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Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:57 pm
by AndrewA86
This week I finally made my way to Six Flags Great America. Ever since I was in grade school this has been a huge bucket list park for me because I had a roller coaster book that featured American Eagle (as the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world back then... early 90's) and back then I vouched that I would ride every coaster featured in that book. For the record I have done 6 of them: Magnum XL 200, Mean Streak, The Beast, American Eagle, Loch Ness Monster, and Steel Phantom (with the inversions). I have 4 I still need to do: Screamin Eagle, Phoenix, Coney Island Cyclone, and Texas Giant. Obviously Texas Giant has been RMC'd, but when I eventually get on that I'm counting it anyway...

When planning this trip I originally wanted to hit Indiana Beach on the way because it's kind of on the way from Detroit. Not really, but it's in the same general direction. So I figured I could go there for a few hours, then drive up to Great America, check in to the hotel, and have maybe 2 hours and then the full day the next day. Unfortunately rain was in the forecast for Indiana Beach yesterday so I went straight to Great America and that ended up being a good thing.

This wasn't my first time in Chicagoland but it was my first time driving in Chicagoland and knowing that traffic is horrible I asked what would be a better route up to the park, the tri state tollroad or taking 90 right through Chicago. Nobody said 90, so the toll road it was. If that's faster with less traffic than 90 then 90 is a freaking parking lot because the toll road was jammed for about an hour. It started well south of the Airport and didn't breakup until just after the Airport.

So anyway, when I first got on the tollway it was obvious that the last lane was moving much faster than the first 4. So I am able to maneuver into that last lane (which was not an easy task) and I'm feeling pretty damn good about myself. Then I see a sign that says "pay toll 2 miles ahead, cash exit to the right"... WTF!!! All that work I did to get in a lane that is actually moving and now I have to maneuver myself to where I was.. And of course I couldn't get back in the fast lane because every few miles or so I had to exit to to pay the toll.

I ended up getting to the park with a ton of time to spare so no harm no foul.

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My first impressions of the park were that it was a lot nicer than I was expecting. I love how the double decker carousel and the pond greets people as they walk in.

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:29 am
by Canobie Coaster
Nice report! Great America really is one of the nicest Six Flags parks.

-2 Gs on Whizzer? :lol:

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:51 am
by jynx242
Great report and congratulations on #100!! Thanks for posting these and I was also curious about that -2G reading on Whizzer. I absolutely adore that ride, but don't remember that type of airtime :)

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:29 am
by AndrewA86
I’m not sure how accurate the app is. I certainly don’t remember air time like that while riding. I had 2 rides and I thought that was the better reading from the app.


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Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:12 am
by JT2002
Nice to see the park in general exceeded your expectations. It seems to be a common trend among enthusiasts. Great photos too!! Also great to hear Batman was a walk on, I'm assuming operations were pretty smooth that day other than Superman.

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:36 pm
by AndrewA86
Yeah operations were absolutely fantastic at every ride except Viper. It was kind of strange, it didn't seem like a light day, the parking lot was almost full, but the lines were very short and in some cases non existant. The only ride I really waited for on the whole trip was Maxx Force, and the wasn't even half an hour... I was there for 2 days and I rope dropped Superman on the 2nd day so I didn't really experience how the operations were on that one.

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:05 pm
by anonymouscactus
Great report! I love Goliath as well.

"This zero-G stall is absolutely amazing! It obviously gives great hang time, but then when it flips you right side up your still out of your seat and with the track going under some of the structure it creates a great hand chopper moment too! An absolutely amazing element and personally my favorite element on any coaster."

Also agree with this statement. It's the only thing Steel Vengeance was missing IMO. I've been on other RMC's with a stall but nothing is like, or as amazing, as Goliath's. Favorite element of any coaster, for sure.

Maxx Force sounds like a great little ride; looking forward to getting out to this park again some day.

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:48 am
by JT325
I'm glad you liked Demon and Whizzer, I love those. I'm sorry it looks like Eagle Red (Firebird) wasn't open. It is much better than blue; more hills, more air time and always seems to be smoother. You will have to come back for that! Did you get on either of the classic flumes or flats? They're not for everyone, but it's such a great collection of stuff.

PS - for what it's worth, I think Raging Bull is the best B&M hyper. Brake or not, the layout is super-unique and most of all, interesting and fun. The trim doesn't take much away from me; variation in pacing makes it better!

Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:24 am
by AndrewA86
I was there 2 days and since there were no lines (except Maxx Force) the first day was all coasters and I was planning on doing the flats and water rides the next day. Well the next day the park basically ended up being closed for weather all day. I was next in line twice for the log flume, or boat flume, the yankee something, and it closed for weather. But yeah I’ll definitely be back. This is a park I’ll hit every other year if not every year.


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Re: Six Flags Great America Photo TR

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:34 am
by yay101
Happy you liked SFGAM! That's my home park! I love Maxx Force but I did think the launch would be a little more powerful (I thinking too much about Do-Dodonpa lol). The app I think is pretty inaccurate, not just with Whizzer but American Eagle and Viper definitely have more airtime than -.2 gs I think.