The biggest attraction added in Six Flags Great Adventure's history to date came in the eighth season with the addition of Roaring Rapids, one of the very first river rapids rides in the world. The ride was developed by INTAMIN in cooperation with Six Flags, and it was an immediate success at the first park to receive it, AstroWorld, so Six Flags added new versions of the ride as quickly as possible to their other parks. The public loved the exciting new ride and lines stretched for hours on hot days.

The new ride required a large plot of land, and the Six Flags Great Adventure Railroad was removed to make room for it. To reach the new ride, a long new pathway was built that included new shops and food stands. The new area further extended the boundaries of the park creating more space for the larger crowds coming each year.

Each season new attractions came to the park in many shapes and forms. Each year new games were introduced, offering new challenges and even new game locations. New shows were always being added, and the Americana Music Hall doubled the number of shows as live productions and the multi-media Great Rock & Roll Time Machine alternated on a jam-packed show schedule.

The summer crowds in 1981 were bigger than ever, with the park setting single day attendance records that have never been surpassed in the years since. The concerts the park hosted in the summer of 1981 brought huge numbers of people to the park, causing traffic jams on Route 537, backing up onto Interstate I-195 and all the way back to the New Jersey Turnpike.   
 



 
         

 

 

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BUCCANEER BUCCANEER BUCCANEER
CALYPSO CALYPSO CALYPSO
(REMOVED)
CAROUSEL CAROUSEL CAROUSEL
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SCRAMBLER  CENTIFUGE G-FORCE
(REMOVED)
ENTERPRISE  ENTERPRISE  SPIN MEISTER
(REMOVED)
 
FLUME  LOG FLUME SAW MILL LOG FLUME
FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE FLYING WAVE
(REMOVED)
GIANT WHEEL GIANT WHEEL BIG WHEEL
GREAT TRAIN SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE RAILROAD SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE RAILROAD
(REMOVED)
HAUNTED CASTLE ACROSS THE MOAT HAUNTED CASTLE ACROSS THE MOAT HAUNTED CASTLE
(REMOVED)
HYDRO FLUME  SPLASH DOWN RIPTIDE
(REMOVED)
 
MATTERHORN MATTERHORN MATTERHORN
(REMOVED)
MONSTER SPIN MONSTER SPIN MONSTER SPIN
(REMOVED)
MUSIK EXPRESS MUSIK EXPRESS MUSIK EXPRESS
(REMOVED)
PANORAMA WHEEL  LIL' WHEEL PHILEAS FOGG'S BALLOON RIDE
(REMOVED)
 
ROARING RAPIDS ROARING RAPIDS CONGO RAPIDS
ROTOR  ROTOR  TAZ TWISTER
(REMOVED)
 
SCHWABINCHEN  SCHWABINCHEN  EL SOMBRERO
(REMOVED)
 
SKOOTER FENDER BENDER FENDER BENDER
(REMOVED)
SKYRIDE SKYRIDE SKY WAY
SUPER ROUND UP SUPER ROUND UP SWASHBUCKLER
SUPER SIDEWINDER SUPER SIDEWINDER SUPERSIDEWINDER
(REMOVED)
SWISS BOB SWISS BOB SWISS BOB
(REMOVED)
TILT A WHIRL  TILT A WHIRL TILT A WHIRL
(REMOVED)
TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM TRAFFIC JAM
(REMOVED)


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LIGHTNIN' LOOPS LIGHTNIN' LOOPS LIGHTNIN' LOOPS
(REMOVED)
ROLLING THUNDER  ROLLING THUNDER ROLLING THUNDER
(REMOVED)
RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY MINE TRAIN RUNAWAY TRAIN
WILD RIDER WILD RIDER WILD RIDER
(REMOVED)


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CARS! CARS! HAPPY HOTRODS ROAD RUUNER'S BEEP BEEP BUGGIES
(REMOVED)
CRAZY CARS  CRAZY CARS LOONEY TUNES LOG JAM
(REMOVED)
DUNE BUGGIES DUNE BUGGIES DAFFY DUCK'S MAGIC MOTORCADE
(REMOVED)
KIDDIE KAROUSEL  KIDDIE KAROUSEL BUGS BUNNY CAMP CAROUSEL 
LADY BUG LADY BUG BUGABOO
LITTLE BIG WHEEL  LITTLE BIG WHEEL ELMER FUDD FERRIS WHEEL
(REMOVED) 
MINI SWINGS  MINI SWINGS MONKEY AROUND
(REMOVED)
RED BARON RED BARON BUGS BUNNY BARNSTORMERS
(REMOVED)
ROUNDABOUT BOATS KIDDIE BOATS PEPE LEPEW'S PLEASURE CRUISE
(REMOVED)
SCREAMER LIL' THUNDER 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


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AQUA COTTON CANDY AQUA CANDY COTTON AQUA CANDY COTTON
(REMOVED)
AUNT JEMIMA WAFFLES AUNT JEMIMA WAFFLES VILLAIN'S CAFE
CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON CONESTOGA WAGON
(REMOVED)
EAT! EAT! WHEELBURGER CHEESESTEAKS MAMA FLORA'S CUCINA
FORTUNE FESTIVAL HOT DOG  MUSTARDS LAST STAND BOARDWALK STEAK & FRIES 
GOYA FOOD STAND  RANCHO GOYA TACOS KINGDOM GYRO 
FOUNTAIN CAFE GREAT AMERICAN HAMBURGERS JOHNNY ROCKETS
GAMES COTTON CANDY GAMES COTTON CANDY GAMES COTTON CANDY
(REMOVED)
HOT DOGS! HOT DOGS!  THE TOP DOG MAMA FLORA'S GRILL 
JUNCTION INN  SEAFOOD HOUSE SUBWAY HOT DOGS
 (REMOVED)
KISS MY COOKIES KISS MY COOKIES COCA-COLA FREESTYLE
LA CANTINA  LA CANTINA MACHO NACHO 
LIGHTNIN' LOOPS CAFE LIGHTNIN' LOOPS CAFE NITRO PIZZA & JOHNNY ROCKETS
(REMOVED)
MIDWAY TREATS  POTATO FACTORY GARDEN STATE GRILL 
PIZZA FILLING STATION  LA PIZZERIA  MACHO NACHO EXPRESS
RAPIDS FUUNEL CAKE RAPIDS FUUNEL CAKE SEAPORT EATS
SEAFOOD STAND  LIBERTY PIZZA LIBERTY SQUARE PIZZA 
TOWER OF PIZZA BANDSTANZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN
WEE DONUTS  WEE DONUTS COLD STONE CREAMERY


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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 - HERNANDO'S HIDE-A-WAY PLAZA DEL CARNAVAL DIPPIN' DOTS
(REMOVED)
DRINK STAND - MUSIC HALL DRINK STAND - MUSIC HALL DRINK STAND - THEATER SNACKS
(REMOVED)
DRINK STAND - NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM DRINK STAND - NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM FORT INDEPENDENCE DRINK STRAND
(REMOVED)
       
       


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ADVENTURE THEATER ADVENTURE THEATER LAKESIDE THEATRE
(REMOVED)
AQUA SPECTACLE AQUA SPECTACLE FORT INDEPENDENCE
(REMOVED)
AMERICANA MUSIC HALL AMERICANA MUSIC HALL SHOWCASE THEATRE
BANDSTAND BANDSTAND BY THE LAKE WILDERENESS THEATER
ENCHANTED BANDSTAND ENCHANTED BANDSTAND BATMAN THE RIDE PREVIEW CENTER
(REMOVED)
FESTHALLE FESTHALLE FESTHALLE
(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 PERTHY P. PELICAN'S
PUPPET SHOW STAGE
REEL TIME STAGE
(REMOVED)
 
 


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AIRBRUSH ART & CUSTOMS WOOD SIGNS AIRBRUSH ART & CUSTOMS WOOD SIGNS AIRBRUSH OUTFITTERS
AQUA SOUVENIRS SHIRT BARN SHIRT BARN
(REMOVED)
BICENTENNIAL PHOTOS LIBERTY SQUARE 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
ENCHANTED FOREST GIFTS  ENCHANTED FOREST GIFTS  SANTA'S HOUSE 
FAIRYTALES FAIRYTALES FLAGS
FLUME PHOTOS FLUME PHOTOS FLUME PHOTOS
FORT SHOP - SIGN MAKER FORT SHOP - OLD WEST HATS FORT MASSAGE CHAIRS
(SBNO)
GAF PHOTO FAIR FILM FAIR STREET STYLES
(SBNO)
HATS PAUL REVERE'S HATS PAUL REVERE'S HATS
(REMOVED)
HOCUS POCUS GAG & MAGIC SHOP HOCUS POCUS GAG & MAGIC SHOP RIDE INFORMATION CENTER
JEWELRY BOX DUG OUT SPORTS SHOP SWEET TREATS
KANDY KITCHEN KANDY KITCHEN COASTERS & CANDY
LIBERTY SQUARE NOVELTIES LIBERTY SQUARE NOVILTIES SAND ART
(REMOVED)
LOS SOMBREROS  LOS SOMBREROS DRY GULCH SHOOTING GALLERY
(REMOVED) 
MAIN ENTRANCE BALLOONS MAIN ENTRANCE BALLOONS MAIN ENTRACE RESTROOMS
OLD MAIN CARICATURE ARTIST GLASS ETCHING & CRYSTAL JEWELRY HAND DRAWN CARICATURES
OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS
PAST & PRESENT THE MPORT BAZAAR BIG TOP TERROR TRAIL
RAPIDS GIFT SHOP RAPIDS GIFT SHOP SEAPORT EATS
SNAKES MAD HATTER BAVARIAN HAT WORKS
(REMOVED)
SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES SOUVENIRS & CRAZIES ATTITUDES
SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE SUPER TEEPEE
(REMOVED)
SWEET TOOTH CANDY  SWEET TOOTH CANDY SEET TREATS 
       
       
       


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CHICAGO SHOOUTOUT CHICAGO SHOOTOUT SKY BAR & SNACKS
FIREBALL EXPRESS FIREBALL EXPRESS CLOWN AROUND BALLOON RACE
(REMOVED)
FORT REMOTE BOATS FORT REMOTE BOATS FORT REMOTE BOATS
(REMOVED)
FORTUNE FESTIVAL GOODTIME ALLEY GOODTIME ALLEY
(REMOVED)
FORTUNE FESTIVAL BELL RINGER GOODTIME ALLEY BELL RINGER GOODTIME ALLEY BELL RINGER
(REMOVED)
FORTUNE FESTIVAL STANDS GOODTIME ALLEY STANDS GOODTIME ALLEY STANDS
(REMOVED)
HERNANDO'S HIDE-A-WAY  HERNANDO'S HIDE-A-WAY  FIESTA GAMES
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR DREAM STREET ARCADE & FASCINATION PARLOR BOARDWALK GAMES CENTER
LIGHTNIN' STRIKIN' BELL RINGER LIGHTNIN' STRIKIN' BELL RINGER LIGHTNIN' STRIKIN' BELL RINGER
MINIATURE MARVELS
CHIP SHOT MNIATURE GOLF 
MINIATURE MARVELS
CHIP SHOT MNIATURE GOLF 
MINIATURE MARVELS
CHIP SHOT MNIATURE GOLF
(REMOVED) 
PARA SHOOTER PARA SHOOTER PARA SHOOTER
(REMOVED)
PEDRO'S PITCH PEDRO'S PITCH PEDRO'S PITCH
SHOOTING GALLERY SAFARI SHOOTOUT SAFARI SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
SKEEBALL BARN SKEEBALL BARN STUDIO 28 ARCADE
SHOOTOUT SHOOTOUT WESTERN SHOOTOUT
(REMOVED)
       
       


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DREAM STREET BLOCKADE DREAM STREET BLOCKADE DREAM STREET BLOCKADE
FORT FORT FORT
FOUNTAIN LIBERTY FOUNTAIN FOUNTAIN
(REMOVED)
FROG POND POND POND
KOI POND KOI POND SHOCKWAVE POND
(REMOVED)
WOODLAND GARDENS WOODLAND GARDENS LAKEFRONT AREA
       
       


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GARDEN OF EATIN'  GARDEN OF EATIN'  CATERING PAVILIONS
GASOLINE STATION - GETTY GASOLINE STATION - GETTY GASOLINE STATION - LUKOIL
(SBNO)
GROUP SALES - OUTER MALL GROUP SALES - OUTER MALL TICKET SALES - OUTER MALL
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 & FOUND LOST PARENTS
PARKING LOT FIRESTONE PARKING LOT PARKING LOT
PUBLIC STORAGE  PUBLIC STORAGE PUBLIC STORAGE
(REMOVED)
HATS & HATS SEASON PASS PROCESSING SEASON PASS PROCESSING
(REMOVED)
SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID SECURITY OFFICE/FIRST AID
       
       


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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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