Its not every day when a classic wooden coaster gets saved, especially from a large, corporate theme park chain. However, Six Flags Great America has pulled off the unexpected and has purchased the Little Dipper from the recently closed down Kiddieland and it will be rebuilt at Six Flags Great America in time for the 2010 season. the fifty nine year old coaster will be relocated across Chicago and will be rebuilt to its original condition
Kiddleland was an amusement park opened in 1929. The park had been run family run since, focusing on children and their families. They hired the Philadelphia Toboggan Company to build the Little Dipper as one of their Junior Coasters. However, a family feud brought an ultimate closure to the park on September 27th of this year. The ACE Coaster Classic will operate for its 60th year at Six Flags Great America though
Hank Salemi, the President of Six Flags Great America, stated that "The Little Dipper has been a fond family tradition for over 50 years... We wanted to preserve this important piece of Chicago history for families to experience for many more years to come."
The addition of Little Dipper will bring the coaster count of Six Flags Great America up to 13. The addition of Little Dipper came a surprise to many because Six Flags has never underwent this type of project in the past. Wild One at Six Flags America was relocated to the park in 1986, but that project was before the park was owned by Six Flags, when it was still known as Wild World.
Six Flags Great America will open for the 2010 season on April 24th. However, whether theLittle Dipper will open on that date is uncertain.