Six Flags Great America
Post Office Box 1776
Gurnee, Illinois 60031
Great America opened in 1976 and was one of three amusement parks owned
by the Marriot Corporation; it's sister park, Paramount's Great
America, is in Santa Clara, California. The park is now a member of
the Six Flags family.
Rides and Pastimes...
The Whizzer (1976)
A steel coaster by Anton Schwarzkopf that is 70 feet high and 3100 feet
in length, reaching speeds of 42 miles an hour and banks up to 70
degrees vertical over its nearly two minute ride time.
The Demon (1976)
Previously known as The Turn of the Century, this is a steel coaster
designed by Arrow Dynamics. It's 82 foot lift is followed by two
vertical loops (70 and 55 feet) and a double corkscrew. The entire
1250 foot long track takes 1 minute and 45 seconds to complete.
Tidal Wave (1978)
A classic Intamin gravity-driven shuttle loop coaster. The ride
accelerates along a straight path to 55 miles per hour (in a mere
4.2 seconds) and enters a 76 foot loop, continuing along the 849 foot
track where it stalls and then returns backwards through
the station. The entire ride takes only 36 seconds. The ride was
replaced by Batman the Ride in 1992.
The American Eagle (1981)
This is a twin wooden racing coaster designed by Intamin, Inc. The
track is 4650 feet long with a lift height of 127 feet; the first drop
is 55 degrees vertical and has a top speed of 66 miles an hour.
An 170 foot vertical Arrow Dynamics steel coaster. The coaster soars
down a 155 foot, 55 degree first drop and into a total of seven loops.
There is one 130 foot vertical loop, two 116 foot vertical loops, a
double corkscrew and a boomerang. Total ride time is about two minutes
and twenty seconds at a top speed of 65 miles per hour over the 3900
foot track length.
This was hailed as The United States' largest and fastest "stand up"
looping coaster. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, this 2900 foot
ride propels its riders down a 90 foot first drop and through a course
packed with steep drops, two tight curves, and two vertical loops. Its
top speed is 55 miles per hour in its two minute ride time.
Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, this is the world's first inverted
coaster. Riders find themselves "hanging" from a ski-lift-like chair
as it screams through 2700 feet of track, covering two vertical loops,
two flatspins, and a unique heartline loop designed to give the
sensation of 0 G's for about four seconds. The two minute ride reaches
top speeds of up to fifty miles per hour. The release of this ride
coincides with the release of the Time-Warner film, Batman
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