Six Flags parks to host Polar Coaster Challenge this winter

Six Flags parks are participating in a unique winter event this year – the Polar Coaster Challenge.

polar coaster challenge

The Polar Coaster Challenge will be held at Six Flags America, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags St. Louis, and Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, though each park will present the challenge in their own way.

Six Flags America

On Dec. 7, guests will be invited to ride the Wild One roller coaster in bathing suits or tank tops and shorts before the park opens.

Six Flags Great America

On Dec. 7, guests will be challenged to take a ride on X-Flight in their tank tops and shorts. Riders will not be allowed to wear any winter gear to stay warm, but they are encouraged to bring new or unused winter apparel to donate to PADS of Lake County to help end homelessness.

Each participant will be expected to donate one new or unused cold weather item prior to their ride on X-Flight. Acceptable donation items include:

  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts
  • Scarves
  • Hats and gloves
  • Winter jackets
  • Outerwear
  • Hand and feet warmers

Registration to participate will open on Nov. 25, with 65 spots available. Participants must have a valid form of park entry, be willing to sign a Six Flags Great America photo release and safety waiver, and meet the 54-inch height requirement.

Six Flags St. Louis

Six Flags St. Louis is changing this challenge up a bit! On Dec. 7 from 1-2 p.m., guests who show up in their long underwear or a park-appropriate onesie will get to ride American Thunder during an exclusive ride time, receive free hot chocolate, and get a photo with the park’s Polar Coaster Bear.

In addition, those who bring a new and unused cold weather item will get admission into the park for just $12.07. This deal will run from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

On Dec. 7, guests can take the challenge on Nitro in their tank tops, T-shirts, and shorts. No bathing suits allowed at this challenge, but gloves and hats are allowed, so long as they’re secured. Guests must also wear closed-toed shoes.

Check-in runs from 11-11:45 a.m. with the challenge beginning at 12 p.m. A group photo will be taken in front of Nitro after the event at 12:45 p.m.

In order to participate, all challengers must sign a photo and video release form and a safety waiver. Anyone under the age of 18 will have to have a parent or legal guardian to sign for them. All challengers must meet or pass the 54-inch height requirement.

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