An amusement park known for its giant, high-speed roller coasters is adding the small but much-loved Little Dipper.
The American Eagle was Six Flags Great America's first big coaster in Gurnee. It opened 29 years ago. Through the years more and more roller coasters have been added and the most recent addition is one many Chicagoans remember- Kiddieland's Little Dipper, which was the most popular ride at the Melrose Park amusement park from the 50s until it closed in 2009. Everything at Kiddieland was auctioned off.
Six Flags bought it, and now the Little Dipper is getting a big rehab. New wood had to be used to replace much of the old wood from the original dipper. As a matter of fact, only about 10-percent of the old structure is being used at Six Flags.
Little Dipper should open by Memorial Day.
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