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Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

Posted by ustop20themeparks on April 10, 2009

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill.

1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee,  IL 60031
Located on I-94 at Route 132 (Grand Ave.)

Batman Roller Coaster
Picture source: http://blog.nj.com/events_impact/2008/07/6FLAGS.JPG

America’s 20th Most Visited Park of 2007


Main websites

http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/index.aspx

PROS
•    Provides a complete ride list inside Six Flags Great Adventure
o    Very useful
o    Includes their very own Thrill Rating of the rides
o    Allows users to specifically search for rides suitable only for people of a certain height
o    Also includes the Thrill Rating in the search function

CONS
•    Very difficult to navigate from the main homepage of Six Flag


ACCURACY & AUTHORITY
– 5/5
Six Flags is an established theme park company and is considered one of the world’s largest chains of amusement parks and theme parks.

OBJECTIVITY – 2/5
Purpose of website is to attract visitors and sell tickets. As such, a degree of subjectivity might be present in the website.

CURRENCY – 5/5
Up to date information as website has to have the latest news to inform visitors of new rides, attractions, notices etc.

COVERAGE – 5/5
Extensive information about the theme park is covered in here. Includes ride information, visitor information, directions etc.


Books

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SIX FLAGS THEME PARKS (1996)

By Tim and Carrie O'Brien. <br><br> A guide written to help you navigate all 12 Six Flags parks.<br><br>   It offers in-depth descriptions of each park's rides, shows, midway games, gift shops, restaurants, and guest services.<br><br> There's also ways to avoid pitfalls such as long lines and endless walking.

By Tim and Carrie O'Brien. A guide written to help you navigate all 12 Six Flags parks. It offers in-depth descriptions of each park's rides, shows, midway games, gift shops, restaurants, and guest services. There's also ways to avoid pitfalls such as long lines and endless walking.

PROS
•    Very complete book about Six Flags theme parks
•    History of theme parks included in text form
•    Many full colour pictures of different rides in different theme parks

CONS
•    Includes the other unnecessary theme parks of Six Flags
•    Very outdated issue of 1996. Would be outdated for 13 years this year.


ACCURACY & AUTHORITY
– 3/5
Six Flags is an established theme park. However, because this is written by a third party (Tim and Carrie O’Brien), some of its authority and accuracy may be a little bit warped. Hence scoring only 3 out of the maximum 5.

OBJECTIVITY
– 1/5
It is a book  on Six Flags and speaks about no other theme park but Six Flags.

CURRENCY – 0/5
Information is outdated. This is the usual problem with books; they become outdated quickly. This book has been around for 13 years since its first print.

COVERAGE – 4/5
Extensive information about Six Flags theme parks is covered in the book. However, being a Six Flags publication, it covers all its theme parks, and hence contains a segment of irrelevant information of the other 10 theme parks.


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