Great America to get twisting Intamin Impulse coaster

Posted Thursday, October 26, 2000 8:23 PM | Contributed by d7droog52

In a Chicago Daily herald article it was reported that at last night's Gurnee Zoning Board of Appeals meeting that Six Flags Great America will get a Superman: Ultimate Escape clone, like the one at Six Flags Ohio (known as an "impulse" coaster).

Read all about it from The Daily Herald.

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Thursday, October 26, 2000 8:30 PM
I can't get over that guy's comment about a 400 ft. Roller Coaster. It's like he thinks people will be disgusted by it or something.
Thursday, October 26, 2000 9:42 PM
Jeff's avatar Wouldn't you if it was in your back yard?

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Thursday, October 26, 2000 10:57 PM
Goonsta, just like Jeff said , if its in your backyard than you probably would have concerns. Its not just a figure of speech. Some of the older houses backyards are actually bordering Six Flags property line. These are houses that were built before the park was. The residents bordering the park should go before the village board and request that the park pay for soundproofing of thier homes just like what happened with the houses around OHare airport.

Friday, October 27, 2000 5:41 AM
If you don't like it, leave. That park isn't going anywhere any time soon. It's like people who move in next to O'Hare or Midway and then complain about the noise. You knew it was there yet you bought the house. You have no right to complain. You knew it was there and you stupidly ignored it. As far as the houses that were there before the park, that is truly sad for those people, but I would lay odds that none of the original owners still live there 25 years later. This "final approval" thing only started a few years ago with the newer residents. There were never any complaints the first 15 years or so. What SFGAm should do is buy up those houses and tear them down and use the land to expand the park/parking lot. Money talks and when you are unhappy with your situation, the right amount can do wonders.

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Friday, October 27, 2000 6:11 AM
If it was in MY back yard?!? :) I don't think there would be any problem with that. I understand the locals concerns though. *** This post was edited by Camel on 10/27/2000. ***
Friday, October 27, 2000 8:58 AM
i dont know if i am really happy with there additions to next years rides. I mean they are both low capacity rides. They could have at least put something high capacity in like a floorless. all i am saying is with 2 coasters the park will see a large influx in guests. Im not sure these two roller coasters will be able to handel all of that. but we will see. i at least hope they are fun rides.
Friday, October 27, 2000 10:12 AM
impulse coasters are awesome! they dont look like much but the one at SFO was a LOT more fun than it looked.. however i dont think i would wait in very long lines like the ones that occur at SFGAm for it though...
Friday, October 27, 2000 10:35 AM
Idiots ya know, these Superman the escapes are not rollercoasters. They are called shuttle coasters in my opinion. Simply because you go both ways forward and backwards.
Friday, October 27, 2000 10:52 AM
I am amazed that SFGAm is doing this. Now don't get me wrong, i'm happy to get two relatively good coasters, but Why would they put in two non-full circuit, inverted, low capacity rides?? It is just beyond me the reasoning behind putting in two rides that would seem so alike to the general public. The idea behind putting in two new rides at the same time is that if one doesn't intice people to come to a park then the other one will (ie drop zone/face off, two-face/jokers jinx) With these two that is not going to be the case, because to the common theme park guest they are going to seem very similar. I can only imagine what the lines will be for these two low-capacity coasters regardless, ungodly to be sure. I still remember the three hour plus lines when B:TR first opened. The only plus side i can think of is that at least there should be short lines for RB and viper.
Friday, October 27, 2000 11:28 AM
SFGam is getting these shuttle rides because I'm sure they are relatively inexpensive compared to say, a B&M floorless or a hyper, and they fit into a small footprint. Plus, they are popular rides. You have to realize that most people who go to amusement parks are not coaster enthusiasts and could care less if the new ride is designed by B&M, Intamin or a martian spaceman with ten pounds of caffeine coursing through his veins. It doesn't matter to the regular peep. They just want to ride something new and exciting, and these two coasters are just that. New and fairly exciting. I watch people coming off of PGA's Invertigo and they are happier than pigs in slop. They love it. It's a great ride. Please don't over-analyze the decision made by the park to put these two rides in. All they want is to put more butts in the seats and bring more people into the park. Putting something new, anything new, accomplishes that goal. :)

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Friday, October 27, 2000 12:16 PM
john peck's avatar Its really nice to see *2* low capacity rides at least. Though these rides won't give them record crowds, it will surely entice the local coaster community.

Though my greatest concern is the family atmosphere, I would be happy if they got a new wheel and a few new flat rides....and who do we have to kill for an Arrow suspended and Mine Train?

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Friday, October 27, 2000 12:34 PM
I have to agree with JACoasterman. He hit it right on the head. The park is looking to gain attendance and money this will help bring in people that are needed plus make way for possibly another coaster next year. Nobody but avid coaster riders give a hoot about the drop angle, designer or all that other coaster jargon. The look at the ride and go no way I'm riding that, or whatever. I think the 2 coasters are excellent aditions to the park. Plus I think the location of Superman is perfect with the spike stretching out over the lagoon. Later


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Friday, October 27, 2000 12:40 PM
I concur with *JACoasterman*......
Friday, October 27, 2000 1:46 PM
Now if we can just persude them to run all three trains on Raging Bull. With the rest of the park queued up for 2 hours for the O.K. rides, we can get many more rides on a great one.
Friday, October 27, 2000 1:53 PM
Everytime I have gone this year they had a 3 train operation on RB.
Friday, October 27, 2000 2:39 PM
After riding both Two Face and S:UE I can conclude that they are both very different rides, but both are equally intense. The public will love both of these rides. The only problem with S:UE is the short running time of :50. And since when is a shuttle coaster not a roller coaster? If it has a train and runs on rails it's a roller coaster.
Friday, October 27, 2000 3:07 PM
i dont know if i can say that i am disapointed about these rides. I am just sick of getting clones for rides all the time. now why would i want to travel to sfo i was planning on going this summer but if we have a s:ue why should i. what i am saying is CP does not have clones and draws people from across the country sfga could do this because its location in a world class city. Six flags has made some great efforts raging bull, viper, iron wolf are originals. so i see something spectacular on the horizon
Friday, October 27, 2000 4:48 PM
I think its great.
I can't wait to check out that 180ft invertigo.
To bad the floorless coasters that Six Flags installed at their other parks didn't bring in the peeps as expected.
Friday, October 27, 2000 6:19 PM
About the 400 ft. comment: I could see how he would get angry about a coaster if it was built on the pond by the park or close to his house. I would have some problems with that also. But what's the significane of complaining about a coaster that is 400 ft or more, as long as it isn't close to thier homes. Does that serve as some sort of obstacle in the neighborhood. It doesn't have to be noisy either, because Batman and Iron Wolf are far more noisier than Shockwave and Raging Bull. Actually, the less noisy coasters are located farther away from the houses. Even whizzer has quieted down considerably.

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