For the park's tenth season the crowds continued to grow and to keep up and continue the momentum, three big new attractions were introduced. A new show venue was added with the Great Lake Grandstand and Water Ski Show. The lake had been drained and the stumps removed over the off-season, and the new show opened in the spring.

The world's tallest ride came to Great Adventure for 1983 with the introduction of the Parachuter's Perch. The 250' tower was relocated from Six Flags Over Mid-America and positioned at the top of the Goodtime Alley games area as a visual draw to bring guests past the games.

The real star attractions of 1983 was the Freefall ride, the first ride of its kind in the area. The state of the art attraction was an immediate success drawing huge crowds. Six Flags had introduced the same ride at several of their parks simultaneously, and created a commercial campaign that piqued the interest of thrill seekers.

Other new attractions at Great Adventure in 1983 included new fireworks shows on the lake, new shows in the Americana Music Hall and new costumed characters with the introduction of the Shirt Tales. Kiddie Kingdom was remodeled as Shirt Tales Land and the area was modernized with new attractions.

To help handle the ever growing crowds, a major new food location was added to the park with the addition of the International Food Fair. The western themed building featured multiple counters each selling different types of food from around the world.

Despite a severe economic recession, the park set new attendance records and things were looking good for the future.
 



 
         

 

 

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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)
FREEFALL FREEFALL STUNTMAN'S FREEFALL
(REMOVED)
GIANT WHEEL GIANT WHEEL BIG WHEEL
HAUNTED CASTLE ACROSS THE MOAT HAUNTED CASTLE ACROSS THE MOAT HAUNTED CASTLE
(REMOVED)
HYDRO FLUME  KODAK'S SPLASH DOWN RIPTIDE
(REMOVED)
 
JOUST-A-BOUT JOUST-A-BOUT SKY PILOT
(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)
 
PARACHUTER'S PERCH PARACHUTER'S PERCH PARACHUTE TRAINING CENTER:  EDWARDS AFB
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


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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 
KIDDIE SCRAMBLER KIDDIE SCRAMBLER RAJA'S RICKSHAWS
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)
THE KING'S SANDBOX THE KING'S SANDBOX YOSEMITE SAM'S SANDBOX
PET-A-PET PET-A-PET PORKY PIG'S PETTING FARM
(REMOVED)


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PADDLE BOATS PADDLE BOATS PADDLE CREEK
(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 WAFFLES AND CREAM 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 
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR OUTPOST
JUNCTION INN  SEAFOOD HOUSE SUBWAY HOT DOGS
 (REMOVED)
KISS MY COOKIES COOKIE SHOPPE 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  PIZZA PARLOR LIBERTY SQUARE PIZZA 
SKI SHOW SNACKS SKI SHOW SNACKS GRANDSTAND SNACKS
(REMOVED)
TOWER OF PIZZA BANDSTANZA LOONEY TUNES CAMP KITCHEN
WEE DONUTS  ORANGE JULIUS COLD STONE CREAMERY


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BANDSTANZA PRETZEL BANDSTANZA PRETZEL BANDSTANZA PRETZEL
(REMOVED)
CALIFORNIA NATURAL STAND CALIFORNIA NATURAL STAND MOVIETOWN PRETZEL SHOPPE
(REMOVED)
CAROUSEL PRETZEL CAROUSEL PRETZEL CAROUSEL SNACKS
(REMOVED)
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)
FRONT GATE ICEE FRONT GATE ICEE FRONT GATE HYDRATION STATION
LOOPS ICEE LOOPS ICEE RIVER COUNTRY DRINKS
(SBNO)
PARACHUTE SOFT SERVE PARACHUTE SOFT SERVE PARACHUTE DIPPIN' DOTS
RAPIDS SOFT SERVE RAPIDS SOFT SERVE RAPIDS SOFT SERVE
(REMOVED)
SKYRIDE PRETZELS SKYRIDE PRETZELS HOT & FRESH OVEN PRETZELS
(REMOVED)
WESTERN ICEE WESTERN ICEE OUTPOST DIPPIN' DOTS
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1983 LATEST NAME
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)
FLYING BAUERS SWAY POLES FLYING BAUERS SWAY POLES FLYING BAUER SWAY POLES
(REMOVED)
FOGHORN FOLLIES FOGHORN FOLLIES FOGHORN FOLLIES
(REMOVED)
FORT FIREWORKS FORT FIREWORKS FORT FIREWORKS
(REMOVED)
GREAT ARENA GREAT ARENA NORTHERN STAR ARENA
GREAT LAKE GRANDSTAND GREAT LAKE GRANDSTAND GREAT LAKE GRANDSTAND
(REMOVED)
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 CRAFTS & ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANICA HAND DRAWN CARICATURES
OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS OLD TIME PHOTOS
PAST & PRESENT DREAM STREET ARCADE & GIFT SHOP BIG TOP TERROR TRAIL
RAPIDS GIFT SHOP RAPIDS GIFT SHOP SEAPORT EATS
SKI SHOW GIFTS SKI SHOW GIFTS SIX FLAGS TELEVISION BROADCASTING
(REMOVED)
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 
       
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1983 LATEST NAME
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 BELL RINGER GOODTIME ALLEY BELL RINGER GOODTIME ALLEY BELL RINGER
(REMOVED)
GOODTIME ALLEY GOODTIME ALLEY BOARDWALK
HERNANDO'S HIDE-A-WAY  HERNANDO'S HIDE-A-WAY  FIESTA GAMES
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR SKILL TOKEN PARLOR & 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) 
PEDRO'S PITCH PEDRO'S PITCH PEDRO'S PITCH
PINBALL PARLOR PINBALL PARLOR MIRROR MAZE
ROPE CLIMB - PARACHUTES ROPE CLIMB - PARACHUTES ROPE CLIMB - PARACHUTES
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 GATEWAY TOYOTA PARKING LOT PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT TOLL PLAZA PARKING LOT TOLL PLAZA PARKING LOT TOLL PLAZA
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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