SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
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Park News - (4/12/18) Don't say I didn't warn you first, but Six Flags Great America has confirmed that the park will remain open through to the end of the year in 2018 for the first time in its 42-year history, with the addition of a new "Holiday in the Park" winter event that will keep the gates open through to New Year's Eve.
(4/10/18) Screamscape sources tell us that when Six Flags Great America opens for the season, guests will soon notice th at the park's Camp Cartoon area will no longer include any of the old Hanna Barbera themed characters and attraction names. Most of the rides will be given semi generic names or have them shortened to remove the character reference. For example I'm told the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine will simply be called "Crazy Bus" and Spacely's Sprocket Rockets will just be called "Sprocket Rockets". Also, I'm told that the Bedrock Boulder Roller kiddie ferris wheel was also removed entirely over the winter. (Note: This wouldn’t be the only park to remove HB characters, as Six Flags Fiesta Texas also closed their Scooby Doo dark ride.)
This wont be the only surprise coming for the park however, as our sources tell us that we can expect Six Flags to announce that the Holiday In The Park winter festivities will also be coming to the park in the near future.
2018 - Mardi Gras Hangover - (2/14/18) Six Flags Great America has announced that they finally have picked a name for the "World's Largest Loop Coaster" Larson Giant Loop ride coming to the park for 2018. Hence, going forward the ride will now be called the "Mardi Gras Hangover" when it opens this Spring.
Fitting in with the Mardi Gras theme, the park also announced that they will put on a new Mardi Gras Festival sometime late in the Summer season, which I'm guessing will be a copy of the new Mardi Gras Festival that premiered at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2017.
(8/31/17) While they don't currently have a name for the ride yet, Six Flags Great America promises to add the "World's Largest Loop Coaster" for 2018, which is actually an extra large sized version of a Larson Giant Loop flat ride. According to the description, "This world-record breaking attraction will take riders forward and backward on a gigantic loop before suspending them completely upside down for plenty of wicked hang-time."
"This ride will have riders traveling in unique “face-off” seating. Thrill seekers will go through a whirlwind series of 360° revolutions suspended upside down for the most insane, inverted hang-time of any coaster in the park before reeling down in the opposite direction."
It will be 100 feet tall and seat 32-riders at a time and be located in the park's Mardi Gras section. Oh... and about that name? It was rumored to be called "Hurricane Force 5" but I can only assume that with the destruction in Texas going on from Hurricane Harvey at the moment, they've opted to reconsider that one at the last second, which is a good call.
(8/24/17) Six Flags Great America has confirmed that the park will soon be closing their King Chaos ride (Top Spin). I assume this is to make way for whatever new attraction they have planned for 2018, but it is always possible that it was simply time to retire the attraction for one reason or another. Sunday is your last chance to ride King Chaos as they prepare to #ChaseTheStorm2018.
On a related note, another source has backed up the rumor of the park getting a special "World's Tallest and Fastest" Larson Super Loop ride for 2018. The standard Larson "Giant Loop" ride that they've been selling to parks over the past couple years is 73 feet tall (22 meters), but the rumored new XL version coming to SFGAm is said to be well over 100 feet tall and may be called "Hurricane Force 5", borrowing the name that Fiesta Texas used for their Disk'O in 2016.
(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.