Six Flags Great America will be running two backwards roller coasters on Labor Day weekend, according to an Aug. 22, 2013 media announcement from Six Flags. The popular amusement park in Gurnee, Ill., is about 35 miles north of Chicago and withing driving distance of Chicago and Milwaukee. Attached is a picture slideshow of people on the American Eagle backwards ride, provided by Six Flags Great America.
Guests will be able to experience the iconic American Eagle roller coaster riding backward beginning Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013. Labor Day Weekend also marks the last chance to ride the wooden roller coaster, Viper backward. Therefore, one backwards ride will be concluding for the season, but the other will start a season of backward thrills. The Viper backwards ride ends Mon., Sept. 2. The American Eagle backwards roller coaster begins on Sat., Aug. 31.
American Eagle has been providing thrills for over 30 years and has held the title of the world’s tallest, fastest and longest racing wooden roller coaster since its introduction in 1981. While this is not the first time that the American Eagle has assumed the backwards position, it’s surely a fan favorite.
“We couldn’t have picked a better ride to round out our season of backward thrills. We offered the American Eagle backwards during the ride’s 30th anniversary and our guests have been begging for another chance to experience it,” said park president, Hank Salemi.
Viper has been running backwards since July, but the backwards thrill on the Viper will end after Labor Day weekend. Earlier in the summer, Six Flags ran Batman: The Ride backwards. The backwards rides are highly popular with guests, so hopefully they will return next summer. In the meantime, Labor Day weekend would be an excellent time to experience backwards thrills on two rides, The Viper and the American Eagle roller coaster.
American Eagle fans will also have the opportunity to earn some exclusive riding time by contributing to a great cause. Six Flags Great America is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to host a food drive on Sept.7 and 8. Six Flags Great America will be collecting nonperishable food items at the park and collecting donations online. Guests who donate six items or donate $10 online will receive a coupon for $25 a general admission ticket and exclusive ride time on the American Eagle backwards.
Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a Free 20-acre water park,spectacular shows and three children’s themed areas with over 30 rides.
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