The tenth anniversary season of Great Adventure in 1984 started out to be very promising, continuing to build on the success of the previous year.  Another major new ride was added with the state of the art Sarajevo Bobsled roller coaster opening in the spring.  To celebrate, guests bringing snowballs were admitted for free.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the roller coaster, one side of Rolling Thunder was operated with its trains reversed.  The new ride experience was billed as "Rednuht Gnillor" (Rolling Thunder backwards) and added a new thrill to the ride in its fifth season.

For the first full season, all of the Six Flags parks welcomed the addition of the Shirt Tales animated characters.  The Shirt Tales were a short-lived creation of the Hallmark Card Company with their own animated series on Saturday mornings, and the parks added walk around characters and re-themed their children's areas with Shirt Tales themed attractions.  Kiddie Kingdom became Shirt Tales Land and all the existing attractions were renamed and new interactive experiences like ball crawls and climbing nets were added, bringing the area up to date with the trends in children attractions.

On May 11th, everything would change at the park when a tragic fire destroyed the Haunted Castle resulting in the death of eight teenage guests.  The fire, investigations, and legal actions which followed changed the entire theme park industry as fire safety regulations were beefed up nationwide in response.  The fire was a black eye to the park, causing many guests to lose faith in the safety of Great Adventure and theme parks as a whole causing a 20% drop in attendance from the previous season.  A major safety sweep far exceeding the required standards was done throughout the park insuring that an accident of this magnitude could never happen again.
 



 
         

 

 

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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 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
SARAJEVO BOBSLEDS SARAJEVO BOBSLEDS SARAJEVO BOBSLEDS
(REMOVED)


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CARS! CARS! RICK'S RACOON RACEWAY ROAD RUUNER'S BEEP BEEP BUGGIES
(REMOVED)
CRAZY CARS  BOGEY'S BUMPER CARS LOONEY TUNES LOG JAM
(REMOVED)
DUNE BUGGIES MR. DINKLE'S DUNE BUGGIES DAFFY DUCK'S MAGIC MOTORCADE
(REMOVED)
KIDDIE KAROUSEL  KIP'S KIDDIE KAROUSEL BUGS BUNNY CAMP CAROUSEL 
KIDDIE SCRAMBLER TYG'S SUPERSONIC SCRAMBLER RAJA'S RICKSHAWS
LADY BUG PAMMY'S LOVELY LADY BUG BUGABOO
LITTLE BIG WHEEL  TYG'S SWIRL TWIRL ELMER FUDD FERRIS WHEEL
(REMOVED) 
MINI SWINGS  BOGEY'S SWING-ALONG MONKEY AROUND
(REMOVED)
RED BARON KIP'S FUN FLYERS BUGS BUNNY BARNSTORMERS
(REMOVED)
ROUNDABOUT BOATS BOGEY'S BOBBIN' BOATS PEPE LEPEW'S PLEASURE CRUISE
(REMOVED)
SCREAMER LIL' THUNDER LIL' THUNDER
(REMOVED)
       
BOGEY'S ADVENTURE HOUSE BOGEY'S ADVENTURE HOUSE WILE E. COYOTE'S WILD WILD WEB
(REMOVED)
DIGGER'S UNDERGROUND CLIMB DIGGER'S UNDERGROUND CLIMB PORKY PIG PIPELINE
(REMOVED)
KIDDIE CLIMB KIDDIE CLIMB KIDDIE CLIMB
(REMOVED)
THE KING'S SANDBOX DIGGER'S SUPER SANDBOX YOSEMITE SAM'S SANDBOX
PET-A-PET PAMMY'S PETTING ZOO PORKY PIG'S PETTING FARM
(REMOVED)
RICK'S BALL CRAWL RICK'S BALL CRAWL SEASON PASS ENTRANCE
(REMOVED)
TYG'S COURAGEOUS CLIMB TYG'S COURAGEOUS CLIMB LOONEY TUNES LAND
ENTRANCE CLIMB
(REMOVED)
TYG'S GYMNASIUM TYG'S GYMNASIUM KINGDOM TRADERS


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PADDLE BOATS PADDLE CREEK 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
WAFFLE CONES - ENTERPRISE AREA WAFFLE CONES - ENTERPRISE AREA BEN & JERRY'S
WAFFLE CONES - KIDDIE AREA WAFFLE CONES - KIDDIE AREA DEL RIO WAFFLE CONE
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 1984 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)
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)
SHIRT TALES THEATER SHIRT TALES THEATER BUGS BUNNY THEATER
(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)
FOTOZINES FOTOZINES SEASON PASS HEADQUARTERS
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 
WIRECRAFT WIRECRAFT ADVENTURE GLOW
       
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1984 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
GUESS YOUR WEIGHT GUESS YOUR WEIGHT FLIPPIN' OUT BOTTLE CHALLENGE
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
       
       


CLICK IMAGE FOR SPOTLIGHT ORIGINAL NAME WHEN ADDED NAME IN 1984 LATEST NAME
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)
GARDEN OF EATIN' GARDEN OF EATIN' CATERING AREA
MAIN ENTRANCE MAIN ENTRANCE MAIN ENTRANCE
OLD ADMINISTRATION OLD ADMINISTRATION SUPERMAN
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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