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    The upcoming off season won't be too long! Park reopens on Saturday, March 24th!
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    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....
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    Viper site getting ready to go vertical!
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    Brick from The Middle would find this interesting.
  14. 2 points
    Remove two of the parks longest running rides for an upcharge? Heck no!
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    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
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    I really like how they are adding new signs to the security gate. I really like it (Fright Fest and now HITP).
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    Sadly that is what is wrong with today's Disney and most major theme park companies, especially those on the NYSE.
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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!
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    The set of photos that the image came from did not have any date on it. Here some additional images from that performance.
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    We'll let you know on the 22nd.
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    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.
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    LOL Yes. Lets just put pants on Donald and even Porky so we can clean this up. Its hard to say what's more important without knowing the numbers but I believe that the merchandise sold at the park for DC outweighs the Loony Tunes merchandise but you wont see the DC characters doing the dance party and I expect the Loony Tunes have more people taking pictures than the DC characters so the Loony Tunes add more to the atmosphere of the park. I think you need them both..
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    I bought a new (to me) car today. Its a 2008 Ford Crown Vic Interceptor, a retired Federal admin car which is low wear.
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    I don't think I ever saw those barrels working.
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    I actually liked the "Why So Serious?" pre-show-I think it's the best part of the ride IMO.Maybe the park can re-profile the actual ride in next years(2018/19)off season to contain a "drop track" section or at least a couple more drops.
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    Agreed! Here is a flipped White Lightning from Fun Spot America with a Mack Rides Twist 'n' Splash thrown in for good measure.
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    A little late for this, but I found some images of some of the paper cutouts GAdv use to place everywhere for FF.
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    that's great news - never went to Mama's, but smelled it all the time....LOL
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    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
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    Not sure but the decorations next to them are similar to the ones on Santa's House. Maybe the lights are for the Big Wheel.
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    Fright Fest seemed very slap-dash and half-assed this year. Short on staff and theming.
  38. 1 point
    That Halloween day this year is going to be coldest day of the week. Seems like the last few years, Halloweens have been cooler than usually. It will warm up again but it stinks Halloween is in a cool snap again this year.
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    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.
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    Hi all! Its been a few months since my last trip report- sorry about that; there just hasn't been any reason to make reports as they have been normal days in the park. This post will primarily be about the fright fest attractions. SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2017 As we walked through security, I noticed a new airport-like device which scanned the bags with X-ray so I assume that will probably make things faster- I made a note to try that line next time and see if it improves the speed of the line. There was no line to get in as we got there after the morning rush and before the fright fest crowds- adding our new passes were done with ease and quickly. We headed down main street and saw the line for that fright fest tickets booth was packed so we went to the one in the red tent to use our fright fest ticket vouchers. Buying them online saved us $10 each and were $30 per season long ticket. They gave us a plastic card with the last 4 digits of our season pass number. Because it was past 3, Big Top Terror was already open so we opted to go into it. I will be doing a review of all of the trails at the bottom of both trip reports. After Big Top Terror we decided to walk toward the Movie Town Demon District Arena to watch the Awakening Parade. While we waited, we used our Dining Passes to grab some Macho Nacho. The burritos there are still good however the Plaza Del Carnevale is definitely superior. The parade was pretty weak in terms of amounts of scare actors but it was the first day so I'm sure it'll get better. After the parade we saw The Awakening which now gives you the back-story of Dr. Fright which was pretty cool as well as Dead Man's party which is on par with last year's show however I still wish they would re-add "Ballroom Blitz" to the repertoire like they used to. As it stands now "No One Lives Forever" is my favorite song in the show. We headed to the other side of the park to go on a Fright Trail. We chose to do Wicked Woods which after the line opened sported a 2 hour wait as they were only allowing one group to go in at a time. Good additions were added in the re-theme however the amount of actors was sub-par to any other trails that night. We checked the line for Bloodshed but it was out the entrance which would have certainly been a ridiculous line. We did the Manor and it was decent and the grouper outside was awesome and got people to move quickly- there was no one in line when we arrived and by the time the next people behind us caught up we were already heading into the trail. Then we did Cell Block 6 which was my favorite of the night. After this trail we called it quits on the night as we knew there would be plenty of other nights to go to Fright Fest SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2017 We arrived at the park around 3 today. Our goal: Go on as many fright trails as we can. We saw Dead Man's Party again and there was a significantly larger amount of zombies when they entered the arena. The show was very crowded and it was a good show just like the previous visit. We decided that because of the poor experience of Wicked Woods last visit, we would skip it even though everyone is saying how great it is. We started at Blood Shed which had a lot of actors and scared the everything out of my uncle. We then went to the Manor followed by Big top Terror. Both were very fun and the entire group enjoyed them. We did Aftermath next which ended up being my favorite trail of the night. Then we did Cell Block 6 which was my second favorite trail overall. Then it was 11:55 so we rode the Dark Knight and then left. One notice was that even after the park closed at 1210, the zombies that were in the scare zones all migrated towards the Bloody Fountain and stayed there until after closing. REVIEW OF TRAILS FROM WORST TO BEST (IN MY OPINION) Wicked Woods: This had so much potential to be a great trail. There were so many props and hiding spots that the zombies could have used to their advantage. After waiting in a 2 hour line, we counted four actors throughout the trail. As this was the first trail we did, we were a little frightened (not in the good way) that we had wasted $30. Rate : 5/10 The Manor: Fun trail that hasn't been changed for quite a while. There is at least one actor in every room at this trail which makes it a lot of fun. My suggestion would to make it a little longer- 3-5 more rooms would do it Rate: 7/10 Big Top Terror: This is a greatly themed trail and I love the 3D aspect. Not so much scary as is interesting- maybe it's because I'm not afraid of clowns Rate: 7/10 Blood Shed: This is a greatly themed trail with some really spooky scenes through the corn-maze. I don't find 'me being on the menu' all that scary but everything else is exciting, especially the parts where you cant see anything because of smoke Rate: 8/10 Cell Block 6: Fantastic trail themed to a prison- I really enjoyed it as did everyone else in the group. For some reason it smells in that particular trail but that's a small gripe for the amazing acting and everything else- even the grouper is portrayed as an escaping prisoner Rate: 9/10 Aftermath: This was the best Six Flags Fright Fest Trail I have ever been on. Everything from the theming, to the props, to the actors was top notch. I loved everything about the trail and can't wait to do it again I am running out of time so I will add a comment about the Scare Zones Later Thanks for reading! Until next time, Ride On
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    You could send them some cupcakes.
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    I remember years ago when we used to start putting out Christmas merchandise at work in late September or early October some customers would get annoyed because they thought it was too early. The problem was that since other stores had the items out, we had to have it for sale too if we didn't want people shopping early to go elsewhere.
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    I went for the first row of the 3rd car since that was one of the shorter lines. I was trying to remember if last year if it was the green train running or not since it wasn't nearly as rough this year compared to last year.
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    ^Agreed completely; the mazes would be a disgrace even for free. BUT to Matt's point, they've got people lining up to buy tickets like crazy, so why not charge, and why spend to upgrade them?
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    I just got back from Sunday night trip to FF and used the free maze ticket they were giving out at the gate. So this year I tried Bloodshed. The line was long, and moved very slowly as they barely let stand by people go, but let fast pass holders go in near constantly. After waiting over an hour, the Bloodshed maze was just ok, but a poorman's version of Dorney's Cornstalkers. You pay upcharge admission to GADV's houses, and either wait in a long and slow moving line or pay an additional upcharge to skip it, and the mazes are still only mediocre at best despite all the cash inflows.
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    Even more photos have been added to our Traffic Jam Spotlight including some pictures of the remains of the ride after it was destroyed by a winter storm! Here are some samples:
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    The problem is that Six Flags contracts out for the lockers rather than running them in house. The company that runs the lockers wants to make money so they charge. It's not unreasonable to ask you to put things in a locker or to charge you a dollar to do it. It's a fact of life for theme parks which are businesses, not charities. While I get that some people have zipper pockets they keep their stuff in, the park knows that many who use those are also the ones who pull the phone out on the ride.
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    If only there was some way to let people store their loose articles somewhere for no cost while they go on the ride so they don't have to take it with them...