Contact Us

Take A Look At Six Flags Great America Circa 1976

Take A Look At Great America Theme Park Circa 1976
Don Azars Via YouTube

41 years ago, a large plot of empty land in Gurnee, Illinois was transformed from a big grassy field, to one of Illinois’ top amusement parks.

For those who have lived in Illinois, you will recall that when Great America opened it’s gates in America’s bicentennial year, it was first called Marriott’s Great America. In 1984, Six Flags corporation bought the theme park from the famous hotel corporation and renamed it Six Flags Great America.

In 1976, when Great America opened, it was such big news that WLS-TV, out of Chicago,  aired a one hour TV special celebrating the grand opening.

You will notice that in 1976, great America only had three roller coasters when it opened,

  • The Whizzer (Originally called Willard’s Whizzer)
  • Turn of the Century (now re-themed and renamed Demon)
  • Gulf Coaster. (This roller coaster barely lasted one season because it caught on fire several times)

The grand opening TV special featured celebrity appearances from:

  • Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny
  • JoAnn Worley
  • Forrest Tucker
  • Jerry Stiller Roger Perry
  • Cast Members of Great America

How many of those 1970’s celebrities do you remember?

 

Subscribe to Rockford’s New Country Q98.5 on

You Might have an $85,000 Penny in Your Piggy Bank

Catch Mark Charvat on Q98.5 from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook.

Best of Q98.5

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://q985online.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.