Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SFGA Celebrates 30 Years of the American Eagle!

After 30 years and over 45 million rides, the American Eagle at Six Flags Great America is being honored for its years of service. Rather than giving the coaster a small gold lapel pin that says "30 Years," the park is dedicating its opening weekend to the landmark roller coaster.

According to the park's press release, the American Eagle is still the world's tallest, fastest, and longest racing wooden coaster. With a 147-foot drop, the ride maintains speeds of up to 66 mph along its 4,650 feet of track. To commemorate the ride's birth in 1981, the park is offering discounted online tickets for opening weekend (May 7th and 8th), priced at $19.81. Get it?

For 2011, Six Flags will also be heralding in a large expansion to its Hurricane Harbor waterpark, including a giant lagoon, a double Surf Rider, and 5 thrilling new slides. Read here for more details about the new expansion. The park has provided some wonderful construction shots of the American Eagle, and it almost feels like we're looking at a New-For-2011 attraction!