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Post September 18th, 2008, 10:04 pm

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From DailyHerald.com


"Pirates are coming to Gurnee.

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee announced Wednesday afternoon that Buccaneer Battle, a new interactive water ride, will be unveiled at the park in May.

The pirate-themed attraction incorporates lighting, music, dialogue, costumes, set design and special effects, said Brooke Gabbert, public relations manager for the park.

Buccaneer Battle, manufactured by Mack Rides, will feature 10 pirate ships carrying eight passengers each through a 450-foot channel.

As the cars navigate the channel, the battle begins as passengers armed with powerful soaker guns take aim at each other, targets and spectators.

Gabbert said some targets will fire back at the passengers, while others display a variety of special effects. And, the spectators, of course, will be armed with the same soaker guns.

"The addition of Buccaneer Battle offers our guests an interactive experience that will complement our already-vast and diverse lineup of rides and attractions," said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America's park president. "This new supersensory experience will put Great America in a class of its own when it comes to family friendly entertainment."

Construction has already begun on the ride, which will be located in the County Fair area, next to Farmer's Market.

"It's being built in the footprint where De Ja Vue was located," Gabbert said. "I really think it's going to be a ride everyone will have fun on and enjoy.""


Seems fun!
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Post September 18th, 2008, 11:42 pm
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Post September 19th, 2008, 12:06 pm

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OK seriously. Shapiro needs to kinda suck it just a lil. And so does hank salemi. They said at the 2008 preseason meetings that they are going to invest into something so that six flags can improve their teen population. So everyone was thinking that there was going to be a rollercoaster-not a freaking watergun fight. This will improve the teen population by very little. WHERE ARE THE COASTERS!!!!!! Im getting sick of these little family kiddie rides.

Post September 19th, 2008, 12:23 pm
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Dude calm down. Shapiro will send them when he can send them. And there's a little thing called BUILDING CODES. SFGA might not be able to get a coaster because they were denied a permit for a coaster.

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Tetsu wrote:
Dude calm down. Shapiro will send them when he can send them. And there's a little thing called BUILDING CODES. SFGA might not be able to get a coaster because they were denied a permit for a coaster.


Thought I'd bring this topic back....There was a time when Great America was supposed to get Chang from Kentucky Kingdom....I was at the meeting when SFGAm met with Gurnee Zoning Board. I have never heard a single case of SFGAm being denied by the zoning board. They must go in front of the board to build anything over 125ft. They cannot build taller than Sky Trek Tower due to the FAA.

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^They can build something taller than that. They just have to seek approval from the FAA and get the ride added to aviation charts which is a pain to do. Though it is possible.

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Its great that since this topic has been made atleast 2 coaster have been put in
What are these for?

Post April 16th, 2014, 10:26 pm
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^They can build something taller than that. They just have to seek approval from the FAA and get the ride added to aviation charts which is a pain to do. Though it is possible.



Nope. Hank Salemi (Park President) said in an interview that the FAA is extremely strict on that. Trust me, they've tried at least once. With an airport nearby, there's no way the FAA will allow anything taller than 330ft.

They only need approval from gurnee if it's over 125ft. This is how we knew Goliath was coming.


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