Robert Niles
Editor

Published: May 20, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Thanks, Anthony, for your detailed report!
Bradley Robertson

Published: May 20, 2008 at 10:26 PM

From what I have seen from PR video and other peoples video it seems like a tame coaster, but a nice dark ride.

BTW Robert, when we post articles why doesn't our picture show up? I have one in my profile but it didn't show up in the article I posted earlier.

James Rao
Writer

Published: May 20, 2008 at 11:38 PM

It may just be a wild mouse, but I applaud the attempt at theming and will definitely go on this attraction if I ever make it to Gurnee.

Nice report, Anthony. Thanks!

Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: May 21, 2008 at 6:36 AM

Thanks for all the good input.

This attraction is also at a couple of other Six Flags parks in the same way. This is actually kind of weird because Six Flags actually really doesn't have rides that are entirely copies of each other.

As you probably read, I was very mixed about this attraction with going more onto the negatives. Now don't get me wrong, it is a good first step if Six Flags wants to play with the big boys, but Rockin Roller Coaster and the Mummy have shown that even roller coasters can have a storyline. I guess I was just disappointed in the roller coaster aspect of it all.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: May 21, 2008 at 8:37 AM

I just built the component for the front-page blog pictures, which requires that I run a script to go find, resize and copies everyone's pictures for use on the home page. I made mine by hand, and installed the default kokopelli for folks who don't have pictures, but haven't taken the last step yet, 'cause, well, I got a little busy with the rush of reviews to write and edit. Will be done by the end of the week, though.
Joshua Counsil

Published: May 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM

What a change for Six Flags.
Good report, Ant.
Robert OGrosky

Published: May 23, 2008 at 11:33 AM

And rather than being negative, i look at the ride as a positive for SFGAM. It is good that they are trying to theme a ride, and while not up to RNRC/Mummy standards, this is a wild mouse coaster, and for this typr of ride they did a good job, and from Im told there are plans to increase the effects with smoke etc that should come on line later in the year.
I think it is a fun ride that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and for a SF park it is a good start to theming rides, and what they have done w/X2, lets hope this trend doesnt end.
Now if they had spend 40-50 million rather than 7.5 million, then I would have been disappointed.
Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: May 24, 2008 at 10:06 PM

You are very right Robert, I and everybody else should be more positive. SFGA is not Disney or Universal and they only spent 7.5 mil on it. However, the problem comes that this attraction is really not for the family. The Joker Preshow is very creepy and that laugh is quite scary to little kids. So I fear this will become empty due to the age that this attraction is aimed too, in my opinion, has been missed. I think it was a good use of the crumbling space and I hope it does well, but it was a bit anticlimatic, especially how it is being marketed. Also, not too many people also know what a Mouse Roller Coaster is so they would not be able to appreciate the actual structure. Actually, It might be good if it spun, but thats just my idea. Being such a Disney fan, I look to storyline and scene setup in attractions. Haunted Mansion is a great example of this scene setup.Unverisal does it very well with the Mummy, Spiderman, and yes even Battle for Atlantis (or whatever it is called). The Dark Knight did not do this, so thats why I was disappointed

Do not get me wrong, it was a fun day and the ride was nice enough and a nice change at SFGA, but the actual ride is nothing to get too excited about.