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Postby BrianPlencner » Fri Oct 21, 2005 5:56 pm

steven wrote:Thanks for the pointers to these photos.

I don't like seeing buildings on the other side of the tollway. I'm used to it always being big open fields...fields that were originally included in big expansion plans for the park.

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You are correct Steve. The park had plans to put in an "Entertainment Complex" complete with Waterpark, hotel, restraunts, etc. When the proposal went in front of the Village of Gurnee, they did not like what they saw, and gave the park something like 2 years to correct their plans.

That of course never happened, and the park sold the land. The waterpark then was built where it is today, and now a business park sits on that site.

While I agree its sad that the park could not expand, I always wondered how the guests would go between the waterpark and the main park with all that land and the tollway between. If I got newspaper articles about it somewhere, and when I find them, I'll see what I can do about posting them.
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Postby redfishpaw » Thu Oct 27, 2005 10:37 am

Here is a 2004 aerial
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Postby BrianPlencner » Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:19 pm

Nice Picture RedfishPaw!

Looking at the construction in the parking lot for the waterpark, I would say that it was taken in late September or early October.


Again, thanks for sharing that.
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Postby JW65 » Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:10 pm

I've noticed that when I look at both parks' landscape in these aerial shots, Gurnee always seems more impressive. Is it because in Santa Clara, the park gets lost among the entanglement of office structures, etc that surround it? What do others think? The Gurnee park doesn't have mountains and many other structures to dwarf it.
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Postby that_guy » Mon Oct 31, 2005 10:55 pm

I always liked the large hills, but yeah the office buildings make it seem different…
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Postby RLAiello » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:47 pm

I think it's because the SC park was built right up alongside the highway, but the Gurnee park had more land between the park itself and the highway. Therefore the buildings that grew up around the park over the years seemed to be at arm's length in SC, while in Gurnee they're hidden by trees and (now) a waterpark.

Also, thankfully, it seems that the buildings now on the Gurnee land are low-lying... so if you're not up high, you really can't see them anyway. In SC, the buildings are a bit taller and are very much THERE.
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Postby redfishpaw » Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:58 pm

Here is an aerial photo of the American Eagle and the southern portion of the park. I believe this is taken in 1988 during off season. Z Force is present. Skywhirl buckets are removed for winter storage (You can see them on the ground in two groups).

:arrow: http://www.pbase.com/redfishpaw/image/51734555
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Postby BrianPlencner » Thu Nov 03, 2005 7:35 pm

redfishpaw wrote:Here is an aerial photo of the American Eagle and the southern portion of the park. I believe this is taken in 1988 during off season. Z Force is present.


ZForce was removed at the end of the 1987 season. So, its not 1988. Splash Water Falls was added for the 1986 season, and is present in that picture. So, my guess would its either the end of the 86 or 87 season.
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Postby aejanis » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:01 pm

BrianPlencner wrote:Nice Picture RedfishPaw!

Looking at the construction in the parking lot for the waterpark, I would say that it was taken in late September or early October.


Again, thanks for sharing that.


Was taken during Fright Fest....so it was taken in October...you can see the orange flag and gorilla on the top of the Sky Trek Tower.
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Postby BrianPlencner » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:16 pm

Oh yeah! Now that you say that, I see the orange flags at the front of the park, and the one on top of the tower as well.

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Postby twixmix0303 » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:52 pm

Also, the parking lot wasn't completely un-paved :?: until that fall. Yes, good eye, though!
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Postby redfishpaw » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:40 pm

Here are 15 - 2005 Gurnee aerials from Weezil.com
Several of them are quite nice

:arrow: http://gallery.weezil.com/index.php?gal ... ember-2005
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Postby JW65 » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:18 am

Thanks for the pics, redfishpaw. And these are up-to-date, how cool. Wow, Eagle really "dominates" some of these shots. Especially like the ones with Eagle in full view and close up.
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Postby RandyV » Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:11 pm

I'm coming in late to this conversation.

The blueprint poster Brian posted a picture of was available for sale in the park, although memory tells me it was slightly different than the one in his pictures. I had one that I framed and hung in my bedroom for years. It was probably my most prized Great America possession at the time. I'm not sure what happened to it -- I'll have to see if one of my parents still has it or not.

The Z-Force line-art drawing used in the article that was posted, as well as the Iron Wolf one, were included in MGA Press Kits for the years that the rides were introduced. Not sure about the Iron Wolf blueprint -- but it's definitely based off of the press kit artwork that was distributed. I can scan and post the press kit line art if anyone would like to see them firsthand.

I haven't been to the Gurnee park in 10 years now. It is amazing to see the recent aerials -- the place has really changed. Last time I was there, the Eagle dominated the skyline.
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Postby RandyV » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:17 pm

Found it. Here is a picture (sorry for the poor quality -- the image is from a Kodak 110 print) of the blueprint poster I purchased at the park. It's slightly different than Brian's, but definitely based on the one he posted. Actual size was something like 5' x 3'.

I acutally like this version better since it has the actual American Eagle logo.

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