Six Flags rings in school year with weekend-only hours
By Jim Newton email@example.com August 27, 2013 2:10PM
The Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. | Special to Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 27, 2013 2:25AM
The weather forecast this week makes a convincing argument that it’s still mid-summer, but Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has bowed to the realities of the school year.
Monday was the final day of the massive amusement park’s summer schedule. Great America will now be open on weekends only.
Park spokeswoman Kathryn Enrique said the school year rings the death knell for Great America’s daily operations because the park loses its main customer base, as well as a large chunk of its temporary employees.
From now until the end of October, the park will generally be open Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Labor Day weekend, Great America will be open until 9 p.m. Sunday and from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday.
For coaster junkies and Halloween fans, Fright Fest 2013 provides the silver lining.
“This Fright Fest will be the biggest ever. We’re expanding it to include Hurricane Harbor,” Enrique said.
The water attractions won’t be open, but the area will be renamed the Bermuda Triangle and two new haunted houses will be located there, upping the park’s haunted house total to six.
Great America will also be open on two Thursdays for this year’s Fright Fest - Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” Enrique said.
Fright Fest begins Sept. 28 and runs for five consecutive weekends.
The Park will also be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 24.