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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CALYPSO CALYPSO CALYPSO
(REMOVED)
CAROUSEL CAROUSEL CAROUSEL
ENTERPRISE  ENTERPRISE  ENTERPRISE
(REMOVED)
 
FLUME  LOG FLUME SAW MILL LOG FLUME
FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE
(REMOVED)
GIANT WHEEL GIANT WHEEL BIG WHEEL
GONDOLA GONDOLA GONDOLA
(REMOVED)
GRAN PRIX GRAN PRIX GRAN PRIX
(REMOVED)
GREAT TRAIN WOODLAND EXPRESS SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE RAILROAD
(REMOVED)
HYDRO FLUME  MOON FLUME  RIPTIDE
(REMOVED)
 
MATTERHORN MATTERHORN MATTERHORN
(REMOVED)
MUSIK EXPRESS MUSIK EXPRESS MUSIK EXPRESS
(REMOVED)
PANORAMA WHEEL  PANORAMA WHEEL  PHILEAS FOGG'S BALLOON RIDE
(REMOVED)
 
PRETTY MONSTER DREAM STREET DAZZLER DREAM STREET DAZZLER
(REMOVED)
ROTOR  ROTOR  TAZ TWISTER
(REMOVED)
 
ROUND UP ROUND UP
RENAMED
SUPER ROUND UP
SUPER ROUND UP
(REMOVED)
SCHWABINCHEN  SCHWABINCHEN  EL SOMBRERO
(REMOVED)
 
SKOOTER SKOOTER FENDER BENDER
(REMOVED)
SKYRIDE SKYRIDE SKY WAY
SUPER SIDEWINDER SUPER SIDEWINDER SUPERSIDEWINDER
(REMOVED)
SUPERCAT  SUPERCAT  SUPERCAT
(REMOVED)
SWISS BOB SWISS BOB SWISS BOB
(REMOVED)
TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM
(REMOVED)
WILD FLOWER  WILD RIDER  WILD RIDER
(REMOVED)
 


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ALPEN BLITZ ALPEN BLITZ ALPEN BLITZ
(REMOVED)
BIG FURY BIG FURY BIG FURY
(REMOVED)
RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY TRAIN


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CARS! CARS! THE JACKSON 500 ROAD RUNNER'S BEEP BEEP BUGGIES
(REMOVED)
CLOWN BOUNCE CLOWNN BOUNCE CLOWN BOUNCE
(REMOVED)
DUNE BUGGIES SPEED RACERS DAFFY DUCK'S MAGIC MOTORCADE
(REMOVED)
GREAT RACE GREAT RACE GREAT RACE
(REMOVED)
LADY BUG LADY BUG BUGABOO
RED BARON RED BARON BUGS BUNNY BARNSTORMERS
(REMOVED)
ROUNDABOUT BOATS GREAT CRUISERS PEPE LEPEW'S PLEASURE CRUISE
(REMOVED)
SCREAMER SCREAMER LIL' THUNDER
(REMOVED)
       
KIDDIE CLIMB KIDDIE CLIMB KIDDIE CLIMB
(REMOVED)
PET-A-PET PET-A-PET PORKY PIG'S PETTING FARM
(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


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON
(REMOVED)
EAT! EAT! ENCHANTED FOREST SNACK STAND MAMA FLORA'S CUCINA
FORTUNE FESTIVAL HOT DOG  SWEET THOOTH'S JACKPOT GARDEN STATE GRILL 
FOUNTAIN CAFE FOUNTAIN SNACK STAND JOHNNY ROCKETS
HOT DOGS! HOT DOGS!  HOT DOGS! HOT DOGS!  MAMA FLORA'S GRILL 
JUNCTION INN JUNCTION INN  SUBWAY HOT DOGS
 (REMOVED)
MIDWAY TREATS  MUSTARDS LAST STAND BOARDWALK STEAK & FRIES 
PIZZA FILLING STATION  PIZZA FILLING STATION  MACHO NACHO EXPRESS
SEAFOOD STAND  FOUNTAIN FISHERY LIBERTY SQUARE PIZZA 
TOWER OF PIZZA BANDSTANZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN


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AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE FORT INDEPENDENCE
(REMOVED)
BANDSTAND BANDSTAND WILDERENESS THEATER
ENCHANTED BANDSTAND ENCHANTED BANDSTAND BATMAN THE RIDE PREVIEW CENTER
(REMOVED)
FLYING BAUERS SWAY POLES FLYING BAUERS SWAY POLES FLYING BAUER SWAY POLES
(REMOVED)
GREAT ARENA GREAT ARENA NORTHERN STAR ARENA
LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO
PUPPET THEATER PUPPET THEATER REEL TIME STAGE
(REMOVED)
 
 


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
AQUA SOUVENIRS AQUA SOUVENIRS SHIRT BARN
(REMOVED)
BICENTENNIAL PHOTOS BICENTENNIAL PHOTOS MY SIX FLAGS PHOTOS
DECLARATION OF GIFTS DECLARATION OF GIFTS M-PORIUM
DREAM STREET PORTRAIT ARTIST DREAM STREET PORTRAIT ARTIST FANTASY FARMER MARKET
(REMOVED)
FAIRYTALES FAIRYTALES FLAGS
FLUME PHOTOS FLUME PHOTOS FLUME PHOTOS
FORT SHOP - SIGN MAKER FORT SHOP - SIGN MAKER FORT MASSAGE CHAIRS
(SBNO)
GAF PHOTO FAIR GAF PHOTO FAIR STREET STYLES
(SBNO)
HATS FOUNTAIN HAT STAND PAUL REVERE'S HATS
(REMOVED)
HATS & HATS HAT STAND SEASON PASS PROCESSING
(REMOVED)
JEWELRY BOX JEWELRY BOX SNACKS AND SOUVENIRS
MAIN ENTRANCE BALLOONS MAIN ENTRANCE BALLOONS MAIN ENTRACE RESTROOMS
OLD MAIN CARICATURE ARTIST OLD MAIN CARICATURE ARTIST HAND DRAWN CARICATURES
OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS
PAST & PRESENT PAST & PRESENT BIG TOP TERROR TRAIL
SNAKES SNAKES
RENAMED
MAD HATTER
BAVARIAN HAT WORKS
(REMOVED)
SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES ATTITUDES
STRAWBERRY FAIR PORTRAIT ARTIST STRAWBERRY FAIR PORTRAIT ARTIST STRAWBERRY FAIR PORTRAIT ARTIST
(REMOVED)
SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE
(REMOVED)
       
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
FORTUNE FESTIVAL FORTUNE FESTIVAL GOODTIME ALLEY
(REMOVED)
FORTUNE FESTIVAL STANDS FORTUNE FESTIVAL STANDS GOODTIME ALLEY STANDS
(REMOVED)
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR DREAM STREET ARCADE BOARDWALK GAMES CENTER
PARA SHOOTER PARA SHOOTER PARA SHOOTER
(REMOVED)
SHOOTING GALLERY SHOOTING GALLERY SAFARI SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
SHOOTOUT SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
AVENUE OF THE STATES AVENUE OF THE STATES AVENUE OF THE STATES
(REMOVED)
BALLOONLAND BALLOONLAND BALLOON AREA
(REMOVED)
FORT FORT FORT
FOUNTAIN FREEDOM FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN
(REMOVED)
FROG POND FROG POND
RENAMED
POND
POND
G.A.PLANTER G.A.PLANTER G.A.PLANTER
(REMOVED)
GARDEN OF MARVELS GARDEN OF MARVELS CHIP-SHOT MINIATURE GOLF
(REMOVED)
KOI POND KOI POND SHOCKWAVE POND
(REMOVED)
WOODLAND GARDENS WOODLAND GARDENS LAKEFRONT AREA
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
GARDEN OF EATIN'  GARDEN OF EATIN'  CATERING PAVILIONS
INFO BOOTH - GIANT WHEEL INFO BOOTH - GIANT WHEEL INFO BOOTH - GIANT WHEEL
(REMOVED)
INFO BOOTH - OLD MAIN INFO BOOTH - OLD MAIN INFO BOOTH - OLD MAIN
(REMOVED)
MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET BOOTHS MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET BOOTHS MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET BOOTHS
MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET TAKERS MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET TAKERS MAIN ENTRANCE TICKET TAKERS
MAIN ENTRANCE GROUP SALES/GUEST RELATIONS MAIN ENTRANCE GROUP SALES/GUEST RELATIONS MAIN ENTRANCE GUEST RELATIONS
LOST PARENTS LOST PARENTS LOST PARENTS
PARKING LOT PARKING LOT PARKING LOT
SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID
       

CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - ORIGINAL SUPERMAN TENT
ADMINISTRATION ANNEX -ORIGINAL ADMINISTRATION ANNEX -ORIGINAL TRAINING OFFICES
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1977 LATEST NAME
AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE JOKER
FORT FORT FORT
FUN FAIR  FUN FAIR BAT MOBILE
(REMOVED)
MAIN ENTRANCE MAIN ENTRANCE MAIN ENTRANCE
OLD MAIN ENTRANCE OLD MAIN ENTRANCE FOUR TENTS
PRETTY MONSTER BIG WHEEL BIG WHEEL
STRAWBERRY FAIR  STRAWBERRY FAIR JOLLY ROGER
WESTERN SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT SAFARI OFF ROAD ADVENTURE QUEUE
(REMOVED)
       
     

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