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  1. 3 points
    After seeing Winterfest maps this year compared to this map, it makes me really appreciate how much of Great Adventure is open and how many rides and coasters the park is running compared to other non Six Flags parks in cold weather areas.
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    This was on my phone this morning. Coincidence? Hmmm....
  5. 3 points
    We had a lot of challenges over the summer with our migration to a new server (which was necessary). I write most of the text for the updates as well as having been the point person on the migration and upgrades that have occurred and unfortunately I have to work a full time job and a part time job (generally about 60 hours a week between the two), and I would LOVE to have more time to devote to GreatAdventureHistory making updates and new spotlights as well as updating my own website, but there just isn't enough time in the day for all that I want to do. Harry and I are lucky to have two great moderators on here to help us out with the day to day stuff here on the forums, and we are working on possibly bringing on new contributors to help with the pages and spotlights. We have SO MANY big plans of what we would like to see and do with the site (all the links that are still inactive on the home pages give hints about that) and hopefully now that the back-end stuff is out of the way we can continue to grow and expand the site with great new stuff. Part of the challenge is that we keep getting new stuff to update and expand the existing spotlights and pages so then it turns into the decision of update something that already exists or create something new. Thank you for your continued support and patience!
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    I worked the "Bubble Theater" for about 3 - 4 years... it was a long time ago... I believe that this was the first show in the new theater which was actually very "state of the art" for the time. The audio track for the show was provided by a 1" real to real playback with multiple channels for orchestra/music background, sub-woofers and voice track. All of the group singing on stage was pre-recorded track with only the on-mic singing real at the time... later the tap dancing was all on track. The wireless microphones that were used were some of the earliest use of wireless microphones... I do not know what type if was, but it had a large battery that needed to be recharged every hour and did not have very good range. The lighting system for the time was actually pretty good... follow-spots and nice proscenium stage. When i saw the Proscenium edge lighting chase at the end of the show it brought back memories. I loaded in this show, worked the rehearsals (with the folks of corporate Show Operations from Texas) and probably worked almost every show that season! Working in the Americana Music Hall led me to be able to work as a Entertainment Technician for the next 39 years and into today. The experience of working those shows and many others led me to a career in Technical Entertainment. Seeing this video and the pictures of other shows brings back memories that were long gone to time. After half the show was done, I could even remember what song was next in line and then to see the Finale brought it all back. If anyone has any other show videos from that time... please put them up. These were great memories. Thanks Darrell Stark Galloway NJ
  7. 3 points
    Here is the new 2017 Fright Fest guide to plan your Trick or Treating at GA!
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    I hope everyone is liking the new Forums/Galleries/Calendar as much as I am! I love that when you click the "Unread Content" button it shows you not only the new replies on the Forums, but new things posted to the Gallery as well as when something new is added to the calendar. It's great because you won;t miss something new being added anywhere. I also like that after you read something the thread goes away so you don't have to remember which one you just read without having to do a new search.
  9. 2 points
    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
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    Here is the park layout with rides. More images can be found here: http://www.structure1.com/project/american-dream-mall/
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    I found an interesting video.
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    FYI, the 1999 Dead Man's Party video has been reloaded. See it HERE.
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    PLEASE NOTE: The awarding of ribbons above and the official summary below represents the voting results as of the official close of voting at midnight on April 23, 2017. For categories where a voter selected "N/A - I don't have an opinion on this category," the results are based upon those votes actually cast for the given nominees. The 10th Annual 2016 Warner Awards Results Thank you to everyone who voted in our 10th Annual GreatAdventureHistory.com Warner Awards. There were many categories where the voting was close. Here are the 2016 winners! For the third year in a row, Zumanjaro Drop of Doom wind the Best Ride (Non Roller Coaster) award with 51% of the votes. Sky Ride moved from third place last year to second place this year with 17% of the votes. Safari Off Road Adventure finished third with 15% of the votes. El Toro and Nitro again finished with the first and second place awards for the tenth straight year in a row in the Best Roller Coaster category. El Toro had 57% of the votes and Nitro had 21% of the votes. Bizzaro finished third with 13% of the votes. Dare Devil Dive won Best Upcharge Ride or Attraction with 57%, followed by th the Sling Shot with 18% and taking third place was Great American Road Race with 14%. Great Adventure's Best Remaining Original Attraction from 1974 had the same top 3 results as last year. There is Sky Ride with 35%, the Log Flume 29% and Runaway Mine Train 21% Houdini with 34% retook first place in Best Themed Attraction followed by Safari Off Road Adventure with 26% and The Dark Knight with 21%. Bizarro's themed sign was once again the top winner for the eighth consecutive year in the Best Attraction Sign category with 45% of the votes Kingda Ka with 19%. Tied for third place are El Diablo and The Joker each with 9% of the votes. Nitro won Best Attraction to Ride at Night with 52%. Big Wheel got 13% of the votes and tied for third were Bizarro and Sky Ride each with 11% of the votes. Best Children's Ride was won by Road Runner Railway for the fourth year in a row with 53% of the votes, followed by Air Safari 25%, and Wile E Coyote Canyon Blaster with 16%. The winner of the Best Themed Section had a new winner this year with Plaza del Carnaval 35% of the votes. The Golden Kingdom went from first place this year to narrowly missing first place again with 33% of the votes. Frontier Adventures stayed in third place with 17% of the votes. Wildlife Show won the Best Show with a majority (52%) of the votes. This Magic Moment was second with 21% of the votes and Looney Tunes Talent Show with 17% of the votes. Repeating as the winner of Best Event, Holiday in the Park got 57% of the votes. Fright Fest got 36% and the New Year's Eve Celebration got 7%. Dead Man's Party was again voted on as Best Fright Fest Attraction with 49% of the votes. The Awakening and Slash tied for second place each getting 14% of the votes. While everything about Holiday in the Park is excellent, the voters thought Best Holiday in the Park Attraction was having the rides and coasters open (37%). A Celebration of the Season (Christmas Tree Show) was also a popular choice (24%) followed with All the decorations throughout the park (20%). Polar Point was overwhelmingly chosen as Best Holiday in the Park Section with 55% of the votes. Gingerbread Junction finished second with 17% of the votes and Merry Market Place with the festive food offerings finished in third place 12%. Best of the West won Best Restaurant Food (with indoor seating) again with 52% of the votes. Panda Express took second with 14% and Garden State Grill took third with 12%. For the second year in a row Macho Nacho (near El Diablo) got the most votes for Best Food/Snack Stand with 33% of the votes. G.A. Café moved from third place last year to second place this year with 16% of the votes. Main Street Pub got third place with 14% of the votes. Johnny Rockets (36%) retook first place in Best Name Brand Food after dropping to second place last year. Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs (22%) which won the award last year went back to second place and Rita's Ice Custard (18%) narrowly won over Panda Express for third place. Best of the West and Macho Nacho swapped spots from last year for Best Season Pass Dining Plan Facility getting 33% and 26% of the votes respectively. Granny's Country Kitchen finished in third place with 18% of the votes. Best Games Facility was once again won by the Boardwalk Games area with exactly 50%. Studio 28 Arcade remained in second with 41% and the Dream Street Arcade came in third for the second year in a row with 9%. Three Point Challenge finished first Best Game of Skill again by with 41%, followed by Ladder Climb with 33% and The Heist with 26%. The results for Best Shop were identical to last year. Main Street Market won (46%), the Looney Tunes Shoppe took second (26%) and The Justice League Store took third (10%). Tornado tied with The Falls for first place in the Best Hurricane Harbor Attraction category each getting 28% of the votes. There was also a tie for third place between Big Wave Racer and Taak It Eez Ee Creek each getting 16% of the votes. Camp Aventura had another first place finish with 29% of the votes in the Best Safari Off Road Adventure Attraction award. Wild Plains remained in second place with 24% of the votes. Taking third place is Tigris Asiana with 16% of the votes. The Joker overwhelmingly took first place for Best New Feature or Improvement for 2016 with twice as many votes (43%) as the second place winner Opening Sky Ride during Holiday in the Park (22%). In third place was Parking Lot Improvements (11%) With Justice League Battle For Metropolis opening this season and the choice of a dark ride removed, Most Like to See in 2018 had a new winner. Flat Rides - Thrill Type won with 29% of the votes and the voters will be happy that is exactly what the park is adding next year with the addition of Cyborg Cyber Spin. In second place was a Wooden (Family/Classic) Style coaster with 15% of the votes. In third place was Park-wide maintenance and upgrades with 13% of the votes. That takes care of the results for our 10th Annual Warner Awards for the best of Great Adventure's 2016 season as voted by our members at GreatAdventureHistory.com. Congratulations to all the winners!
  14. 2 points
    We'll let you know on the 22nd.
  15. 2 points
    I try to keep my scarce posts positive, but has anyone had an unpleasant experience at Granny's lately? I'm in the park right now, and my friend was not offered a reciept (it was printed and thrown away) and when he pointed out that he was overcharged by about $5 after the transaction was completed and he saw my total (we bought the same things), he was told that "without a receipt, we can't do anything." We were told that a very kind lady paid that difference in what he was overcharged. Had we known she did this, and who she was, we would have searched the whole park to make sure SHE got her money back. After failing to achieve anything with the cashier, we spoke to a manager at the restaurant, who proceeded to speak with the cashier. She asked about the receipt (as she should have), and I explained that it was thrown away and should still be right on top, to which I was told "Sir, I am NOT digging through the trash for your receipt." We gave up and left. We don't care that we were overcharged, and while we would absolutely love to find this fellow patron and give her what she paid out of our pockets, we also know that this is next to impossible. He and I just want to bring attention to this issue, so please everyone, keep an eye on your total at Granny's and make sure there's no discrepancy.
  16. 1 point
    I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get back to the park before HITP and was able to get there today. It was almost a repeat of the trip last year when I also went to the park on a Thursday in November, low crowds until around 5:00 - 6:00 and then walk ons the rest of the night. Lines were 5 - 15 minutes for almost everything in the afternoon when I got to the park for the first few hours I were there with the exception of Justice League with the line out of the building and listed as 65 minutes in the app and The Dark Knight that was listed as 30 minutes in the app. I think the reason the line for The Dark Knight was because there was no pre-show being run, people saw no line outside and thought it was a short wait but the line started about half way in the pre-show room and was full up to the loading area. Bizarro, Runaway Mine Train, Parachutes and Skyway were closed. Some food places and games were closed as well. There were also almost no ride greeters and bags were allowed to be left in the station on most rides. Dispatches were still fast. I tried Metro Grill for lunch and the chicken sandwich I had was really good and much better than the typical theme park food. Nitro got stopped on the lift because someone had a phone out and an announcement was made in the station about how there is a fine of up to $1,000 from the state of NJ and a year ban or longer from the park for having a phone out yet when the train returned to the station, the person went up to the ride operator that had the phone, got it back and was able to leave without talking to security. I wish they would go through with the threat of kicking people out of the park. SkyScreamer was also stopped with riders maybe 2/3 of the way up the tower for around 15 minutes around 3:00 but reopened shortly after that. Nitro, 5 rides. 2 trains running with fast dispatches. I went for row 7 and 8 for all 5 rides. Skull Mountain, 5 rides. My 5th ride was my overall 400th Skull Mountain ride. Ride #399 had no one else on the train. The Dark Knight, 2 rides (later in the day when there was no one in line). Justice League, 3 rides. Later in the day, there was no wait using the single rider line. I got 138500 on my 2nd ride that is my best score so far. This ride is so much fun and was just what the park needed. It might be interesting to try to ride when there is no one else in the car so there isn't anyone else going for the targets to try to get a higher score. I'm sure there won't be a chance to try that for a while though. Harley Quinn Crazy Train, 1 ride. Kingda Ka, 2 rides. I rode in the 2nd and 3rd rows. The front row line only was a 3 train wait for the 2nd ride but with so many empty rows, I thought I would be told that I had to fill in other rows (that has happened in past trips when the station isn't full) so I didn't try to wait for the front. Zumanjaro, 2 rides. 1 ride was in gondola 3 in the seat at the end of the row on the left which is one of my favorite seats since it is so close to Kingda Ka's track. El Toro, 2 rides. Really smooth in a non wheel seat but the wheel seat wasn't too bad either. SkyScreamer, 2 rides. I know everyone takes this pictures but with this part of the queue empty, I stopped to get the picture. No pre-show running and there was no one in the queue after the pre-show room.
  17. 1 point
    Just out of curiosity, what’s your aversion to unions? They created the middle class in this country.
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    We have the new 2017 Holiday in the Park map and guide to share! Click below to see all the festive details!
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    I knew the park would be empty when I arrived in the parking lot. With the Grape Adventure and The Breast Cancer run going on the park had a lot of extra stuff going on that looked pretty cool. It's odd seeing Hurricane Harbor's Parking lot full with people, very similar to how it is literally every summer day. We headed right to Kingda Ka to find out it was closed. It would be helpful to know if it was closed in advance. They should put a sign at the beginning of the golden kingdom so you don't have to walk all the way to the ride gate. We went for El Toro (which had no wait) and did that twice front row and 2nd row. It's running fairly smooth and better than it did last November. I went over to Bizarro which had NOT ONE person in the queue. That ceases to amaze me. We took the sky ride over to the Jonny Rockets by Batman had a bite to eat and then rode Batman. After that we went to Justice League and got a quick ride. That area looks nice with it's holiday decor. We went over to the Joker and rode it quickly. Kingda Ka was still closed. Superman was running awful to be honest. I was one of the only people in the queue and all set and done, it took 20 minutes for me to board in my empty row. They kept putting us on and then taking us off. I went to Kingda ka for one final Ride and it was running great. I had a great day at the park. There weren't any crowds which is an adjustment from Fright Fest. It truly is "No Line November"
  20. 1 point
    Two of the three "new" rides have been spotted at La Ronde and it appears they came from Mega Parc at The Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City. That park is currently closed for a $52 million renovation. The two rides Six Flags purchased are the ferris wheel and the mini drop tower. Images taken by user Forum Xtreme Fan on the Xtreme La Ronde forums: http://xtremelaronde.forumactif.com/t9p75-nouveaux-maneges-2018 It is currently unclear if the third new ride will be a Tilt-A-Whirl. The picture of the kiddie scrambler is over the description of the mini drop tower on the Six Flags website. https://www.sixflags.com/larondeen/attractions/newfor2018
  21. 1 point
    It will have the lighting package!
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    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
  23. 1 point
    I have probably a half dozen of these bags at my parents home in Jersey in the three different size varieties in which they were produced. God only knows when I’ll be in Jersey again to get them for you. The bags I have do not have Great America on them, but include parks acquired up to Magic Mountain and the two wax museums.
  24. 1 point
    RWS makes some decent shows at Hersheypark, hopefully their show at Great Adventure is also good. If only they could also do a show inside the Showcase during the summer too.
  25. 1 point
    I always thought it was odd that Merchandise ran Kandy Kitchen as well. It's funny too because down here at SeaWorld our Merchandise department also runs the candy store, but the Culinary department makes the candy we sell. I believe that the Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom is also run by their Merchandise department.
  26. 1 point
    This is a very gracious response. Nicely done. I hope that everyone who frequents this site understands that nobody is getting paid for the work that goes into it. The bills at home must be taken care of and everyone should be grateful for what you can do in the little spare time you have. You guys do a great job. I always hope for new content from a new post to updated or new spotlights. I always hope but I’m never disappointed, just grateful that there are people who devote their personal time to give me something I enjoy. Thank you for doing that.
  27. 1 point
    sounds like its time for a new phone lol
  28. 1 point
    My daughter and I rode the front row last month and it was a lot smoother than i remembered.
  29. 1 point
    This is simple supply and demand. The demand is so high during Fright Fest that they can charge this much and still get swarms of customers. It's definitely expensive for a regular family of four paying full price for all single-day items, but honestly there's almost no reason to not take advantage of all the season passes, options, and sales. If you buy everything at its cheapest, you can get a gold season pass for $66, premium dining pass for $80, and the season express maze pass for $40. So for just $186, you get the following for an entire year (or more if you include 2017): Unlimited admission to all Six Flags parks Free parking at all Six Flags parks Free lunch, dinner, and snack every day at all Six Flags parks Unlimited refills of soda/drinks at all Six Flags park Unlimited access to all mazes/trails during Fright Fest at Great Adventure, PLUS you skip the line. A similar pass+add-ons for Cedar Fair is $300-$400 per person. Even at current prices, the Six Flags option is $223, still less than Cedar Fair, and a much better choice than wasting money on a single day ticket.
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    The seat was probably locked regardless of the seatbelt. I have never ridden El Diablo but if the seatbelt works the same way as on a B&M coaster like Bizarro or Batman, the seat is locked and the seatbelt is more to make sure the restraint is down far enough to be safe and maybe a secondary backup restraint.
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    Looking forward to this:
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    Ah I remember the days when loose articles weren't much of a problem because flip phones didn't really record videos like they do now. On the plus side, operations have been sped up tremendously since you no longer have to wait for people to put their stuff down.
  33. 1 point
    I think the heat was actually worse. I felt like most of the summer was either very hot or thunderstorms, and very little in between. The heat specifically was a contributing factor for me not going for over a month straight, which I think is my longest "drought" in probably 4 or 5 years, ignoring the off-season. They have a ton of land, but it's all forested, or preserved, etc.
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    From the album Loch Ness Monster

    Still my favorite coaster of all time.
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