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by MGA1
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: the GREAT AMERICA parks today
Topic: "SCR*EA*MS and Dreams" premieres today
Replies: 7
Views: 6203

Re: "SCR*EA*MS and Dreams" premieres today

Screams and Dreams Vol 1 and 2 are posted on Youtube by user sfgamfreek. If you're interested in watching, here's the URL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra-Dv8eU0Uw
by MGA1
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Which themed costume did you hate to wear?
Replies: 1
Views: 3121

Re: Which themed costume did you hate to wear?

I didn't mind any of the men's costumes but I felt sorry for the women that had to wear the County Fair costumes...they always reminded me of clown suits.
by MGA1
Sun May 22, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: the GREAT AMERICA parks today
Topic: "SCR*EA*MS and Dreams" premieres today
Replies: 7
Views: 6203

Re: "SCR*EA*MS and Dreams" premieres today

Thanks for the review, Marcos! I'm looking forward to seeing the film myself on Great America Alumni Day. I'm hoping many of the Marriott-era employees I knew will be able to attend that day.
by MGA1
Tue May 17, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Great America Alumni Day - June 26, 2011
Replies: 5
Views: 4797

Great America Alumni Day - June 26, 2011

Are any Marriott-era employees planning on attending "Great America Alumni Day"? If so, maybe you can post a reply here with your name, unit(s) worked, and years. Maybe we can find a few long-lost friends this way. I'd also suggest emailing SFGAMspecialevents@sixflags.com and request to be added to ...
by MGA1
Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Carousel Columbia Injury!
Replies: 2
Views: 3297

Re: Carousel Columbia Injury!

While I don't remember hearing about your injury on the carousel, I can confirm that Sky Trek Tower definitely opened in 1977 in Gurnee. If you also remember seeing Tidal Wave on that particular visit, it would have been a year later since Tidal Wave opened in 1978 in Gurnee.
by MGA1
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: 1983 Marriott's GREAT AMERICA commercial for THE EDGE
Replies: 6
Views: 7126

Re: 1983 Marriott's GREAT AMERICA commercial for THE EDGE

If I remember correctly, there was a MGA logo on the back panel of the ride unit above the rider's heads. Is that it?
by MGA1
Mon May 17, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Bumper Stickers
Replies: 2
Views: 3170

Re: Bumper Stickers

The box of original bumper stickers belong to Tech Services 1. Try sending him a private message on here.
by MGA1
Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: rare Marriott's GREAT AMERICA Preview Center music
Replies: 2
Views: 4476

Re: rare Marriott's GREAT AMERICA Preview Center music

Steven, thanks so much for sharing this. I had never heard this song before (at least not that I can remember). I lived in the Chicago area in the '70s. I vaguely remember hearing about a Great America preview center at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL but I never got there to see it. I'm surprised ...
by MGA1
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What a great site and wonderful memories
Replies: 10
Views: 10127

Re: What a great site and wonderful memories

Hi Rich, I didn't know there was a tv show shot inside the Santa Clara park. I knew Beverly Hills Cop III was filmed in the Santa Clara park. More recently (circa 2006), there was a Star Wars fan film called "'77" that was partially filmed in the Gurnee park. Unfortunately, that film still has not b...
by MGA1
Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Another Couple of Marriott Buildings Torn Down
Replies: 14
Views: 7992

Re: Another Couple of Marriott Buildings Torn Down

While I agree that "Food Court" is a more accurate description, I would think that after 33 years' of being known as "Farmers' Market" most guests would know that "Farmers' Market" was a food court. Great America draws the majority of it's guests from the greater Chicago-Milwaukee metro area and oth...
by MGA1
Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: POV photo strapped into the Tidal Wave
Replies: 3
Views: 4501

Re: POV photo strapped into the Tidal Wave

Nice picture! Was this taken in Santa Clara? I can see the Service Road on the right and the Triple Wheel in the far distance. What is that huge cream-color building on the left side of the picture?
by MGA1
Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: thirsty?
Replies: 11
Views: 9625

Re: thirsty?

I remember those styrofoam cups. The styrofoam helped keep the drinks cold and didn't form condensation on the outside. Unfortunately, styrofoam is not biodegradable...so I'm not surprised those cups survived so well all these years. To talk about Marriott's accountabilty ...As Steven pointed out, M...
by MGA1
Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: Wilderness Theater
Replies: 3
Views: 16140

Re: Wilderness Theater

I remember the animal show at Wilderness Theater in Gurnee in '76, '77, '78. I'm not exactly sure when the animals went away. After the animals show left, there was a Yukon-theme stunt show...all I remember was there were lumberjacks who climbed a really tall pole on the stage and log rollers in the...
by MGA1
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Santa Clara's Lobster For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 3390

Re: Santa Clara's Lobster For Sale

Jon, don't you have any extra space in your backyard? I wonder what happened to the giant plastic lobster that used to be in the center of the ride?
by MGA1
Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Gurnee's Sky Trek Tower in the process of new paintjob
Replies: 10
Views: 8331

Re: Gurnee's Sky Trek Tower in the process of new paintjob

What shade of blue? Maybe both Gurnee and Santa Clara will have matching towers again (Gurnee's is 100+ ft taller though). When Marriott installed the Towers in both parks, the cabins were both "Great America" Red. The Santa Clara park repainted their cabin "Great America" blue sometime in 1989 or 1...