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  1. I'm really doubt RRR or any of the other removed rides will make it back this year with the budget cuts.
  2. On our Facebook page someone gave us a lead on where Pirate's Flight may have gone. Supposedly a few of the flats were purchased by Schlitterbahn Kansas City. They were not installed, but they may have been moved there. Of course that park is in limbo now so who knows what will happen to it if it really did go there. I'm guessing at some point it will show up on one of the used rides sites.
  3. Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides went on to another park and what happened to them after the park closed is a mystery. Today's ride is Pirate's Flight, one of the 25 new rides added to Great Adventure as part of the 1999 "War on Lines". Pirate's Flight was a Zamprela Balloon Race ride which can be found in many parks, but Pirate's Flight featured custom pirate ship ride vehicles. It was a great flat ride with lots of appeal to families, and unlike most of the other rides added that season, it actually ran consistently. Unfortunately it only stayed in the park for three seasons... Six Flags was expanding in the early 2000's, and they purchased SeaWorld of Ohio to combine with Geauga Lake (then known as Six Flags Ohio) to form a mega park known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure for the 2001 season, combining theme park, water park, and marine life park into one huge park. It was a gamble, and it didn't pay off as expected going head to head with Cedar Point which was less than an hour away. For the 2002 season they looked to try and "fix" things by adding even more rides, taking several rides from other Six Flags parks to do it, including Pirate's Flight. Six Flags was experiencing financial difficulties and just before the park was supposed to open for the 2004 season the park was sold to Cedar Fair who continued to operate the park as Geauga Lake Park. Cedar Fair couldn't (or didn't want to) make the park sucessful, and in September 2007 the rides side was closed permanently leaving just the Wildwater Kingdom water park which would eventually close in 2016. Some of the parks rides were relocated to other Cedar Fair parks, and some were sold off, but there is no record of what happened to the Pirate's Flight ride. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/PiratesFlight.htm If anyone knows what happened to Pirate's Flight, let us know!
  4. The people I know who work or worked in admissions said they might just use the Hurricane Harbor booths and the back road instead of the old Safari plaza.
  5. Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides went on to another park and what happened to them after the park closed is a mystery. One of the first rides to be moved out of Great Adventure to another Six Flags park was the Matterhorn, one of the rides that opened with the park in 1974. We have very few photos of the Matterhorn, but it was a standard Mack Matterhorn bobsled flat ride. During its time at Great Adventure it had its sleds replaced with a different style. The ride ran until 1986 when it was removed and sent south. While Six Flags was owned by Bally, they acquired a waterpark in Hollywood, Florida and re-branded it as Six Flags Atlantis. They attempted to round out the park with the addition of rides and shows including the Matterhorn. Six Flags Atlantis was short lived and the park was sold off in 1989, then destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. What became of the Matterhorn is unknown, so if anyone has photos or other information on the Matterhorn, we'd love to see them! http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Matterhorn.htm The original sleds from 1974: The replacement sleds in the 1980's: Beloved long time Great Adventure employee Erika who worked the Matterhorn and after it was removed transferred to Show-Ops where she worked at Showcase Theatre:
  6. Here's a video with a lot of answers about what to expect and how it should work. I'd expect some fine tuning on this as things actually happen.
  7. Or, it just stays a drive through until next spring when there's a vaccine developed and it's safe to go "back to normal" with the trucks. They could even run the drive through safari through the winter and make up a little of the lost income.
  8. The general public will get to see the baboons for the first time in YEARS!
  9. Things like that depend on age of the ride, mechanical issues, and if there's been any damage to it while it's out of service. Scramblers are pretty simple, nearly indestructible, and parts are still made for them.
  10. I don't know. I'd guess it could be ours making a return from the boneyard.
  11. Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides live on in new locations. Today's story is "Take a Scrambler, leave a Scrambler". Great Adventure installed it's first Scrambler ride in 1978 as part of the Fun Fair area of the park. Scrambler ended up being relocated a couple of times before it was removed to be relocated (again) in the park in 2001, but was never reassembled. The Scrambler was then packed up and sent to Six Flags Over Georgia in 2004 where it was placed inside their Cinema 180 building as "Shake Rattle & Roll", where it ran with lights and music until the building was demolished as part of redevelopment in 2010. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Scrambler.htm Scramblers are common rides found in many parks around the country and it was sorely missed at Great Adventure so in 2012 when the park went retro with "Adventure Alley" bringing back some classic rides, it really was Deja Vu with a Scrambler ride coming back to the park. Deja Vu came from Six Flags Over Georgia, but from the defunct family entertainment center attached to Six Flags White Water. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/DejaVu.htm
  12. This would have been a smart addition. Low cost with two existing rides, and able to be closed off on slow days, opened when more capacity was needed.
  13. Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides live on in new locations. Today's rides got sold off to parks that weren't part of Six Flags but ended up becoming part of Six Flags, then one of them not part of Six Flags, and (for the moment at least) part of Six Flags again.When Six Flags acquired Great Adventure the first major investment they made was Lightnin' Loops, a pair of interlocking Arrow Shuttle Loop coasters. The ride was a HUGE sensation, giving the local market its first chance to ride a looping roller coaster. Over the years the novelty wore off as bigger, better, full-circuit looping roller coasters were introduced. Great Adventure removed Lightnin' Loops in 1992 to make way for Batman: The Ride. At one point the plan was to relocated one of the two loops to the plot of land vacated by Ultra Twister, so Rolling Thunder and Lightnin' Loop would be next to each other while the second loop was sold off, but that fell through and both rides were sold to Premier Parks who installed them in parks they owned. The "upper" loop made its way to Wild World, (later Adventure World), a small park just outside of Washington DC. The ride opened as Python in 1993. Python ran there until 1998 when it was retired from service to make way for future development as the park transformed into Six Flags America in 1999. The "lower" loop went further south to Frontier City in Oklahoma where it opened in 1993 as Diamond Back and continues to run today. Frontier City was owned by Premier Parks, which went on to purchase Six Flags from Time Warner in 1998. After financial problems in 2004, the park was sold off, but in 2018 Six Flags took over the lease on Frontier City and is running the park again. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/LightninLoops.htm Python while it was at Wild World/Adventure World (now Six Flags America): Diamond Back at Frontier City:
  14. Houdini never would have been built there if the Wonka ride was built.
  15. While Time Warner owned Six Flags in the 90’s they were looking create “synergy” between the parks and their movies/TV shows/magazines/music/etc. After success with Batman: The Ride, The Right Stuff, and other attractions which were connected to hit films they looked to other movies like The Unforgiven and Contact to create tie in attractions. Viper was originally intended to be “The Unforgiven”, and there was work to develop an attraction based on the movie Contact based on “The Machine” built based on plans sent to Earth by extraterrestrials. The other day concept art of an Intamin ride which was never built was posted to the Rare and Obscure Amusement Rides group from 1991 of a ride which was never built, but obviously could have been the basis for a Contact attraction. The huge ring design looks quite similar to “The Machine”. What do you think? Missed opportunity, or dodged a bullet on the ride not being built?
  16. Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides live on in new locations, sometimes where they went to die...For the 1990 season Great Adventure got the Shockwave as a hand me down coaster as part of the Six Flags "ride rotation" program. The Shockwave came to us from Magic Mountain, spent just three seasons at the park before being shipped off again to Six Flags Astroworld where it ran until the park closed permanently in 2005. From there it was packed up again, this time moving to Six Flags Darrien Lake, but the coaster was never reassembled and was finally scrapped a few years later. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/shockwave.htm At Six Flags Magic Mountain as Shockwave: At Astroworld as Batman: The Escape: At Darien Lake in pieces:
  17. A recent and short lived addition to Great Adventure was El Diablo. El Diablo was a Larson Giant Loop ride commonly found at fairs, and was added to the park for the 2015 season. The ride was controversial (it's not a roller coaster!), and only lasted until the end of the 2018 season. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/ElDiablo.htm At the end of the season the ride was packed up and went north of the border to La Ronde where it became their new attraction for the 2019 season as Choas.
  18. Another of the twenty five rides added to Great Adventure for the 1999 season as part of the "War on Lines" was the Pendulum, a Huss Frisbee ride. The Pendulum was built behind the Autobahn bumper cars, very much hidden from view unless it was operating (which was seldom due to lack of staffing). After just five seasons the Pendulum was packed up and headed (as so many of Great Adventure's attractions do) to Six Flags Great America. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Pendulum.htm Great America opened it with a patriotic theme for the 2004 season as the Revolution.
  19. Like so many of the rides added in 1999 as part of the "War on Lines", Evolution was added to Great Adventure, rarely operated, and then after just a few short years went away. The ride had issues that needed costly modifications, and after just four seasons it was removed and went west to Six Flags St. Louis. http://greatadventurehistory.com/Evolution.htm Today it's known as Xcalibur, and it got an impressive makeover as part of its relocation though it seems to still be suffering the same kind of downtime it did when it was at Great Adventure. Check out the video of Xcalibur in action below:
  20. For the 1988 season Great Adventure opened the Condor, a brand new Huss attraction, one of three built in 1988 (Morey's Piers got one of the others). The Condor took over the spot that had been occupied by Calypso for many years, offering a similar ride, but taking it to new heights. Condor only lasted three seasons, taking flight to Six Flags Great America where it still operates today. http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Condor.htm https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/attractions/condor
  21. The deck on this one is also angled down from the center rather than being angled overall.
  22. Twice I've been to Great Escape and twice it was closed all day...
  23. For the 1984 season the Sarajevo Bobsled came to Great Adventure to coincide with the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo. The ride ran for five seasons at Great Adventure before it was removed to make way for the Great American Scream Machine. The ride moved on to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois where it was rebuilt as Rolling Thunder (they stole our ride and our name!), and was modified with larger sleds with more conventional seating. It ran there from 1989-1995, then moved again. The Bobsled now resides at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, New York where it continues to delight guests (periodically) as the Alpine Bobsled! Check out the video of the Bobsled in its current home in the comments below! http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Sarajevo%20Bobsled.htm
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