This is a new series in which we ask certain parks… REALLY!?! What were you guys thinking?
With the rumors of Six Flags possibly moving Chang from Kentucky Kingdom to Great America in the coming years, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ask the “Really!?!” question.
Most of the focus surrounding this rumor has been on the location of the ride. Where would it go? Would it replace the Whizzer? Another major issue has been that the park already has a standup coaster. Would this mean that Iron Wolf would be removed so that there wouldn’t be a “double ride”? Or possibly, would Six Flags add floorless trains to Chang so that it could be marketed as a completely separate attraction?
But I’d like to take a step back from the Great America side of this and look at this from Kentucky Kingdom’s perspective. What are they doing to that park? In the last few years, they’ve lost a drop tower (for obvious reasons), a huge water ride, and a racing wooden coaster. They’ve completely sealed off a section of the park! This leaves an SLC, a wooden coaster, and a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop as the park’s main thrill rides. Meanwhile, there is a waterpark growing from the center of the park like a tumor. Is this park headed down the same road as Geauga Lake? Perhaps this is Six Flags’ way of testing a solo waterpark operation.
Both parks are getting the short end of the stick. If you think about it, Six Flags Great America has received the short end of the stick for the last few years. Excluding the new highly-themed Buccaneer Battle, the park has received “shelf rides” for the past few years including Superman: Ultimate Flight and The Dark Knight. While Chang is a custom design and would not be considered a clone, doesn’t Great America deserve a bit more? It’s one of the most successful parks in the chain yet its last custom-designed coaster was Raging Bull which opened in 1999.
While of course none of this is confirmed, one has to wonder how such an outlandish idea could be started for no reason at all. Even if this doesn’t come to be, it’s sad to think that the idea was even put on the table. Let’s hope for the best for Great America and Kentucky Kingdom.