Six Flags Great America

Amusement park in the United States
Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Status Operating
Opened May 29, 1976
Owner Six Flags
Previous names Marriott's Great America
Area 123 acres (49.8 hectares)

Six Flags Great America is a Six Flags theme park in the Chicago metropolitan area, located in Gurnee, Illinois, USA. It first opened on May 29, 1976 as Marriott's Great America, with a near-identical sister park of the same name (now known as California's Great America) opening nine days prior. Six Flags purchased the Illinois park from the Marriott Corporation in 1984, making it the seventh park in the chain. As of 2023, the park has nine themed sections, a 20-acre (65,000 m²) water park, three specially themed children's areas, and various other forms of entertainment.


While Six Flags Great America was closed for the entire 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hurricane Harbor operated that year.[1] The park then reopened on April 24, 2021.[2]

Roller coasters

View of most of the park

Present (15)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
American Eagle Intamin Wooden
May 23, 1981 Operating
Batman The Ride Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted May 9, 1992 Operating
Demon Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down May 29, 1976 Operating
Flash: Vertical Velocity Intamin Launched
May 18, 2001 Operating
Goliath Rocky Mountain Construction Wooden June 19, 2014 Operating
Joker S&S Worldwide 4th Dimension
May 27, 2017 Operating
Little Dipper Philadelphia Toboggan Company Wooden
May 27, 2010 Operating
Maxx Force S&S Worldwide Launched July 4, 2019 Operating
Raging Bull Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper May 1, 1999 Operating
Sprocket Rockets Vekoma Sit-Down 1998 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Bolliger & Mabillard Flying May 3, 2003 Operating
The Dark Knight Coaster Mack Rides Wild Mouse
May 21, 2008 Operating
Viper Six Flags Wooden April 29, 1995 Operating
Whizzer Schwarzkopf Sit-Down 1976 Operating
X-Flight Bolliger & Mabillard Winged May 16, 2012 Operating

Past (8)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Déjà Vu Vekoma Inverted
October 7, 2001 October 28, 2007 Relocated to Silverwood Theme Park
Gulf Coaster Bradley & Kaye Kiddie 1976 1976 Unknown
Iron Wolf Bolliger & Mabillard Stand-Up April 28, 1990 September 5, 2011 Relocated to Six Flags America
Ragin' Cajun Zamperla Spinning
Wild Mouse
May 28, 2004 October 27, 2013 Relocated to Six Flags America
Rolling Thunder Intamin Bobsled 1989 1995 Relocated to Great Escape
ShockWave Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down June 3, 1988 2002 Scrapped
Tidal Wave Schwarzkopf Launched
May 6, 1978 1991 Relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia
Z-Force Intamin Sit-Down July 10, 1985 1987 Relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia


Under construction

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Sky Striker Zamperla Frisbee 2024


Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Aquaman Splashdown Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1976
Big Easy Balloons Zamperla Balloon Race 2004
Bouncer Zamperla Junior Drop Tower 2007
Chubasco Zamperla Teacups 1996
Columbia Carousel Chance Rides Carousel 1976
Condor HUSS Condor 1991
Crazy Bus Zamperla Crazy Bus 1998
DC Super Villains Swing Zierer Waveswinger 1976
Fiddler's Fling Schwarzkopf Calypso 1976
Giant Drop Intamin Drop Tower 1997
Hometown Fun Machine Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 1976
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Oceaneering Entertainment Systems Tracked Dark Ride 2016
Krazy Kars Zamperla Track Ride 2007
Krazy Kups Zamperla Junior Teacups 2007
Lady Bugs Modern Products Roundabout 1976
Lobster Schwarzkopf Polyp 1976
Logger's Run Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1976
Red Baron Chance Rides Junior Jets 1976
Ricochet HUSS Ramba Zamba/Swingaround 1977
River Rocker Zamperla Pirate Ship 1996
Roaring Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1984
Rue Le Dodge Soli Dodgems 1976
Scenic Railway G.E. Custom Fabricators Miniature Railway 1976
Sky Trek Tower Intamin Observation Tower 1977
Tot's Livery Carousels USA Roundabout 1976
Triple Play HUSS Troika 1976
Up, Up & Away Zamperla Balloon Tower 2007
Winner's Circle Go Karts J&J Amusements Go-Karts 1999
Yahoo River Theel Brothers Manufacturing Roundabout 1976
ZoomJets Zamperla Jets 2007


Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Buccaneer Battle Mack Rides Splash Battle 2009 2022 Unknown
Cajun Cliffhanger Chance Rides Rotor 1976 2000 Scrapped
Dare Devil Dive Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster 1997 2023 Stored in Employee Parking Lot
Davey Jones Dinghies Intamin Flying Dutchman 1977 1982 Unknown
Delta Flyer Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve 1976 1990 Scrapped
Edge Intamin Freefall 1983 1986 Relocated to Rocky Point Park
Great America Raceway Arrow Dynamics Track Ride 1976 2010 Scrapped
Jester's Wild Ride Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2004 2016 Unknown
King Chaos HUSS Top Spin 2004 2017 Previously Stored, but now Unknown
Mardi Gras Hangover Larson International Super Loop 2018 2023 Relocated to Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World
Orbit Schwarzkopf Enterprise 1976 2016 Scrapped
Power Dive Intamin Ranger 1987 2001 Scrapped
Revolution HUSS Frisbee 2004 2023 Relocated to Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World
Sky Whirl Waagner-Biro Triple-Wheel 1976 2000 Scrapped
Splashwater Falls Hopkins Shoot The Chute 1986 2007 Scrapped
Trailblazer Zamperla Rainbow 1996 2006 Scrapped
Eagle's Flight Von Roll Cableway 1976 1984 Cars relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Over Georgia[3]
Southern Cross Von Roll Cableway 1977 1983 or earlier[4] Cars relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Over Georgia[5]

Non-ride attractions

Sky Trail

Sky Trail was a ropes course which operated from 2010 to 2014.


  1. "Hurricane Harbor opens in Gurnee with coronavirus measures in place".
  2. "They're back! Six Flags Great America opens April 24 and Hurricane Harbor opens May 29".
  3. "Sky Ride At Six Flags Great Adventure". Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  4. "DELTA FLYER / EAGLE'S FLIGHT". Great America Parks. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  5. "Sky Ride At Six Flags Great Adventure". Retrieved 2022-01-02.

Amusement parks operated by Six Flags