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Six Flags Great America opens its 2017 season on April 29th, Planet SIX has learned.
Along with the announcement, there will be changes throughout the park this season. The County Fair food court will be receiving major changes. It will now be home to a new grab n' go restaurant called Macho Nacho. The Primo's Pizzeria located in the food court will be expanded as Cold Stone Creamery will be re-located elsewhere in the park. Angelo's located in Yankee Harbor is expected to get a facelift and a potential name change. Lastly, there is a new partnership coming into play with ICEE, a popular slushie company.
In other news, Great America has confirmed that Virtual Reality will be returning to the park, but has not confirmed the attraction that will house it. The park has officially given us an opening date for their 15th coaster, The JOKER! There will be a season passholder preview onMay 26th, and the official opening for the public on May 27th!
Last day of the 2017 season is November 5th!
THE JOKER COMES TO GREAT AMERICA IN 2017!
GURNEE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, and Warner Bros Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announce plans for its 15th and most maniacal roller coaster to date, the all-new free-fly coaster, The Joker. This insanely twisted chaos coaster will be a massive new centerpiece in the Yankee Harbor section of the park, next to Batman The Ride roller coaster.
Earlier this summer we announced Virtual Reality was coming to Six Flags Great America. Today we proudly announce details on this incredible addition to our park:
This update is extremely short as I only had half an hour at the park before I had to leave.
The day started off with Justice League and a first for a close friend of mine.
This is Kossdude1 and I in line for his first ride on Justice League: Battle For Metropolis. Check out his documentary about Goliath on his other channel if you haven't already.
Once again Lex Luthor and the Joker have taken over Metropolis.
It's up to us to take the city back.
Cyborg briefs us on the top secret vehicles and technology we will be using momentarily.
I realized I haven't posted much of any footage at all. So here's some of Cyborg.
It doesn't look like it but we were impressed with the ride.
Raging Bull had recently reopened after the Yellow Train valleyed during AM testing earlier in the week.
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Since my work schedule was allowing for me to do so, I had most of my visit consist of riding Justice League.
This next picture is a little blurry as the line kept moving.
The line did not stop until we reached Cyborg, so the wait was about 5 minutes if that.
Yes these two pictures are from separate rides.
With the help of Single Rider I got on three times before I had to start heading on out. What keeps bringing me back is the immense theming and the competition of beating friend's high scores or even your own personal best.
X-Flight didn't have much of a line so I took it on.
Finally I picked up some Dip n Dots on my way out.
I recommend getting the LOL (Lots of Layers) as it's the largest size and allows guests to combine flavors. Ultimately it's the best value.
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Apparently they weren't closing the Sally Inc. attraction at 11:30 AM anymore.
With that being said there was still a decent enough line.
But it really does move quickly once inside the building. Or at least it seems to.
Watching Cyborg inform guests on their mission never gets old and is still amazing to think this technological attraction is in my home park.
You know you've ridden something enough when you get in the top scores and know where the on-ride camera is.
My friend and I accidentally photobombed other players.
Going for my third time, the excitement never dulled.
I feel like I've said this before but this version of Batman reminds me an awful lot of Ben Affleck.
From the Single Rider line, Cyborg is more difficult to see but is well worth it.
I guess I can't win with these poses. Now I leaned too far.
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There were reports of markers along the NorthEast borders of the park.
Well these reports were true. Some flags were higher on the sticks that others.
But all were pink. So they all coordinate with each other.
I doubt it's a coaster or anything new but it does raise questions.
It would be difficult to have a midway reach out here but isn't impossible. What are your thoughts?
It twas a beautiful day at the park.
And beautiful weather comes with large crowds.
Demon's third train was being tested with water dummies. The other two trains were still operating.
That means the black and red trains were taking riders. Yellow train was slated to open later in the day.
I appreciate the park putting up this umbrella. It seems that ops were especially tired when they were working from that unshaded position.
Here's some footage of the Yellow Train running through the loops with water dummies.
Look here's two on the red train. Just kidding those are two of my coaster enthusiast friends.
Now here's some footage of the Yellow Train going through the Corkscrews.
On a side note, King Chaos has reopened.
Being hot outside, A SnoCone was in the works to cool down.
The only thing worth mentioning on my way out was that V2 was down.
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I'm going to start off by reminded everybody that selfie sticks are not allowed at Six Flags Great America and I'm pretty sure at all Six Flags affiliated parks.
Dameon Nelson, Director of Park Operations was overlooking the morning crowd.
American Eagle was running both sides, even with the recent painting.
I used to denounce anybody that said American Eagle needed a repaint.
But it does look pretty amazing. Well the parts that have been repainted.
I guess there's a new beam that was added last minute. Or they skipped over it.
Roaring Rapids rafts were sitting behind Kidzopolis
Kidzopolis offers up Gluten Free Meals, Snacks, and Slurpees. It recently reopened. As tempting as it was I passed up on this opportunity
The standard pretzel and soda stand has been replaced by a SnoCone Machine.
Goliath's standby queue was too long for my liking to wait alone. And Single Rider would've been just as bad. So I took the train instead.
I shot this from the back of the Six Flags Railroad in the County Fair station. I feel like Goliath's airtime hill is underrated and under appreciated.
So now some stills of the airtime hill.
The Train provides some great unique views, these include American Eagle and Blue sides Helix, as well as Demon's inversions and queue line. Not to mention the Hall of Justice.
Departing in Hometown Square, I decided to see if Sky Trek Tower was open since I had yet to go on it for the 2016 season.
Sky Trek was temporarily unavailable but was testing so with nothing better to do I waited it out and got on the first ride as it reopened.
I didn't take any individual shots but did manage to get this decent panorama of the park. I was too busy taking in the views for myself.
A random temporary queue rail has been added to Rue Le Dodge. I'm guessing this is to keep the crowds more contained. Otherwise like with many flat rides, it's a mad rush to get a seat and you just hope everybody in your party makes it on the same cycle.
Dark Knight was about 90 minutes if not more. I just found it interesting that the catwalks from Theatre Royale could be seen with the flood lights on.
These ads in Wayne Central Station are rarely appreciated because the line doesn't get that long anymore. I have no idea who would've waited that long if it's past the preshow, thats too long for me.
There wasn't a line for Loggers Run once I meet up with my friends, but i skipped out. It was too dark for me to ride. I know the point of a flume is to get wet, but I also want to be dry by the time I leave. There's nothing worse than chaffing at an amusement park.
With Fiddler's Fling obviously not open, that left ERT with Goliath and Revolution.
Towards the end of the night, Viper was a complete walkon.
Justice League was our last ride with a full interior queue but went by quickly. The unfortunate part is my sports bottle was swiped during this ride.
The ERT was a huge success as we rode Goliath over a dozen times and once on Revolution in two hours.
The flags both out front and on Sky Trek Tower were at half mast for Dallas.
The Cool Zone has returned to Orleans Place.
Superman was just opening as I walked by. Decided to go Single Rider on it.
Roaring Rapids had yet to open, even after flying with the man of steel.
But it was testing, so that was good.
After my shift I returned to the park and my first stop was Batman: The Ride.
I like the nods to B&M in this sign. And even though it's subtle, I enjoy the theming in the queue.
I don't think this is apart of the theming but the Gotham Public Works sign was dusty. Some Joker decided to draw in the dust and the picture was humorous for anybody in middle school.
I could be wrong but wouldn't be surprised if Batman had an on-ride photo at one time.
I've always found it interesting that the floor in the station can be seen from the queue below. There goes the floor, now you're out the door! Enjoy your ride.
It was surprising to see a grouper in the station. Front row wasn't bad and she graciously let us choose our preferred seats.
Afterwards we took a break for lunch at Angelo's.
The last ride of the day for me would be Superman because I needed to leave early. At least the line wasn't horrendous. It was around a half hour.
Grabbed some nachos as a snack on my way out.
Honestly I think these next shots are good so I wanted to have them up individually.
Columbia Carousel is the first thing guests see as they enter the park and the last thing they see as they leave.
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