GURNEE, Ill., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags Great America has
announced plans for its third extensive family entertainment expansion in less
than 10 years. This spring, the Midwest's premier theme park will see the
addition of five new rides and a newly themed Mardi Gras section of the park.
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"Six Flags Great America is committed to providing an ever evolving
entertainment experience where families can play together," said vice
president and general manager, Tim Black. "This is a considerable expansion
to our family product and we are excited about the additions. This is one
party our guests won't want to miss."
Plans to update, expand and renew the existing Orleans Place section of
the park will convert the area into a non-stop Mardi Gras party. The newly
themed Mardi Gras section will host four of the park's five new rides,
including Six Flags Great America's 13th coaster, Ragin' Cajun, live
entertainment and themed restaurants.
Ragin' Cajun is a fast track roller coaster unlike any other at Six Flags
Great America. The only coaster of its type in the Midwest, Ragin' Cajun will
zigzag guests through 1,378 feet of quick twists, tight curves and
breathtaking drops. Its uniquely designed four-passenger cars spin
independently throughout the ride course, so that no two ride experiences are
alike. This family coaster's characteristic hairpin turns and sudden spins
will have guests ragin' about their Cajun good time.
"Ragin' Cajun will add a whole new coaster experience to our park," said
Black. "This wild, spinning adventure provides lots of thrills and surprises
that even the most experienced thrill-seekers will appreciate."
Only the courageous will dare to experience the fury of the king himself.
King Chaos will take fearless thrill-seekers to the outer limits of intensity
as it twirls riders high above the park's Mardi Gras celebration. Passengers
are seated in a two row, rectangular gondola while waiting for the chaos to
begin. Calm at first, the King baits its riders into believing that it has
granted them mercy. In reality, guests experience the King's rolling
rotations for a full two minutes before finally returning to the ground.
If it's a more tame party fun-seekers crave, two new family attractions
are a must. Located at the heart of Mardi Gras, guests will find Six Flags
Great America's answer to the Big Easy. Up, up and away guests will go on the
park's new attraction, Big Easy Balloons. The colorfully designed royal
balloons set sail every few minutes and gives riders the opportunity to enjoy
an exciting, whirly view of the party below. If they choose to spice things
up a bit, guests may also control their trip by wildly spinning their balloon
round and round.
While in Mardi Gras, be sure to board The Jester's Wild Ride. This
unique, Mardi Gras parade float rocks riders forward and backward on a
specially designed U-shaped track. Just when guests think they have it all
figured out, the ride's signature spin kicks in. The Jester's Wild Ride is an
innovative, new family attraction that will delight children of all ages.
Not to be outdone by the majesty of the new Mardi Gras section is the
park's fifth new attraction, Revolution. Hold on tight because the
star-spangled addition of this new ride will leave guests screaming for more.
Located in the park's County Fair section, the Revolution begins as riders
board the brightly colored circular pendulum. Guests spin round and round
more than 65 feet above the midway enjoying the swing of a lifetime.
In addition to the park's new rides and themed area, families can
experience six new shows, unique meet and greet opportunities with the park's
famous characters, an exciting festival series and a party atmosphere that
cannot be replicated anywhere else in the Midwest.
"Introducing another great family package one year after the 2003 launch
of an incredible roller coaster, re-enforces our commitment to providing
entertainment for all ages," said Black. "This year, we've made it even
easier for families to spend time together by introducing a brand new line-up
of fun the entire family will enjoy."
More information about the Six Flags Great America 2004 season can be
found online at sixflags.com .
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company. Through its subsidiaries, it owns and operates a total of 39 parks
in North America and Europe. Six Flags parks serve 35 of the 50 largest
metropolitan areas in the United States. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly held
corporation with corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The
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