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by WestBurbs14
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Food at Marriott's Great America
Replies: 41
Views: 35290

Dumplings and Brew in Gurnee

My favorite food memory was having the chicken and apple dumpling, particularly the latter, at Maggie Brown's Boarding House. The Hot Shoppe was great, too. The root beers were served in frosted glass mugs, and the first year, they were only a nickel each! And there was a certain efficiency to the o...
by WestBurbs14
Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:55 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Loggers Run vs. Yankee Clipper
Replies: 21
Views: 20030

Loggers Run

I prefer the Loggers Run. The wavy shape of the drop is more enjoyable, and the splash is bigger, which is good in hot weather. I'll give points to the Clipper, though, for the jump at the bottom of its drop.
by WestBurbs14
Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:50 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What ride do you miss the most?
Replies: 49
Views: 45008

Oh, yeah, and the Edge, too

I just saw the post that mentioned the Edge, and yes, that was a good one too. If you ever get to Six Flags over Texas, they still have theirs, called the Wildcatter.
by WestBurbs14
Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What ride do you miss the most?
Replies: 49
Views: 45008

Missed Rides in Gurnee

I miss the Tidal Wave most of all, but also the sky rides - Eagle/Delta and Southern Cross. I miss the appearance of the Sky Whirl, but honestly I don't miss riding it much. I think I only rode it once, and it was o.k., but as far as ride time went, it really only needed to be a double wheel like th...
by WestBurbs14
Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Visit to Marriott's Great America in Gurnee - 1977
Replies: 3
Views: 4158

Glorfindel7: Tower Jingle

Glorfindel7,

Re: the jingle, what did you think they were saying?
by WestBurbs14
Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Visit to Marriott's Great America in Gurnee - 1977
Replies: 3
Views: 4158

Visit to Marriott's Great America in Gurnee - 1977

After my 1976 visit to the Gurnee MGA, I wrote to the park about my experience. I don't remember exactly what I said, but I know it included a complaint about the ToC being down or having a slow line, as well as my joy after I finally did get to ride it, because the park official commented on that a...
by WestBurbs14
Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: Buzzy Bee, Frank Mathie
Replies: 0
Views: 3226

Buzzy Bee, Frank Mathie

Steven, your answer cracked me up! It also reminded me of Frank Mathie's Channel 7 (Chicago) news story on the new park. He gave us a little tour, and then we saw him on the ride that he said most matched his speed: The Buzzy Bee Ride.
by WestBurbs14
Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: "Buzzy Bee" under my user name
Replies: 2
Views: 8199

"Buzzy Bee" under my user name

When I posted, why did it say "Buzzy Bee" under my user name? How do I change it?
by WestBurbs14
Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Visit to Marriott's Great America in Gurnee - 1976
Replies: 2
Views: 3771

Visit to Marriott's Great America in Gurnee - 1976

I was 14 when Marriott's Great America in Gurnee opened. I'd become a coaster fan the previous year when my parents took me to Six Flags over Mid-America. But even better to have MGA just 50 miles from home. I’d read up about the place in various articles, and when I bought Gary Kyriazi’s book, The ...