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Little Dipper Set to Make a Big Splash at Great America

Gurnee theme-park to unveil Kiddieland treasure



    Little Dipper Set to Make a Big Splash at Great America

    Construction workers and engineers at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee are in the process of reassembling the award-winning "Little Dipper" roller coaster that the park purchased from Kiddieland Amusement park.

    That the ride still exists for the enjoyment of Illinois' youths is a triumph of sorts for nostaligia, the Daily Herald reports.

    “We are extremely excited to bring the Little Dipper to Six Flags Great America,” said Jennifer Savage, the park’s director of communications. “Not only for the historic value it has for people in this area, but also because people are excited to see it live on”

    In the summer of 2009 a longstanding tradition for many Chicago families came to a halt.  A long drawn out family feud put a stop to the rides at Kiddieland in Melrose Park.

    See Ya, KiddieLand

    [CHI] See Ya, KiddieLand
    If you want your kid to take one last ride on The Little Dipper, you'd better hurry. Kiddieland is closing for good.
    (Published Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009)


    Everything in the amusement park was put up for auction including more than 30 rides loved by generations of kids for the past 80 decades.  One of those timeless rides will now make a new debut right here in the Chicagoland area.

    The Little Dipper is a family friendly coaster, designed by Herbert Schmeck, and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1950.   It features a three-story tall lift hill, and has a figure-eight track that runs 700 feet in length.

    The goal is to have the ride up and running by June in its new home the Yukon Territory portion of the park, Savage said.