SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (8/15/17) According to a reader, Six Flags Great America apparently posted an odd photo on their Snapchat account showing off the King Chaos ride with the message to "Chase the Storm 2018". I don't know if there is any rhyme or reason to showing the King Chaos ride, but the clue would go along with the rumors of an expanded Hurricane Harbor in 2018.
In other news, SFGAm will be hosting a special "The JOKER Mayhem Week" from Aug. 14 through 20th "in an attempt to appease THE JOKER". For a limited time, you can experience Viper Backwards during the week. If you show up today (Tue, Aug 15th) dressed as The Joker you will get ERT from 8-9pm (after park close) on The Joker Free Fly coaster. The Joker himself will be on hand to meet guests over the weekend (Aug 19-20) as well.
(5/2/17) Some fun video footage of Drop of Doom VR running at Six Flags Great America on The Giant Drop tower can be seen below.
(4/11/17) Six Flags Great America has announced that 2017 will be one of the longest seasons in the park's history, with additional operating dates added to the Spring, Fright Fest and Fall seasons that will see it remain open through to mid-November with an all new special event.
New operational dates added to the calendar include April 14-16, the weekend of Sept. 16-17 for Fright Fest fun, and in the Fall we have Nov. 4-5, and 11-12.
2017 - The Joker - (5/30/17) Six Flags Great America has opened The Joker this week, the park’s newest coaster. While we didn’t have anyone to send to the Chicago area theme park, we did just cover the opening of the identical ride from Six Flags over Texas a couple of weeks ago and you can check out our video of the Dallas ride below to get an idea of what a ride on The Joker is like.
(10/14/16) A reader sent in two pictures from Six Flags Great America showing off the land prep work that has begin for The Joker. They've begun removing the old Ragin' Cajun queue lines and the East River Crawler is now almost entirely removed.
(9/1/16) It's official, as rumored The Joker (an S&S FreeFly 4D0) coaster is coming to Six Flags Great America. Check out the video below.
(9/1/16) I’m told that Six Flags will be installing three Joker clones (S&S Freefly 4D coasters) in the chain this season, with the new coasters going to Six Flags Great America, Six Flags New England and Six Flags over Texas.
(8/9/16) I was suspecting this myself as well, but according to the latest rumor the soon to be vacated spot from Jester's Wild Ride, East River Crawler and the old Ragin Cajun spot will be used to add an S&S 4D FreeFly coaster. No word on if they will give it a Joker or Batman theme, or try something unique.
2018 - New Attractions / Waterpark Expansion - Rumor - (8/8/17) According to the latest rumor, Six Flags Great America could be adding a Larson Loop for the 2018 season. If some rumors are to be believed, this could even end up being a bigger than normal, custom sized version. Where would it go? So far I'm hearing it will end up somewhere in the Southwest Territory, in or near the site of the old Trailblazer ride location.
What else is new for 2018? I'm hearing an expansion to Hurricane Harbor may also be in the works, adding a large water coaster style slide similar to the Thunder Rapids one added to Six Flags Fiesta Texas this year, but with a custom layout. But wait... there is more... a new play area for little kids, a new restaurant and a new gift shop are also said to be in the works for Hurricane Harbor for a very important reason... the waterpark may officially separate from the main park and become a separate gate attraction, much like the Hurricane Harbor waterparks in Southern California and New Jersey. If true, the signs of construction preparation will likely be visible soon as they will have to build a dedicated entrance into Hurricane Harbor somewhere out by the parking lot and main park entrance plaza.