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  1. 7 points
    Not a typical trip report, but this past week I was able to go to Prospertown with a friend and fish on his canoe. It was nice to get some shots of Nitro and check in on Jersey Devil. Hopefully they’ll resume construction soon! No fish for me, but my friend was able to catch 2 sunnies and 4 crappies.
  2. 5 points
    MAP UPDATE: It has obviously been a while since progress has been made on the new coaster, but I wanted to update you all on a few things. First, I haven't put out a map in a while and I aim to finish up my final remaining map since construction has been halted. I am currently working on the site map for April 14, 2020, and that is unfortunately the final map until construction resumes. I will review the June construction update and keep a close eye on any noticeable changes, but I can't guarantee I will find anything of value. Other than 4/14 which I aim to complete soon, no other maps will be released until construction is resumed. The continuation of construction is uncertain, as it could be in the coming weeks or even in the coming months. But until then, I just wanted to say that it has been an absolutely wild journey through this entire coaster and it has been a pleasure to share the site maps with everyone here on the forums. I was aiming to continue the site maps as a tradition as the park added new rides through 2021 and 2022, but the future of the park through those years is foggy and I am unsure as to whether I will even be able to create site maps for those new attractions, if any. Come 2022, I will be going out of the state for college and Great Adventure will no longer be my most frequented park, but it will forever be my home park. Because of this, I will be carrying on the site map tradition to other parks closer to where I am staying since I will have access to more in-person visits at those properties compared to Great Adventure. If JDC is the only site map collection I get to produce for Great Adventure, I'd just love to say now that I appreciate everybody here who supported the maps, gave them some love, and most importantly, accepted them. I've been to some other sites to take the site maps there and they were greeted with a mostly negative reception, so I am glad that there is a fan-base here that appreciates the work and values it for what it is. I don't want to sign off on the site maps completely as there is still another battle to endure come the continuation of construction, but I figured I'd put this out now since the time feels right and I may not have much to offer in terms of maps for the next few months. On a similar note, I'd like to highlight three of the most influential periods of time in recent construction, as these three periods have molded the perception of the coaster and has given us all optimism of an eventual return. I'm no coaster historian, but separating the life of the coaster into these distinguished periods sheds further light on the progress that was made and goes to show that these crews were absolutely hauling through this project from the get-go. The Paradise Piers | December 24, 2019 - February 12, 2020 All of the footings and pier caps for the JERSEY DEVIL COASTER were formed and poured: This era of construction was the ultimate vertical construction we were all highly anticipating, and it paid off. Crews were able to pour the nearly 100 foundations for the coaster and sea of pier caps that bear the ride's ghost-grey columns. A Christmas gift from the park transformed into a swift construction process that set the stage for one of the craziest construction runs I've ever seen. The Nightcrawler Dynasty | March 2, 2020 - April 10, 2020 During this legendary run, crews installed nearly all of the ride's columns and managed to track the ride all the way through the exit of the zero-g roll. This was completely unexpected, as the unfortunate events of the COVID-19 pandemic halted construction elsewhere, but crews working on this ride were relentless and kept trucking on: Aside from that little synopsis, this is honestly one of the craziest things I have ever witnessed. I knew before that raptors were designed for quick installation, but I didn't know that one of the sheer magnitude of something like JDC could cover so much ground at once. In this time span, not only were most ride columns installed, but crews tracked the entire ride from the bottom of the first drop all the way through the exit of the zero-g roll; all in just over a month's time. Elements that would take normal construction projects weeks to complete took JDC sometimes DAYS. Watching the coaster go up as our hopes went down for a 2020 theme park season was a miracle to behold, and I am forever grateful for this little boost of optimism that went a long way during this unfortunate global event. This ride didn't even crawl through the night; this thing ran absolute marathons! The Dormant Era | April 10, 2020 - Present Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey ordered the halt of non-essential construction effective April 10, 2020, and the construction site sat vacant for over a month before crews were allowed to resume. As of now (June 24, 2020), the Dormant Era has officially become our longest recorded era of JERSEY DEVIL COASTER construction thus far, currently spanning a whopping 75 days: Even with Governor Murphy allowing non-essential construction to resume effective May 18, 2020, the coaster has remained dormant, just waiting to erupt, for over two months since it initially stopped and over one month since it was allowed to restart. Now that the park has announced its opening day of July 3, 2020, no official announcement has been made regarding the coaster's future. However, several sources close the park have revealed the no progress on the ride has been made since the initial and many are beginning to speculate a 2021 opening for the sleeping giant. Just wanted to bring something to the forum since the current state of JDC doesn't warrant too many posts; just wanted to keep the spirit of the coaster alive. Be on the lookout for a new map and I hope to see everyone again soon.
  3. 5 points
    Visited Lightnin' Loops (aka Diamondback) at Frontier City today.
  4. 5 points
    Ladies and Gentlemen- GreatAdventureHistory.com proudly presents the first known color photo of Great Adventure's Jumbo Jet up close and under construction!
  5. 4 points
    On July 2nd, SFDK re-opens as "Marine World Experience" Apparently they are not allowed to re-open the rides yet, so just like GA re-opened with Wild Safari Drive Through Discovery Kingdom is re-opening for an animals only experience.
  6. 4 points
    The renovated entrance at Six Flags St. Louis looks nice. https://www.facebook.com/sixflagsstlouis/photos/a.71040081915/10157006312001916/?type=3&theater
  7. 3 points
    I'm just happy that we got this coaster and it has been partially been built before the pandemic. I think future investments in the chain are uncertain at this time, so getting this big investment of a coaster right beforehand was a win.
  8. 3 points
    Log Flume construction photos! First, the long removed back dip under construction and second, the logs have arrived! Anyone else like me wish the dip still existed? It would be like the dark "there's nothing in here but bees" portion of Splash Mountain.
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  11. 2 points
    I can’t help but think we will soon be picking apart It’s a Small World and replacing and removing dolls from various countries because they are viewed as being offensive to their native people.
  12. 2 points
    Amusement parks can open July 2 at 50% capacity!
  13. 2 points
    Every year Bridget LeRoy, Warner's oldest daughter posts a little remembrance of him for Father's Day:
  14. 2 points
    Construction comes full circuit as the last section of Great American Scream Machine track is joined up with the first!
  15. 2 points
    It proved to be tricky for the boats to successfully negotiate on a routine basis and proved to throw the spacing off between logs.
  16. 2 points
    The Master, you can always be counted on to bring me back down to reality when I get overly optimistic. Your pessimism is always appreciated.
  17. 2 points
    There will be some masks flying off on the rides which will cause issues. What riders will do if they lose their masks, how lost masks will be collected and disposed of, how often will they be collected since you don't want them to pile up. Plus if they get soaked on a water ride, it would be similar to water boarding trying to breathe through a damp mask. Not to mention wearing masks in the summer heat will increase the number of faintings. Masks are highly uncomfortable in the heat, I know I can't walk around in hot weather wearing one for long without getting dizzy.
  18. 1 point
    I took my first visit of the season to the park today and got some really nice photos of JDC! The ride is absolutely massive in real life and can be seen from many different locations throughout the park, and there are lots of cool vista points that I didn't expect to have of the ride. I am planning on editing some of the photos I took to make them look like old 8mm film photos, so here is the first of a couple that I plan on doing. Here is the first photo of JDC in an alternate universe (we'll call it 1981, 40 years prior to the coaster's actual opening year).
  19. 1 point
    I just read about Butch passing.... What a shame. Besides knowing so much about the animals, he was a kind person. I had been involved in something pretty upsetting that Butch was aware of. A few days later, I was out shoveling the road in the camel, sheep and goat section, and Butch drove up. Told me to set the shovel aside and join him in his truck. And that man turned his radio down and sat talking with me over an hour. As busy as Butch was, he took the time to make sure i was ok.,,, My deepest condolences to his family
  20. 1 point
    They were pulsing people in some of thr stations, only Fahrenheit was assigning seats.
  21. 1 point
    The possibility for them to enforce the rules exists. From what I've read, Universal Orlando has done a fantastic job at enforcing everything, while SeaWorld Orlando has done a terrible job. I can't speak for other Busch parks, but I know Six Flags can accomplish their goals if they only try a little harder. Otherwise, I fear a shut-down from Murphy is imminent.
  22. 1 point
    They filled all the rows on their B&M coasters, both Candymonium and Great Bear, likely because each row is its own car. Fahrenheit was also filling all rows. However, all the other coasters were skipping every other row for a safety gap. Everybso often they would shug a ride down for cleaning. Most of the secondary rides were closed. Only water slides that were open were the mat racers. They sprayed the mats between each use. There were also spraying the inner tubes in the lazy river after each guest was done with their tube. Waiting for park opening in the new entrance is brutal, still have a headache from it.
  23. 1 point
    Hershey's new entrance is a mess. Its huge which makes the entrance gate lines more chaotic.than before. Also there is compkete lack of shade so the whole entrance plaza and Chocolatetown are baking in the hot sun. They really need shade flys or other shade structures. Both have few saplings planted The new entrance and Chocolatetown are both really ugly and completely lack charm of the old. The new coaster is good but it does have the PITA lockers instead of station bins. However, unlike GADV, the lockers are free while you ride like Universal which is good of Hershey.
  24. 1 point
    As the 2020 season-opener finally approaches, click below to view the new official theme park map. There won't be any printed paper maps in the park this year. This map will be used for in-park map directories.
  25. 1 point
    It's interesting to see that the Dining Pass is accepted at all locations. I understand it's better not to have the paper maps but it's a shame they are probably a thing of the past. I like to collect them each year for all the parks I visit.
  26. 1 point
    Looks good! I'm guessing SFOG will probably be one of the few parks to actually get something new opening this year in the Six Flags system, and only because of their contractual obligations.
  27. 1 point
    I honestly get it. Why open a new ride when you can’t attract more attendance. I really hope that they can use the extra time to add theming. It would make the wait worth it.
  28. 1 point
    I like how Six Flags is getting creative in ways to reopen.
  29. 1 point
    It depends how quick they can get jobs filled and adjust everything
  30. 1 point
    Looks like Bizarro is getting ready! (Not my photo and this was taken today)
  31. 1 point
    I personally feel they should keep the Safari going through Labor Day weekend and weekends in September. Depending on how things go, possibly bring back Winter Lights select nights from Black Friday til New Years Day. The park is generating revenue and being so close to New York and how annoyed the boardwalk parks are, this I feel is the best option.
  32. 1 point
    The "New for 2020" tab is now missing from the main Six Flags website. I expect some of the flat rides and a couple of the water slides to open this year, but not any of the coasters.
  33. 1 point
    Having worked the log flume that first year it was tricky. But when it worked correctly it was fantastic! How ever we would get power drains on the system. and the pumps would slow down or shut off. And all the stop dams on chut and spill way would come up backing up all the logs behind both. and lift one. Taking an hour to evca. and another to get it back up and running. Lots of fun!
  34. 1 point
    JERSEY DEVIL COASTER, as @Pineracer earlier said, will most likely be ready to open for opening day 2021. Keep in mind that Chiller was a much more error-prone attraction as it ran four separate LIM boosters which ripped through power, hence its extensive delays. The Chiller was ultimately delayed at the hands of internal error from Premier Rides and the project's other associated parties, whereas JERSEY DEVIL COASTER is being delayed at the hands of a global pandemic, something the park nor Rocky Mountain, Maser Consulting, and all other associated parties have zero control over (as @MarioSonic94 stated). While the delay control is different, JERSEY DEVIL COASTER most likely will not fall in the same vein as The Chiller as the margin of error for something that much of a failure is extraneously minor. The coaster does not feature any substantial prototype or error-prone mechanisms to my knowledge, and will run as traditional and smooth as a coaster from Rocky Mountain could run. There were so many more different factors to consider when operating the Chiller (dueling cycles, maintaining countless sets of LIM boosters, valleying, headbanging, avoiding blackouts, etc. etc.) than there will ever be with something as familiar, safe, and debugged as the technology used on JDC.
  35. 1 point
    This will be the first time since Chiller that a new coaster has missed its planned opening season. Granted, they both had different reasons for their postponed openings. (One had serious mechanical issues and the other was caught in the middle of a global pandemic)
  36. 1 point
    I see the park will have reduced hours, mainly closing at 9 instead of 10. Hershey will be one of the worst parks to wear a mask at between the hot blacktop and lack of shade.
  37. 1 point
    I never thought they would be reopening so soon moving to the green phase with Dauphin County only going to the yellow phase 2 weeks ago. As much as I want to be there July 1st, I might wait a few weeks to see how well the rules are being enforced. Seeing pictures of other reopened parks like Lagoon with no social distancing, makes me a little hesitant to go right away.
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    https://www.news9.com/story/5ee12ec7d0d1222312184343/frontier-city-announces-new-mask-policy-at-theme-park
  40. 1 point
    Cool! Any chance you can take a bunch of pictures of the ride for us if you go again?
  41. 1 point
    The Current Six Flags reopening status: Six Flags Over Texas- June 19th Six Flags Fiesta Texas- June 19th La Ronde- June 19th Six Flags Mexico- June 19th Six Flags Over Georgia- June 15th Six Flags St. Louis- June 26th It’s great to see some major parks reopening soon!
  42. 1 point
    Here are two cool photos of the Granddaddy of all Garden of Marvels building, Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle being installed atop the mountain range under the watchful eye of village creator Arthur Thuijs.
  43. 1 point
    If I go to the park, I am going to bring a few masks with me, the inexpensive ones that Walmart are selling in a 50 pack for $13. I hear they are easier to breathe in than the cloth reusable masks. Hopefully there will be rest areas where you don't have to wear a mask like Universal has, if someone needs to take a break from the mask.
  44. 1 point
    That is amazing. You should be a costume designer.
  45. 1 point
    Unfortunately, it looks like the trains are going to have seatbelts. I was hoping for no seatbelts so dispatches could be at least somewhat close to as fast as the dispatches are at Nitro.
  46. 0 points
    The rest of the normal pamphlets and brochures will also be MIA this season. First season in 47 years that GA does not have a rack brochure.
  47. 0 points
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