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Postby Carlo on June 28th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Well the water park can reopen with a capacity limt of 50 per a defined section. Wonder is that is going to be open soon.

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Postby CoasterNick3157 on June 28th, 2020, 6:13 pm
employees got emails sent to them about Hurricane Harbor can open now via phase 4 and the rockford park so expect harbor to reopen the date yet to be determined
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Postby JT2002 on June 28th, 2020, 6:58 pm
I really really want to know the state's reasoning for letting the water park open and keeping the dry park close. What's the difference?????????????????? There are still lines, the water park is even smaller than the dry park but still big, how are we wearing masks while swimming. I wish they'd give a reason why they're being so strict, it seems they're pulling this out of their butts.
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Postby anewman35 on June 28th, 2020, 8:35 pm
The state appears to be hung up on the idea of rides. Zoos and Museums are both allowed to open (with strict limits), but specifically with no rides.

And I don't know the science behind it, but I don't think Illinois is the only one doing it - California let San Diego Zoo open, but no Amusement parks so far. And Six Flags is specifically going to open Discovery Kingdom for animals only, no rides open.
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Postby RobSFGAm on June 28th, 2020, 10:28 pm
I would think it would take four week minimum to get HH open, what would be the point as they would only be open for 2-3 weeks daily, then two more weeks for the weekend? Seems like a lot do for 25% capacity which would be 2000 out of the 8000 allowed. Gurnee and Lake County school go back mid August, so they cannot extended the weekday past mid August easily since the water park (at any capacity) takes a lot of lifeguards.
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Postby Carlo on June 28th, 2020, 10:29 pm
I think a lot has to do with the CDC not issuing any guidance for amusement parks. CDC issued guidance for pools and waterparks, but not amusement parks.

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Postby JT2002 on July 1st, 2020, 9:10 am
Update: Hank said don't count the dry park out for a late July opening.

Also, HH has an opening date but it's confidential rn.
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Postby anewman35 on July 1st, 2020, 11:27 am
JT2002 wrote:Update: Hank said don't count the dry park out for a late July opening.

Also, HH has an opening date but it's confidential rn.


They've previously said it would take about a month to get the park open once they got permission, right? So I assume this mean they're expecting the state to give that very soon? Hmm...
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Postby DejaVu2001 on July 1st, 2020, 3:52 pm
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Six Flags has announced Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee has received approval to open and an opening date will be announced soon. There is no news on Great America at this time.
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Postby JT2002 on July 1st, 2020, 6:08 pm
anewman35 wrote:
JT2002 wrote:Update: Hank said don't count the dry park out for a late July opening.

Also, HH has an opening date but it's confidential rn.


They've previously said it would take about a month to get the park open once they got permission, right? So I assume this mean they're expecting the state to give that very soon? Hmm...


Currently landscaping and cleanup is underway
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Postby got2havefun on July 1st, 2020, 8:39 pm
JT2002 wrote:Update: Hank said don't count the dry park out for a late July opening.


Also, HH has an opening date but it's confidential rn.


Sounds like Hank is pretty confident the dry park will be opening soon!
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Postby ilrider on July 2nd, 2020, 9:07 pm
Pritzker’s orders just got shot down in a downstate court today, so his restrictions are legally null and void. Time to open the park!
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Postby anewman35 on July 2nd, 2020, 9:15 pm
ilrider wrote:Pritzker’s orders just got shot down in a downstate court today, so his restrictions are legally null and void. Time to open the park!


The State will appeal. It'll probably go to the State Supreme Court, which will uphold it again. Any business who starts making plans to reopen until the Supreme Court weights in is wasting it's time and money.
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Postby JT2002 on July 3rd, 2020, 12:25 pm
ilrider wrote:Pritzker’s orders just got shot down in a downstate court today, so his restrictions are legally null and void. Time to open the park!


Lol downstate.
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Postby ilrider on July 3rd, 2020, 3:18 pm
^The order applies to the entire state. Why is that funny?
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Postby JT2002 on July 5th, 2020, 5:42 pm
It's funny because it was a downstate judge. Clay County Illinois. And I personally see it as another example of "we don't have to listen to the state government because you don't understand what it's like down here."

And it will be another example of higher courts overruling downstate judges

Regardless of the politics, the park already has a plan that's been set in motion and they're moving as fast as they can.
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Postby got2havefun on July 6th, 2020, 9:18 am
Are they working on building a main entrance directly into Hurricane Harbor? Or are they going to use existing Park Entrance and have it roped directly to the water park?
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Postby JT2002 on July 6th, 2020, 2:32 pm
^Not sure yet, I think they'll be delaying that construction until next season. But I'd imagine when the Harbor opens they'll use the members entrance up front.

Also, We have water!!!
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Postby UnclePennybags on July 6th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Wow, sounds serious. If it were to open in the next 30 days, I would have expected communication of an opening date by now. The park is incurring costs by getting the park ready, so I wouldn't think they'd do so if they didn't have a reasonable expectation that the water and/or dry parks would open this summer. With that, I'd think they'd begin the process of providing updates to their customers.
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Postby Carlo on July 6th, 2020, 10:43 pm
It was already announced that the water parks will open soon. No date was given but if I had to guess I would say July 18th. The theme park side i think they will get the ok after 28 days in phase 4 with no uptick in cases.

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Postby B&MGuy35 on July 6th, 2020, 10:46 pm
got2havefun wrote:Are they working on building a main entrance directly into Hurricane Harbor? Or are they going to use existing Park Entrance and have it roped directly to the water park?
Last photo I saw of park back in March showed the parking lot entrance completely demolished. So I’m guessing they have to get that operational before they can open.


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Postby anewman35 on July 7th, 2020, 8:59 am
B&MGuy35 wrote:
got2havefun wrote:Are they working on building a main entrance directly into Hurricane Harbor? Or are they going to use existing Park Entrance and have it roped directly to the water park?
Last photo I saw of park back in March showed the parking lot entrance completely demolished. So I’m guessing they have to get that operational before they can open.


Or I wonder if it does make sense to use the main gate and have people go through the park - I would presume they could use some of the food, shops and restrooms along the way too (as long as no rides are open), might help with social distancing, etc?
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