Six Flags Great America seeks permission to build wood roller coaster

Posted Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:19 PM | Contributed by redman822

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee plans to seek village permission to construct what may be the fastest-ever wooden roller coaster, officials said. If built, the ride would be in the theme park's County Fair area where the Iron Wolf roller coaster once stood. Iron Wolf operated from 1990 to 2011.

Read more from The Daily Herald.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:47 PM

Sweet! Sounds like it will be a RMC. I LOVED Outlaw Run so if they can make something like that I will be a very happy coaster geek. ;)

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:54 PM

So...it's not an invert.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:07 PM

X-Flight and now this. SFGAm is back in the coaster game again. Love it!!!!!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:47 PM

This is a surprise. They just got a big coaster last year.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:38 PM

Great America has been out of the coaster wars for too long. X-Flight is just lukewarm to the general public. The days of Shockwave type thrills need to return. It sure looks like the park noticed this, I can't wait.

Last edited by Ron Witrzek, Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:39 PM
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Monday, August 19, 2013 4:38 PM

X-Flight lukewarm?? I don't know who you're talking to but there's always a long line for it (as long as for RB) and people are giddy getting off of it...

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Monday, August 19, 2013 9:14 PM

I'm not looking to argue just post personal experience. Last visit we rode X-Flight twice in 5 minutes in the morning. After a hour wait for Batman later in the day we only waited 20 minutes for X-Flight. I love the ride but frequent visits show and we are not complaining, short lines are the rule for such a new attraction. My best friend coined the phrase "Popular as ever". Is this a put down no. Great America guests want a kick your butt ride. X-Flight is comfortable smooth and we wait for Bull twice as long as X-Flight. Meet us there Wednesday I'll have an X-Flight shirt on and we will show you. But what really matters is a new coaster is coming let's celebrate that fact.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:53 AM

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:03 PM

Long lines do not automatically equate to a popular ride, and short lines do not automatically equate to an unpopular ride.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:06 PM

Yep. It's all about operations and capacity. The shortest line at Disneyland is usually Pirate's of the Caribbean and Timber Mountain for Knott's. I wouldn't call either the least popular by a long shot.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:49 PM

Why cant it be as tall as Ragin Bull?

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:57 PM

Because then it would be a terrible ride.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:30 PM

Oh Ok then .....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:30 PM

ENUFFZNUFF said:

Why cant it be as tall as Ragin Bull?

Because building a wood structure to that height would be prohibitively expensive and take up a lot more space than they have.

Plus it would be a bad ride.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:11 PM

Think they might just be relocating this guy? http://rcdb.com/16.htm

Record? "World's biggest relocated coaster"

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:56 PM

Because it would be disrespectful to The Beast if it were taller than Raging Bull.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:06 PM

Nay. The only worth while things anyone can do to the Streak either involve a flame thrower or topper track.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:42 AM

Wow... I just liked a Tyler post! I too am waiting for the announcement that they will be doing MS up NTG style. But I'm pretty sure they're going to ride the Gatekeeper wave a few more years.

To get back on topic, I think a RMC style coaster would be a great fit for the place. But a RMC "wooden" style coaster combined with Viper might just go to make Eagle obsolete. Not a bad thing really. While I have very fond and nostalgic childhood memories of Eagle, I can't remember my last good ride on it.

I haven't been following this announcement at all. Is there any chance at all that the announcement is in fact an RMC re-tracking of Eagle?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:59 AM

Tommytheduck said:

Is there any chance at all that the announcement is in fact an RMC re-tracking of Eagle?

No.

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