SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (6/29/15) The following was sent out from Six Flags Great America about their 4th of July plans this week:
Six Flags Great America presents its annual July 4 and, of course, fireworks all weekend long. Bring any can or bottle of unopened Coca-Cola product to receive early ride time. All donations will be given to Operation Homefront. Early ride time is from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Park admission is required.
Friday, July 3 – Goliath, Vertical Velocity, BATMAN The Ride, Revolution
Saturday, July 4 – Goliath, Whizzer, Viper, Giant Drop
Sunday, July 5 – Goliath, Demon, Raging Bull, American Eagle
Fireworks: Featured July 3, 4 and 5
Six Flags Grand Finale Parade kicks off at 9:15 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Operation Homefront: Kicking off July 4th Fest on July 3, Six Flags Great America will host a, “Salute to Heroes Day” in partnership with Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families. In addition, Six Flags Great America will donate $5,000 to Operation Homefront and provide five heroes and their families with VIP tours, meals and Gold Season Passes.
July 4 – 6 Activities
The Coca-Cola July 4th Fest Zone, set up near Hometown Square, will include games, dance contests and entertaining activities, such as two-liter relay race, bottle cap challenge, frozen t-shirt contest and Goliath ring toss for a chance to win great prizes.
The Coca-Cola “Share a Coke” area will also be set up by X Flight, this will allow guest to print out personalized labels to put on a mini can of Coke and share another with a friend.
Coca-Cola will offer ice cold samples of Coca-Cola beverages in the park.
"We are offering the best 4th of July Fest yet with bands, entertainment and the best fireworks show in Lake County on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Hank Salemi, park president. “Our July 4th Fest is an experience families can’t get anywhere else.”
(6/27/15) According to the local news Six Flags Great America was given permission to reopen the Sky Trek Tower on Friday evening following the inspection from the state as well as Six Flags' own safety and maintenance crews who all cleared the ride following last weekend's incident where it became stopped mid-way down, forcing the evacuation of the riders.
(6/23/15) According to what I’m being told Goliath at SFGAm closed down due to some kind of lift hill problem, following the evacuation of a train that stalled on the lift a couple of weeks ago. In the past couple days however, I’m told that at least one train has been run through the course again, which gives hope that it could reopen very soon. According to one rumor, if all goes well, it could reopen by this weekend.
Meanwhile, the park’s Sky Trek Tower also got stuck on the way down on Sunday night and riders had to be evacuated down a central staircase after being stuck for two hours. According to the local news the Sky Trek Tower is “closed indefinitely” until they can inspect it and determine why it got stuck.
(6/22/15) Anyone know anything about Goliath at Six Flags Great America? I’ve been sent a report that the custom built RMC wooden coaster may have been closed for the past couple of weeks, with a crane spotted on site. Anyone know more about what’s going on?
(6/16/15) Good news for the employees of Six Flags Great America, the park announced that it will be raising the starting wage of staff members up from $8.25 an hour to $9 an hour starting on June 29th.
(4/17/15) Six Flags Great America posted on Twitter than starting on May 29th, the American Eagle would be giving DOUBLE RIDES all summer long.
(11/3/14) According to messages sent out by Six Flags Great America on social media, the park said goodbye to a couple of their haunts after this weekend, and will retire Necropolis and Mausoleum of Terror. Look for new haunt experiences to replace them at Fright Fest 2015.
2015 - 40 Seasons / Possible New Rides - (5/13/15) The three rides being added to Six Flags Great America are actually three of the park's old rides returning: The Red Baron, Tot's Livery and Ladybugs.
(5/5/15) While the coaster has been open almost a year now, Goliath at Six Flags Great America was awarded three Guinness World Records for being the Fastest (71.89mph), Steepest (85.13º) and Longest First Drop (180ft) on a Wooden Coaster in the world. The park held a small dedication ceremony to mark the event over the weekend.
In other news, rumor has it that the park may be in the process of adding three small kiddie rides to the park, which can be seen on the latest park map, as well as early construction under way inside the park as well.
(8/28/14) Join Six Flags Great America as we celebrate 40 seasons of thrills in 2015, honoring the park’s history and applauding its growth. This season will see many new projects and events throughout the park. Namely the return of classic kiddie rides, a weekly event highlighting one of our world-class rides, and the refreshing of the Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square areas of the park.
(8/27/14) I spoke too soon when I questioned why Six Flags Great America was celebrating “40 Seasons” in 2015. While the park opened in 1976, the 2015 season will actually be the park’s 40th Season. Though it’s kind of unusual for a park to celebrate like that, as most parks will promote these kind of events as Birthday or Anniversary celebrations and do it the following season, just as one would celebrate a Birthday or Annivesary. (ie: SeaWorld turned 50 this season, (1964-2014) while Disneyland will celebrate their 60th Anniversary next year (1955 - 2015). That said, Kings Dominion is just wrapping up their “40th Celebration” event this year, which I never realized until now was also a 40th Season celebration and not 40 years. Go figure… 40 Seasons...
Now what does it mean for new additions for 2015? We’ll have to wait and see.
(8/26/14) Coaster-Net did some incredible digging into the official Six Flags website and using their knowledge of Drupal, the content management system Six Flags uses for it, apparently they were able to pull the names for many of the new 2015 attractions to be announced on Thursday.
According to their report Six Flags Great America is adding something called “40 Season”, which sounds like a show or overall park celebration plan for the park which may be a little odd since it opened in 1976 and won’t really turn 40 until 2016.
2016 - Justice League: Battle For Metropolis - Rumor - (6/22/15) Are the rumors of the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride for Six Flags Great America become real? A new ride survey for the park sent out this week did specially mention several questions about bringing the popular ride creation to the park in order go get park guest’s reaction to the concept.
If you havn’t seen much about this yet, check out the new trip report for the recently opened version at Six Flags St. Louis.
(6/9/15) After talking to a few people, I'm hearing that two more version of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis are being planned for the 2016 season. From the sound of things, the one solid lock for the first one seems to be for Six Flags Great America. I don't know the location of where it might go, though it was pointed out that the park could put the old IMAX / Pictorium building to use for it.
The location of the second one is more up for debate it seems, with rumors pointing to both Six Flags Mexico as well as Six Flags over Georgia. If I had to guess myself, I'd lean towards Georgia myself, for many of the reason I posted yesterday in my thoughts on the issue as well.