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  1. 4 points
    The upcoming off season won't be too long! Park reopens on Saturday, March 24th!
  2. 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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  5. 3 points
    This was on my phone this morning. Coincidence? Hmmm....
  6. 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!
  7. 3 points
    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
  8. 3 points
    Here is the new 2017 Fright Fest guide to plan your Trick or Treating at GA!
  9. 3 points
    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.
  10. 2 points
    I think you're trying to compare apples and oranges. They point of the IP is to appeal to two separate yet complementary audiences. They aren't competing. But let's not inflate their importance either. If you dressed the character staff purely in superhero outfits and put them front and center at the fountain, they're take as many pictures as the Looney Tunes characters. I don't think anyone is showing up at the park solely to meet Tweety Bird or Batman. They could drop all of the IP theming entirely and go with generic kiddie and coaster theming and the only thing that may show a downward tick in performance would be the photo sales, which they could easily make up with opening up a couple of closed ride photo stands.
  11. 2 points
    Viper site getting ready to go vertical!
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  13. 2 points
    Brick from The Middle would find this interesting.
  14. 2 points
    Remove two of the parks longest running rides for an upcharge? Heck no!
  15. 2 points
    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
  16. 2 points
    I really like how they are adding new signs to the security gate. I really like it (Fright Fest and now HITP).
  17. 2 points
    Sadly that is what is wrong with today's Disney and most major theme park companies, especially those on the NYSE.
  18. 2 points
    Here is the park layout with rides. More images can be found here: http://www.structure1.com/project/american-dream-mall/
  19. 2 points
    I found an interesting video.
  20. 2 points
    FYI, the 1999 Dead Man's Party video has been reloaded. See it HERE.
  21. 2 points
    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!
  22. 2 points
    The set of photos that the image came from did not have any date on it. Here some additional images from that performance.
  23. 2 points
    We'll let you know on the 22nd.
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point
    And to think I remember the days when you could take a tram ride over to the AB brewery, get a tour and a free beer!
  26. 1 point
    Because if you can talk to someone about fonts, you can talk about anything!
  27. 1 point
    Anytime a park’s general manager is replaced, it is, in one way or another, related to the park. Is Neal Thurman so needed at Magic Mountain that Great Adventure can do without him? Meaning Magic Mountain is more important to the company than Great Adventure? Has Great Adventure’s performance improved so quickly under Neal that he’s no longer needed at GA OR has management determined that GA is not a top priority for management? Because of its market size, GA Will always have the greatest potential for best performer, but because of its physical size it also has the most potential for being unprofitable. Thus, you would think that corporate would want to have their best GM running GA. Perhaps, Neal Thurman is not their best or Corporate does not believe GA is their best park.
  28. 1 point
    I updated the survey with another option that captures your point of view.
  29. 1 point
    A part of me is sad to see that structure go. That area had a lot of character in its prime. Thanks for the update, Harry.
  30. 1 point
    Looking at the weather for that area, I don't blame them for not opening (and would understand if Great Adventure did the same thing). Even with multiple indoor rides at Great Adventure compared to other regional parks, I am guessing they have to be losing money staffing the whole park with probably not many people showing up. I wonder if this weather is going to effect HITP next year for them. I haven't really followed how well the event has been doing for their park but at least for Great Adventure, management knows the event has good attendance with ok weather.
  31. 1 point
    We would love to see the theme elements restored for The Dark Knight Coaster. And maybe even the façade completed.
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  33. 1 point
    At least use it, like the Holiday Lights Trail or something
  34. 1 point
    Back in 2007 I went to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and was surprised to see that they had a "Disney Store".
  35. 1 point
    No records being set today. A snowball fight cancelled because of snow! That’s pretty funny!
  36. 1 point
    I don't think the animals do, but creating more realistic habitats seems like a good idea for the animals and the guests.
  37. 1 point
    More food choices and variety throughout the park and on the Dining Plan.
  38. 1 point
    As much as I understand this is Disney trading on their own intellectual property, which is their right, it just doesn't jive with what Walt did at Anaheim and Orlando. Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion and the Matterhorn had zero to do with Disney IP. They were all original, immersive and amazing. What IP they did trade on was well developed and appropriate and also immersive and amazing. And I say this as someone who loves both Star Wars and the Marvel movies, but I don't want to see re-purposed rides cheaply rethemed. I want to see new and amazing rides.
  39. 1 point
    I'll add my notes from our trip on Saturday, Oct. 28: Weather was beautiful - we got there when it opened at 11 am. There was virtually no backup getting through the parking plaza and only a few minutes to get through security and into the park. Crowds weren't too bad for the first hour or two. We did three rides and three shows, ate lunch and a snack. We walked the whole park to see the decorations. The Unleashed show was excellent, especially the trampoline artists in the neon lighted outfits. When we left the 5:00 show, the park had become wall to wall people, so the wife said it was time to get out. She weren't waiting in lines for any more rides or to get dinner, or even for the parade. We started walking to the gate at around 5:30. It was like a salmon trying to swim upstream - people were coming in by the thousands. As we walked towards our car in the lot, we noticed that they had already started parking cars over in HH. It was a challenge to drive towards the exit with all these people coming in the opposite direction. We finally got out to Route 537, where we immediately hit a traffic jam, and I was perplexed. We turned right towards I-195, but couldn't budge. I noticed the NB entrance into the park had been closed off, and then realized NB traffic had to go past the entrance, make a u-turn at the jughandle, and then enter the park via the overpass. It was pandemonium with 3-4 lanes of cars trying to weave in every direction to get where they needed to. There was no signing or traffic directors, so many people were lost and confused as to what to do. It took us a half hour to get from the exit ramp past the jughandle, which is only maybe a quarter mile away. Once we got past the jughandle, it was finally clear sailing, but it took an hour from when we exited the main gate to the time we passed the jughandle. It was now 6:30 and the line of cars coming from the north was backed up at least to I-195, and probably back on to the interstate itself. I estimate it would be at least 8:00 before these people actually got into the park. And then good luck getting on any rides or attractions as the park would be unbelievably crowded. I realize the park was open until midnight, and maybe a lot of these people had season passes, but I still can't see how it is worth it to visit the park under those conditions. Neither my wife or I have ever seen anything like this at any park. Apparently we escaped the asylum just in time! LOL
  40. 1 point
    It will have the lighting package!
  41. 1 point
    Fright Fest seemed very slap-dash and half-assed this year. Short on staff and theming.
  42. 1 point
    Well it's 2017 and there's just about an uncharge for everything. That doesn't make it acceptable. We can grumble about this and not feel guilty for it. Remember when Fright Fest was an event that, while not having as many "attractions" was included in the admission to the park? The Hayride, now gone and the shows were IMO far better attractions than most of these uncharge makeshift mazes that are quite frankly a total rip off. For unlimited admission to all the mazes it is a $30 up charge. Unreal. Unconscionable. A family of four would need to pay $120 on top of the cost to enter the park plus food and souvenirs? Even for pass holders this is totally insane. Am I wrong on the details and if so I will rescind but as a person who truly looked forward to this event years ago it just makes me angry to walk around and see this anymore. Hey look, I get it, SF isn't the only park up charging but come on. You're not going to tell me this isn't gouging at it's finest. Thoughts anyone?
  43. 1 point
    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.
  44. 1 point
    It is 32 years later and they still play Rock Lobster at the park! By the way, the little boy at 18:05 in the video is the person who submitted this recording to us. Thanks Michael!
  45. 1 point
    I finally got to ride Zumanjaro today for the first time and WOW was it amazing! That view was incredible. Also, the ride was pretty much a walk on while other rides had some sort of wait. Enjoyed it very much. Waiting up at the top to fall with out any given warning is nerve wrecking in the most awesome way possible.
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    I completely agree. My concern is that SIX's debt load continues to increase, while their stock price is down YTD. I realize that the company works off of volume, but they can't keep charging so little for admission. I spent $368 today for my season pass, dining pass, and flash pass season pass. This is around what a three day ticket costs for the Magic Kingdom. Their price points are just out of whack. Do we really think that someone who is paying $66 for a season pass is spending incremental money in the parks? I truly believe that Jim Reid Anderson originally stepped down as president because he could not squeeze much more revenue out of the parks. Now that he's back in the role of president, let's see what happens. You have to sell quite a few $66 season passes to pay for a $30M mega-coaster.
  48. 1 point
    I did notice at CP when ever a coaster train was dispatched as it left the station the ride op in the both and all the workers in the station paid very close attention to what people had in their hands as they rolled away. If they noticed something they stopped the ride and checked it out.
  49. 1 point
    The incomparable Sara "Ding" Moore, 1985.
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