SFGAm 7/24 (A tad on the lengthy side)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2001 6:38 PM
I'll start this TR out by saying that with this post, I am officially a hyperbuzzer.

Entered the park at about 20 minutes to 11. I was with my family, and most of them are coaster-phobic. So, we began with a nice ride on Roaring Rapids.

Roaring Rapids- A great ride meant to soak you. The three ride-op operated cannons ensure that you are wet if you aren't already.

After Roaring Rapids, we headed to the American Eagle to Air-Dry.

American Eagle- A great woodie, ejecting you from your seat each time you crest a hill. The first drop is great, as are the return bunny hops. The only thing that irked me about this ride was the helix. It's far too rough. Yes, it's a woodie, but this is far beyond tolerable towards the end. Fun, but needs some retracking.

After the eagle, we sat down and ate. After eating, we headed over to Splashwater Falls to let our food settle.

Splashwater Falls-Soaks you to the core. Also, there was the most animated ride-op that I've ever seen at Great America. I believe his name is Dan. Some examples of his comments were, "See ya, enjoy your bath!" and "If you would not like to get wet, close your eyes and if you don't see the water, you're not getting wet!". It's a heck of a lot better than the automated "Push down, pull up" announcement.

After splashwater falls, I ditched my family to ride Raging Bull while they went to see the Great Russian Circus. I saw that show last year and wasn't allto impressed.

Raging Bull-One word. Perfection. From initial dip to final brakes, this is a masterpiece. However, there seemed to be a odd, loud scraping noise coming from the train at points during the ride. Also, the ride-ops were stacking consistently today, and at times during my .5 hour wait, I saw three train tracking several times. Still a great ride with good dispatch times.

After that, I rejoined my family, and we rode Viper together.

Viper- No wonder that the C.I. Cyclone is as popular as it is. This is one great ride. You are off your seat from ride start to ride end. This woodie is incredible.

After that, we hopped on Looger's Run, your typical log flume, and departed from the park at 5:30.

This was an amazing day with no line longer than 45 minutes. Kudos to the staff at this incredible park.

**Side Note**
Deja Vu is still lying dormant, with cables attached, but no apparent lift motors, and the two rails are still missing in station. However, I did see large objects wrapped in blue plastic, but from the shaped, appeared to POSSIBLY be trains for the ride.

Welcome to Six Flags Great America, home of the fastlane and delay-ja vu! We have now officially been deemed the world-wide wait!
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 8:25 PM
5 hours?!!?! how coukld you stand it???
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 8:47 PM
I was there on Saturday and Sunday and the American Eagle was a huge disapointment. They lined the track with brakes. At the turnaround helix there was a brake so we crawled through that and then before the final helix was another brake as we crawled through that one. I wish there were no brakes when i went on.

Top 5 coasters:
1. The Beast 2. Millenium Force 3. The Incredible Hulk 4. Superman: ROS (SFNE) 5. Alpengeist
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 5:43 AM
he said ".5" hours. 30 minutes. :)

What happened to V2? Was it down or something?
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 6:30 AM
I also went for about 2 hours after work on 7-24-01 as there was huge traffic jam on Washington Street (the road paralel to the American Eagle).

I walked right over to Deja Vu first to see how far along they were with the ride. I did not see the objects wrapped in blue plastic that were mentioned above. However I did see a couple of construction workers working on the lift carts. The station looks pretty close to completed (It even has an elevator for handicap access. That is really nice.) The queue lines also appeared to be completed. I noticed what appears could be a photo shop at the exit of Deja Vu kind of attached to the fry stall there.

First up I rode Raging Bull. As always this was a fast and furious romp around Southwest Territory. The more I think about the ride the more it kind of makes me think I just got off a Raging Bull. Well at least what a ride on a Raging Bull might be like if it were a pretty tame Raging Bull. It was about a 30 minute wait which is very UNCOMMON for this ride.

Secondly I rode American Eagle. It was a walk on. The ride seemed to be tracking better this time than the last time I rode it earlier this season. Althought it seemed to be lacking on airtime that I usually get on it.

Lastly I rode V2. I noticed that there was hardly a line so I decided to get in line. The wait was about 30 minutes. They were unfortunatly unable to operate it to the fullest ability as they have been having problems with the ride. They had to increase the "cool off time" (as a ride op put it) to 90 seconds. Normally it is only 60 seconds. So in essence I should have been on the ride in 20 minutes. Even after my 10th ride this season on V2 it still excites me everytime I ride it. I think it is the only coaster that I get sweaty palms on when I ride it.

Welcome to Deja Vu...home of the world wide wait.
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 6:41 AM
It was on/in the news/paper, I heard that they had some kind of sign off the highway saying something to the effect about (2) coasterand some political person say it and madem change it until the coaster is up and running!
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 8:13 AM
GandC, I've already vertical velocity three times this season, thus it wasn't my high priority to sit for and hour and a half in a sweltering line when I could be off enjoying other rides with my family.

And also, Mr. Mouse, The attorney general of Illinois spoke with Great America pertaining to the fact that their advertisements were misleading, and that's why they've taken down all advertising for Deja Vu.
Check the news section a couple weeks back, and you'll see.

Welcome to Six Flags Great America, home of the fastlane and delay-ja vu! We have now officially been deemed the world-wide wait!
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 8:40 AM
Please check out my report of my trip to six flags america!

The only truly good roller coaster: Six Flags America's Superman Ride of Steel
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 4:24 PM
I was at SFGAm Tuesday too. Seems you had a better time than I did, but then again, you probably didn't have really annoying parents and uncles bothering you all day.
Oh, and I met the opposite of the animated ride op on SWF. I didn't get his name, but today he was at Hometown Fun Macine, it was the funniest thing. I felt sorry for the guy, he looked like he needed someone working with him to keep him company (maybe one of the 5 rideops working at Orbit?) I think managment has problems there the way many rides were being run.

Intamin: Steel gifts from god.
CCI: Wooden gifts from god.

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