SFGAm nearby parks?

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:08 PM
My dad always likes to have backup plans for our trips if we get rained out. First, do any of the major rides close down in rain? Second if they do close what parks are in driving distance from their with good coasters, because I can't get rcdb to come up.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:31 PM
Most major coasters operate in light rain except Whizzer. All other coaster close if there is heavy rain or a thunderstorm.

The closest parks with more than one coaster are Indiana Beach in Indiana and Big Chiefs in Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:10 PM
Also Iron Wolf usually doesn't run during light rain. Big Chief's and Indiana Beach are fairly good parks, but thats still an additional 3 hours to drive to both parks.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:33 PM
The closest major park is actually Cedar Point, according to RCDB. As has been stated, smaller ones incluse Indiana Beach and Big Chief's, but they're not exactly close, either.

If it's a bit of rain, I'd advise you wait it out. If it's a major storm, I'd recomend doing something non-coasterish. Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall is just across the street, and Downtown Chicago is closer than the nearest coaster.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 7:04 PM
I don't know about Big Chief's, but Indiana Beach is closed until next year.

(SF)Great American has the best idea for any major storm. Gurnee Mills is not hard to miss- It's huge. If shopping is your thing- You could spend a good amount of time there. If shopping isn't your thing... you could find something there (movie theater, arcade, Circuit City).

Of course, you are about an hour from the best city in the world (Chicago). There is tons to do there.

-Jesse (Go Cubs!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 10:16 PM
Iron Wolf does not close for light rain. If it's raining very heavily, it may but certainly not in light rain. Whizzer and Deja Vu, however, will definitely close if there's any rain.


Wednesday, September 17, 2003 4:22 AM
bobthecoasterguy's avatar Usually, not too much closes down during rain. Thunderstorms however, change that. If you think of Cedar Point as close, you could also count in Holiday World and SFStL, both also about five hours away. Well, if it does rain, you could always try and get tickets for a Cubs game. heh.

as always,
Vote Bob.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 8:44 AM
Like Nate said, Deja Vu and Whizzer are the only two that really go down with any type of rain. The rest usually close with Thunder/Lightning or heavy rain but I don't think you will have to worry about being rained out a whole day at the park.

Usually heavy rain can take maybe a hour or 2 off your day, but sooner or later it lets up and you can get on the rides with shorter lines. I was there eairlier this year when they had a really bad storm come through, the Tornado sirens were going off and everything but it cleared up later in the day and lead to pretty short lines. So I don't think you will ever get fully rained out.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 12:52 PM
Everytime I've gone during very light rain Iron Wolf has had a Temporarly Closed Do Too Weather Conditions sign up. Yes, I agree with Great American to go to Gurnee Mills or a day in chicago. Cedar Point is around 5 hours from Chicago, so I couldn't really be a "backup plan".
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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:01 PM
Not to mention the hour time change...

speding the day in Chicago or Milwaukee are your best back up plans. Head out to Schaumburg for shopping bliss...Woodfield Mall and IKEA! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:14 PM
Woodfield Mall and IKEA = good

Schaumburg 8.25% sales tax = EV-IL! "like the fru-its of the dev-il!"


edit: corrected tax rate
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