Six Flag's Great America

Gurnee, Illinois

2000

A Farewell To The Sky Whirl

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The Sky Whirl at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

The Sky Whirl was one of the few three arm Ferris wheels in existence.  After the 2000 season Six Flag's Great America decided to remove this classic family ride for a roller coaster.

The Sky Whirl at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Now I'm not one to complain about one of my favorite parks building a coaster but I mourn the loss of this special ride.  In the next few pages I'll show some pictures and share some memories of this beloved ride.

The Sky Whirl at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

The Sky Whirl opened with the park in 1976 and was one of only four rides of it's kind.  There was another Sky Whirl at the identical Great America in California and there's one in Japan and one in Kuwait.

 

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Paul B. Drabek