Category Archives: Roller Coasters

New for 2019! MAXX FORCE 78 MPH

NEW  FOR  2019! 

Maxx Force is a launched steel roller coaster at Six Flags Great America. It opens on July 4, 2019, and was manufactured by S&S – Sansei Technologies. The ride holds the record for fastest launch in North America at 78 miles per hour (126 km/h) in 1.8 seconds,   AND   the fastest inversion at 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), and the tallest double inversion in the world at 175 feet (53 m).

After leaving the station, the train pulls forward into the launch area. The train sits in place for a moment, before launching out of the area at a speed of 0 to 78 mph in just 1.8 seconds. It then goes into a “dog tongue” double inversion at 60 mph, and exits while turning to the right. It then goes into a corkscrew, and then up into a “Dive Roll”, before returning to the station.


NEW  FOR  2017! 

The Joker – FREE FLY  coaster!

The ride will be the 15th coaster on the Gurnee theme park’s active roster. The 12-story Joker  will be in  Yankee Harbor, next to Great America’s 1992 entirely different version of Batman: The Ride.

Riders will proceed up a 90-degree lift hill and then “flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey.”

“Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next,” park officials said in the statement. “The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience this wild adventure with no track above or below — just the sky, ground and plenty of sinister thrills.”


Ride specifications  list the ride’s height as 109 feet, with vehicles reaching 38 mph and generating 2.8 G’s as they roll along for 50 seconds on more than 1,000 feet of track.

“The 4D Free Spin utilizes magnetic technology to induce and control spinning,” the S&S statement added. “These unique vehicles hold eight passengers seated in pairs, four on each side of the track. The three layers of vertically stacked track feature speed bumps and two beyond-vertical raven drops.”


OUT IN THE PARK Six Flags Great America 2014


Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2014 BIGGER Than EVER!

Lady Bunny Takes On Goliath!


A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment

Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago

That Will Help Benefit AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW)

 Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 7PM to 12AM

Attendees for this year’s third annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions.  Those who dare will have a unique opportunity to experience GOLIATH with the shortest waiting times of the season!  Setting not one, but THREE new world records, Six Flags Great America’s GOLIATH will be the World’s fastest wooden coaster complete with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders 180 feet nearly straight down (85 Degrees) at 72 miles per hour!

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex are paired up with the legendary, larger-than-life, over-the-top, gorgeous NYC entertainer that is the one and only LADY BUNNY! Drag Diva Supreme, DJ, and Comedienne Extraordinaire Lady Bunny takes center stage with SCARLET Bar burning up the turntables with nothing but danceable, FUN music and Lady Bunny closes the evening with her trademark, OUTRAGEOUS, pop-culture-lyric-comedy parodies!


Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of  Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales this year helping benefit AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW).  One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

In an interview with “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 15 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Lady Bunny is flying in from New York to guest DJ and do her  comedy schtick and be a part of the festivities.  Trannika Rex and the DJ’s of SCARLET Bar know how to have FUN and play music you want to dance to!  Handsome designer Traver Rains will be on hand! Add GOLIATH to the mix of all this and it will truly be a night that’s ridiculously great!”

Sorles continued on to say “The last two Out In The Park Events allowed us as a community to raise almost $25,000 for Chicago’s Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and Chicago House.  This year were changing it up and raising money for the ARCW because Out In The Park enjoys huge support and attendance from Wisconsin folks because of the park’s close proximity and we feel it’s only fair that Wisconsin charities share in the proceeds occasionally as well.”

We thank the Six Flags organization and Best Gay Cities for this wonderful opportunity to benefit from their 2014 Out In The Park event. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the first Medicaid HIV medical home in the United States, serves 3,000 patients who are all confronting HIV/AIDS, a disease that is expensive, complex and still has no cure. We encourage every fan of adventure and adrenalin rides to come OUT on September 13, 2014 and have fun at Six Flags, because this fun will be converted into crucial funding for the ARCW Medical Center helping patients achieve longer, healthier lives with HIV.”

Dan Mueller, Chief Development Officer for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin


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AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW)

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is home to the ARCW Medical Center – Wisconsin’s largest and fastest growing HIV health care system. Through its integrated medical, dental and mental health clinics along with its pharmacy and dedicated social services that include food pantries, a legal program, and social work case management, more than 3,300 HIV patients in Wisconsin gain the health care and social services they need for long-term survival with HIV disease from ARCW.

Since 2007, has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community. In 2012 they turned their network of connections and supporters into an opportunity for philanthropy. Producing and marketing events for the greater good in 3 states! (so far!)

X FLIGHT thrills at Six Flags Great America

Get ready to take flight! The most highly anticipated thrill experience of 2012 is ready for launch. X Flight, an extreme, revolutionary wing coaster debuts today at Six Flags Great America. The Gurnee theme park’s newest coaster is one of the first-of-its-kind in the world.

X Flight is a ground-breaking wing coaster featuring state-of-the-art technology. X Flight launches riders on a flight that defies gravity, with no track above or below them. Riders sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with their feet dangling, as they begin their climb up a 12-story plunge launching them into speeds of 55mph through 3,000 feet of intense drops and five inversions, including a barrel roll and zero-g roll. One of the most adrenaline-pumping moments on the ride is an extreme fly-through where the coaster speeds straight toward a structure, before making a last-minute vertical flip through a keyhole cut-out.

“X Flight is unlike any other coaster in the world,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “Soaring through 3,000 feet of twisted steel with no track above or below you is an amazing experience. It feels like you’re riding on the wing of a plane speeding through extreme turns and flips while swerving through a hanger, tower and even water elements. We are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge wing coaster to our guests for the 2012 season.”

Six Flags Great America has a long history of introducing legendary rides and game-changing roller coasters. X Flight joins an already impressive coaster line-up becoming the theme park’s 14th coaster. The wing coaster is designed by acclaimed manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, who also designed Six Flags Great America favorites: Raging Bull, SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight and BATMAN: The Ride.


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