Great America debuts Little Dipper coaster

May 27, 2010 6:05:07 AM PDT
The Little Dipper roller coaster, a family tradition in Chicago for 60 years, opens to its new home at Six Flags Great America. The classic wooden coaster operated at Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park, IL from 1950 until September 2009 when the park closed. Six Flags Great America purchased the coaster at auction last November.

"To see it rise again is heart-warming" said Ron Rynes, fourth generation Kiddieland owner. "We are thrilled to know the Little Dipper, a coaster that has meant so much to our family, will stay in the Chicago area and live on at Six Flags Great America."

The Little Dipper, features a figure eight track with a three story tall lift hill and runs 700 feet in length. The coaster has been honored by the American Coaster Enthusiasts with the ACE Coaster Classic award. The family-friendly coaster retains its original design and opens to the public Memorial Day weekend as Six Flags Great America's 14th coaster.

"We wanted to preserve this important piece of Chicago history for families to experience for many more years to come." said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America Park President.

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers fun for the entire family with heart-pounding roller coasters, a free 15-acre water park, spectacular shows and four children's themed areas. New in 2010 - the Glow in the Park Parade, a nighttime illuminated parade with over 60 performers and MagiQuest, a new 10,000 square foot interactive gaming experience.


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