I was excited to start the season at my home park. I got dropped off, walked over to the entrance and got in in only about ten minutes. That's including security and scanning my Season Pass. It was honestly surprisingly quick. I briskly walked to Demon, as it was 10:15 and I couldn't get a feel for the crowds yet. Demon opened at 10:30 and I enjoyed the first public ride of the season.
After my ride on Demon, I took some time to check out the progress on Hometown Park.
All three circles will contain flat rides for the children by the end of the season. No official opening date has been given at this time. The landing on the far left will be a bug ride, and the fair right will be a plane ride themed around the Red Baron. I'm still not sure about the bottom right.
Here's an overview of the construction site.
You know, just in case I forgot which Six Flags I'm at for the day. ;)
Some more shots of Red Baron.
Here's a better pic of the Bugs.
I'm sure it was just bad timing, but there was only one construction worker out there. With that display and the fact that construction started less than a month ago, it isn't surprising that this is the progress thus far. Finally, Six Flags didn't move or remove any of their games for this new addition, gotta make money somehow. (Besides parking and admission ;)
That's it for now on the Progress of Hometown Park. Now on to the rest of Six Flags Great America!
Condor was obviously closed as none of the cages are attached.
I couldn't tell if the Single Rider sign was in the wrong place or if they really do want Single Riders to enter through the main entrance.
The former location of the gone but rarely missed "Ragin Cajun" had some Fright Fest decorations up. My first thoughts were this is odd, even for Six Flags. Then I thought of La Ronde in Canada and how their new attraction this year is a year round Scare House. I'm not trying to start speculation but this plot of land is big enough to have a small haunt. I have also received reports of similar decorations at other Six Flags, so it could just be advertisement.
Batman: The Ride received a fresh coat of paint, even if it was the same exact color scheme.
I got an early start to my coaster season at Six Flags St Louis, so I already had my bottle. I highly recommend it even if it's for a day. A little over twenty dollars for unlimited refills is better than paying almost four dollars per person for soda otherwise. Finally, these bottles are chain wide.
It didn't take me too long to realize that Goliath was stopped on the lift hill. When I arrived, my friends told me a second train was attempted to put on.
Goliath has been the World's Tallest, Fastest, Steepest, Wooden Rollercoaster since it opened in June 2014. However, it wasn't placed in Guinness until this year. Finally, one aspect to notice is the posted wait time in the top right corner, it says sixty minutes. Let's go explore this "sixty minute" wait.
Keep in mind all of this was with one train operation, since the second train didn't want to cooperate.
Some shots of Goliath in action
I'm aware, the cup isn't in focus. My DSLR is a hand-me-down and only has the viewfinder.
I often go to the park by myself so I checked out Raging Bull for two reasons. The first is to simply check on the line. The second is to see the current condition of the Single Rider Line. The line was using the second queue block which we like to call the "OverFlow," as the line rarely reaches that point anymore, unless the park is crowded. I would think that the park would want to be sending out completely full trains, yet the Single Rider Line wasn't being used.
In general, Opening Day has been one of the most crowded operating days for a couple of years now. This is in part to annual cheerleading competitions. Not only that but General Admission Tickets were $19.76. Combine these factors with reduced capacity and few staff makes for a chaotic park experience.
In Conclusion: I will always rather be at Six Flags than at home. With this being said some visits will always be more enjoyable than others. Opening Day was fun to kick off the season but the park was not prepared for the estimated thirty thousand in attendance. Food lines stretched through the food court, (I personally ended up skipping all the meals because of the lines, even with my Dining Pass) lines did not move at all. I'm not even joking, I stood in the same spot for twenty five minutes. My father ended up waiting fourty-five minutes for a pretzel. Lines for attractions were long. In total, I only got four rides in during my six hour visit from 10-11:30AM and 4:30-8:00PM.