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Key information

Location:
Queensbury, New York, USA

Operator:
Six Flags

Official website:
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The Great Escape is one of few theme parks in the Six Flags chain not to carry the "Six Flags" name, and is located in Queensbury, New York. It features a more limited line-up than some of its better-known sister parks, but still packs in a number of roller coasters and thrill rides. Among its biggest draws are the Comet, a wooden roller coaster that dates back to 1927, and Sasquatch, an S&S Combo Tower ride that was relocated from the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans in 2009. A number of kids' rides are spread across the Storytown and KIDZOPOLIS areas.

History: Originally known as Storytown USA, the park was primarily aimed at small children when it opened in 1954. Owner Charles Wood gradually funded its expansion, adding the Ghosttown area in 1957. The Great Escape moniker was introduced in 1983, and its first roller coaster, Steamin' Demon, debuted a year later. The park was acquired by Premier Parks in 1996, and became part of the Six Flags chain in 1998 when Premier Parks bought out the Six Flags properties and renamed itself. While other parks in the chain have received significant additions in recent years, investment levels at The Great Escape have been relatively low. However in 2019, Splashwater Kingdom will be enlarged and enhanced to a full scale water park - Hurricane Harbor.

Top Rides and Shows:

Alpine Freefalls
Your rating: None (1 vote)
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Banshee Plunge
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Black Cobra
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Blue Typhoon
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Bonzai Pipeines
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Top Restaurants:

Alpine Fest Haus
Your rating: None (8 votes)
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Coca-Cola Freestyle
Your rating: None (4 votes)
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Beach Bun Dippin' Dots
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Boot Hill Subs
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Carousel Funnel Cakes
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More information:

New attraction opening dates
Find out the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new rides at The Great Escape.

Refurbishment schedule
Check for any scheduled temporary ride closures at The Great Escape.

Latest News:

Six Flags has announced new rides and attractions for every one of its theme parks for the 2014 season, including several record-breaking additions.

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Theme park chain Six Flags posted a $62.5 million loss for the first quarter of 2013, although attendance at the firm's parks was described as "solid".

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