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by BrianPlencner
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:52 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: More "Historic Documents" . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 4301

I agree, that is a great collection.

I might have some of my 'Grams' when I worked at the park. If I find them, I'll see if I can post a few as well.

Thanks for taking the time to put that together and share it with us! :)

--Brian
by BrianPlencner
Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Sounds of Great America
Replies: 25
Views: 12536

Easy Question :) The sounds that the Tidal Wave made when operating... clank, whoosh, roll, whoosh, clink, clink,clink, clank, whoosh, clank, clank... (then some sound made when the lap bars came up...) :D I agree. Not only was the ride wonderful to watch, it was also cool to hear. I remember worki...
by BrianPlencner
Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Gurnee community question
Replies: 14
Views: 9674

Yes. That row of houses are the ones that I was thinking of.

I believe most of them are still there, but I know that one is gone now.

--Brian
by BrianPlencner
Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Knott's Great America!?
Replies: 14
Views: 15888

While one page does say it, its not on all of them at this point. So, this could just be a typo on the Dorney page, or the fact that the other pages have not been updated yet. For example, if you go out to Dorney Park's webpage, and read about the Maxx Pass, you see this http://www.dorneypark.com/pu...
by BrianPlencner
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Commercials
Replies: 3
Views: 2902

The one from 1980 is a good one. Lots of footage from the SC park, but I think there is some from Gurnee in there as well.

Thanks for sharing! :)

--Brian
by BrianPlencner
Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Which rides do you work?
Replies: 17
Views: 10625

I worked the following rides in 1991 and 1992. -- Railroad -- Triple Play -- Hometown Fun Machine I also operated the Trolley during the nightly parade in 1992. What I liked about the Railroad was it was one of the more relaxing rides in the park. Not only that, but it allowed me to see the whole pa...
by BrianPlencner
Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Gurnee community question
Replies: 14
Views: 9674

The one house I still remember was an older farmhouse-style home located directly across the street from the station for the American Eagle. I would imagine the noise would have made continuing to live in it impossible. Its interesting that you mention that section of land. There was actually anoth...
by BrianPlencner
Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What ride do you miss the most?
Replies: 49
Views: 26761

What ride do I miss the most? Wel, all of mine are from the Marriott era. Sky Whirl: To echo what others have said, Sky Whirl is the ride that I miss the most. It was a wonderful ride for young and old guests alike, and gave a wonderful view of the park and surrounding area. On a hot day, it was a g...
by BrianPlencner
Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Remains of the Gurnee Edge...
Replies: 15
Views: 9813

Jon,

At one time there was a footer for Rolling Thunder that could be seen from SW Territory. I think when they added Hurrican Harbor, they finally took it out.

I might also have a picture of it too. When I get home from work, I'll look and see.

--Brian
by BrianPlencner
Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Highway Sign: Check out this pic I found!
Replies: 24
Views: 14740

I took a few pictures of the new sign on my way to work this morning. http://CPE-65-29-35-94.wi.res.rr.com:2711/jcpics/brian/MGAParksPhotos/NewSign2.jpg http://CPE-65-29-35-94.wi.res.rr.com:2711/jcpics/brian/MGAParksPhotos/NewSign3.jpg I'll re-size them down to 800x600 when I get home from work. I a...
by BrianPlencner
Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Highway Sign: Check out this pic I found!
Replies: 24
Views: 14740

Wanted to show the progress of the modified sign. This picture was taken today. I'm guessing that the new top should be up by the end of next week. http://CPE-65-29-35-94.wi.res.rr.com:2711/jcpics/brian/MGAParksPhotos/NewSign.jpg By the way, the parts laying on the ground is the new top. Now, not su...
by BrianPlencner
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:36 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Focus Group@Gurnee
Replies: 15
Views: 9300

Yes, that is the buidling. The doors on the upper level lead into the area where the forum will be taking place.

Of course, you are showing the Santa Clara one, but its still the sme building / place in Gurnee. Just wanted to point that out.
by BrianPlencner
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Focus Group@Gurnee
Replies: 15
Views: 9300

I don't believe any of the park models are stored up there. The only way I know to get up their is by the stairs on the side of the buidling (Columbia side, just backstage). The park models, as far as I know, are all on the other side of the park, in the maintance buildings. They probably do have ol...
by BrianPlencner
Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Focus Group@Gurnee
Replies: 15
Views: 9300

I did get the inital e-mail about it, and I did respond that I was interested. At this point, I have not been contacted, so I am guessing that I was not "picked" as well. As far as the parks "VIP Apartment", I personally have never been in there, but from what I've been told, its a very fancy meetin...
by BrianPlencner
Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: More than Sky Whirl buckets at FF
Replies: 6
Views: 4547

Here is the Ferris Wheel from the parade float.




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