Gurnee approves hotel and indoor water park complex

Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2004 10:26 AM | Contributed by beast7369

Nearly a year after the plan surfaced, Gurnee village board members gave official approval Monday night for a $140 million hotel and indoor water park complex. Plans call for the tentatively named Majestic Springs Resort to open in October 2006 just northeast of the Tri-State Tollway and Grand Avenue. It could generate as much as $103 million in tax revenue for local governments over 20 years.

Read more from The Daily Herald.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:12 PM
Is this being funded by six flags? because if it is it's definitely a waste of funding.

The estimated price tag of $140 million is usually what SF spends on cap ex for the entire chain....& if it is indeed SF then it looks like no coaster for you guys in Gurnee for 06.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:17 PM
^ Is it really that hard to read the article?

It specifically states that it is being built by Great Northern Resorts, NOT Six Flags.*** This post was edited by SFGAm Shock Wave 12/21/2004 12:18:29 PM ***

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:54 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar I think BFSFA is trying to validate as to why SFA isn't getting a coaster for the year 20xx.

It looks like Wisconsin Dells is continuing its spread, first Sandusky, Ohio and now Gurnee, Illinois.

~Rob Willi

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 3:40 PM
Jeff's avatar I hope he's never in charge of any business. Dude, you have no idea what a "waste" is.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 5:15 PM
I guess when someone see's "Gurnee" in the topic title, it must automatically be a part of Six Flags. :)

Newsflash Batwing Fan: Other things exist in this town so as has been stated, read the article before spouting off. *** This post was edited by Chitown 12/21/2004 5:16:41 PM ***

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 10:58 AM
I find it interesting that Gurnee would approve the Six Flags Waterpark, then turn around and approve a potential competitor. Fact is, the potential competitors waterpark will probably only be available to the guests of their hotel.

Regardless, there's something nicer about being in an outdoor waterpark in the summer, si SF's waterpark should do fine.

SAM

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 11:41 AM
You know, I'm not sure the indoor waterpark/hotel resort is as much a competitor to the traditional theme/waterpark as it is complimentary. I doubt few would choose the indoor resort over SFGA, but many will choose to do both. That may end up helping to increase the length of stay in Gurnee, which is a positive for everyone concerned.

Joel

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 12:16 PM
Jeff's avatar It's all tax revenue to them, Sam. Not only that, but they'd have no legal ground to reject the plan.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 12:33 PM
Plus, the indoor waterpark would be used for people to stay at year-round while they spend even more money at the Gurney Mills outlet mall
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 4:19 PM
That hotel will increase business as Six Flags as well as the local resturants and Gurnee Mills. People who generally head for an indoor waterpark resort do not want to travel very far to have fun. Since SFGAM will be very close to them, most will be willing to travel a short distance to go on rollercoasters and have fun.
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Thursday, December 23, 2004 3:55 AM
No it won't, it will cause SFGAm to not get a coaster for another few years, which will cause fall out for SFA, SDFL, SFKK, SFAW, and every other 2nd or 3rd Tier SFI park.

God, Didn't you guys take BWFSFA's Introduction to Amusment Park Business 403?

I'll give him (her?) one thing, his (her?) whining is (overly) persistant.

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