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Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

There is always one last trip report to sit down and write at the end of a busy year and this one happens to be the one for 2016.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

I try to get everything done before the end of the year but as I sit here mid-February 2017 to write this report from the summer of 2016 it is pretty obvious I failed in meeting that self imposed deadline.  Just take these photos as a nice mid winter mental vacation back to the sunny and warm month of June 2016. 

As an uncle I find it my responsibility to thoroughly corrupt my nieces and nephews in the way of the coaster and to give them a fun break from their parents with a trip to a park.  This visit Bond and I took my niece Allison and her friend Emily to Six Flags Great America for some fun.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Our first stop at Six Flags Great America was the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Well it is not totally new to Bond and I as we have been enjoying this ride at Six Flags St. Louis for a couple of years now.  Six Flags seem very keen lately on finding good rides and sending copies of them to all of the parks in the chain.  Part of me is fine with that thought process and part of me is not.  What is fine is that as a result parks are getting copies of great rides like Justice League.  The bad part is for those of us who travel or visit multiple parks with the exact same rides at each park eventually they loose their charm and eventually every Six Flags Park will be just like going to a McDonalds where there will be little to distinguish them.

Still Justice League is really fun although I wish they built two of them here instead of one because the amount of guests at Six Flags Great America dwarfs Six Flags St. Louis and the lines for this great ride are already too long there and this one gets insane.  Just a little tip if you want to ride Justice League get to Six Flags Great America before the park opens and make the mad dash there as soon as the rope drops.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Here is Bond...the keeper of the refillable drink cup. 

I have to say that the best thing that Six Flags added to all of the parks is the All Season Dining Plan.  Bond and I always purchase ours during the annual Six Flags Labor Day sale for something like $80 per person.  Along with 2 meals and a snack each day we visit for the rest of the year following labor day you then have all of those meals the next year PLUS a free refillable drink cup good for whenever you visit.  I can say that Six Flags loses money on Bond and myself on drinks alone but it makes it so easy to say "hey let's go to a park" knowing all we have to pay for then is the gas to get there.  It has probably doubled our park visits just because we don't have to pay for meals.


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