Six Flags Great America Kicks Off 21st Season of Fright Fest

New Haunts, New Shows and More Scares than Ever Before

GURNEE, Ill. — October 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Thrills by day, Fright by night. Six Flags Great America kicks off its 21st season of Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® with new haunts, new shows and more scares than ever before. Starting October 1 and running weekends throughout October the theme park transforms into a 100 acre fog-filled shadow-land of ghosts and ghouls. Fright Fest, the area’s premier Halloween event, returns this season with three haunted houses, five horrific scare zones, eight hair-raising shows and nearly 200 roaming monsters throughout the park. Plus, enjoy more of your favorite rides with an eerie makeover.

“We are pushing the envelope with this year’s Fright Fest,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “Fright Fest returns for its 21st season with more monsters, scare zones, shows and an all-new haunted house, Massacre Medical Center. Fright Fest is going to be bigger and scarier than ever before.”

New this fall, come face-to-face with some of the nation’s most notoriously disturbed minds in the all-new haunted house, Massacre Medical Center. It’s a fight to survive for all who enter the 10,000 square foot abandoned hospital located in County Fair. From the moment you’re admitted, Massacre Medical Center surrounds you with the sights and sounds pulled straight from your darkest nightmares.

“Massacre Medical Center is by far our scariest haunted house yet,” said entertainment manager, Kris Jones who has been with the park since the first Fright Fest in 1991. “It’s as if you are in a real-life abandoned hospital. No detail is overlooked from the hospital kitchen and hallway elevators to the operating room. The equipment is real, the actors are real and the scare factor is off the charts.”

This year also brings the return of several Fright Fest classics including the award-winning show “Love at First Fright,” Susan Rosen the world-renowned hypnotist, scare zone Necropolis, haunted house Mausoleum of Terror and scare-free areas including the Character Candy Trail. Fright Fest staples, "Tiny" the famous 200 lb spider makes her return to the side of the America Eagle coaster as the 500 lb. inflatable gorilla takes his reign atop Sky Trek Tower.

Fright Fest runs weekends through October with more fright at night. This year Fright Fest is open later, to scare later. Hours are Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm and Columbus Day 10am-6pm. Fright Fest remains family-friendly until 3pm with the children’s areas kept scare-free and a trick-or-treat trail in the Southwest Amphitheater.

Get free admission to this year’s Fright Fest with a 2012 season pass, now on sale for $64.99 for four or more. Buy now and also get a free 2012 season parking pass. Sale ends Oct. 30, 2011. Haunted houses and mazes are not included in general admission. Single haunted house admission is $7.00 before 5pm, $13.00 after 5pm or purchase a $30.00 combo deal with access to all four special attractions. For more information visit

Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free 20-acre water park, spectacular shows, a nighttime illuminated parade and three children’s areas. Get ready to take flight! Coming in 2012, Six Flags Great America welcomes X-Flight, a ground-breaking wing coaster with no track above or below. X-Flight is scheduled to open spring of 2012.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with 2010 revenue of nearly $1.0 billion and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Six Flags Over Texas, the company’s flagship location, celebrates its 50th anniversary season in 2011.

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