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Postby bspellx5 » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:14 am

^The last time they got a coaster was in 2003, when we got the Canyon Blaster, which is an OK family ride, but if you mean actually NEW roller coaster, it was the Boomerang in 1997, other than that, everyone of Great Escape's roller coaster's was used. Flat rides are just as bad, the last flat ride they got was the Pirate in 1994, if you don't count all the kiddie rides that have come between then and now.

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Postby Movieguy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:29 am

I say it's Serial Thriller as well.

GE needs to learn from the mistake of being a Six Flags park in Upstate NY. SF just does not give a damn about that region. They keep it around for a little extra revenue, but in the Northeast, it's all about Great Adventure to SF.

Darien Lake has severed its ties to the chain, and things are already looking up for them a couple years later. GE should follow suit, if they want to survive.
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Postby gk » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:57 pm

Movieguy wrote:I say it's Serial Thriller as well.

GE needs to learn from the mistake of being a Six Flags park in Upstate NY. SF just does not give a damn about that region. They keep it around for a little extra revenue, but in the Northeast, it's all about Great Adventure to SF.

Darien Lake has severed its ties to the chain, and things are already looking up for them a couple years later. GE should follow suit, if they want to survive.


Nobody's under any illusion that GE can compete with Great Adventure. (In fact, it won't ever compete with SFNE or La Ronde, both of which are closer to it than Great Adventure).

It'd just be nice to see them make some steady improvements to keep it interesting. A drop tower and/or an SLC with new trains would be a great start.

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Postby Jcoaster » Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:05 pm

^ Agreed nobody said this park has to be the next Great Adventure. It will never be. We just want improvement. You know a park needs help when a SLC is it's improvement.
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Great Escape 2009

Postby CoasterLover » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:34 am

http://www.sixflags.com/greatEscape/inf ... ement.aspx

Sasquatch Sighting At The Great Escape

The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom announced today the addition of Sasquatch, a new iconic drop ride coming to The Great Escape for the 2009 season. Also on tap for 2009 —Holiday in the Park, a seasonal event featuring holiday shows, festive food and thousands of twinkling lights; as well as $1 million in upgrades to the Beer Garden in the Fest Area that will create an exciting new family venue offering concerts, shows, dining and a variety of entertainment options.

“Six Flags is truly committed to The Great Escape,” said Don McCoy, President of The Great Escape Properties. “In just the last two years, we've added the Tornado, the Mega Wedgie, and Wiggles World. We're now going to provide a thrill ride that's simply stunning. Sasquatch will be equally appealing to teens and tweens and will complement the excitement of the Comet, Steamin' Demon, and Boomerang.”

Sasquatch will be made up of two independent steel towers standing 192 feet tall. The drop ride accelerates guests from ground level to the top of the towers in less than 3 seconds. The initial powered blast creates a force on the rider of 4.5 G. Upon reaching the top, guests are rocketed downward with a 2 G-force before enjoying a series of air-cushioned bounces up and down the tower. Sasquatch will be the tallest thrill ride at The Great Escape and promises to become an iconic symbol of the park's growing importance in the North Country.

Also for 2009, the Beer Garden in the Fest Area will be re-modeled and transformed into a food and entertainment venue. The current cafeteria-style setting will be replaced with a mini-food court. Guests will be able to dine in air-conditioned comfort while taking in a show or concert.

Families will delight in Holiday in the Park, an all-new event for The Great Escape that stretches the season to make it the longest on record. This exciting addition will be a celebration of the different winter holidays featuring holiday-themed shows, traditional food, choirs, carolers, Santa meet-and-greets, and our very own snow hill— for sledding! Guests can make plans now to enjoy Sasquatch, the first-ever Holiday in the Park, as well as the all-new Beer Garden by purchasing a 2009 Season Pass to The Great Escape. 2009 Season Passes are currently available for purchase online at sixflags.com.

A Season Pass to The Great Escape is the best entertainment value in the North Country area offering:

Admission to the theme park this Fall during Oktoberfest and Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS®; Coupon book with over $300 in real savings & 5 Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets; Unlimited visits during our longest season ever in 2009; and A Season Pass pays for itself in just two visits.

And, when purchased before November 2, guests can save $10 — only $69.99.

The Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is conveniently located directly across the street from The Great Escape and provides 200 family-friendly suites. A new Season Pass package is available and combines all the fun and excitement of the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark with season passes to The Great Escape. Packages include a two night stay at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, admission to White Water Bay indoor waterpark during length of stay, and four 2008 season passes to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. Package prices begin at $185 per person, based on four person occupancy. Offer is based on availability. For details, visit SixFlagsGreatEscapeLodge.com or call 888-708-2684.

For more information about The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, call 518-792-3500 or log on to sixflags.com.

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Postby thrillerman1 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:44 am

Love the Sasquatch name!

As I'm not that familiar with TGE having never visited, in what section of the park will it be located and will it fit the theming of that area? Or will it be like at SFOG for example with ride themes that don't match their respective areas (ala Superman in the Cotton States area)?

The new improvements sound good.

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Postby rousea » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:03 am

^ I have been told at a GE forum it will be located in the Rainbow's old spot. The rainbow was right next to the entrance and about 50 feet from the road. The area it is going in does not really have a theme, there is a Boomerang, Balloon Race, and 50's themed cars.

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Postby bspellx5 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:54 am

^That area has a bit of themeing IMO. It's story town, and theres the Swan Boats, all those little houses and stuff like that. Although I think with a name like Sasquatch it would have fit better in Fest Area, which has an Alpine theme, which would make a lot more sense. The only good reason I can think of for its location is it will look good there, just like the RAinbow did, an eye-catcher for sure.

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Postby Olsor » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:38 am

Still no plans to resurrect SFAW's Serial Thriller? It was actually a good ride when I rode it a few weeks before SFAW closed. I guess sitting out in the open for three years can't be helping its chances.

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Postby bspellx5 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:40 am

It will never be installed. The park does not have the whole ride anymore and the trains were also shipped somewhere else.

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