Six Flags Great America
Fright Fest 2012
Gurnee, Illinois
October 6, 2012
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Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

October means two things.  The first it means that the end of the coaster season here in the Midwest is near and secondly it's time for the monsters, ghouls and demons to take over your local amusement park.

Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

We're kind of Six Flags St. Louis'd out and we wanted to visit family so Bond and I decided to end our coaster season at a park we never grow tired of: Six Flags Great America.

Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

A few days before our visit the 50 foot long spider "Tiny" that has resided during Fright Fest on the Eagle's barrel section overlooking I-94 fell to her death.  She was the runt of the litter and just couldn't hold on during one of the Chicago area's windy days and fell to her demise.  From what I hear it was a touching ceremony when they buried her with Arachnologists in tears over the loss.

Speaking of the Eagle.  I didn't get any pictures of it but we luckily got a brakeless run (other than the trims before the final helix) and coming out of the barrel we were treated with amazing ejector seat airtime.  It was the best ride I've had on this coaster ever and if Six Flags would run it like that it'd be a whole lot more popular and closer to the top of the coaster rankings.


Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

As you can see King Kong has taken refuge on the Sky Trek Tower.  We waited for the biplanes to come and shoot him down but they never arrived.

Of course we took a few rides on The Whizzer as a ride on that masterpiece of a coaster is an essential part to the Six Flags Great America experience.



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