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May 27, 2005

Six Flags Great America Puts Final Touches On New Hurricane Harbor Waterpark

Gurnee, IL -- Grab your swim suits and beach towels, the much-anticipated arrival of the new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park is fast approaching. As the Midwest's newest and most extravagantly themed outdoor water park, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a Caribbean paradise boasting hundreds of wild and wet water activities and hours of fun for all ages. The new water park is free with Six Flags Great America theme park admission and is scheduled to open Saturday, May 28, 2005.

As guests enter the new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, it will feel as if they have just stepped off a vacation cruise ship onto their own private Caribbean Island. Island music, lush landscapes and colorful water slides provide the perfect backdrop to this fabulous tropical vacation close to home. Picturesque buildings, vibrant cabanas, relaxing beach areas and thousands of lounge chairs line the streets of this quaint island village.

"A trip to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a perfect way to experience an exciting Caribbean vacation, close to home," said Ron Sevart, vice president and general manager of Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. "As guests enter this brand new park, it will feel as if they are in a completely different latitude."

Whether navigating through the twists and turns of the park's 25 exhilarating water slides, or cruising through the sprawling Castaway Creek adventure river, this spacious outdoor water park is sure to have the most wildly wet water adventures known on land or sea.

Parents and their little ones will love the zero-depth entry pools and the world's largest interactive water playground, Skull Island, with 100,000 square feet of activities for the entire family. More than 500 kid-friendly water gadgets including jet sprayers, water blasters and tipping buckets are spread throughout this massive attraction. Seventeen treehouse-style, pirate-themed towers are linked together by swinging bridges, net climbs and a variety of thrilling adult and children's slides. Connected to an additional beach-style activity pool geared for the park's younger guests, this area provides countless play opportunities for families.

"Our emphasis is on providing a safe and exciting family experience with the very best in innovative water attractions," Sevart said. "From mild to wild, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has the best combination of water attractions in the industry."

Numerous adult and teen activities can be found in this massive water park including dozens of speed and tube slides, a gigantic wave pool and two invigorating multi-passenger rafting experiences. Water slide excitement is captured on Vortex and Typhoon, the park's rushing water coasters of fun. Guests board these high-energy, water adventures five stories above the ground and repeatedly switch from open to enclosed flumes. Intense thrills await on the fastest rides in the park - Paradise Plunge and Riptide - where guests soar towards the clear waters below at speeds of up to 40 mph. The half-million gallon Hurricane Bay wave pool provides a fast-pace ocean-like experience, while Bahama Mama and Bubba Tubba raft rides whisk guests up an over splashing hills to the refreshing splash pool sixty-feet below.

For guests in search of a relaxing getaway, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has a tropical beach resort atmosphere perfect for local vacationers. Thousands of comfortable lounge chairs, swaying palm trees and lazy beach areas complete this tranquil environment. Saltwater Sal's Tiki bar, serves up cool tropical frozen drinks and provides guests with a chance to take it easy in front of two huge, flat screen televisions and enjoy live Caribbean music.

"Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the must-do family vacation in the Midwest this summer," said Sevart. "And, since it's free with Six Flags Great America theme park admission, it's a great value whether you come for a day, a weekend, or multiple times throughout the summer."

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a full service water park featuring changing facilities, lockers, restaurants and retail opportunities for guests and is free with theme park admission.

The new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park is open daily Saturday, May 28 through Monday, September 5 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Six Flags Great America is currently open daily through September 5, then weekends through October.

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