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Six Flags Great America to Celebrate 40 Seasons in 2015

A Look-Back on the Evolution of a True Americana Theme Park

GURNEE, Ill., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags Great America is excited to announce a celebration of 40 Seasons of Thrills in 2015. Initially built with a $50 million dollar investment, thousands of workers and enumerable details, Great America embodied the country's bicentennial with classic Americana-themed territories when it opened in 1976. Today, it is one of the largest theme parks in the country. Guests are invited to join in the fun for a retrospective look back at favorite shows, classic rides, plus weekly events featuring the park's world-class roller coasters.

"In 2015 we plan to celebrate our park's history and how it has grown to one of the premiere amusement parks in the country," said park president, Hank Salemi. "From the American Eagle to Goliath, and Whizzer to X Flight, the skyline of Great America has grown impressively over the last four decades,"

As a part of the 40th season celebration, the park will

  • Completely refresh the Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square sections of the park bringing back a nostalgic and classic feel to these signature territories
  • Restore three original children's rides to introduce to the next generation of thrill seekers:
    • Tots Livery Surrey Carriages
    • Red Baron Airplanes
    • Lady Bugs
  • Celebrate each roller coaster with in-park festivities and weekly events

The park's evolution over the past 40 seasons has lead the way with innovative, one-of-a-kind roller coasters, state-of-the-art shows and the development of a 20-acre water park.

From just three coasters at inauguration to fourteen today, Six Flags Great America, including Hurricane Harbor, is now home to more than 80 rides, slides and attractions spread across 100 acres of land. It is home to the world's tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster — Goliath — and boasts the most wooden roller coaster track in the world!

Six Flags is also announcing the start of 2015 Season Pass sales with a limited time offer through Labor Day featuring the lowest prices of the year on 2015 Passes. August 28 through September 1, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass with each Pass purchased. Gold Season Passes include admission to both Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends. 2015 Season Passes provide unlimited visits any operating day for the rest of 2014 (including park admission to Fright Fest®) and all of 2015. 

The biggest Fright Fest® ever is coming this fall with extended hours every Saturday until midnight. It will be six weekends featuring six haunted houses and six frightastic shows! For more information about upcoming 2015 Six Flags rides and attractions, including a video highlighting the new rides and attractions, visit

About Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor
Two great parks, one destination! Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, spectacular shows, three children's themed areas with over 30 rides and a nighttime parade.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 53 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit

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