James Rao

Published: May 12, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Great report, Anthony! Buccaneer Battle looks like a lot of fun, and you're right, it is very much like the River Battle at Dollywood. I am pretty surprised at how well the ride is themed for Six Flags. Kudos to them...and again, kudos to you!
Anthony Murphy

Published: May 12, 2009 at 7:51 PM

According to the Mack guy, they are more or less the same, but I thought he said it wasn't open due to the economic crisis.I might have heard wrong. Its a pretty decient attraction and, while it is not very long, it looks very well put together meaning it is likely to last pretty long.
Robert Niles

Published: May 12, 2009 at 8:26 PM

River Battle opened last year at Dollywood. It was the Adventure Mountain play area, next to River Battle, that was originally slated to open this year, but that Dollywood delayed.
Joshua Counsil

Published: May 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Great review. Glad to see Six Flags taking new initiatives.

A few downsides to the attraction:

1) Manual pumping, like you said, might be exhausting to children and the elderly.

2) The streams appeared to be rather tiny.

3) No points system, making the target practice somewhat redundant.

Anthony Murphy

Published: May 13, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Very good points!

I completly agree and, if you watch the video again, you will see the little boy never cranking his own, but rather dad doing it for him.

Going along with that, you get a real workout to get that stream going! Some of the targets are too far away so you can't get a good pressue to get the targets to go. They could have not been working too.

After going around a couple of times, people decided to just start going after other boats and people on the land. It was much more fun that way.

But even with all of that, its alot of fun and the thing is built like a tank. It looks like it can take some beatings from guests so I doubt this ride will be down too often!

Published: May 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

This is great! I am so exited to go! I love Six Flags Great America!
Scottland Jacobson

Published: May 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Anthony - great report! I'll be hitting the park in July so I'll look forward to riding (and getting soaked!). Is this one included in the Flash Pass?
Anthony Murphy

Published: May 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

It is built for Flashpass (one of the first in the park I think), but I do not think the lines will be too long due to getting close to 1200 on an hour. It would be interesting to see how it compares, but its in a continuous circle meaning around 80 people on the entire ride at a time!

Published: May 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Good report!!!!

While i go to SFGAM often, I dont like getting wet so likely wont ride this, I do hope it serves a purpose by having a LONG line so other lines are shorter.
A interactive dark ride would have been a much better addition to the park!!!

Published: May 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Great article - I think you captured the essence of the ride very well. I'm Mark Weston, President of Funtraptions, the company who designed and built all the themed water effects/sets, targets and interactive show system. This was one of the most immersively themed rides that Six Flags has built. The interactive targets, themed water effects were intended to create the fun of an old fashioned Disney ride with the excitement and pure fun of interactive water play. With custom sculpted pirate characters, a giant squid with moving-water spraying arms and Crocs snapping at the heels of the Pirate in the tree, we hoped to tell a whimsical and fun story in an exciting and high energy ride for all ages to share.
Working together with Six Flags designer, Bill Schmeil, Mack Rides, the skilled maintenance department staff at Great America, Carved Rock and great local contractors, I am thrilled to say the ride is a huge success. The guests I watched (age 4-74) for 3 days riding the Buccaneer Battle loved it - many running from the exit back to the entrance to ride for a second third or fifth time. Wait until it hits 90 degrees then the fun will begin.