Six Flags Great America to build 13 acre waterpark

Posted Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:14 AM | Contributed by CoasterDude316

Six Flags officials have announced plans to build a massive new water park on a site next to Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, IL. Carrying the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor brand name, details of this 13-acre, outdoor water park include a lavish Caribbean theme with more than 25 major water slides, the world's largest interactive waterplay structure and a 500,000 gallon wave pool. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will have its own entrance plaza and admission, separate from the theme park.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:30 AM
Will this be across the street? Anyone know for sure?
Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:50 AM
If they can actually make the park look that "lush," it'll be a winner. I love PKI, but too much concrete makes not a great water park.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:51 AM
Sounds like Tim Black had a lot of success with the HH at SFGAdv and wants to bring the same type of experience to Gurnee, IL.
Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:54 AM
Here are some pictures and a map of the park:

Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:55 AM
matt. The waterpark will be in the bus parking lot, right beside Raging Bull and Viper.

Six Flags has also made a site with a web cam to follow construction of the waterpark here:

Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:10 AM

Based on the drawing,it "looks lush", but all those trees will take 20 years to fill in. Regardless, I thought SF did a good job when they built HH at SFStL a few years ago. Even with immature trees, I thought it had a really nice look to it.

Also, since this is a relatively "small site" compared to PKIs, I think there will be a lot less concrete.

The only downside I know is that it will be a seperate gate and admission as expected.

I have always been amazed that metropolitan Chicago has never had a major waterpark and am sure HH will be a HUGE success. I cannot wait until Spring.


Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:25 AM
Now how would you spend $25 million?

A troublesome one-trick pony or Four Master Blasters, a set of racing mats, three dump buckets, twenty more slides and ten times the opportunities to sell stuff?


Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:59 AM
is that a trick question, Captain? ;)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 11:26 AM
I'd spend it on Elvis' last peanut butter and banana sandwich. ;)

Sounds like a winner. I love those lazy-a$$ rivers. :)

Thursday, September 16, 2004 11:46 AM
I guess they are only going to run Raging Bull and Viper when the Waterpark is closed so the lifegaurds can hear better like they do at SFMM (sarcasm)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 11:52 AM
Playa I thought they were spending $35 million on this project?...not $25 million.

No offense but couldn't they have thought up something more original than a skull island section or name for part of the new waterpark? it looks like SFA might want to reconsider using the original pirates cove name for it's skull island section in the future.

Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:14 PM
Why? Nobody in Chicago knows or cares about a waterpark having the same name halfway across the country...
Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:40 PM
This Saturday, Six Flags visitors can visit a preview center for the new water park that will give them a taste of what's in store for next season. For more information, visit

Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:47 PM
John, I think maybe they will actually put a roof over the changing rooms instead of just a net like at MM. ;)

Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:57 PM
"This is a major construction project, the largest we've undertaken since the park opened in 1977," said Keister.

You wold think that they would know that the park opened in 1976 wouldn't you? ;)

Frank, who would hate to go through life with the name Keister.

Thursday, September 16, 2004 1:09 PM
His name is Jim Keister.....pronounced (ky-ster).....not kee-ster! He's a very nice guy by the way...and he just made a goof, big deal. I'm suprised they consider this a larger project than Southwest Territory? Is SWT smaller than I'm thinking? Who knows, but this sure will be a blast.

"Massive New 13 Acre Water Park next to Six Flags Great America

* Two Million Gallons of Water

* Midwest's Largest Outdoor Caribbean Themed Paradise

* 25 Awesome Water Slides

* Gigantic One Acre Wave Pool

* World's Largest Interactive Waterplay Structure

* Half-Mile Long Relaxing Adventure River

* 100,000 Square Foot Wild & Wet Kids Area

* Speed Slides up to 40 mph

* Family Raft Rides that Seat Four People

* Tube Slides that Stand Four Stories High

* High-Speed Body Flumes

* Five Story Atomic Water Coaster

* Spiral and Twist Head First on Mat Slides

Still wondering what a "5-story Atomic Water Coaster' is..... code for a Master Blaster?


Thursday, September 16, 2004 2:05 PM
Now how much do you think they will charge for the waterpark only, or for a combo ticket??

Anyone know who much extra is charged to get into the waterpark at SFADV or SFMM??? At SFSTL it is part of the general admission but i was wondering what to expect for this new park.

And how much will this add for a season pass?? How much more do they charge for a combo season pass at other SF parks that have a separate charge waterpark.??

Thursday, September 16, 2004 2:26 PM
Tim Black was on WGN radio this morning. Can add the following info:

6-lane racing slide is named Wahoo Falls. Mr. Black claimed speeds up to 40 mph for this one.(!)

Ground breaking supposedly started two weeks ago behind Raging Bull. Actual construction on the wave pool was to begin today.

The interactive water play area alone will cover 2 acres with over 500 water activities and structures up to 65' tall.

Thursday, September 16, 2004 3:06 PM
The pricing for the park will probably be similar to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles or New Jersey (they are both located near/next to the theme park). The other two seperate admission water parks are Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Texas and Six Flags White Water Atlanta (which are located in a different location than the theme park).

The general admission prices for all of these parks is $29.99, except for LA which is $23.99. The Chicago water park is around the same size as the one in LA, so the regualr admission price will be around $25.00 or so.


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