Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest closes the season in Gurnee on Oct. 27, 2013. The park is decorated for Halloween and is inhabited by zombies and monsters through the weekend. The amusement park is a popular attraction in the Chicago area.
Guests who purchase their 2014 season passes this weekend will be able to attend the final days of 2013 for free.
There are only four more days of “thrills by day, fright by night.” The scream park operates Thurs. and Fri. nights in addition to Sat.and Sun. through Oct. 27. This weekend provides the last chance to ride the American Eagle roller coaster backwards and to ride the Rajun Cajun roller coaster.
Fourteen Halloween-themed shows and attractions, including two new additions, enhance the park’s world-class lineup of thrill rides for all ages.
During Fright Fest, is is all about the zombies because 300 zombies terrorize the park after 4 p.m., and can be found angrily wandering the midways or stalking guests in terror trails and haunted houses. The park is decorated with pumpkins, cornstalks, gauze, red food dye and more for the Halloween themed festival.
Six Flags Great America has released some interesting statistics about what it takes to create the scary mood at the popular amusement park in Gurnee.
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- There are 15 master makeup artists who use 2,500 ounces of makeup and fake blood to transform 300 actors, students, parents and business professionals into flesh-hungry zombies each night.
- The park uses 15 chainsaws for various scare props during Fright Fest.
- Love at First Fright, Fright Fest’s trademark musical has been delighting audiences for 23 years. Some of the performers in the show were not even born when the show premiered in 1991.
- The Reflection pond is colored by 25 pounds of food-grade, red vegetable dye.
- Not to be corny, but Fright Fest requires 25,200 stalks of corn stalks to complete festive park décor.
- It takes 2,500 feet of colored plastic to color the park’s area lighting.
- Six Flags Great America’s landscape department uses 4.5 tons (9,000 lbs.) of pumpkins and 160 yards of mulch to create beautiful fall scenes for “thrills by day.”
- The creepy, hazy ambience of Fright Fest is thanks to 1,000 gallons of “fog juice” to create the mysterious, rising fog, plus 24,500 lbs. of CO2 and 4,480 liters of liquid CO2 to create the “dry ice” effect of low-level fog during “fright by night.”
- 4,000 lbs. of propane are required to illuminate the spooky flame columns leading into Orleans Place.
- Spiders galore! It takes 1,600 yards of cheese cloth webbing to transform the theme park into a scream park.
Just as in the summertime, the thrill rides are a main attraction during Fright Fest. Guests can’t resist a spin on their favorite world-class coaster in the dark like Raging Bull, X Flight and American Eagle backwards.
The American Eagle has been running backwards for the past month, but this weekend marks the last opportunity for guests to experience backwards ride on the iconic roller coaster.The 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.
The last operating day of the season also marks the last chance guests will have to take a spin on the Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster. The Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster has hosted over three million rides since its introduction in 2004. The ride will be dismantled over the winter to make room for future park expansion.
2014 Season Passes are now on sale at the lowest prices of the year and provide unlimited visits for the rest of the 2013 season (including Fright Fest) and all of the 2014 season. For a limited time, with the purchase of a Season Pass four-pack, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass, which includes free admission and free season parking to any Six Flags theme park with every pass. This offer expires October 27, 2013.
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