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.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:17 AM
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SFGA, facebook page says look Aug 29 for a GIANT announcement? Like Texas Giant???

The Park asked the zoning commisions to built in the old Iron Wolf area.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:40 PM
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You don't need to post the same comments in both threads.


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:48 PM

The Gurnee Planning & Zoning Board has approved the request. The request will now go to the Village Board for final approval. The ride will feature a 165ft chain lift, with the first drop that goes about 12-14ft below grade.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:45 AM
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ENUFFZNUFF said:

SFGA, facebook page says look Aug 29 for a GIANT announcement? Like Texas Giant???

They probably wouldn't expect the average person to connect the New Texas Giant to anything happening in suburban Chicago. It's more likely that the announcement is lower-case giant, as in large from their perspective.

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The ride will feature a 165ft chain lift, with the first drop that goes about 12-14ft below grade.

This underground part would make it 3 feet taller than El Toro, and thus, a nearly negligible amount faster. Probably enough for the record though, if the drop is steeper.

EDIT: I just had to retype the whole second part of this post because of the quotation glitch. Can this please be fixed? It's really obnoxious.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:48 AM
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Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:55 AM

Some more notes from the meeting now that I've had some sleep. The ride is short, I'd guess very similar in length to Outlaw Run. In addition to an overhead view of the track layout, they also had a height plan which showed 6 "hills". I put hills in quotes because as it is merely a height graph, it is unknown which of these are hills and which may be inversions. The heights are as previously stated 165ft lift with a drop going about 13ft below grade. Whether this will be a tunnel or just a trench is unknown. The remaining heights are approximately 120ft, 59ft (AIRTIME :) ), 105ft (the top view makes it look like this may be an immelmann/dive loop), 80ft, 65ft (this one has 2 65ft peaks, with a slightly lower spot in the middle, maybe a double barrel roll), and then 55ft at the beginning of the downhill brake run.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:26 AM
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OK, these loopy-twisty flinty-flying wooden/ish coasters need to stop. I'm sorry, but I think it's out of hand.

1 or 3 of them is cool, because it's unique, and something we haven't seen before, but this is just ridiculous.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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What's with the part circled in blue? What kind of funky element looks like that from above? Like an Immelman-y loop and twist sort of piece thingy...


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:56 AM
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short coasters suck, ugg send it back to the planning stage .. booo


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:53 AM
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Wow. A snapshot of a blueprint with some red marker, and already SFGAm's 2014 coaster sucks. Is that a record? Probably not, but it is pretty impressive.

Oh! Maybe that's the world record being broken! The first coaster ever to suck before construction even begins.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:04 PM

Not quite. Some enthusiasts were already complaining about the new Bat at Kings Island before it ever wasn't going to be built.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:08 PM

At least this is going to be a new coaster! There were rumors that they were going to bastardize one side of American Eagle with a Rocky Mountain treatment. Glad to hear they are leaving that great ride the same!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:25 PM
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ENUFFZNUFF said:

short coasters suck, ugg send it back to the planning stage .. booo

Seriously? It looks like it's going to be very comparable in size to Viper. How can you complain?


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:40 PM
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If you want some size perspective, here's a blueprint overlay.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:30 PM
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any clues who is going to build it?


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:09 PM
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Six Flags Great America.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:30 PM
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So where's the decoy announcement site? I thought this type of information getting out was going make me wait until next year to visit or help out the other competitive park in Chicago.

No?

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:18 PM
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/107558986001842/permalink/497409707016766/

Prediction, 8/20 @ 9:42AM: 165' tall, 12'-15' tunnel to just nip El Toro's speed record.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:10 PM
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I know they have publicly stated it's a wooden coaster, but that overhead layout reminds me of what you'd see on a 4D layout. The other thing that looks odd are those circles- I'm assuming those are footers. Seems somewhat sparse for a traditional wooden support structure.

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Friday, August 23, 2013 6:30 AM

Those circles are the old footers from Iron Wolf. They also left the old station on the drawing, I'm assuming as a reference point. You can see the new station outlined in blue.


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