Most of us began our thrill seeking lives with bumper cars, teacups, and baby roller coasters. You don’t always grow out of that thrill-seeking mode; you may just progress to bigger and better rides. Massive drops, high-speed loops and corkscrews are just some of the adrenaline inducing features that the Six Flags Great America thrill rides offer.
Goliath is claiming top spot of the Six Flags Great America Thrill Rides with its 2014 debut. This wooden coaster is mind-blowing in ways that you will not be able to understand until you find yourself in a seat, clutching the bar for dear life. This wooden coaster is the fastest and steepest of all the wooden coasters in the world! The most exhilarating part is the 180-foot drop that will have you staring directly at the ground. The slope is 85 degrees, only 5 degrees off from a complete vertical slope! If that is not enough; there are plenty of inversions and barrel rolls along the line. With a top speed of seventy-two miles per hour you’ll reach the exit before you can even fully let out your first scream.
Dare Devil Dive
Dare Devil Dive is a special kind of thrill. Roller coasters are fast and aggressive, but you are limited to the track ahead. This ride gives you the freedom that the open air offers. Skydiving, hang-gliding, and bungee jumping all join forces here to give you the ultimate experience. It all begins with you realizing just how high you really are as you make your way to the top of a 125-foot tower. All of a sudden, you plummet into a total free-fall with the ground coming up fast! Just when you think the end is near, the cable catches you and the momentum propels you forward into a gliding action to help you recompose yourself and check out your surroundings from a hang-gliding perspective.
*additional fee required *two-people per glider
Vertical Velocity is a masterpiece of simplified thrill. After experiencing the complex designs that go into almost every ride at the park, you may be a little skeptical of the amount of thrill this ride can offer. It combines three of the essentials in a package that does not make you wait around. Speed is number one; from a standstill you will be blast to 70 miles per hour in less that 4 seconds! Before you can even comprehend how fast you are going, you will be spiraling up to the top of a 185-foot tower before pausing for a split second. From there you soar backwards at top speed as you rise up the other tower to feel as if you are going to be blasted into the atmosphere! The combination of pure speed and total free-fall make for one of the most exhilarating experiences in the park.
American Eagleroller coaster, double tracks
American Eagle has been a staple of Six Flags Great America Thrill Rides for over 30 years. To this day it is still the tallest and fastest wooden-racing-roller coaster in the world. It is not very often that you can tie some friendly competition in roller coaster riding. The American Eagle runs two trains at one time on this double-tracked creation. The 127-foot drop propels you to speeds greater than 66 miles per hour while you twist through two double helixes; one being 560-degrees and the other 360-degrees.
Raging Bull is a roller coaster that cannot be tamed! A slow 20-story climb gives you the notion that everything is going to be okay, but then you get dropped 208-feet at speeds of over 70 miles per hour into a dark tunnel under the ground. The madness continues after you emerge with banked curves, helixes, and even more hills to soar down. The Raging Bull is a force to be reckoned with; just hold it together for more than 9 seconds!
Demon is just like it sounds, a nasty roller coaster of a good time. One of the most unique features of this ride is the light tunnel. The tunnel doesn’t last very long, but after being tossed around at speeds upwards of 45 miles per hour they seem like a blur as you tear through the darkness. The Demon has been around since the 1970s, which makes it one of the original thrill rides in the park. With its corkscrews and loops, it is worth checking out for the fact of defying gravity, as well as nostalgic purposes.