Indiana Beach and Six Flags Great America were the final two stops on the TPR tour. One small theme park and one rather large one. Indiana Beach was cute as hell with enough variety for me to really enjoy the park. It has a new El Loco, a couple of classic wooden coasters (one of which was sadly closed), a very rickety looking dark ride featuring pirates, a funky Schwarzkopf and possibly the weirdest roller coaster in the world (Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain). It’s also a great place to play the highly addictive game of Fascination, where you can win cool prizes like harmonicas!
We experienced a rollback on an Intamin here, something I’ve always hoped for. However, sadly it was an Intamin ferris wheel, not a launched coaster. Still very entertaining. There’s a haunted house type attraction called Frankenstein’s Castle that I somehow got talked into doing (making sure there was a person in front of me and behind me and I always had a bag to hold onto, seriously anything like this freaks me out beyond belief). Most of it was fine, however I was not happy with the room where they make it feel like you have rats running over your feet.
All in all it was a fun and surprising day, that makes me want to seek out more of the smaller parks that might not have been on my radar as they usually have more interesting and unique attractions. Make sure you try and experience Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, as that is truly unique and strange.
The next day we drove to Gurnee, Illinois to visit Six Flags Great America. Up until this adventure I have always had positive experiences at Six Flags parks. But Great America is just… Well for such a big park it has very little going for it. Goliath is now the star attraction but it has quickly established itself as everybody’s least favourite RMC (still high praise and still a great ride). The operations were pretty awful, especially on X-Flight, which was a ride I didn’t enjoy at all. Whizzer was cool as it’s an older coaster that still is very entertaining and shockingly forceful. There definitely won’t be any rush to visit this park again. Raging Bull is good, but it’s still my least favourite of it’s type. It isn’t a bad theme park, it just isn’t a great one.