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Postby ArizonaGuy » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:12 pm

Hmmmmm I guess.

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Sarcasm aside....I'm sure it's going to a great addition to the park

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Postby Jerrykoala2112 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:16 pm

Hmmmm, I really just think we should be grateful we will get such a precious roller coaster.

ACE Landmark or not, be happy you still have the 1950's classic layout right in your backyard.

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Postby deathbydinn » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:20 pm

I'm very happy about this. Little Amerricka has the same coaster and it's fun, smooth and I didn't see one person come off of that unhappy.

EDIT: Since Meteor is the same ride as Little Dipper and is completely eligable, why isnt it a ACE coaster classic?

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Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:35 pm

ArizonaGuy wrote:I'd just go as far as "Who gives a poop?" if it's an ACE Coaster Classic? Is ACE really the end all be all?

I think lot of people just find coasters free of multiple and redundant safety features to be more enjoyable. I certain do. I could care less whether it is called an "ACE Classic Coaster" or a "old school coaster free of multiple, rendundant and unnecessary safety features".

However, I must admit that "ACE Classic Coaster" sounds better.
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Postby robbalvey » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:39 pm

monsterfan99 wrote:A better question is does it even matter if it is an ACE Coaster Classic?

No, not at all. Most of the coasters on that list are not even that good. They are either kiddie coasters or similar rides with gentle enough forces that they don't need any additional restraints.

There are only a handful of rides on that list that are decent.

IMO, if you can operate a woodie for more than 20 years and not screw it's a classic!


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Postby coasterdude5 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:54 pm

This purchase is only to facilitate the removal of Whizzer!!!! :devil: I kid, I kid.

I think it's a great move. I think it's really admirable to keep these classics alive. I'm sure most folks up in Chicago wouldn't mind if they took out The Dark Knight for this coaster!

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Postby The Disneylander » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:08 pm

A little off-topic, but I'd like to point out that the ACE Classic designation is NOT to point out great wooden roller coasters, but to designate those rare coasters running as they have been run for its entire existence. :Pr Yes, most of the coasters on the list aren't the best...but that wasn't the point of the designation in the first place.

We now return to our scheduled discussion...

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Postby Jojo19799 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:29 pm

Coasterdude, if you want TDK, please by all means take it! It's a good little coaster, but its forgettable after awhile, IMO.

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Postby XII » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:45 pm

This is awesome news for SFGAm. Glad to see they are taking in Little Dipper. I"m sure it'll fit in quite well there.
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Postby robbalvey » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:00 am

Here is the official announcement from the park. Looks like the ride will be opening in 2010!

Six Flags Great America Purchases Historic Wooden Coaster
Purchase of Classic Wooden Coaster from Kiddieland Amusement Park Keeps Chicago History Alive

Nov. 25, 2009 (Gurnee, Il.) -- Six Flags Great America announced today the purchase of a vintage wooden roller coaster, The Little Dipper. The coaster operated at Kiddieland Amusement Park from 1950 until September of this year when the amusement park closed. The coaster will retain its original name and become the 14th coaster in Six Flags Great America’s impressive line-up of roller coasters.

The Little Dipper was designed by Herbert Schmeck and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1950. The family-friendly coaster features a three story tall lift hill and is designed as a figure eight track which runs 700 feet in length. It has been honored with the ACE Coaster Classic award by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.

“The Little Dipper has been a fond family tradition for over 50 years,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America’s park president. “We wanted to preserve this important piece of Chicago history for families to experience for many more years to come.”

Guests can create a season of memories on The Little Dipper with a 2010 Season Pass which is on sale now at for the low price of $64.99. Season Passes include admission to the best water park in the nation, Hurricane Harbor; as well as discount-packed value book with more than $500 dollars worth of offers including four Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets.

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers fun for the entire family with heart-pounding roller coasters including Raging Bull, a free 15-acre water park, spectacular shows and parades, three children’s themed areas including Wiggles World and meet and greets with Six Flags’ world-famous cast of characters, including Mr. Six.


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