This past Saturday (5-9) I visited Six Flags Great America to check out the construction progress of their new children's section. For Great America's 40th season, the park decided to take a step back with thrills and bring back some of their older, classic rides. Three new rides are returning for 2015 in an all new section, which is almost complete. The majority of the work for this section is finished, and all that remains to be done is cosmetic work and finishing touches.
Here's a closer view of the planes, which shows that the wheels for each vehicle will rest on the concrete pad, but the planes can be lifted further into the air by the actuator. I'm assuming that the riders will be able to control the up and down motion through a button on their plane, but maybe the ride system will raise and lower the planes automatically.
Although the new flat ride is looking great, I think the ride is a bit redundant - there is a near replica of this ride in the other kid's section. The only difference is that the one pictured above is a larger size. While it's a bit strange the park is installing a ride they already have, I'm still sure that the kids will love the new ride, so it's not really that big of a deal.
The last ride remained somewhat of a mystery of what it would be last week, but I now know that it will be another spinning ride, with automobiles that spin in a circle. It looks like there is going to be some sort of domed covering over the ride, because that vertical grey beam extends beyond what it needs to.
Here's a side view of the ride - if you look closely, you can see a blue and yellow box, which is actually the control panel for two of these rides. This indicates that all (or most) of the electrical work is done, so once the vehicles are added to all of the rides they should be about ready to open!
That's all for today's update. I'll be at the park again this week with my camera, so look for another update coming soon. This area is expected to open around Memorial Day Weekend, so look for one or two more construction updates from me.
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