Hurricane Harbor - Great America

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 4:39 PM
I just had a quick question...

I have much appreciated Six Flags putting up a webcam that actually has been updated on a consistant basis. I just read the new construction update, which I have followed closely since the construction site was created.

The new post comes from the assistant construction supervisor claiming that they are right on schedule for the grand opening May 28th...

My question is, are we allowed to bet/gamble on this website........if so, I'll put $100 down on the fact that Six Flags Great America does not open that park on the 28th.

Look at those photos, the progress they've made so far with the crappy weather is amazing, but I just can't see them finishing on time. Studying the online art of the completed park (high resolution photo), I wonder how long it will take for all those trees and landscape to grow and take form. My guess is two years for the real park to look like the animated picture...

Lastly, good luck to Great America. I'd love to see my home park open their new water park on time... if they do not, I wonder if it will reflect poorly on corporate and the media.


Nick Smith

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 5:40 PM
In answer to your question... somehow I doubt it.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 6:00 PM
Yeah, it probably won't be done. Also, I wanted to be a jackass and ask if you are 7'1" and have a crustache.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 6:06 PM
Hurricane Harbor at SFGAm will open on time. They'll be cutting it close, but it will open on time. My guess is that slides will be completed either by this weekend or sometime midweek the week after. The buildings are nearing completition. The last week things will really come together. The stores will be stocked, the painting will be finished, training will have already begun as it has at SFA (whose Hurricane Harbor makeover is in nearly the same shape as SFGAm's is), and the landscaping will all be set. You'd be surprised how fast they can lay down sod and make it look like that parks been ready for months. It will be cutting it close, I'll give you that, but it will be open on time.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 9:10 PM
My initial thought was that they would never make it after what I observed on my 4/30-5/1 visit.

However, I was back last weekend and observed a remarkable amount of work done in one week.

I think it will be done enough to open on 5/28 barring any extended rain. I'm guessing some of the landscaping will have to wait but they should be done enough to open as long as they have a couple days to train.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:00 PM
I have very mixed feelings about this...In a way I think it depends on what 6 flags considers done...Like I would venture to say that they think done means slides and shops open. But personally, I don't think that it will be done.

Like looking at the pictures for the past weekend, they have not started to begin any of the landscaping, and they still had a ton of work to do on the slide towers, like finishing up all of the staircases, and stuff like that. It also looked like there is a ton of work left to do on the playstructure. It looked like none of the pools have been filled, which isn't a quick process and could take up to a week to fill something as big as their wavepool, or river, not to mention that once its filled, it needs time for all the chemicals to take effect and things like that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:13 PM
It's safe to say that they are on a 7 day a week work schedule to get this done. They were working on Sunday when I was there and I know they are working on it during the week.

While I wouldn't bet any money for them to make it for May 28th, I have a feeling it will be done on time.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:10 PM
DRMAN2004, I hate to say it this way, but you couldn't be more wrong, at least when it comes to filling up the pools. They're not filling these pools up with a garden hose. They have high volume pipes than can fill most of the pools up in an hour or so. Consider this: All these pools have filtration systems, and all these filtration systems need to be able to circulate ALL of the water in the pool within a few hours times (not days, and surely not weeks), therefore these pumps have the ability to fill the pool within a few hours at most. The wavepool at SFA at one million gallons is one of the largest in the world, and I know for a fact that it can be filled in WELL under a days time.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:24 PM

I'm a bit older, Crustache fails to have reached my vocab yet. Sorry for the ignorance, I have no idea how to answer your question...

10 to 1 HH will not open May 28th. And if it does, I think it will resemble a pretty bare waterpark.


Nick Smith

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:27 PM
Coaster Lover, I know that turnover times (amount of time it takes to filter and many gallons, as a pool holds) are really short with today filters and pumps. As short as 2 hours on a 500,000 gallon pool. But as for the filling, I have seen many parks where it takes numerous days to fill the pools, and I know that as a fact. For instance Deep River Water Park in Crown Point, Indiana, is just finishing a $15 Million dollar expansion, and their entire new river was filled with 2 6-in pipes, pouring out water, and it took like 1 and a half days to fill the river, so I guess it all depends on what you have.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:33 PM
i think the waterpark is a great addition but the real question is when is SFGA going to get a new coaster??

v2's lines is too long and deja vu doesnt even work!


SFGA is my homepark

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:55 PM
V2 opening day was a walk on and Deja Vu was working all day...are you sure you are talking about the same park?

I see SFGA is your homepark is that Great America (SFGAm) or Great Adventure (SFGAdv)? Make sure you use the correct one so people know what you are talking about. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 12:18 AM
It would be 'Six Flags Great Arabia', Swoosy ;).

Regardless of the park being done on time, I'd say it is far overdue regardless. They needed one when I was at the park back in 99'...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 12:42 AM
well not related to construction news, while watching american idol they showed a commercial about the new waterpark at sfgam. I live in kalamazoo mi. Also talked about the park but mostly was talking about the waterpark. opening this spring. I thought it was a good commercial. I saw the first commercial with mr. six coming out of resting sort of speak.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 12:12 PM
I don't know when landscaping became such an important issue for SFGAm. Look at S:UF. It is still mostly barren and/or weedy. I just got back from SFOG and was impressed with all of the landscaping around their ride.

I don't know if SFGAm is really concerned about being ready on time or not, but I can not see landscaping keeping them from opening.

I still wonder who will open their water park first -- GL or SFGAm.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 1:16 PM
I disagree with you on S:UF, I think the landscaping turned out very nice, much better than the former Shockwave.

When did you see Great America's S:UF last?


Nick Smith

Thursday, May 12, 2005 2:28 AM
Crustache: (In my own words) A dirty mustache by a person who grows bad facial hair and forgets to shave. A crusty mustache.

In other words, I was asking if you were Nick Smith from the University of Illinois basketball team. You clearly aren't, but I thought that was funny. My poor sense of humor has been exposed.

So wait, are you 7'1"?

Thursday, May 12, 2005 2:47 AM



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