Six Flags Great America is the latest park in the chain to end new sales of memberships and introducing a new, three-tier season pass structure.
The new system is the same as the one introduced at Six Flags parks in California and Texas earlier this year. Theme Park Tribune reported that at the time that the new tiers would be rolled out at every Six Flags park in 2022, and the change took effect for Great America Monday morning.
Instead of the monthly memberships, Great America guests will now select from these three tiers:
- Thrill Seeker Pass (only good at your home park and includes blockout dates): $80
- Extreme Pass: $170
- Ultimate Pass: $300
The new passes are generally more expensive while offering smaller discounts and fewer benefits. For example, the Ultimate Pass offers five skip-the-line passes for the entire year — while the defunct Diamond Elite membership offered two passes on each visit while costing $216 for the year, billed at $18 monthly. The merchandise discount has also been lowered from 50 percent with Diamond Elite to 35 percent with the Ultimate Pass, and food discounts have been decreased to 20 percent.
The good news is that current Great America members can keep their current benefits as long as they continue to pay the monthly fee and do not cancel. However, they will not be allowed to upgrade or downgrade their membership tier.
Pre-pandemic, the Gurnee, Illinois park had the third highest attendance among Six Flags’ U.S. properties, attracting an estimated 3.1 million visitors in 2019. The park has not announced a new attraction or an opening date for its 2022 season.