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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 area.
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 was enlarged and enhanced to a full scale water park - Hurricane Harbor.