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by rossrich66
Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: the first moment of GA
Replies: 16
Views: 18551

RE: the first moment of GA

To "missedthemarriottera"... In answer to whether or not the two drops on the TOC were better than the Demon's two loops, in my POV, the answer is a definitive 'YES'! Check out a post I made over a year ago about my first visit and the "Turn of the Century". Enjoy! http://www.greatamericaparks.com/f...
by rossrich66
Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: If you could bring it back...
Replies: 27
Views: 26285

Santa Clara


1. Turn of the Century
2. Tidal Wave
3. Willard's Whizzer
4. Sky Whirl
5. The Great American Railway
by rossrich66
Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Great article on the Coasters of the Bay Area
Replies: 0
Views: 2582

Great article on the Coasters of the Bay Area

See this article that appears in today's SF Chronicle. The writer's knowledge is very impressive and the article is quite entertaining. His own ride reviews at the end (ala The Little Chronicle Man) are great! Its great that he acknowledges and recognizes the two MGA classics, Willard's Whizzer and ...
by rossrich66
Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Ferris Wheel?
Replies: 10
Views: 7257

Ferris Wheel?

The Santa Clara park actually had a traditional Ferris Wheel back in the early 80's. I can't remember which year, but it was probably in "80 or '81 and I think it only lasted one season. It was located where the Edge was ultimately built. I don't know if Gurnee had one though. As for if I think they...
by rossrich66
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave vs. Vertical Velocity
Replies: 22
Views: 13537

Tidal Wave vs V2

I'd have to say my vote goes to the Tidal Wave. I've never been on V2 at SF Great America, but I've gone on the one at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (the altered version) as well as the one that was at Six Flags Ohio/Geauga Lake when it was still there (Superman themed). Although V2 is a great ride, f...
by rossrich66
Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: My First Visit and the "Turn of the Century"
Replies: 3
Views: 4521

I haven't been to the park in several years. The last time I was there, both Stealth and Greezed Lightening were still operating. Don't think I'll be visiting in awhile as I've since relocated to So Cal. And I don't think I'd make a special trip until a new coaster is built. Although, that now seems...
by rossrich66
Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: My First Visit and the "Turn of the Century"
Replies: 3
Views: 4521

My First Visit and the "Turn of the Century"

It was Spring Break 1976 and I was nine years old. Great America had just opened and I was dying to go. Well on a whim, my Mom and my stepdad took my sister and I to "check it out". I remember getting off the 101 and there it was...the park spinning and whirring at full tilt! The biggest landmarks w...
by rossrich66
Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Food at Marriott's Great America
Replies: 41
Views: 29042

Buffet Le Grande

I remember "Buffet Le Grand" in Orleans Place. Although not quite a "Blue Bayou" ala Disney, I remember the food was good. It was your standard cafeteria style food but dressed up in "fine dining" garb. I know in the Santa Clara park I think it later became an arcade, and then ultimately one of thos...
by rossrich66
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Cedarfair and theming
Replies: 16
Views: 12810

I'm thinking that given the latest "buzz" coming from the Six Flags/Shaprio camp, Cedar Fair is really going to have up the ante on its properties... at least in the markets where they compete directly with Six Flags. Up until last year, Cedar Fair, Six Flags and Paramount Parks were pretty much the...