Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, Illinois
April 10, 2009
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Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

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.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

 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. 

The Whizzer Roller Coaster at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

As soon as we were in the gates we were off to start our overindulgence of rides with a stop to the Whizzer.

The Whizzer Roller Coaster at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois


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.



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