A large standing roller coaster could be relocated to Great America from another Six Flags theme park. Details are few as park officials maintain "nothing is for sure," but the wheels appear to be turning.
On May 26, Great America received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the Gurnee Zoning Board of Appeals to exceed the 125-foot height restriction for the construction of a new 150-foot coaster. The ride is proposed for the park's Space Port area near the main entrance. The site was formerly home to Space Shuttle America, which closed after the 2007 season.
"This is our first major thrill ride proposed since Superman in 2003," said Hank Salemi, park president.
It's also the first time Great America has asked for a height variance since adding the 205-foot tall Raging Bull in 1999.
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