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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
    Sorry that I have been away from the site for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and I got hit with one big time. A little over a week ago I received a call that my best friend in the world, Vinny, had unexpectedly passed away. Odds are if you have ever met me at the park you probably have met my buddy Vinny. We became friends way back in 1981 in junior high - he and I shared a desk in drafting class (for the younger folks, CAD using paper and pencils). Ever since then we were best pals always hanging out together, traveling the US and the world, and doing countless trips to Great Adventure. At first, the GA part didn't seem like it would happen too often. The first coaster he went on was Lightning Loops during our first trip to the park together in 1984. Always willing to try stuff, he didn't hesitate about riding even though the coaster was more than he anticipated. When we pulled back into the station he quickly ran down the stairs of the ride, turning more green with each and every step. When he got to the bottom, he threw his head over a fence, got rid of lunch, stood up and said to me "you think this is fun?". Luckily, Vinny was always the best sport and such an easy going guy that in a short period of time we were soon in line for another ride and he was all smiles as usual. Over the years we created countless jokes, one-liners, and memories related to just about anything and everything. To my parents, he became like a second son, and to me, a brother. Vinny moved to north Jersey in senior year of high school and even though we were always miles and miles apart, he was never more than a phone call or text message away always willing to lend a hand or help anyone he could each and every day. He was never one to stand center-stage and shied away from the spotlight. Even on GAH, he was more of a lurker than a poster, but always had ideas of what was possible with the site and supported my obsession with the park. Going to Great Adventure this year is going to be totally different and a little rough without Vinny. He surely would have been there on March 24th, dressed in multiple layers, willing to battle any weather elements that nature could throw at us. And odds are, before we got off our Safari Off Road Adventure truck, he would have looked over to me, slapped me in the arm and jokingly said "did we miss the baboons?"! I will truly miss him.
  3. 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....
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 3 points
    Here is the new 2017 Fright Fest guide to plan your Trick or Treating at GA!
  10. 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.
  11. 2 points
    Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
  12. 2 points
    I still need to ride Road Runner Railway so I can say I have ridden every current operating coaster in the park.
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    Baynum Painting is showing the Carousel some TLC this off-season. They are doing an incredible job - the panels look wonderful! From their facebook page:
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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.
  15. 2 points
    Viper site getting ready to go vertical!
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    Remove two of the parks longest running rides for an upcharge? Heck no!
  18. 2 points
    I really like how they are adding new signs to the security gate. I really like it (Fright Fest and now HITP).
  19. 2 points
    Sadly that is what is wrong with today's Disney and most major theme park companies, especially those on the NYSE.
  20. 2 points
    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.
  22. 2 points
    FYI, the 1999 Dead Man's Party video has been reloaded. See it HERE.
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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.
  25. 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.
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