Six Flags Great America kicked off its 2024 season this past weekend, welcoming guests back to the park with plenty of active construction.

In this (belated) photo report from the cold and overcast opening day, I’ll go over what’s new at the Gurnee, Illinois park, along with what’s left to be finished.

Six Flags Great America entrance work on April 20, 2024 (Theme Park Tribune)

The unfinished projects started outside the park gates. Ongoing work on the entrance plaza — which is currently lacking its usual Six Flags sign and large planter — caused a line of guests to back up into the parking lot as they tried to make their way through security. The Guest Services windows outside the park gates were also blocked off on opening day.

A closer look at the entrance plaza construction Theme Park Tribune)

The right side of the entrance plaza (Theme Park Tribune)

Inside the gates, the Six Flags sign that was previously in the entrance plaza’s large planter has a new home in front of the Columbia Carousel.

A new Six Flags sign at Great America on April 20, 2024 (Theme Park Tribune)

Heading to the left of the Carousel and through the Mardi Gras section of the park, the former home of Mardi Gras Hangover was been sequestered behind walls which do not look like they’ll be going away during the 2024 season.

Former home of Mardi Gras Hangover (Theme Park Tribune)

Since the Larson Loop attraction was closed last year, Great America has not announced any plans for the space. The ride queue can still be spotted behind the wooden walls.

The old Mardi Gras Hangover queue (Theme Park Tribune)

To the right of this spot is the location for one of several streetmosphere-style stage shows in Great America, this one a dance party called “Party Gras.” Two other shows can be found in other spots around the park, one outside Raging Bull, the other by X-Flight.

Party Gras stage (Theme Park Tribune)

In the Yukon Territory section, the former Mooseburger Lodge was been rechristened Yukon BBQ Pit. The exterior looks largely the same.

New Yukon Territory restaurant (Theme Park Tribune)

County Fair is where the most visible changes have been made. First, unlike Mardi Gras Hangover, there’s little trace left of 2023’s other departed ride, Revolution, as the area has been paved over.

The former home of Revolution (Theme Park Tribune)

This building was next to Revolution and looks like it’s being converted into a small retail space (Theme Park Tribune)

Across from the Revolution site is the reason why the ride was taken out: the future home of Sky Striker, the 172-foot-tall pendulum ride opening later this year.

Sky Striker construction on April 20, 2024 (Theme Park Tribune)

As you can see, the ride has not gone vertical yet. The construction also means that American Eagle will remain closed for the time being. Notably, the coaster’s longtime entrance building is no more.

The current state of American Eagle’s entrance (Theme Park Tribune)

Heading deeper into County Fair, Great America classic Demon roller coaster was operating on opening day. The ride had been shuttered unexpectedly for several months in 2023, leading to unsubstantiated rumors that it would never reopen.

The Demon survives into 2024 (Theme Park Tribune)

In the Southwest Territory, the park is supposed to be opening a “reimagined dining concept” called Windy City Sports Bar & Grill later this year. On opening day, however, the restaurant was far from complete, with the sign sporting its old name remaining in place.

The future Windy City Sports Bar & Grill as of April 20, 2024 (Theme Park Tribune)

In Hometown Square, another park original, Whizzer, was closed on opening day. Signs indicated that “system upgrades” were to blame and said the ride would reopen later in the spring.

No Whizzer on opening day (Theme Park Tribune)

Six Flags Great America is currently set to operate only on weekends until its first Friday opening on May 10. The park will expand to daily operations starting on Tuesday, May 21, which will continue until Sunday, August 18.