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by MGA1
Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Six Flags files for bankruptucy
Replies: 2
Views: 6243

Six Flags is bankrupt but not going out of business. Six Flags Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This type of bankruptcy protection means that the theme parks are making money (positive cash flow), however, they are not making enough money to pay off all of their debts on time....
by MGA1
Sun May 17, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Locations of old rides - Santa Clara - and some other ?s
Replies: 6
Views: 7031

Responses to "Unrelated Questions" 1) For scans of old park maps, check out the photo album sections...I know there are several in there from the 90's. 2) The IMAX movie was called "Blue Planet", produced in 1990 and much of the footage was taken from the Space Shuttle. I think it can still be seen ...
by MGA1
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: 1981 Marriott's GREAT AMERICA commercials
Replies: 6
Views: 10210

I believe the "Go Hand In Hand" theme commercials were only used for the Gurnee park. I remember the American Eagle commercial for 1981 was the one posted on here with the boy and girl in the "Great American Blue and Red" sweaters....btw, they were actors, not employees but the rest of the people in...
by MGA1
Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: 1981 Marriott's GREAT AMERICA commercials
Replies: 6
Views: 10210

Steven, thanks for posting these! I love the one commercial where the wife makes fun of the wide lapels on the father's suit coat. It looks like all the scenes with the family were filmed at the Santa Clara park. The concert series commercials were definitely for the Santa Clara park. I honestly don...
by MGA1
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Adventureland movie...memories of working at MGA
Replies: 2
Views: 6268

Adventureland movie...memories of working at MGA

Just saw the trailer for a new film called Adventureland that comes out on March 27th. It's a comedy film about a seasonal Games host at a theme park (filmed at Kennywood) back in 1987. The scenes from the house party really brought back memories of the crazy house parties we had back in the MGA day...
by MGA1
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Upcoming 2009 SFGA Job Fairs
Replies: 0
Views: 4603

Upcoming 2009 SFGA Job Fairs

Still looking for a seasonal/summer job? Here's the latest job fair information from Six Flags' Great America: Six Flags Great America will be holding Job Fairs on March 10 and 24. Learn about our departments and job positions available at the park, including ride operations, admissions, games, food...
by MGA1
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:07 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: 5-22-77
Replies: 10
Views: 13533

That's really sad to hear...he never got to see the movie get released. The film's name has been shorted to '77 and it debuted at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2008 but it still was not 100% complete. Since that time, I haven't seen/heard anything about it. This looks like such...
by MGA1
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Gurnee park POSSIBLY in trouble for 2009
Replies: 9
Views: 12711

I'm 99% confident SFGA will make it through the 2009 season. What happens after October depends on Six Flags Corporate financial position. They will milk every penny they can out of the parks this summer and if they still can't make their debt repayments, they'll probably file for bankruptcy after t...
by MGA1
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Yankee Clipper
Replies: 25
Views: 15775

The reason they only use one side of the chutes is a combination of safety/training/maintenance issues. I worked at Logger's Run in 1978 and we used both chutes all the time. By designing the rides with two chutes, they could run a few more boats on the ride which allowed the rides to have a greater...
by MGA1
Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Yankee Clipper
Replies: 25
Views: 15775

lol, nah, no freefalling feeling...just a second or two of smooth sailing (no vibrations from bouncing against the sides of the flume) before a big splash. I think it's more of the psych out factor....you'd expect to have the biggest splash immediately at the bottom of the drop but not so. You hit t...
by MGA1
Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Yankee Clipper
Replies: 25
Views: 15775

Yes, at least orginally (not sure if the flume has changed at SFGA). The flume on Yankee Clipper is a steep straight drop. However, once the boat reached the bottom of the drop, there was a little bump that gave the boat a little "lift" and cause it to make a bigger splash.
by MGA1
Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Save Great America!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 15955

Six Flags Great America fans don't worry. Great America will keep operating despite what may happen to the Six Flags corporation. Great America-Gurnee is the cash cow for the Six Flags corporation...it's the park that brings in the most profits. It is true that Great America's owner, Six Flags Corp....
by MGA1
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Great 1976 pics
Replies: 18
Views: 22648

Blast from the Past! Great Pictures. I, too, noticed how small all the trees are and the abundance of polyester clothing...hello '70s Show. It's funny to see that the park still looks much the same today but the people in those photos are now senior citizens and probably take their grandchildren to ...
by MGA1
Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Six Flag Great America 2009 Job Fair
Replies: 10
Views: 11962

Congratulations Demonlover & Trippleplay! Hope you have a blast this summer! When do you start training at the park?
by MGA1
Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Six Flag Great America 2009 Job Fair
Replies: 10
Views: 11962

Six Flag Great America 2009 Job Fair

Some current information if you're looking for a job: Six Flags Great America will be holding Job Fairs on January 24 and 31, 2009 as well as February 7, 2009. Learn about our departments and job positions available at the park, including ride operations, admissions, games, food services and more! A...