Six Flags America (Entrance) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Saturday my family had the privilege of attending the premier of Six Flags Great America's new evening extravaganza "igNight".
Since we only live about 35 minutes from the park, we thought this would be a great family outing. My daughter had gotten a season pass earlier in the week and with the two tickets graciously provided by the park for the premiere, we just had to purchase one ticket for my other daughter. Yay us!
We had a busy day so we couldn't enjoy the whole day at the park, unfortunately. But we did arrive in time to enjoy several of our favorites and a few new rides.
Tradition dictates that we go on the Whizzer Roller Coaster first. It was a little bit strange to think that the first time I rode on that roller coaster was over 30 years ago. Yes, I'm that old. And yes ... it's still fun!
Before we had to head over to the media tent we decided we'd take a quick ride on Raging Rapids. While totally fun and a non-stop laugh fest, we got ... SOAKED!
Thankfully it was pretty hot out and although I didn't get completely dry, I didn't look like a soaked mess the whole night either.
Anyway... the whole reason we went to the park was to enjoy the premiere of igNight, so off we went to Hometown Square where the media area was. The folks from Six Flags were kind enough to let both girls in with us and there was quite a welcoming spread. I was thankful because by then I was pretty thirsty! And I got to meet a few other bloggers including this one (click).
Then the show started. I'll have to say, the set and the video projection was pretty amazing. The set is over 50 feet high with multiple stage levels and the way they created the video - it actually curves around the structure - made it seem, in some ways, like you were there. Very impressive.
The performers were quite talented and it's obvious they worked really hard to make this something spectacular.
The background in this picture, for instance, is all video. This particular scene is just before the "Chicago Fire" which they also projected on video... very cool.
There were even fireworks and laser lights and all kinds of cool stuff.