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Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America
Chicago, Illinois

May 29, 2015

Six Flags Great America Marks Entertainment Milestone

Celebrate 40 Seasons of Thrills

Gurnee, Ill. — May 29, 2015 — On May 29, 1976 Great America engineers, designers and architects saw years of planning come to remarkable fruition. Initially built with a $50 million investment, thousands of workers and enumerable details, this 100-acre theme park was nestled between Chicago and Milwaukee touting themed areas representing the country’s bicentennial with classic Americana-themed territories.

Today, Six Flags Great America stands as one of the largest theme parks in the country with over 80 rides, shows and attractions plus a 20-acre water park, Hurricane Harbor. Over 100 million guests have walked through the Great America turnstiles to embark on incredible adventures and first-time rides with friends and family.

“Six Flags Great America is an important part of this area’s heritage. Many of our guests have grown up with this park and we’re a part of their family,” said park president, Hank Salemi. “We have a big year planned with a new children’s area, double rides, new shows and fireworks that we would encourage those who haven’t visited in a while to come back and rekindle their favorite Great America memories.”

40th season celebration includes:
•    Goliath – world’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
•    Hometown Park – a new children’s area for junior thrill-seekers
    Tots Livery Surrey Carriages
    Red Baron Airplanes
    Lady Bugs
•    Double rides on the following through August 23 
    American Eagle
    Columbia Carousel
    Buccaneer Battle
    Kidzopolis rides 
    Hometown Park rides
    Camp Cartoon rides (excluding Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets)
•    Epic attractions weekly spotlights – each week a different ride will be featured with guests riding back-to-back during the last hour of the night
•    Firework Fridays beginning June 26 through August 7

Six Flags Great America is the largest paid-ticket tourist destination in the state generating $100 billion in tourism revenue for Illinois. It has been proclaimed by the state of Illinois that May 29 will be known as Great America Day. 

The 2015 season promises to be the best yet. A season pass offers unlimited visits through Fright Fest and pays for itself in less than two visits. Find the best season pass deal at   

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