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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ANTIQUE CARS ANTIQUE CARS ANTIQUE CARS
(REMOVED)
BOATS BOATS BOATS
(REMOVED)
CALYPSO CALYPSO CALYPSO
(REMOVED)
CAROUSEL CAROUSEL CAROUSEL
FLUME FLUME SAW MILL LOG FLUME
FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE
(REMOVED)
GIANT WHEEL GIANT WHEEL BIG WHEEL
GRAN PRIX GRAN PRIX GRAN PRIX
(REMOVED)
GREAT TRAIN GREAT TRAIN SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE RAILROAD
(REMOVED)
MATTERHORN MATTERHORN MATTERHORN
(REMOVED)
PRETTY MONSTER PRETTY MONSTER DREAM STREET DAZZLER
(REMOVED)
ROUND UP ROUND UP SUPER ROUND UP
(REMOVED)
SKYRIDE SKYRIDE SKY WAY
SWISS BOB SWISS BOB SWISS BOB
(REMOVED)
TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM
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BIG FURY BIG FURY BIG FURY
(REMOVED)
RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY TRAIN


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CARS! CARS! CARS! CARS! ROAD RUNNER'S BEEP BEEP BUGGIES
(REMOVED)
DUNE BUGGIES DUNE BUGGIES DAFFY DUCK'S MAGIC MOTORCADE
(REMOVED)
FLYING COPTERS FLYING COPTERS FLYING COPTERS
(REMOVED)
MOON BOUNCE MOON BOUNCE MOON BOUNCE
(REMOVED)
ROUNDABOUT BOATS ROUNDABOUT BOATS PEPE LEPEW'S PLEASURE CRUISE
(REMOVED)


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BEST OF THE WEST BARBEQUE BEST OF THE WEST BARBEQUE BEST OF THE WEST
GINGERBREAD FANCY GINGERBREAD FANCY GRANNY'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
YUM YUM PALACE YUM YUM PALACE YUM YUM CAFE


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CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON
(REMOVED)
EAT! EAT! EAT! EAT! MAMA FLORA'S CUCINA
FOUNTAIN CAFE FOUNTAIN CAFE JOHNNY ROCKETS
TOWER OF PIZZA TOWER OF PIZZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN


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AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE FORT INDEPENDENCE
(REMOVED)
BANDSTAND BANDSTAND WILDERENESS THEATER
GREAT ARENA GREAT ARENA NORTHERN STAR ARENA
THE HAPPENING THE HAPPENING THE HAPPENING
(REMOVED)
 
 


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FAIRYTALES FAIRYTALES FLAGS
HATS HATS PAUL REVERE'S HATS
(REMOVED)
HATS & HATS HATS & HATS SEASON PASS PROCESSING
(REMOVED)
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR BOARDWALK GAMES CENTER
PAST & PRESENT PAST & PRESENT BIG TOP TERROR TRAIL
SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES ATTITUDES
SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE
(REMOVED)
       
       
       


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SHOOTOUT SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
       
       


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BALLOONLAND BALLOONLAND BALLOON AREA
(REMOVED)
FORT FORT FORT
FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN
(REMOVED)
FROG POND FROG POND POND
GARDEN OF MARVELS GARDEN OF MARVELS CHIP-SHOT MINIATURE GOLF
(REMOVED)
HAPPY FEELING HAPPY FEELING HAPPY FEELING
(REMOVED)
KOI POND KOI POND SHOCKWAVE POND
(REMOVED)
SNAKES SNAKES BAVARIAN HAT WORKS
(REMOVED)
WOODLAND GARDENS WOODLAND GARDENS LAKEFRONT AREA
       
       


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ENCHANTED FOREST ENTRANCE ENCHANTED FOREST ENTRANCE ENCAHNTED FOREST ENTRANCE
(REMOVED)
ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT ENCHANTED FOREST EXIT
(REMOVED)
FIRST AID FIRST AID FIRST AID
(REMOVED)
INFORMATION, STROLLERS, TELEPHONES INFORMATION, STROLLERS, TELEPHONES AIRBRUSH OUTFITTERS
(REMOVED)
PARKING LOT PARKING LOT PARKING LOT
TRAM STATION TRAM STATION TRAM STATION
(REMOVED)
       

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ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL SUPERMAN TENT
       


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AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE JOKER
FORT FORT FORT
OLD MAIN ENTRANCE OLD MAIN ENTRANCE FOUR TENTS
PRETTY MONSTER PRETTY MONSTER BIG WHEEL
WESTERN SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT SAFARI OFF ROAD ADVENTURE QUEUE
(REMOVED)
       
   

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