The 1978 season brought the biggest changes to Great Adventure as it became a member of the Six Flags family. Six Flags had built three successful theme parks from the ground up and acquired a fourth two years before acquiring Great Adventure. The new owners used their proven formula for success to turn Great Adventure into a similar triumph blending thrills and entertainment.

The thrills came with more exciting new rides including the first of its kind Lightning Loops roller coaster. The looping coaster was still very much a novelty in 1978.  Six Flags introduced it to the park in a big way with twin interlocking loops, doubling the thrills as well as creating the capacity that the park needed. Other rides added were updated versions of the existing attractions offering more thrills and better reliability.

Additional new attractions included a brand new indoor show venue, the Americana Music Hall. The new facility presented what had become a staple for all of the Six Flags theme parks, the "Broadway-style Music Revue" in an air conditioned theater that offered a break in the day from the heat as well as a new form of entertainment.

Later in the season, the park introduced a new walk through Haunted House added as part of the park's new Halloween festivities called Halloweeekends . The temporary new attraction featured prefabricated scenery and live scare actors roaming the halls.  It proved to be so successful that a larger version was planned for the following season.

This new mix of well received additions drew big crowds, but even more was in store for 1979 as Six Flags learned from its freshman season at Great Adventure.   

 



 
         

 

 

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CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
CALYPSO CALYPSO CALYPSO
(REMOVED)
CAROUSEL CAROUSEL CAROUSEL
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS CLOSE ENCOUNTERS CENTIFUGE G-FORCE
(REMOVED)
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)
HAUNTED HOUSE HAUNTED HOUSE HAUNTED HOUSE
(REMOVED)
HYDRO FLUME  MOON FLUME  RIPTIDE
(REMOVED)
 
MATTERHORN MATTERHORN MATTERHORN
(REMOVED)
MONSTER SPIN MONSTER SPIN MONSTER SPIN
(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 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)
 


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
ALPEN BLITZ ALPEN BLITZ ALPEN BLITZ
(REMOVED)
BIG FURY BIG FURY BIG FURY
(REMOVED)
LIGHTNIN' LOOPS LIGHTNIN' LOOPS LIGHTNIN' LOOPS
(REMOVED)
RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY TRAIN
WILD RIDER WILD RIDER WILD RIDER
(REMOVED)


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
ASTRO LINER ASTRO LINER ASTRO LINER
(REMOVED)
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)


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
       
       
       
 

CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
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 1978 LATEST NAME
AUNT JEMIMA WAFFLES AUNT JEMIMA WAFFLES VILLAIN'S CAFE
CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON
(REMOVED)
EAT! EAT! ENCHANTED FOREST SNACK STAND
RENAMED
FAIRGROUND HAMBURGERS
MAMA FLORA'S CUCINA
FORTUNE FESTIVAL HOT DOG  SWEET THOOTH'S JACKPOT
RENAMED
H.P.HOOD FROGURT STAND 
GARDEN STATE GRILL 
FOUNTAIN CAFE FOUNTAIN SNACK STAND
RENAMED
FOUNTAIN HAMURGERS
JOHNNY ROCKETS
HOT DOGS! HOT DOGS!  HOT DOGS! HOT DOGS!  MAMA FLORA'S GRILL 
JUNCTION INN  JUNCTION INN  SUBWAY HOT DOGS
 (REMOVED)
LIGHTNIN' LOOPS CAFE LIGHTNIN' LOOPS CAFE NITRO PIZZA & JOHNNY ROCKETS
(REMOVED)
MIDWAY TREATS  MUSTARDS LAST STAND BOARDWALK STEAK & FRIES  
PIZZA FILLING STATION  PIZZA FILLING STATION  MACHO NACHO EXPRESS
SEAFOOD STAND  PIZZA FILLING STATION
RENAMED
FOUNTAIN SNACK STAND
LIBERTY SQUARE PIZZA 
TOWER OF PIZZA BANDSTANZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
DRINK STAND - DREAM STREET DRINK STAND - DREAM STREET VILLAGE SODA & SNACKS
(REMOVED)
DRINK STAND - FORT DRINK STAND - FORT FRONTIER DRINK STAND
DRINK STAND - KIDDIE KINGDOM DRINK STAND - KIDDIE KINGDOM DRINK-KIDDIE KINGDOM
(REMOVED)
DRINK STAND - NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM DRINK STAND - NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM FORT INDEPENDENCE DRINK STRAND
(REMOVED)
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE
RENAMED
CAP N' CRUNCH
AQUA SPECTACLE
FORT INDEPENDENCE
(REMOVED)
AMERICANA MUSIC HALL AMERICANA MUSIC HALL SHOWCASE THEATRE
BANDSTAND BANDSTAND
RENAMED
BANDSTAND ON THE LAKE
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)
FORT FIREWORKS FORT FIREWORKS FORT FIREWORKS
(REMOVED)
GREAT ARENA GREAT ARENA NORTHERN STAR ARENA
LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO LIBERTY SQUARE GAZEBO
PUPPET THEATER PUPPET THEATER
RENAMED
PERTHY P. PELICAN'S
PUPPET SHOW STAGE
REEL TIME STAGE
(REMOVED)
 
 


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
AQUA SOUVENIRS AQUA SOUVENIRS
RENAMED
SHIRT SHOP & LEATHER CRAFT
SHIRT BARN
(REMOVED)
BICENTENNIAL PHOTOS BICENTENNIAL PHOTOS
RENAMED
FRONT GATE 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)
EMPORIUM EMPORIUM MAIN STREET MARKET
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
RENAMED
FILM 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 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 1978 LATEST NAME
FORTUNE FESTIVAL FORTUNE FESTIVAL GOODTIME ALLEY
(REMOVED)
FORTUNE FESTIVAL BELL RINGER FORTUNE FESTIVAL BELL RINGER GOODTIME ALLEY BELL RINGER
(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)
SKEEBALL BARN SKEEBALL BARN STUDIO 28 ARCADE
SHOOTOUT SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1978 LATEST NAME
AVENUE OF THE STATES AVENUE OF THE STATES AVENUE OF THE STATES
(REMOVED)
BALLOONLAND BALLOONLAND BALLOON AREA
(REMOVED)
DREAM STREET BLOCKADE DREAM STREET BLOCKADE DREAM STREET BLOCKADE
FORT FORT FORT
FOUNTAIN FREEDOM FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN
(REMOVED)
FROG POND 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 1978 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/SEASON PASS 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 1978 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 1978 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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