On Friday, August 10, 2012, the 36-year-old Whizzer was recognized as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, marking it as the second at Great America to receive that status. A special plaque was mounted at the Whizzer entrance for all park-goers to see.
The iconic steel coaster, designed by engineer Werner Stengel and manufactured by the legendary Anton Schwarzkopf, is the last remaining large, steel, custom-built Schwarzkopf "Speedracer" coaster in North America.
Originally named Willard's Whizzer after Marriott founder J. Willard Marriott when the park opened as Marriott's Great America in 1976, the name was shortened to Whizzer in the 1980s.
Whizzer joins Batman the Ride, named a Landmark ride in 2005, as one of two coasters at Great America with the designation.