Details of Gurnee board meeting for Six Flags Great America zoning variance

Posted Saturday, September 30, 2000 6:42 AM | Contributed by Chitown

The Chicago Tribune has the story of what went down at the village board meeting on Wednesday. There was some opposition from Gurnee residents who live next to the park, which intends to build a 178-foot tall "Invertigo" ride. This would be larger than the similar rides at Six Flags America and Paramount's Great America.

Read the whole article from The Tribune.

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Saturday, September 30, 2000 7:29 AM
People who live near amusement parks are like those who buy houses next to an airport. Morons. If they didn't want an amusement park in their backyard, they shouldn't have bought their home. Cracks me up they way people are. WHat, do they examine the home during the early morning hours when the park is closed. Give me a break. Build the damn thing and if they don't like it they can move!
Saturday, September 30, 2000 7:57 AM
I agree. Ill admit Gurnee is a very nice neighborhood, but they knew all of the tourist coming to park would attract people. If it wasnt for Great America Gurnee wouldnt have any business at all!
Saturday, September 30, 2000 8:39 AM
Yes that's true, but also remember Great America is only 25 years old. Some of these people may have owned their homes (or the house was in the family) way before the park was created. Now as for those that moved there after the park opened, I have little sympathy for them.
Saturday, September 30, 2000 9:31 AM
Six Flags isn't the only attraction in Gurnee.......what about Gurnee Mills and Outdoor World
"Conjoined Twin Mislexia Week"
Saturday, September 30, 2000 11:37 AM

I am very impressed that they are actually going to make a new size Boomerang. The thought of Vekoma not cloning is very suprised. This could be the next gen of boomerangs! This one might not be inverted though.
Coasters- a little slice of heaven
Saturday, September 30, 2000 1:43 PM
It will be an inverted boomerang with 2 178 foot 90 DEGREE towers! It sounds incredible to me!
Saturday, September 30, 2000 2:00 PM
hmm last i checked, raging bull wasn't 255 feet tall.... is there some kind of 50 foot tall beacon light on it now or something? And where did it say anything about two 90 degree towers???
Saturday, September 30, 2000 4:32 PM
can you guys believe it that they're actually complaining cause of dandelions!?!?!
HOLY CRAP THERE ARE DANDELIONS IN MY YARD! You young whipper snappers better not build any more of those rolly coasters untill my yard is green again!
I sympathize with the people that live near there beause of the traffic and noise, but what do they expect?
I'm sorry to say if I owned Great America one of my top priorites would'nt be sending my staff to trim bushes at the edge of my park. I think that would come right after hand-filling pavement cracks.

Saturday, September 30, 2000 4:35 PM
Badnitrus Raging Bull is 208 foot tall I believe and I have heard MANY people speak of the vertical towers but I have not actually seen the article with them. However, I believe it is true.
Saturday, September 30, 2000 4:58 PM
there were people at the meetings who claim to have seen the 90 degree towers also.
Sunday, October 1, 2000 12:30 AM
well i doubt you will see a 90 degree tower with a chain lift, that would be all of the train's weight on the chain... so i would bet all my pennies on no vertical towers.. but then again i dont really think there is a whole lot of room for a 178 foot tall invertigo where the sky whirl used to be.. but this is vekoma we're talkin about, come on........ who knows
Sunday, October 1, 2000 9:18 AM
Raging Bull is 202 ft. tall the drop is 208 ft. Just to clear this up. I remember hearing on the scenic railway last year in Fright Fest, the conducter said Raging Bull was 255 ft. We'll I laughed when he said that, but I take it back now. *** This post was edited by MF#1RB#2BVL on 10/1/2000. ***
Sunday, October 1, 2000 10:48 AM
Well said SFGAManiac, if they care so much about the Dandelions they should hire someone to come and spary their yards, also the new coaster's gonna be in the middle of the park I dont think a new coaster in the middle of the park is gonna create more screams and noise then there already is. They should have never moved there if they didnt want the noise and traffic around them, DUH.
Sunday, October 1, 2000 12:44 PM
Hey Badnitrus, If there ARE 90 degree towers, that means Vekoma is one step closer in making a vertical lift for your Kamikaze! ;)

*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 10/1/2000. ***
Sunday, October 1, 2000 2:08 PM
What the heck,I've been there like 80 times and the closest houses to the park are at least a half a mile away. It shouldn't bother them at all, I agree with SkyBoss01.Even if there are I wouldn't buy a house near a park!!!! *** This post was edited by MILLENIUMFORCERULES on 10/2/2000. ***
Sunday, October 1, 2000 5:12 PM

A 90 degree tower is possible as Vekoma does have acess to LSM technology which could be used to propel the train up the tower like on S:UE. I still say that the seccond coaster will be a premier launched coaster, tough it may be a new design.
Six Flags America IS a Six Flags park!
Sunday, October 1, 2000 8:28 PM
hey i never thought of it that way CPgenius!
Sunday, October 1, 2000 8:50 PM
MILLENIUMFORCERULES, You are wrong about houses being a half mile away. If you continue east down Grand Ave. just passed the park entrance there are houses bordering the park. Also behind the McDonalds are houses which have been there before the park opened. And also there are older houses right by the American Eagle. You would be surprised at how many people actually have thier backyard bordering the parks property.
Monday, October 2, 2000 2:50 PM
Just to add to the houses thing, I think the actual street is called Washington St. and Those houses Chitown mentioned are directly across the street from American Eagle, must be loud.

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