Six Flags Great America

6th June 2010

After the oppressive heat in Phoenix it was very pleasant to return to a brisk morning in northern Chicago, where the bright sunshine was kept in check by a pleasant cooling breeze. We entered Six Flags Great America roughly twenty minutes before the published opening time, and while the rides were still closed guests were being encouraged to queue wherever they wished, a nice change from Cedar Fair policy. Most seemed interested in going for the bigger rides, and thus we were the first in line for Dark Knight (#1518), a straight duplicate of the version ridden on Monday. A third version of this ride has been installed at Six Flags Mexico, though I'm not expecting to get back there for a few years.

History Board

We made a brief stop at Vertical Velocity before heading on to the recently relocated Little Dipper. This ride operated for over fifty years at the now defunct Kiddieland, a park which closed its gates at the end of last year due to a dispute between the various owners. Six Flags deserves a lot of credit for rescuing this piece of Chicago history, and restoring it for future generations to enjoy. The ride has been repainted and modernised, with a computer controlled system replacing the old manual brake lever. Other than that, however, it is exactly what it was in its former home, a top notch family ride.

Light crowds in the park meant we had scope to do quite a few extra rides before heading for the airport. Two back to back circuits on Raging Bull confirmed once again that B&M are the undisputed masters of smooth steel coasters. Batman the Ride was every bit as intense as it was the first time I rode it. Finally, a trip on Superman Ultimate Flight proved an excellent way to conclude a superb holiday.

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Six Flags Great America

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