking lots, and short lines. Great America HATES empty parks and short lines. They would LOVE to fill up that entire park (to the brim) everyday they are open. It's a business. The more people, the more money they make. If they (the company) could get 10 million people to come a year, they would be thrilled by that. And us (enthusiasts) would feel miserable because we would have to wait forever to get on anything.

In my opinion, attendance does not seem very good this year for the park. I don't go to the park all the time, but based on other people's reports, and when I go, it just seems lower to me. It's a SATURDAY in AUGUST (no rain in the forecast when you had so much rain forecasted the days before), and a person says they rode 20 rides on the roller coasters. I don't know if they did anything else, but that is so many!
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Postby anewman35 on August 20th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Noticed today that at some point in the last few months, they put up new signs for "Crazy Bus" and "Yahoo River" instead of just the slightly altered versions of the previous signs they they had up at the beginning of the year. The new ones are on the Six Flags app if you want to see them.
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