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Six Flags Great America adds MagiQuest for spring 2010

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Published: February 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Illinois' Six Flags Great America unveiled a new interactive attraction today called MagiQuest, a live action interactive game for the entire family. Each group will get a "magic wand" and will collect objects and befriend pixies to save a princess from a dragon.

This new addition comes in a quite busy offseason for Great America, which now has a new family roller coaster, the Little Dipper, from the now-gone Kiddieland Amusement park and Glow in the Park nighttime parade, along with this interactive attraction. Park President Hank Salemi said in a statement:

“We are thrilled to be adding MagiQuest to our lineup of new additions to the park for the 2010 season. We are the first theme park to launch an interactive educational family attraction of this type and are confident our guests will enjoy this new attraction the whole family can experience together.”

Expect to see MagiQuest in the County Fair area of the park, which is an area of high construction and expansion for the last couple of years.

What do you all think TPIers?

Readers' Opinions

From Robert Niles on February 25, 2010 at 4:24 PM
Thanks, Anthony. I saw MagiQuest at the IAAPA show in Las Vegas last fall and it looked impressive. I understand that it is in place at a couple of the Great Wolf lodges - can anyone who's been tell us about that?

Also, is this an extra-cost deal or included with the SFGAm ticket? (If it's included, expect it to be very popular.)

From Anthony Murphy on February 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM
BTW, I looked it up, there is a charge to play:

MAGIQUEST PACKAGES

Super 75 Package — $24.99 ($5 Savings) PAY JUST $19.99 WHEN YOU BUY ONLINE!
Season Passholders — $19.99 ($10 Savings)
Includes a classic wand and 75-minute game experienc

Ultimate 90 Value Package — $34.99 ($10 Savings)
Season Passholders — $29.99 ($15 Savings)
Includes a classic wand, topper with powers and 90-minute game experience

MagiQuest Season Pass — $45.99
Unlimited game time all season at Six Flags Great America only. Does not include park admission.
Wand purchase is required for play.

A LA CARTE PRICING
$16.99 Classic Wand
$12.99 Topper
$11.99 Returning Magi 60-minute game experience
$14.99 Returning Magi 90-minute game experience

Season Pass holders receive 15% off a la carte items.

So you get the keep the wand and season pass holders get a discount, but come on! Why charge for this? It was not in the release sent out to me!

From Robert Niles on February 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM
We typically don't list extra-charge attractions in the park listings on Theme Park Insider, but they can provide a nice extra for some visitors, especially frequent visitors, who are looking for something special. They also help take a few extra people out of the "regular" queues.

It all cost down to price, though, and whether the experience provides value at the price charged. And that's up to each visitor to decide.

From Tim W on February 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM
Been to it at Myrtle Beach. Seemed cool, but i ended up hating it. The whole thing was like a live searching game. Not a favorite mine, but other family members loved it. Just make sure you enjoy your video games or else you will get annoyed, like me.
From Robert OGrosky on February 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM
Just what the park needs, another up charge attraction!!!
I guess the park doesnt need a E type attraction, or even something less. It has been many years since the park has gotten a excellent attraction, so we can add another to the list. So other parks like SFGADV and SFMM get topnotch attractions over the past few years and SFGAM is neglected like always!!!
Another reason to enjoy the good coasters we have, but spend no money in the park so as not to reward them for mediocrity!!
From Anthony Murphy on February 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM
I wouldn't say SFGA is getting the short end of the stick vs the other parks, but rather all SF parks have gone through a bit of a funk.

If you think about it, Great America, for all its flaws, is still a pretty solid park to begin with. With all the SF business going down over the last few years, Great America, along with Great Adventure, have been the exceptions. I think the lack of new rides has to do with SF not wanting to shell out too much dough to make new attractions. They tried with the Dark Knight (which went to SFGAdv too), but it was generally panned.

So lets look at the new stuff going on at SFGA since I have started extensivly covering it starting in 2008:

The Dark Knight Roller Coaster
Coffee and Doughnut Shop
Buccaneer Battle
Glow in the Park
Walk in the Parks Event
Little Dipper Roller Coaster
MagiQuest

Not bad, considering they added Hurricane Harbor and Superman not too much before that.

Could SFGA be better? Yes! Does it stink that this is not free? Yes! But in the big SF picture, SFGA is doing better than the rest.

From Robert OGrosky on March 1, 2010 at 10:03 AM
Other than The Dark Knight which was a decent, though not great attraction,none of the items that you mentioned are worth much. We havent received anything of The Terminator ride quality in along time, yet alone something like El Toro.
The park is badly in need of a new attraction of the kind of Raging Bull!!

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