This was my first Media Day and I was very excited, even though it was for a Kiddie Expansion. I woke up at 5 AM with my parents. After dropping my dad off for foot surgery, (Long Story) my mom and I continued up to Gurnee. It was quite odd going through a nearly empty employee lot, manned by a single Security Guard. Then there was a table in front of the park, at which I gave my name, received some goodies and went on in. By this time it 6 AM.
It was odd being at the park so early, it was so empty. It was creepy and amazing at the same time.
Even though it wasn't completely back to it's original form, I was still pleased to see the park taking pride in HomeTown Square.
It was odd to be able to walk onto Whizzer without it being really cold or rainy. First thing I noticed were the crews in the station. Second came the Upper Management.
I figured this was the first train of the day, as the second one waiting behind it was completely empty. The train dispatched and those of use who were in the station waited for the same one to come back. (I'm not positive as to why)
Afterwards there were interviews for (rather) local stations on Whizzer and rider's first time on it.
There were only about 30 of us max, so between HomeTown Park and Whizzer, the midways were completely empty. That that is something unheard of for a Six Flags.
HomeTown park is a wonderful new Childrens Area, even if I didn't get to go on any of the rides. For the event, we all had the opportunity to challenge ourselves with the rope climb game for free. I took up the offer myself and got close but didn't get my feet on the red bars. The employees are professionals as I can tell you from experience that it's harder than it looks.
After riding Whizzer multiple times I took some time to dig through my goodies. Inside was a packet of dates, locations, facts, and a park map. The most interesting thing was that there was a print with future dates. Some of these included 4th Fest (July 3rd-5th), Coaster Challenge (September 27th) and Fright Fest (Sepetember 26th-November 1st. ) But some dates that stood out to me are National Rollercoaster Day on August 16th, and a New Attraction Announcement on September 3rd. Finally I recieved a free Selfie Stick and was instructed not to use it on any of the rides, as loose articles are not permitted on any attractions at Six Flags Great America.
One of the most interesting aspects was seeing the park's daily procedures. These include testing, (Photos are farther down.) employees heading to their posts, and Mechanics replacing parts, as pictured above. I believe that's a latch to the one of the cars on Orbit.
Chip Brewster from Fox 6's Real Milwaukee got VIP treatment and was able to shoot hoops. I got some shots of him in action.
As mentioned before, I was inside the park during testing so I took some pictures of Raging Bull testing with dummies.
This is sorta like the displaced section. These are the pictures that I took and they have little to nothing to do with each other. The Red Barron was running, there used to be a strength game in those fences, some bubbles going by Hometown Park, and finally the actual entrance to Hometown Park. Regardless many use the First Aid entrance. Also a random truck going through the park.
Chip getting the intro to his bit done.
Checking the cameras for Chip's bit. Just as they were about to dispatch, Whizzer threw a fit, or one of the Ride Ops messed up. I'm still not sure.
Regardless Chip was able to get back on and do his bit. It can be seen here. I am in the top right corner taking my pictures.
I still don't mind because I was able to walk up into an empty station.
They're off and Engaging on the Lift Hill!
Down they go on Whizzer's largest drop. I got on the next train so this is where Chip's ride ends as far as this update is concerned. Also, I didn't realize until after the fact, but those two girls were the kids corespondents on Six Flags Great America's YouTube Channel.
WGN Chicago's very own Marcus Leshock rode Whizzer with his daughter.
Batman: The Ride and Demon making their daily block checks. Basically the trains are stopped on the lifts to test the anti rollback devices.
I end this report with some pictures of the ceremony. There were three speakers but I only stayed for two of them, as it lead up to park opening and I wanted to get a jump on the lines. The speakers were Hank Salemi- Park President, and two Gurnee mayors.
In Conclusion: I was honored to be able to attend this event. It was a nice day to be at the park. I ended up getting multiple rides on everything, as the park wasn't very crowded.