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    Thanks for helping the site.
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    So as we know, Great Adventure likes to keep things fresh each season with Holiday in the Park by offering new and different rides, attractions, and areas. It looks like the 2019 season will be no different with the probable opening of Bugs Bunny National Park especially given the closure of Looney Tunes Seaport (a portion of Whimsical Wonderland). New strings of light sockets have been installed on all the buildings in Bugs Bunny National Park: In addition, small new footers have been installed along the lakefront walkway behind the Four Tents and Teacups ride. My guess is these will be used as bases for some type of decorations or lighting canopy. Neither of these things have been confirmed by the park yet, but I have a feeling Santa has a few more goodies in his sack to share with us during Holiday in the Park 2019!
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    It would be nice to eventually see a DC-skinned version of West Coast Racers for the park, maybe as the "Riddler & Two Face: Street Race" as people had predicted or the 2020 addition. It could occupy the Batman Stunt Arena space, and the queue could be located near Wonder Woman. That would add another coaster to Movie Town, and be an homage to the Chiller.
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    For I think the first time, Dorney was open for Columbus Day. They added it as an operating day around 2 months ago and didn't do much to promote they were open like an e-mail to everyone on their e-mail list. With not many people knowing the park was open and operating hours of 11 - 7 with no Haunt, crowds were low even for Dorney. Steel Force was dispatching trains with as few as 4 - 6 riders. Besides the usual rides, I spent some time at the Monster Jam Thunder Alley temporary attraction. It is in the lower section of the park near Possessed and Cedar Creek Flyers. There are multiple monster trucks on display, some of which you can sit in the driver's seat of, displays on the parts of trucks and how some of the features are built. There is also a kids play area and the most important attraction, the chance to ride in a monster truck. The course is where Stinger was and is 2 laps because the track is shorter than the versions from other Cedar Fair parks. 2 trucks are running, Megalodon and Grave Digger. Each truck seats 10 people plus the driver and usually 1 truck is running while the other is loading riders. It takes a while to load each truck and for everyone to get buckled in. Because of that, the capacity is extremely low, probably around 200 riders an hour at the most. When I was at the park on October 5th, it was an hour wait and I heard waits can get up to 90 minutes (the wait time sign even has a 150 minute marker on it). Since it was a low crowd day, the wait was around 25 minutes. Even going through the course slower than a professional would drive, it was a bumpy ride and you get slightly thrown around. My favorite part of the ride was when the truck goes in a small 360 circle. It almost was like a flat ride. It was more fun than I was expecting a much better use of the space compared to Stinger being there. It's too bad it's only a temporary exhibit and will be leaving at the end of the season with the Stinger ride area empty again. This might have been my last trip to Dorney for the season and if it was, even though I spent less time than ever on the ride side of the park this year, I still thought it was a great season mostly because of the water park and water rides. This game added for Haunt wasn't running today. The skeleton's arms move and you have 15 seconds to get 2 out of 5 foam brains into the baskets to win a prize. How the arms are made. The park added these decorative cakes to the turntables of the Whip for the 100th season.
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    Wow, such a slick graphic opening for the video, then Blair Witch style photography...
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    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
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    I had flashbacks yesterday of my very early GA trips. I was determined to get a trip report together so I spent a few hours touring the park in the pouring rain. Even though I had a jacket, I was soaked when I drove home. Once in my house I jumped in the shower and for some reason the first thing that popped in my head was when I was younger (much younger) and I would spend all day going on the rides including the water rides. It always was such a good feeling to get home and take a shower to wash off all that flume, rapids, and water ride feeling.
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    I can see 2024 addition as very fun as dueling Premier Rides launch coasters themed to the Riddler and Two Face in Movietown known as DC Universe in Gotham City section.
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    I visited Dorney's Haunt on their bonus Sunday, the only Sunday they have the Haunt. Normally you only have the choice of either Friday or Saturday. Usually I would have been there a couple of times by now, but this was my first Haunt visit for the year, and likely my only one. I did decide to renew my pass for thid year, so I got one free Fastlane ticket to use for the remainder of this season. After arriving at the park, I was eurprised how crowded it was on a a Sunday, even minor rides had long lines. Because of this, I decided to use my free Fastlane. Even that was only marginal on many of the normal rides as there were no employees metering the lines, Faetlane users had to blend themselves into the main lines, which was not fun. Also many of the ride dispatches were insanely slow. Even with Fastlane, I could only ride Steel Force once because it was taking them 15 min to dispatch trains, which they were running two of. At least they were running two trains on most of the coasters. Ride operations at Dorney are abysmal. This year, Dorney pushed back the opening of the Haunt attractions until 7:30, which is pretty late. All the houses are the same as last year, through they did enhance a few such as Cornstalkers. The haunted houses is one of the few areas that Dorney still shines, all were well done and staffed very well, much better than GADV FF in those regards. Dorney aleo has much better scareactors than GADV, as well as being more consistently decorated for Halloween than GADV which has big bare areas anymore. Dorney did replace two of their outdoor scare zones this year. One is The Lair, which is themed as a Vampire castle which was pretty good, and Steamworxs, a steampunk style scare zone that was meh. Nothing really scary about it, just gears and some people running around in steampunk attire. Dorney still had their impressive pirate shipwreck set out near the swings. Fastlane worked well for the houses, as they had employees to meter the lines. Besides the three main scare zones, Dorney has several mini zones scattered around the park. One was a slasher zone with Scream Face, Michael Myers, Leather Face, Jason Voorhes, and even Jack Torrance. Another mini zone had masquerade characters, who took their masks off to reveal skinned faces. There was also a mini prison zone where scareactors hid behind the cells. There was even a farm mini zone in front of Cornstalkers that featured overhead Jackolanterns and scarecrow stilt walkers. Sadly Dorney cut back their pumpkin soft serve ice cream this year. Instead of serving it at their ice cream stands like in past years, this year they only serve it as a topping on funnel cakes which was disappointing. The Haunt is also down to just one show this year, Blood Drums which I didn't bother to see. They axed their circus show they had for several years. The crowds were very large there most of the night, but it did thin out quickly during the last hour and a half. The crowds were rougher than at GADV, lots of cursing and smoking. The park was also pretty dirty which is a shame, as Dorney used to be s spotless park years ago. Most of the long lines seemed to be caused by the ultra slow operations. Overall, it was a very mixed trip there. They have better Halloween attractions, decorations, and scaractors than FF at GADV, but are worse in normal operations, shows, and clientele.
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    Nice! I’ll be going on Sunday, so hopefully the rain can hold out so I can get a couple pics
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    https://patch.com/new-jersey/ridgewood/american-dream-what-will-actually-be-open-oct-25 https://www.americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe/pricing
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    There are some questions that may not be stupid questions the first time you read it. Maybe not even the second but when the question comes back around over and over and over and over and over..... it could become stupid.
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    Main Street Market sells both of them. They are on the far left wall if you come in the doors by the entrance gates. Ka is also sold at Tiger Leap Market near the exit to the ride.
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    I saw people post they bought them from the park but I’m not sure what store. It’s open until the final weekend of October, then as an up charge the first weekend of November.
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    If they were smart, they could copy Hersheypark and have a few all orange and purple strings that can be used for both Halloween and Christmas.
  19. 1 point
    Just like the wooden fence outside of Safari Kids (not to mention almost everywhere else). I was always taught you shouldn’t cry wolf.
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    Interesting takes on the current situation and possibilities coming up: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/10/11/the-future-of-floridas-amusement-parks-is-about-to-get-really-complicated-thanks-to-seaworld-six-flags-and-an-onslaught-of-private-equity-f?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature&fbclid=IwAR2e260l3eXhiNuUNx7z358NXHi5nTBbD0T7mMjz-HPf2FXrhHRIBj536g4
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    I was thinking about Six Flags buying Cedar Fair when I was walking around Dorney on Saturday. On other amusement park sites one main complaint I saw mentioned often was how bad operations are at Six Flags parks and that Cedar Fair's operations are better. Maybe it varies a lot from each park but I thought Cedar Fair's operations don't seem so great on a busy Saturday during Haunt where Thunderhawk is running 1 train with a long line (and no one at the Fast Lane merge point). Also at Wild Mouse with 1 person checking restraints and advancing the cars in the station while hearing people say they waited an hour for the coaster with the line not even to the entrance with no switchbacks in use. When I was at Kings Dominion in June, it was taking over 4 minutes to dispatch each Twisted Timbers train. Great Adventure often runs all trains on the coasters even with little to no lines. Another complaint I saw on other sites was Six Flags doesn't care about park history like Cedar Fair does. Cedar Fair tore down the over 100 year old Mansion House Hotel & Restaurant for a Subway and removed many of the rare and classic flats and dark rides from Dorney right after they took over the park.
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    Lots of interest doesn't always translate into good candidates. If they were offering the Cedar Fair team executive roles within the merged company, it leads me to believe that they aren't too thrilled with their current options.
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    If Kings Island was my home park, I would feel the same way. Just like when Great Adventure was getting a new coaster almost every other year (and sometimes consecutive years like Kingda Ka and El Toro) for a long time and the smaller Six Flags parks were not getting much.
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    I reached out to Storybook Land and according to the park: "The new roller coaster has been held up in production. At this time the project has not been started but is indeed still coming to Storybook Land. "
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    None of the terror trails ever scare me. But if they were to add a frog theme to one of them.... I'd probably run like a girly-man! I hate frogs.
  28. 1 point
    Has any other parks shown interest in buying the rides? It would be a shame for Hellcat to be destroyed.
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    I don't think this would be good at all. Cedar Fair and SF have different focuses (both good in their own ways), a merger would bring a lot into question. Also would be interesting to see how it would impact admission prices and benefits (adding 11 more parks that you can visit with a season pass would surely encourage them to increase the prices, no? especially when you would now have parks pretty close to each other like great adventure and dorney park, a season pass/membership would basically be 2 in 1 for many people). I also reject the idea of letting Six Flags get closer to a monopoly of the amusement parks industry in the country.
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    The Cyborg Hyper Drive ride at SFNE got me thinking... what if we put our Super Round Up in an enclosed space, themed it to Grid, installed some effects like fog and strobe lights, and blared some rave music (like the Blakdoktor Afterglow Mix of "Day for Night" by Moloko)? It'd be awesome. It'd be like the indoor Scrambler at The Great Escape, which I rode when I was 12.
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    Thanks lynn41103. The links have been fixed!
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    Nice! I hate the 2018 and 2019 maps because I find them hard to use. I wish they would go back to the maps that list everything by park section instead of thrill level. I know some parks are still using that style of map.
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    It is pretty rare when I run across a "new" postcard of the park, and it especially unusual to find a unique card like the one below. This postcard is "3D" - not lenticular but instead made of molded plastic to give a raised three dimensional effect.
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    Everything is for sale if the price is right.
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    After a recent visit for the first time in years, it was great to see crowds are now disbursed evenly throughout the park, instead of the major coasters having 2+ hour waits all day. My longest wait wasn’t even a coaster!
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    I don't doubt anyone could dislike this ride. But with theme parks nowadays its a pissing match for variety speed and height. Like El toro is probably the 1st or second best ride at GADV; and general public probably view it a just another woodie. idk. at least theres a coaster there instead of empty space. I would do anything for the chiller back.
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    https://www.tapinto.net/towns/paterson/sections/other-nj-news/articles/six-flags-security-jackson-police-avert-potential-massacre-2 Did any of you see this? Scary stuff!
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    Good to see you haven’t calmed down in the couple weeks I haven’t checked the site...
  40. 1 point
    I would love to see a full Bugs Bunny Land spotlight!
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    Hi everyone! For my Disney fans, I recently completed work on a 25 minute mini-documentary about the legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter. Many of you probably already know who he is, but just in case he's the Imagineer behind some of Disney's greatest attractions like Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the creation of Disneyland Paris - among many other things! When I started work on it as part of a senior project, I was shocked there wasn't really anything already made about him. He's definitely been a very influential figure in my life, and it was an absolute pleasure spending the past few months learning so much about him. If you're interested, I'd really appreciate it if you guys gave the video a watch. Hope you enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35_OC6m8cPo&t=9s
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    Great job on the video!
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    I feel as if our park will become one of the more favored in the chain. I think with the opening of all this new parks in the area and parks like Hershey really stepping up their game, SFGADv will probably add more and more thrill based and unique coasters to truly establish the park as THE thrill capital of the northeast
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    The problem with Green Lantern is that it is inconsistent. Although it usually tends to run a little rough, I actually really enjoyed it when I last visited the park. It was running extremely smooth, and I didn't have any head-banging. If it ran like that every time, I would have absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Unfortunately that isn't the case. I do not think GL should be turned into a floorless coaster. The park already has a much better floorless coaster in Bizarro anyway. I would much rather see Green Lantern travel to another park and be converted there, than having two floorless coasters (with very similar elements) at the same park.
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    I wish that Green Lantern was refitted with sit-down trains, painted with red track and white supports, and called "Great American Scream Machine 2.0" or something similar. It doesn't quite measure up to GASM's 7 inversions or 17 story height, but it would be a great tribute. The headbanging would probably persist due to the altered heart-lining, but still, I don't think it'd be as bad as Rougarou. The ending of Green Lantern is not as tight as Rougarou's, so I think it could fare just fine as a sit-down.
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    a 1997 with makeup=headbanger I still prefer blacking out on GASM
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    This really helps because even tho I’ve been going to GA for years sometimes idk what row to go in
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    I would love to see Green Lantern be relocated, and maybe replaced with a Vekoma Firestorm. Or just converted to sit-down trains. I wonder if Six Flags would plan to add another coaster to Great Adventure before 2024.
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    Hi, everyone! So, I made one of these posts when I first joined GAH back when I was... 15? And now that I'm 21, I feel the need to redo this just because I feel as if I am a totally different person now! (Well, I still like smileys...) But, here goes! My name is Lauren and I am 21 years old. I am a senior in college and I am studying computer engineering. Several of my favorite past times include programming, roller coasters, and pinball. This summer I had an internship where I helped restore pinball machines. It was really enjoyable. I unfortunately have not been to Great Adventure since 2015. However, I really would like to go back. I've always enjoyed exploring this website, and learning all there is to know about Great Adventure. At one point in time, I used to go around the park with my family and pretty much drive them crazy with all of the information I had to share. As a teenager it was a real passion for me. Nowadays I'm really trying to get back to Great Adventure to see all that has changed since I have last been. I was reading through the posts that I had made throughout the years, and I couldn't help but laugh at myself. It was funny, albeit also a little cringe-worthy. Either way, I updated my about me on my profile to reflect my recent life. It has been fun re-introducing myself! I hope to be back on here more often.
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    Unfortunately parks really don't care much about capacity anymore when they offer pay to cut the line. They make more money selling those passes than they would if they put something high capacity in.
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