I always thought the old sign looked too cartoony, like it would be a better fit for a family coaster or flat ride, not something that's meant to be a big intimidating coaster.
The ACE "event," you'd think they'd at least want to have ERT on Whizzer, but nope! Besides the landmark dedication they have nothing else planned for the day.
The park posted this picture on Facebook revealing some clues for Fright Fest 2012.Link
Looks to me like:
- Scare zones/mazes in Roaring Rapids and Hurricane Harbor as said at NCC
- A new meet and greet or band in the Hometown Square pavilion
- Something where Iron Wolf was
- Something on the path underneath Demon or that general area, possibly the return of Southwest Scare-tory in that part of SWT
Edit: Some details have been released! 250 scare actors (last year had 200), no more Studio 13, new haunted house, new haunt in the rapids and the return of the haunted train!
GURNEE — Applicants had to be scary-good to land the job.
Screams, evil cackles, werewolf howls and zombie impressions were part of the job application process at Six Flags Great America.
Tyler Smith, 15, also acted the part of an evil clown and one-armed pirate in hopes of a job at this fall’s Fright Fest.
“I thought it was going to be a normal job interview,” the Winthrop Harbor teen said. “I think it went pretty well. It would be a good first job.”
Six Flags held the first of three Fright Fest job fairs Thursday. They are looking to fill about 250 positions, according to Kristopher Jones of Volo, Great America’s entertainment manager.
Fright Fest runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 28.
Smith was among between 75 and 100 applicants Thursday, Jones estimated.
Last year, Fright Fest hired about 200 scare actors to perform in its three attractions and on the streets of the theme park. This year, there are five attractions to staff, as well as a need for street performers, Jones said.
Wicked Woods in Mardis Gras is new this year, as well as Deadline, a haunted train attraction. Mausoleum of Terror in Necropolis, Manslaughter Manor in Southwest Territory and Massacre Medical Center in County Fair will be back, although two of the returning attractions are being revamped, Jones said.
Job openings include line handlers, street actors, haunted house actors, wig and make- up artists, and wardrobe personnel.
“You get to scare people, which normally we don’t like our employees to do,” Jones said. “It’s some easy money and a fun experience. You get to be someone else.”
The majority of job applicants find out if they got the job or not when they apply. Job seekers are encouraged to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome during the job fairs as well, Jones said.
“Come ready to express yourself. Come ready with your best scream,” Jones said, noting Fright Fest is a five-week commitment plus some training.
“We hope we can scare the bejesus out of people,” Jones said.