The last time I went to Six Flags Great America in Chicago was 2009. A few additions have happened since then.
– The Little Dipper
– X Flight
– Hometown Park Kids section
– JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis
I kept waiting until Henry was a little older to take them to Six Flags Great American and when an opportunity came up to review Six Flags, I thought I would see how they would do. I was a little concerned that there would only be about an hour of things for our toddlers to do. I was so wrong. They have a whole area of rides just for kids their age. Even Henry who is only 2 had quite a few rides that he could go on.
The first ride we went on was Roaring Rapids. Henry barely met the standards to go on the ride. We all got pretty wet and the boys just laughed the whole time. I wish there was a way to take a picture of us on the ride, but we kept our phones in our pockets away from the water. Wait time was about 60 minutes.
We decided since we were already wet that the next ride we would go on was the boat ride. It was a pretty long wait. I think we waited around an hour and 20 minutes. When we were close to the ride, Adam started saying he was so hungry, so after the ride we headed over to the Moose Burger Lounge and got some food. It was really out of our budget to order from there, but with two starving toddlers, we didn’t have much of a choice, and we didn’t want to leave the park. We priced out places within the park, and they were all about the same.
It was really hot that day otherwise we would have packed a cooler and ate out of the car. Our total for one kids meal, one cheeseburger and a caesar salad was around $35.00. If possible, I highly recommended leaving the park or having food in your car. You cannot bring outside food in the park, and you are only allowed one small bottle of water per person. Our family only drinks water, so we wouldn’t even buy soda, etc. from the park. Our son Adam is allergic to soy, peanuts and tree nuts and I heard after that we should be able to bring food in for him next time due to his allergies, so I will be looking into that for next time. If we hadn’t arrived at the park later than planned, then we would have left and came back.
So now our belly’s were full and it was time to explore some more. We headed over to the kiddy area and the boys went on a kiddy ferris wheel, a car ride and then daddy spotted a kiddy roller coaster. At this point Henry was really tired and ready for a nap so Adam and Daddy went on the kiddy Jetsons rollercoaster and we rested by the gate and waited to watch them on the rollercoaster. I guess Henry was super excited about being at Six Flags because even though he was so, so tired he never fell asleep until we arrived in the car at 10pm after the park closed.
All the long-line times really added up. It was almost 7, and we still wanted to go on the Whizzer and take a train ride. So we headed over to the train and took a ride. I thought for sure. Henry would fall asleep in my arms on the train, but nope wide awake and every time he saw a train signal he said, “Ding Ding Mommy Ding Ding!” lol.
Once the train brought us back to where they picked us up we headed over to the Whizzer. My hubby is not a rollercoaster person. I know he is ridiculous. (haha) The one ride he loves however, is the Whizzer. We each took a turn going on the Whizzer with Adam, but Henry was too small. Adam did really, really well saying, “Woah! Wow! I want to go again!” It was about a 45 minutes wait and it was 8pm. We got off the ride around 8:45 and my hubby really wanted to go. He had suggested I go first because I hadn’t been on any rides all day. It was really hard not to go on any major rollercoasters, but with two toddlers and long wait times I didn’t want to go alone. Henry and I stayed behind while the hubby and Adam rode the Whizzer again. Bugs Bunny came out of no where and music started playing and about 20 people that were park-goers started dancing with Bugs. Henry wanted to dance with him too! Bugs was shaking his butt and doing some random moves and Henry was copying him. It was so cute, but since my phone died, my only memory of it is in my head.
I ran to get the hubby’s phone in line at the Wizard and came back and hoped Harvey would do it again, but it was a different song and dance, and he wasn’t copying him anymore. I know everyone thinks their child is adorable, but him copying bugs just melted my heart, and I really wish I had caught it on tape. The wifi was really weird at the park, and I was not able to connect to any of my social accounts, so I think that may have been what drained my phone really fast because it was trying to connect to 4g, and my husband had the same problem.
After bugs bunny came out Tweety bird, Slyvester and Scooby came out. I was thinking, “Oh crap!” Adam LOVES Scooby Do and Slyvester, and he was in line for the Whizzer missing it all! They got off the ride around 9:30pm and Adam barely got to see Scooby, but Scooby was leaving to get ready for the parade, so we don’t have any pictures of Adam with Scooby by himself. Next time we go, I will make sure we are all there, so he can meet Scooby and take a picture. Soon after the parade started. It was a really short parade. Maybe about 10 minutes. Only included Bugs, Sylvester, Tweety, some Six Flags singers and Scooby Do. Once it was over, we headed to the car with the rest of the park to leave. We were really worried that leaving the parking lot would be a nightmare, but it was super easy, and we were out within minutes!
(As some of you know Adam is super into pirates, so he was pretty bummed this ride was not open, but he did have fun playing with the water guns)
All in all, we had a wonderful experience. We did have to pay for parking, which was $25.00 and $35.00 for food, but Six Flags graciously gave us two adult tickets and one child ticket in exchange for this review. Henry who was only 2 did not have to pay admission due to his age. We are hoping to go again during fright fest. Adam and Henry both love Halloween and Halloween decor, so I don’t see them being scared by it, so we will see! Maybe we will see you there! The last time I was at Six Flags was Fright Fest 2009.