SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
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Park News - (5/6/14) The cost of standard parking at Six Flags Great America is said to have increased to $25 this season.
(4/15/14) The additional price for admission into Hurricane Harbor for non season passholders is just $5 according to a page found on the official park website.
(4/14/14) According to Screamscape sources, an admission fee to get into Hurricane Harbor will be charged to regular park guests starting this season, though Season Passholders will still get in free as usual. While the exact price has not been announced yet, a clear note has been added to the new 2014 park map however stating that “Additional Fee Required” to get into Hurricane Harbor for guests without a season pass. It has not been determined or announced just how much that fee will be. Be sure to read about the park’s new attraction concept survey below.
(4/4/14) The local news reports that a fire broke out at Six Flags Great America late Wednesday night. Not many details were released, other than to say that the fire was at a backstage building near the Grand Music Hall at about 9pm and while fire crews put it out quickly, it caused an estimated $32,000 in damage, including some exterior damage to the Grand Music Hall itself. The cause has not been determined.
2014 - Goliath - (6/16/14) Just a reminder that Goliath will finally open to the public this Thursday, June 19th.
(6/13/14) ThemeParkOverload has posted pictures and video from an on-site tour of Goliath at Six Flags Great America shot earlier this week.
(6/9/14) I’m told that Goliath is planned to finally open next week at last, but if you need a sneak preview of the action a POV video from the front car making a test run has been posted to YouTube this week by Six Flags. Check it out below! The video is kind of freaky, as expected, because there just seems to be a lot of upside-down hang-time built into this coaster, where you are only held in by a lap bar and seat-belt. Wow! Also... a small fire was reported to have broke out in Goliath’s station the other day, but damage was minimal and will not affect the opening of the ride. The official media event will take place June 18th, so I’d expect a public opening soon after.
(8/29/13) Six Flags Great America will launch Goliath in the Summer of 2014… an amazing new wooden coaster design unlike anything you have ever seen before that will set records for being the world’s Tallest, Steepest and Fastest Wooden Coaster.
Designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction, Goliath stands 165 feet tall and will pull you quickly to the top via a 45 degree lift hill. Cresting the lift hill you will plunge at 85º down 180 feet into an underground tunnel, before shooting up into an overbanked U-Turn. From here you will rocket through an intense airtime hill before being sent up into a twist n’dive inversion where the train performs a 180º Zero-G Roll, and exits the inversion as a traditional vertical loop.
If you thought that was a weird feeling on a wooden coaster, prepare yourself for the next trick… something they call the Inverted Zero-G Stall. From a distance it may look like a traditional camelback style airtime hill until you realize that the train will roll you 180º upside-down and hold you upside-down as you peak over the top of this hill, and roll you back out and upright again as you exit, plunging down into a tunnel. Once again into the sunlight, you’ll hit another overbanked turn, drop and rise up for a moment of airtime before you hit the brake run.
Not only does this coaster look impressive, but it may very well be the most impressive new coaster to premier in 2014. My only criticism is the name chosen for this monster of a ride. If this was the first time Six Flags had used the name Goliath, I would be perfectly ok with it, but this will be the 7th Goliath in the Six Flags chain, following the first use of Goliath in Magic Mountain back in 2000, followed by a Goliath at Six Flags Holland back in 2002, two more in 2006 at La Ronde and Six Flags over Georgia, followed by a Batman clone at Fiesta Texas named Goliath in 2008 and the renaming of the last Déjà Vu coaster as Goliath at Six Flags New England in 2012.
2015 - 40 Seasons - (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.
???? - Future Attraction Concept Surveys - (4/14/14) Apparently it’s the time of year for Six Flags to begin guests surveys to determine possible future needs and attractions for their parks. One reader took a survey for Six Flags Great America that quized them about the possibility of adding more big summer events, concerts and festivals to the park in the future, as well as an expanded Fright Fest season that might keep the Screams coming through to Mid-November, as well as judging any possible interest in a winter Holiday In The Park style event, even if many of the rides would likely be closed. In general, it sounds like Six Flags management is looking into ways to expand the park season later into the year.