Six Flags Great America
April 10, 2009
With Bond being the coaster rider now I had to get him up to one of my favorite
parks to do some more riding. Since I pretty much grew up riding
at Marriott's Great America before it became Six Flags I wanted to re-discover
the coasters there through his eyes.
Since he had the Friday before Easter off and I have a huge aversion to
the crowds that are always at Great America I figured that would be a fantastic
day to enjoy the park without the crowds. After setting the date I
started watching the weather and it sounded horrible. It was supposed
to be cloudy and in the 40's but the coaster Gods decided to favor us with
a sunny day with temperatures in the 50's and absolutely no one at the park.
So Bond, my brother Kevin and I were off to the park.
I find marketing departments at big corporate amusement parks amusing because
they tend to make totally outlandish claims like when Six Flags Over Georgia
marketed Mindbender as a 3 loop coaster when it only had 2 loops and a helix.
I'm pretty sure that someone in the marketing department pulled this claim
that they were the cleanest theme park in the world out of their neither
regions because a certain beloved park about a 6 hour drive to the south
called Holiday World has won the cleanest park Golden Ticket Award (basically
the amusement park industry Academy Awards) for well over a decade.
As soon as we were in the gates we were off to start our overindulgence
of rides with a stop to the Whizzer.
Bond had actually been on the Whizzer before when Great America was planning
on removing this so that they could put Superman where it was. I couldn't
let it get torn out without getting him one ride and back then he loved
it but hadn't been back since.