SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
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Park News - (11/12/20) Last week it was mentioned that the Six Flags corporate office planned on removing 15 rides from the chain of parks over the winter break. These would be rides identified as having maintenance issues, or rides with low guest satisfaction scores that also have very high maintenance costs, and so on. With 15 rides to be retired, this works out possibly being one ride from every park, though the breakdown may not work that way.
Thus far the most suggested ride that Six Flags Great America might retire over the winter could be the Yankee Clipper. The old flume ride is one of the oldest rides in the park that not only takes up a good amount of space, but likely has high maintenance costs due to its age. We’ve also been told that it isn’t uncommon for the ride to sit closed for long periods of time each season, which makes it a good candidate for removal.
(10/17/20) While Six Flags Great America has not been allowed to open thus far in 2020, the park will open for the first time next month for a special “Holiday in the Park Lights” display. The special event will begin on Nov. 27 showing off displays of over 2.5 million lights throughout the park. Rides will not be running, but guests will be allowed in with face-masks after a temperature check to enjoy the holiday displays, music and park food items on select dates through to Dec. 27, 2020.
(7/11/20) Six Flags Great America has announce that they will reopen their Hurricane Harbor waterpark for passholders and members from July 20-26, 2020. After that the waterpark will reopen to the public as well, but reservations are required to visit, and all guests must pass through a thermal scan before entry and wear a face mask while in the park, which can be removed when enjoying the water attractions and pools.
Keep in mind that at this time, only the water park is reopening. The main Great America theme park will remain closed until they have decided on a date when it will be able to reopen.
(7/7/20) The word from the local news is that Six Flags has now begun the process of hiring Lifeguards for the Hurricane Harbor waterpark at Six Flags Great America as well as the one in Rockford. While no date has been set to open either waterpark for the season, apparently Six Flags was informed by the governor's office that waterparks will be able to reopen soon.
(1/29/20) Six Flags Great America finds itself in trouble again over Privacy issues in Illinois. In this case however the issue is more severe and has nothing to do with guest biometrics. According to Bloomberg, a lawsuit has been filed against the park because the purchase receipts being printed out as the park are listing too many credit-card numbers than they should and are in violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, which says that if more than the last five digits of your card are printed on your receipt they are in violation, and no part of the expiration date should appear anywhere.
According to the claims of the plaintiffs, the receipts they received from five purchases at the park listed the first 6-digits, and the last 4-digits of their cards. Obviously printing up to 10 out of the 16 digits on your average credit card is a problem.
2021 - Tsunami Surge - (7/23/20) Six Flags Great America has now confirmed that the new Tsunami Surge water coaster intended for the 2020 season will now not open until 2021.
(3/24/20) New renderings of the Tsunami Surge slide coming to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great America can be seen here and here. If this water-jet coaster slide layout looks a little familiar, it should, because it appears to be a mirror-clone of MASSIV, the slide that opened at Schlitterbahn Galveston back in 2016. Well… almost a clone, as Tsunami Surge will take the record away from MASSIV to be the world’s tallest water coaster by increasing the height of the slide from 81 to 86 feet. You can catch a POV video of MASSIV below for a good refernece of what the experience will be like.
Of course, MASSIV doesn’t have the AquaLucent effects in the tunnels that Tsunami Surge will have. Oh… and I guess you can ignore all the incorrect images Six Flags has posted on the website that heavily feature those big saucer shaped hairpin turns, because you wont find a single one on Tsunami Surge.
(8/29/19) For 2020 Six Flags Great America will add the ‘World’s Tallest Water Coaster’ to their Hurricane Harbor waterpark. The new slide will be called Tsunami Surge and will stand 86 feet tall and use water jets to propel guests on a raft through a 950 foot long slide with tunnel sections at speeds up to 28mph. There will be three uphill blast sections, five hairpin turns, five drops and for the first time at any Six Flags park, they say that this new slide will feature “Aqualucent” visual effects in the slides to create “mind-blowing bursts of colors and dreamlike patterns”. Look for Tsunami Surge to be built in the Riptide Bay section of the waterpark.