Queensbury, New York, USA
150 acres (60.7 hectares)
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom is an amusement park located in Queensbury, New York, USA. It opened in 1957 as Storytown USA and has since been renamed to The Great Escape and acquired by Six Flags.
History[edit | edit source]
The Great Escape was opened in 1954 as Storytown USA, a Mother Goose themed amusement park. In 1957, realizing that the park was geared only toward small children, the park opened its Ghosttown area, the first of many themed areas opened in the park's history.
In 1983, the park officially changed its name from Storytown USA to The Great Escape. For publicity, the park placed bumper stickers on every car in the parking lot. This practice stopped a few years later due to complaints.
In 1984, the Great Escape opened Steamin' Demon, the first of its eventual seven roller coasters. The main attraction, a wooden roller coaster called the Comet, re-opened at The Great Escape in 1994. This roller coaster had moved from Crystal Beach after 41-year history as The Comet. Roller coaster enthusiasts recognize it as one of the best wooden roller coasters in North America.
In 1995, The Great Escape opened its waterpark, Splashwater Kingdom. The next year, the park was acquired by Six Flags, though it retained its park name. In 1997, it opened another coaster, the Boomerang Coast-to-Coaster, and the Alpine Bobsled opened the next year. The rapid addition of roller coasters included the next year with the addition of the indoor ride Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon. These additions slowed and did not continue until the opening of Canyon Blaster in 2003. This was the most recent roller coaster to be introduced, excluding the family coaster Road Runner Express (later renamed Frankie's Mine Train in 2010).
The Great Escape has its own indoor hotel, The Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark. The hotel is located across from the park and includes a 38,000 square foot indoor waterpark. This is New York's first indoor waterpark. The hotel opened in 2006 and has recieved many positive reviews and quickly sold out its opening week. In 2009, The Great Escape opened Sasquatch, an S&S Combo Tower relocated from Six Flags New Orleans. The ride is located near the entrance of the park and is very popular. The same year, The Great Escape hosted its first Holiday in the Park, only for it to be cancelled the following season.
In addition to typical amusement park rides, the Great Escape offers a variety of unique shows, most notable of which is a high dive show featuring a team of divers scaling an 80-foot tower and plunging into a 10-foot-deep pool.
Roller coasters[edit | edit source]
Present[edit | edit source]
|Canyon Blaster||Arrow Dynamics||Mine Train||2003||Operating|
|Comet||Philadelphia Toboggan Company||Wooden||1994||Operating|
|Frankie's Mine Train||Zamperla||Family||2005||Operating|
|Steamin' Demon||Arrow Dynamics||Sit-Down||1984||Operating|
Past[edit | edit source]
|Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon||Schwarzkopf||Enclosed||1999||2006||-|
|Amusement parks operated by Six Flags|
|Current||America • Darien Lake • Discovery Kingdom • Fiesta Texas • Frontier City • Great Adventure • Great America • Great Escape • La Ronde • Magic Mountain • México • New England • Over Georgia • Over Texas • St. Louis|
|Former||AstroWorld • Belgium • Bellewaerde • Elitch Gardens • Holland • Kentucky Kingdom • New Orleans • Warner Bros. Movie World Germany • Warner Bros. Park Madrid • Wild Waves and Enchanted Village • Worlds of Adventure|