For Great Adventure's fourth season only one new ride was added, but the park continued to grow and improve. The "new" ride was actually a very old ride that had been brought from England along with the park's Carousel. The Spindeltop Gondola, like the Carousel, dated back to the 1800's and was originally a steam powered ride that traveled the fair circuit in England. The unique old ride was the only one its kind in the United States, but it only lasted one season at Great Adventure.

Entertainment was added in several forms throughout the park including a new puppet theater, new shows, and even new characters with the addition of some of the Marvel Comics superheroes. Captain America, Spiderman and Ms. Marvel were all found throughout Great Adventure. All of the parks characters and clowns could be seen daily in the "Great Parade".

More additions and changes took place with the park's food, merchandise and games locations with new stands being added around the park to help handle the crowds. The menus of the parks restaurants were tweaked and changed to help provide faster service and more popular food choices.

The biggest changes of all happened behind the scenes as the park changed ownership. The Six Flags theme park chain had begun acquiring existing parks rather than build from scratch as they had with their original three parks. They had acquired Astroworld in Houston in 1975 and made a success of the floundering theme park and looked to do the same when they acquired Great Adventure in 1977. The change in ownership and management meant big things would be in store for the future of the park.

 

         

 

 

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Enchanted Forest Snack Stand  
Fountain Snack Stand  
Bandstanza
   
     
Mustards Last Stand
  Sweet Tooth's Jackpot   
  Fountain Fishery  


Skeeball Palace
Bandstand Dream Street Tent Arcade
Flying Bauers Sway Poles Fountain Hat Stand Shooting Gallery
Hat Stand (Western) Fortune Festival Stands
Puppet Theater Dream Street Portrait Artist
  Strawberry Fair Portrait Artist  
  Old Time Photos  
   
  The Jewelry Box  
  GAF Photo Fair  
  Bicentennial Photos  
  Fort Shop- Sign Maker  
  Flume Photos  
  Aqua Souvenirs  
  Old Main Caricature Artist  
  Mad Hatter  
  Main Entrance Balloons  
     
Parking Lot Fort Restrooms
Garden of Eatin' Western Shoot Out Restrooms
Freedom Fountain Main Entrance Ticket Booths Old Main Entrance Restrooms
Main Entrance Ticket Takers Aqua Spectacle Restrooms
Main Entrance Group Sales/Guest Relations Pretty Monster Restrooms
Pond First Aid/Security Office Strawberry Fair
Restrooms 
Koi Pond Lost Parents Fun Fair Restrooms
Kiddie Kingdom Entrance Balloons Info Booth - Giant Wheel Main Entrance Restrooms
Info Booth - Old Main  
   
   
   
     
 

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