SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (7/31/15) Six Flags Great American will offer something new and interesting this fall for Fright Fest... a sign up in the park posted to Twitter lists it as the Apocalypse Zombie Experience where you will "Shoot first or get bit by zombies! Survive... if you can!"
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 - (8/29/15) There
were a couple of interesting "leaks" out of Six Flags discovered either very late Friday night, or Saturday morning. Of course, I did not find any of these myself, as they were rumored to have been taken down by then, but of course, this also means that one or more of these leaks could possibly be fakes ahead of Six Flags big Sept. 3rd announcement. After all... we've seen enough legit accidental leaks already this season for high profile new attractions from Cedar Fair and Universal, so you never know. That said... take this with a grain of salt, as I've seen a couple of fake leaks also sent in lately.
With all that in mind, our second leak appears to be an online press release from the Six Flags Newsroom website while being viewed by a mobile device announcing that the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride will be coming to Six Flags Great America in 2016.
So is it a fake? While this one could be faked more easily than the other leak, as it is only text, I was sent two screen captures of this press release from two different source, showing the article as displayed on two different mobile devices, which makes it seem fairly legit. Of course all the Super Hero themed hints the park has been dropping this week as well as the rumors from all summer long all were pointing to a possible Justice League ride as well. So while this could be a fake-out... I'm also leaning towards this being true. Look for this to likely replace the old Southwest Territory amphitheater.
(8/25/15) According to some interesting Instagram pictures, a lot of local media outlets near Six Flags Great America received shipments of themed Super Hero capes... Green Lanter, Wonder Woman, Flash, Superman, etc. Nevermind that most of those heroes don't wear capes in the comics... plus there is a picture of some Joker looking graffiti inside a metal tunnel with the "HAHA" a #SFGAM hashtag plus circles. There also seems to be some hidden text in the graffiti, but I wasn't able to clear it up very well by playing with the colors in photoshop, other than to find another clear "HA" and other stuff I couldn't read.
Well, our earlier rumor was to say that the park was getting a Justice League dark ride, but what if the park added two rides? Maybe the Justice League dark ride and a Joker's Chaos Coaster (Larson Giant Loop) flat ride? Just an idea.
Meanwhile demolition of the park's Southwest Amphitheater has apparently started, as seen in this photo sent in by a reader.
(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.