Great Adventure's debut season was a great challenge and a great triumph on many levels. The accelerated pace of construction which saw the park rise out of the barren woodlands in just months meant that many things were scaled back or postponed in the building process. Great Adventure as constructed felt the growing pains of any new park with long lines everywhere as the crowds were larger than expected at times and the facilities could barely meet the needs of the throngs of people.

At the same time, in many respects the 1974 season was the most magical since the park's creator, Warner LeRoy, was very hands on and didn't fully understand what was and wasn't possible. A great number of the attractions, shows and food offerings were so impractical they only lasted for the inaugural season, giving way as theme park industry experts were brought on board to try and improve the park's operations and finances.

The premier season was also when the park was closest to what Warner LeRoy had envisioned for the Enchanted Forest with beautiful tree covered walkways, and with the park's buildings and attractions being obscured almost completely from view until guests happened upon them.

The 1974 season got off to a late start on July 1st due to construction delays in the project.  Even so, on opening day a major portion of the park was still incomplete with the Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin' western themed area not opening until July 4th. To help compensate for the late opening the park remained open  through Thanksgiving weekend, with closing day exactly five months after opening day on December 1st, 1974.

 

 
         

 

 

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CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
ANTIQUE CARS - 1974 ANTIQUE CARS ANTIQUE CARS
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
BOATS - 1974 BOATS BOATS
(REMOVED FOR 1975)
CALYPSO - 1974 CALYPSO CALYPSO
(REMOVED FOR 1988)
CAROUSEL - 1974 CAROUSEL CAROUSEL
FLUME - 1974 FLUME SAW MILL LOG FLUME
FLYING WAVE - 1974 FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE
(REMOVED FOR 2008)
GIANT WHEEL - 1974 GIANT WHEEL BIG WHEEL
GRAN PRIX - 1974 GRAN PRIX GRAN PRIX
(REMOVED FOR 1980)
GREAT TRAIN - 1974 GREAT TRAIN SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE RAILROAD
(REMOVED FOR 1981)
MATTERHORN - 1974 MATTERHORN MATTERHORN
(REMOVED FOR 1987)
PRETTY MONSTER - 1974 PRETTY MONSTER DREAM STREET DAZZLER
(REMOVED FOR 1978)
ROUND UP - 1974 ROUND UP SUPER ROUND UP
(REMOVED FOR 1980)
SKYRIDE - 1974 SKYRIDE SKY WAY
SWISS BOB - 1974 SWISS BOB SWISS BOB
(REMOVED FOR 1980)
TRAFFIC JAM - 1974 TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM
(REMOVED FOR 1993)


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
BIG FURY - 1974 BIG FURY BIG FURY
(REMOVED FOR 1978)
RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN - 1974 RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY TRAIN


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
CARS! CARS! - 1974 CARS! CARS! ROAD RUNNER'S BEEP BEEP BUGGIES
(REMOVED FOR 2005)
DUNE BUGGIES - 1974 DUNE BUGGIES DAFFY DUCK'S MAGIC MOTORCADE
(REMOVED FOR 2005)
FLYING COPTERS - 1974 FLYING COPTERS FLYING COPTERS
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
MOON BOUNCE - 1974 MOON BOUNCE MOON BOUNCE
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
ROUNDABOUT BOATS - 1974 ROUNDABOUT BOATS PEPE LEPEW'S PLEASURE CRUISE
(REMOVED FOR 2005)


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
       
       
       
 

CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
BEST OF THE WEST BARBEQUE - 1974 BEST OF THE WEST BARBEQUE BEST OF THE WEST
GINGERBREAD FANCY - 1974 GINGERBREAD FANCY GRANNY'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
YUM YUM PALACE - 1974 YUM YUM PALACE YUM YUM CAFE


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
CONESTOGA WAGON - 1974 CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON
(REMOVED FOR 2013)
EAT! EAT! - 1974 EAT! EAT! MAMA FLORA'S CUCINA
FOUNTAIN CAFE - 1974 FOUNTAIN CAFE JOHNNY ROCKETS
TOWER OF PIZZA - 1974 TOWER OF PIZZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
       
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
AQUA SPECTACLE - 1974 AQUA SPECTACLE FORT INDEPENDENCE
(REMOVED FOR 2016)
BANDSTAND - 1974 BANDSTAND WILDERENESS THEATER
GREAT ARENA - 1974 GREAT ARENA NORTHERN STAR ARENA
THE HAPPENING - 1974 THE HAPPENING THE HAPPENING
(REMOVED FOR 1975)
 
 


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
FAIRYTALES - 1974 FAIRYTALES FLAGS
HATS - 1974 HATS PAUL REVERE'S HATS
(REMOVED FOR 1998)
HATS & HATS - 1974 HATS & HATS SEASON PASS PROCESSING
(REMOVED FOR 2013)
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR - 1974 INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR BOARDWALK GAMES CENTER
PAST & PRESENT - 1974 PAST & PRESENT BIG TOP TERROR TRAIL
SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES - 1974 SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES ATTITUDES
SUPER TEEPEE - 1974 SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE
(REMOVED FOR 2008)
       
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
SHOOTOUT - 1974 SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED FOR 2013)
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
BALLOONLAND - 1974 BALLOONLAND BALLOON AREA
(REMOVED FOR 1978)
FORT - 1974 FORT FORT
FOUNTAIN - 1974 FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN
(REMOVED FOR 1994)
FROG POND - 1974 FROG POND POND
GARDEN OF MARVELS - 1974 GARDEN OF MARVELS CHIP-SHOT MINIATURE GOLF
(REMOVED FOR 1979)
HAPPY FEELING - 1974 HAPPY FEELING HAPPY FEELING
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
KOI POND - 1974 KOI POND SHOCKWAVE POND
(REMOVED FOR 1997)
SNAKES - 1974 SNAKES BAVARIAN HAT WORKS
(REMOVED FOR 2018)
WOODLAND GARDENS - 1974 WOODLAND GARDENS LAKEFRONT AREA
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
ENCHANTED FOREST ENTRANCE - 1974 ENCHANTED FOREST ENTRANCE ENCAHNTED FOREST ENTRANCE
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT - 1974 ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
FIRST AID - 1974 FIRST AID FIRST AID
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
INFORMATION, STROLLERS, TELEPHONES - 1974 INFORMATION, STROLLERS, TELEPHONES AIRBRUSH OUTFITTERS
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
PARKING LOT - 1974 PARKING LOT PARKING LOT
TRAM STATION - 1974 TRAM STATION TRAM STATION
(REMOVED FOR 1976)
       

CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL - 1974 ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL SUPERMAN TENT
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1974 LATEST NAME
AQUA SPECTACLE - 1974 AQUA SPECTACLE JOKER
FORT - 1974 FORT FORT
OLD MAIN ENTRANCE - 1974 OLD MAIN ENTRANCE FOUR TENTS
PRETTY MONSTER - 1974 PRETTY MONSTER BIG WHEEL
WESTERN SHOOTOUT - 1974 WESTERN SHOOTOUT SAFARI OFF ROAD ADVENTURE QUEUE
(REMOVED FOR 2013)
       
   

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