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Anthony Murphy

Great America joins in the Night Time Entertainment

Published: February 11, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Move over Disney!

Coming this season to Six Flags Great America is Glow in the Park Parade. It looks like Great America's version of the Main Street Electrical parade. According to Great America's website, it is the brainchild of Gary Goddard, a designer of many attractions in Las Vegas and aquariums. Music is composed by Benoit Jutras who also composes for Cirque du Soliel.

Here is the link.

So what do you think? Is this a good move for Great America or the Six Flags Brand itself?

Replies (9)

Published: February 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM

It has a Disney feel to it. Anything new for Great America should help increase attendance. Even though we consider this our "home" park, (1-1/2 hr. drive) We only get up there once a year, usually for Fright Fest. This will give us the incentive to get up there early spring/summer.

I still really like this park. It is one of the first amusement parks I ever attended in my life - I remember when it was Marriott's Great America :)

Joshua Counsil

Published: February 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Busch Gardens rips off Epcot, Six Flags rips off Disneyland.

"Move over, Disney"? How about "Move a little to the left, Disney, so I can copy your test?

Robert Niles

Published: February 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Let's not forget that Disney ripped off Knott's before any of these. So the question really isn't 'who does something first'; it's 'who does it best?'

Published: February 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Didn't Six Flags have the Glow in the Park parade at a few parks last season, too?
Ben James

Published: February 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Yes, they did. I saw the one at Six Flags St. Louis. I have to say for the most part I felt the same "magical" emotions watching this parade at SFStL as I did at WDW and DL. BRAVO Six Flags.
Stephen Tuday

Published: February 11, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I know of at least two other SF parks that ran the Glow in the Park parade last year. SF over Georgia will never get this feature, though. They cannot seem to keep the park open until dark even in the middle of summer. I guess the Atlanta market cannot support a 10pm park....
Anthony Murphy

Published: February 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

The "move over Disney" bit was just a catchphrase since I found it after reading about the Main Street Electrical Parade. Will it be as good as the Main Street Electrical Parade or Spectromagic? I think not, but its good to see Six Flags, especially Great America try something like this out! The parades over the past few years have been pretty weak so its nice to see some new stuff.

I am not sure about the other parks, but Great America is moving ahead and trying new things as if the SF brand is not in trouble and I like that! As probably with many other theme parks, Great America has really built up the town of Gurnee, a suburb of Chicago that used to have just a Naval Base and a Big Mall, but now, its a tourist destination!
Great America is staying fresh, offering deals with local hotels, and doing better than they ever have done before. I am extremely excited!

Joshua Counsil

Published: February 11, 2010 at 8:46 PM

I have been bested, yet again, by Robert.

The Berry or the Br'ery?

Robert OGrosky

Published: February 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I hope it is good, and will hold judgment till i see it. But little SFGAM has been too impressive as of late or given reason to have high expectations.
I hope this isnt of the quality as that the failed stunt show Operation Spygirl.
The park needs a E-ticket type attraction with great capacity!!!

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