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Postby traincrossin » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:12 pm

Jojo19799 wrote:Wait, I thought the park cancelled their presentiation at tonight's meeting?

I think that an email was sent out to people on their mailing list, but they haven't updated the agenda on the website.
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Postby Jojo19799 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:47 am

Here is some info about Monday's meeting. There is no real indication on why plans were cancelled.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/news/2421482,5_1_WA23_SIXFLAGS_S1-100623.article

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June 23, 2010

By ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun
GURNEE -- Six Flags Great America has canceled plans to install another roller coaster, according to Hank Salemi, general manager.

Salami gave no reason for the cancellation and no indication whether this might be a temporary or permanent situation.

It was believed that the roller coaster in question was a stand-up that had recently been dismantled at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom to make way for a water park.

Six Flags Great America already has numerous other roller coasters and thrill rides.

Village Administrator Jim Hayner announced the change of plans for Six Flags at Monday night's Village Board meeting. The company had applied for a zoning variance to accommodate the new roller coaster.

"Mr. Salami called and requested that we pull his roller coaster zoning request off tonight's agenda," Hayner said.

The proposal was dropped with no indication that it would return for further consideration at some later time.

Trustees had expected to vote on the proposed variation Monday night. Approval was necessary to install the new ride. The Zoning Board of Appeals had already approved the proposal earlier.

Under a 1980 conditional-use permit that sets zoning controls for the theme park, the proposed permit would have allowed roller coasters up to 151 feet in height, and a zoning variance for any higher structure to a maximum 310 feet in height.

The new roller coaster was planned to replace the Space Shuttle ride in the Space Port area. It would have been located east of the main park entrance, south of the 310-foot Sky Trek Tower, and west of Hurricane Harbor water park.
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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:12 am

While it's looking unlikely, I wouldn't say the coaster has been canceled. It might have been, or park management is waiting to see what new corporate management wants. I'll believe the ride is canceled when I see a statement from the park or corporate office.

I'll still ride Chang if it does end up getting built, but I'd rather see the money spent on something else. However, it's kind of an odd area for rides, so the only thing I can see going there is a water park expansion. I'm not a big water park person, but since it is always at capacity, a couple new slides could make a great addition. Sure the teenagers and thrill seekers will be upset, but is that really a bad thing?

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Postby Jojo19799 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:23 am

This actually isn't Chang, It's Riddlers Revenge. Magic Mountain is taking it out for the new 500 foot Intamin inverted floorless stand up. My amazing source told me, but I can't tell you who it is. :roll:


Just quoting what Jon mentioned earlier. Now, I don't know if we were *supposed* to get Chang or Riddler's. Personally I think both rides are too big to fit in that area, but then again I'm not an engineer so please don't quote me on that. IF we were to get a new ride, I think it would have been announced either now or at the end of this season. A lot of people were speculating that we were getting Chang just because it's being stored at our park.

Now that the plans have been pospotoned, it would be great to see a HH expansion. I think an outside gate from the parking lot leading into HH would be awesome. Let's face it, the front gate can get a little crowded at times, plus I believe it would be a lot easier to get to HH having an outside gate. Not that it's difficult now, but there are probably some people that just go to HH and not bother with the rest of the park and visa versa.
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Postby deathbydinn » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:20 pm

^ Jo...you do relieze I was being sarcastic right?
Anyway I'm happy were getting Chang...not happy that it's going to GADV. Cmon Six Flags just send it to Six Flags America where it should go. I'm also not insanely happy about it being a water park expansion but I geuss it is needed more than new rides or a coaster. Although if we do get a water coaster it would make me actually want to go to Hurricane Harbor!
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Re: The Six Flags Great America (SFGam) Discussion Thread!

Postby Jojo19799 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:53 pm

^Yes. It just goes to show that we should wait until something is announced. ;)

As for the HH expansion, I have no clue if that will happen. It was just an opinion.
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Postby dandaman » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:29 pm

Jojo19799 wrote:BTW, I love how he spells the last name. It's Salemi, not "Salami". Salami is a cured sausage.


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Re: The Six Flags Great America (SFGam) Discussion Thread!

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:42 pm

Sems that unlike Shapiro who didn't cancel planned rides when he took over from Burke Webber may not be following that mold....then again since Webber spent years helping KD expand during his tenure he probably knows that SFA needs some major help after I305 was installed this year.

Not saying that Chang could be headed east but it's always a possibility as SFA is the ONLY park in the chain that hasn't installed a new coaster within the past decade.Could also be possible that the owners of KK want the ride back as it was never SFI's asset to redistribute to begin with seeing as it was installed the year prior to the Premiere parks/SFI merger of 1998.

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Re: The Six Flags Great America (SFGam) Discussion Thread!

Postby deathbydinn » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:27 pm

Just found this on GAm's Facebook...

I just hope Whizzer can make it to 50.
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Not ready to see that sign again :(
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Re: The Six Flags Great America (SFGam) Discussion Thread!

Postby Airtime&Gravity » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:42 pm

You scared me for a second until I saw the date on the sign. Don't think much about it though as anyone can put photos up on the park's Facebook page.

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