New liquor licenses for Six Flags Great America draws controversy from village trustees

Posted Thursday, April 5, 2007 8:58 AM | Contributed by onceler

The Gurnee Village Board voted 4-2 this week to issue five liquor licenses to Six Flags Great America. The park will sell pre-mixed tropical alcoholic drinks at five new spots in the park. Six Flags already serves beer and wine at several locations and mixed drinks at one spot in its water park, Hurricane Harbor. Trustees worry it sends the wrong message and will put drunk drivers on the road.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007 9:04 AM
Two words: WOO HOO!
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 9:54 AM
If you think about it, an amusement park is probably the ideal people to have people drink. It's not the primary focus of the business (like a bar), and people aren't likely drinking and leaving (like a bar), they're hanging out and doing stuff.
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 9:55 AM
I am so sure that the park is going to serve alcohol to people until they get drunk. It still is a family park correct? Not to mention, most people won't be able to afford enough of these drinks to get drunk in the first place. (Can anyone say $10 a drink) =)
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 10:03 AM
I'm with Jeff. Amusement parks are one of the few places where alcohol is served where the patrons generally are not drunk, but rather are having a drink. Contrast with, say, a baseball game.
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 1:42 PM
I have personally seen many a drunk person at SFGAm already with just beer and wine. A friend who used to work at Lost Parents said that at lwast twice a day, kids who came there because they were lost, were victims of drunk parents who wondered off to get more booze or food while their kids were on a ride or in the bathroom. I don't think extremely expensive mixed drinks will add to this though as most people who drink fruit and sugar filled mixed drinks do not drink them until intoxicated.
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 2:03 PM
If these are "pre-mixed" drinks, they will most likely have lower alcohol content than a glass of wine. I have yet to try one, but friends of mine who ordered some at Hurricane Harbor last season mentioned that they weren't especially strong. As mentioned before, I too believe the high prices will discourage public drunkenness.
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Thursday, April 5, 2007 6:57 PM
Jeff: you hit the nail on the head. Perfect place to drink.

When we've camped at Conneaut, we hit the club quite frequently seeing as how we're on vacation and aren't driving anywhere.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007 11:19 PM
... All the more reason to get another season pass.
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Saturday, April 7, 2007 11:42 AM
The high price of drinks at amusement parks should be enough to keep people from drinking, and getting drunk.
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