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SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Chicago, Illinois
Six Flags Theme Parks

 

 

 

 

 

Park News
- (1/15/2024) According to information given at the ACE No Coaster Con event, Six Flags Great America has a few interesting off-season projects they’re working on. The list includes retracking on the Viper wooden coaster, work on the lifts for Joker and American Eagle, and Whizzer is getting a new control system. Elsewhere, Condor is planned to reopen this season and the Crazy Bus will also be getting a major rehab.
    Elsewhere in the park, there are plans to renovate the park’s front gate (inside and out), new landscaping to the Carousel Plaza, new brickwork outside Sticky Fingers, and in the County Fair the removal of the Kidzopolis ship, Revolution, American Eagle/DDD portal and the basketball game.

 

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icon_STOP2024 - Sky Striker - (7/1/2024) Six Flags Great America has now opened their new Sky Striker ride, a Zamperla Discovery Giga 40 pendulum ride. Zamperla described the ride as an experience where “riders are launched skyward, they will feel a surge of excitement from soaring high into the sky. The pendulum's back-and-forth motion creates a sense of vertigo, while reaching incredible heights induces an unparalleled freefall sensation.”
    According to Six Flags Great America Park President, John Krajnak, “We are thrilled to introduce Sky Striker to our world-class lineup of attractions here at Six Flags Great America”. “Our ongoing relationship with Zamperla has been instrumental in bringing
innovative and exhilarating attractions to our guests. The addition of Sky Striker not
only exemplifies the quality and excitement that Zamperla attractions are known for,
but also reinforces our commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences to our
guests.”
 
    (6/14/2024) Local media thrill ride aficionado, Marcus Leshock, takes the new Sky Striker ride at Six Flags Great America for a test spin in the video clip below. At this time, the park has not set an official opening day for the new ride, but I can’t imagine it will be too long from now if they are testing with live media broadcasters. From the look of the site in the video, it may just come down to finishing up the entrance and queue areas before they can open.

 
    (4/13/2024) According to a local news update, the pieces of the new Sky Striker ride coming to Six Flags Great Adventure are on site, but not yet put together. The say that the timetable is to have the ride ready to open “later this spring”.
 
    (2/10/2024) According to the local news, the warmer than normal winter season has allowed for construction projects to move forward unhindered at Six Flags Great America. As such, they say that when Six Flags Great America opens for the 2024 season on April 20, we can also expect the new Sky Striker ride to be ready to open.
    This is a nice switch for Six Flags, as many of their parks over the past several years have seen the opening of their new rides delayed until Summer and even Fall months. This has been much to the outrage of the park’s season passholders who often decide if they are going to buy a pass or not  based on what’s going to be new at the park each season.
 
    (8/30/2023) Six Flags Great America’s website has confirmed that Sky Striker is coming in 2024. As many predicted, this will be a new Zamperla Giant Discovery, a 172 foot tall spinning pendulum ride that will swing guests back and forth at speeds up to 75 mph.
 
    (8/19/2023) The latest tweet from Six Flags Great America seems to indicate that the park’s Revolution ride (a Huss Frisbee if I’m not mistaken) may be leaving at the end of the season. The tweet also includes the #TakeToThe Skies2024 hashtag, and if the park is indeed adding a Zamperla Giant Discovery, it would make sense to remove Revolution as it offers a similar ridge experience, just in a much smaller size.

 
    (8/18/2023) An interesting note has come in about the 2024 teaser set-up at Six Flags Great America. It was pointed out on Twitter that the “Day 172 on Strike” sign could be a reference to a Zamperla Giant Discovery ride, which just happens to be height of that ride model, and Six Flags has purchased a good number of them throughout the chain so far.
    The lightning bolt in the middle of the word “Strike” also kind of struck me funny, as we know Six Flags like to us DC comic characters as themes for their rides, and this particular bolt brings the character of Shazam to mind immediately… along with the related Black Adam character.

 
    (8/17/2023) So what’s going on at Six Flags Gream America? Now the entrance to the park’s Dare Devil Dive (Skycoaster) has been decorated and themed with new signs claiming that the Dare Devil is on Strike, “Day 172 On Strike” and the hashtag, #TakeToTheSkies2024.
 
    (8/13/2023) Is Six Flags Great America adding something new for 2024? According to some posts on social media, the park has started to use the hashtag, #TakeToTheSkies2024 in various posts. No official announcements of course, and really not a solid teaser other than the hashtag, but it clearly seems to indicate something new is planned.
    While the name could possibly be indicative of something tall like a Sky Screamer, it could also point to something like the Dare Devil Dive Flying Machines that were added to Six Flags Fiesta Texas during the pandemic. Stay tuned…

 

2024-2026 - Family Friendly Additions & Long Term Park Improvements - (7/9/2023) According to a few rumors that have been coming in over the past year, Six Flags HQ has a vision in place for Six Flags Great America, and it isn’t for a bunch of big new roller coasters. The goal is to make Six Flags Great America more family friendly, and to that goal the park could focus on adding new family friendly additions over the next 2 or 3 years, along with an assortment of clean-up and improvement projects.
    For the past year we know the stated goal of the current Six Flags CEO is to go after the family demographic and be less reliant upon the thrill seeking teenage crowd. To that end we’ve seen higher prices hit many of the Six Flags parks, attempts to change out the food offerings, and in general, a desire to try to tap more into the same vein of visitors that Disney parks appeal to. At the same time, Six Flags Great America has been a park that has hit the news headlines for all the wrong reasons too often over the past few years, especially when fights and other guest behavioral problems cause chaos.
    Despite the problems, the current build and attractions in the park should appeal to the demographics they now want easily, but in the theme park business your future guest’s attention is always focused on your latest projects. With that in mind, a project rumored to have been in the works to upgrade and retheme the park’s “Camp Cartoon” area may be the next big project. There is also talk of replacing the closed Buccaneer Battle and Go Karts area with other new projects, but at this time I’m unsure of in which order these ideas may be undertaken, so stay tuned.

 

 


 

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Track Record

Six Flags Great America
Chicago, Illinois
Six Flags Theme Parks

Abbreviation: SFGAm
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Newest Developments
2022 - DC Universe

2021 - Tsunami Surge

2019 - Maxx Force

2018 - Mardi Gras Hangover

2017 - The Joker

2016 - Justice League

2015 - Red Baron, Tot’s Libery and Ladybugs

2014 - Goliath

2013 - Batman Backwards,
igNIGHT, Viper Backwards

2012 - X-Flight

2011 - Riptide Bay

2010 - Little Dipper, Glow In The Park Parade, SkyTrail, MagiQuest

2009 - Buccaneer Battle

 

 
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