Earlier this week, Six Flags Great America appeared before the Village of Gurnee zoning board requesting a height variance for a 150 ft tall structure. It has also been released that said structure will be a stand-up roller coaster from Swiss designer Bolliger and Mabillard that is being relocated from another park in the chain.
For those of you wondering, yes those are the approximate stats of Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom's former roller coaster Chang. The 2011 coaster installation will be placed in the Space Port area at the front of the park, taking over the former location of the Space Shuttle America simulator and the go-kart track.
Park President, Hank Salemi is extremely excited about adding their "first major thrill ride since Superman in 2003." This will be the park's 4th coaster manufactured by B&M. The name for the "new" coaster has yet to be announced but a complete name change and retheming is expected.
Rumors still persist that the once stand-up ride will reopen with B&M's floorless trains to prevent there being two stand-ups in the park (the other being Iron Wolf). Others claim that Iron Wolf will fall prey to Six Flags' unofficial "ride rotation" program.
The truth may not fully come out for a while, but for sure, Six Flags has some big plans in store for the chain's 50th anniversary next year. It should prove to be an exciting off-season.