The Dream Street from 1974
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Dream Street was designed to be
Great Adventure's Main Street, drawing guests into the Enchanted Forest
to explore the wonders and curiosities tucked into the trees. The design
was a variation on Warner LeRoy's original plans for a larger scale "Dream Street" which
was supposed to have been a shopping district intended as part of the original
Great Adventure plans. It was to be a kind of Downtown Disney or Citywalk long before either of those would come into being.
Warner LeRoy's original vision for Dream Street called for a series of shops and restaurants that were to be built as giant versions of what they sold. The Yum Yum Palace was a perfect example of what he had in mind and was the only example of these things that made it off the drawing boards.
The version of Dream Street constructed was filled with music and colors and movement from end to end. The things encountered along Dream Street got progressively taller, with the Carousel, Fountain and Big Wheel all centered along its length, drawing guests down the pathway.
In 1976, Dream Street changed with the relocation of the park's entrance, making the Fountain a central hub. The character of the street would change further with the closure of the section near the Carousel, detouring guests through the games areas.
The entrance to the Enchanted Forest was colorful and magical, looking
like a fair setup in the woods. The colorful tent-style structures were
simple and elegant and set the tone for the park beyond.
The colors of the park entrance were always enhanced by the banners lining Dream Street beyond as well as the bunches of colorful balloons sold just inside the park gates.
|The Souvenirs and Crazies shop was bright and colorful and filled with a huge array of Great Adventure branded souvenir merchandise. The tent building was open and filled with colorful decorations and fixtures.|
|Fairy Tales was the most fanciful of the four tent structures that made up Great Adventure's main merchandise area. The soaring silver tree at the center of the tent was a real eye catcher and always filled with stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes.|
|Past and Present featured a wide array of unique gifts items and crafts for guests to purchase. Guests would watch as artisans created their own one of a kind piece of art.|
|The International Bazaar was a unique store where guests could find gifts from the four corners of the Earth. The store was whimsical with its circus-like merchandise and fixtures.|
|The symbol of Great Adventure in the early years was the colorful hot air balloon which flew high above the treetops of the Enchanted Forest, offering guests a chance to ride up, up, and away.|
|Up and down Dream Street entertainment was everywhere, and one of the first shows guest would find was The Happening- a high energy trampoline show. The energetic young performers bounced to hit music several times a day.|
|Perhaps the most unique structure on all of Dream Street was the Yum Yum Palace. The giant scoops of ice cream were fantastic and colorful day or night. It was so well hidden in the trees that it was not visible until guests were directly in front of it.|
|The Carousel was Great Adventure's most colorful ride, with the elaborately painted horses and rounding boards aglow in hundreds of lights. The pavilion it sat in was equally colorful with its spiral columns in a rainbow of hues. Even the roof was painted in bright colors. The band organ played traditional fairground music to accompany the galloping riders.|
|The expansive Garden of Marvels let guests feel like Gulliver in the land of the Lilliputians as they walked among intricate scale models of some of the world's great buildings and landmarks. The entire garden was set in a world of mountains and waterways, all scaled to fit the amazing structures.|
|As part of the Garden of Marvels, the Koi Pond offered a relaxing escape from the hustle of the crowds where guests could watch the colorful fish from a geometrically inspired bridge.|
|Great Adventure's original children's area was Ride-A-Rama which offered a varied selection of rides just for the youngest guests. Along with the rides which were fairly standard off-the- shelf models, the area featured a unique clown-shaped bounce house.|
|No day at a theme park was complete without buying a novelty hat and Great Adventure featured several stands specializing in head toppers. The largest of these boutiques was simply named Hats and was situated on Dream Street next to the Fountain.|
|Standing near the center of Dream Street was the Fountain which was billed as the "world's highest water jet" spraying 150' into the sky.|
|The Fountain Cafe offered a place to relax and grab a quick bite in the park and enjoy the sights and sounds in the Fountain area.|
|The Antique Cars were located in the area later occupied by the park's Main Street shops. The electric cars were driven at a leisurely pace through dense woods and past fanciful scenery.|
Happy Feeling was the park's first petting zoo and featured a menagerie of
creatures who welcomed petting and a snack or two.
After its removal, the Happy Feeling area was transformed into a new pathway connecting the fountain area with the bustling ride-packed Fun Fair section of the park.
|Changes along Dream
Street over time included the addition of a new pathway into Goodtime
Alley in 1975. In 1976 the former site of The Happening became the home
of the relocated Pretty
Monster ride while taking on the name Dream Street Dazzler. That too was
replaced by a new Monster Spin ride in 1978, and then with the Enchanted
Teacups years later.
The relocation of the park's entrance plaza brought more shops, restaurants and stands to the area around the Fountain. Places like the Pizza Parlor, Orange Julius and various stands and carts were added all along this main thoroughfare.
The Garden of Marvels changed several times, first becoming a mini golf course, then later becoming home to the Shockwave roller coaster. The site would be redeveloped once more with the addition of Dare Devil Dive and Houdini's Great Escape.
One attraction that came and went was the temporary stage that
housed the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves stunt show which lasted one
summer. The Yum Yum Palace was also rethemed at this time, becoming the
Great Character Cafe with the addition of Looney Tunes theme elements.
Another attraction along Dream Street that was planned but never came into being was a makeover of the former Garden of Marvels into Fantasy Fair - a flat ride area that could be opened on busy days and closed at slower times.
|Over the years numerous road blocks were installed on Dream Street to reroute foot traffic. First in 1978, a planter was placed between the two Dream Street Tents closest to the Carousel forcing guests to venture into the games area. A basketball game of skill soon followed. In 1999, the area was cleared and became home to the short-lived Jumpin Jack Flash ride followed by its neighbor the Turbo Bungy trampoline attraction. Both of those were removed for the 2003 season and just when it looked as if Dream Street might reopen up, a new building took their place housing a paint ball game.|
Around the Fountain area more shops and
restaurants have been added including the Colonial Deli, and later the Cyber
Cafe. Others have been re-branded like the Fountain Cafe as it became
Johnny Rockets and the Pizza Parlor as it has became home to several
brand name pizza chains.
Throughout the seasons many changes have happened along Dream Street. However, throughout all the years the one thing that has remained constant has been the colorful banners and robust flowers and plantings that has made Dream Street a pleasing area at the heart of Great Adventure.
|Postcards Featuring Dream Street|
|Dream Street as pictured in the 1974 Souvenir Booklet.|