Two favorite rides at Six Flags Great America will be permanently closed after this weekend as the Gurnee theme park plans for “future expansion,” the company said.
Six Flags recently announced the final operation day for Mardi Gras Hangover and Revolution rides is October 29.
The park invited guests to enjoy the rides this weekend before they permanently close.
“Say goodbye to a few favorites! While we will miss these attractions, it’s time to plan for future expansion!” Six Flags Great America said in a statement.
A member-exclusive event, called “The Last Hangover,” was being held Sunday for Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond, Diamond Elite and Diamond Elite VIP members.
The members were invited to exclusively ride Mardi Gras Hangover from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The ride will open to all guests after 12 p.m.
The Mardi Gras Hangover ride, located in the Mardi Gras section of the park, is a 100-foot-tall looping coaster that debuted in 2018.
Revolution, located in the County Fair section of the park, is a pendulum ride that spins guests more than 65 feet above the midway. It was introduced in 2004.
In August, park officials announced a new pendulum ride, which will be the tallest in the Midwest, would coming to Six Flags Great America next year.
The ride, dubbed “Sky Striker,” is a “high-flying, soaring adventure,” the company said in its announcement.
The Sky Striker will send riders “into the clouds” as they swing back and forth on its massive pendulum, creating the “ultimate stomach-drop feeling” as riders touch the sky.
The ride takes riders 172 feet into the air and swings at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.
“Take in unique views of Six Flags Great America as you soar along 130-degree swings of the towering pendulum, nearly going upside down,” Six Flags said.
The Sky Striker, which is being manufactured by Zamperla, will be located in the County Fair area of the park.
“This first-of-its-kind ride for the park creates a freefall sensation like no other. As Sky Striker lowers you back down to earth, you’ll already be raring to go on your next journey through the sky,” the company said in its announcement.
Six Flags said the ride will be the tallest pendulum ride in the Midwest.