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  1. "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" by Sting. I remember watching the music video for it on the TVs while waiting on the left side queue that ran along the back of the building. It was probably memorable because there was a cute girl on line in front of us that seemed to be checking me out in line. Although I was finally brave enough to ride roller coasters, I was not yet brave enough to approach a girl! That song always brings me right back there.
  2. Ahh, bummer: I just read that this will be Rolling Thunder's last season. NJ.com says: "The park says technology has surpassed the dual track coaster, which opened in 1979." As someone who is a fan of retro coasters, I'm pretty sad to hear that news. I've got a lot of good memories of riding it (or chickening out when I was younger). Even though it is dwarfed by El Toro, I always thought it was a nice "family ride", and fairly tame for kids to warm up on. It wasn't always that way, of course -- it used to be a pretty crazy ride back in the day, comparatively speaking. I remember my da
  3. Oh boy, let's see... mine weren't as good as those guesses, but here's what I jotted down: My Guesses! 1. Runaway Mine Train 2. ? 3. I guessed Condor because of the structure, but knew it was wrong since those pictures looked WAY earlier than that. 4. Carousel 5. Rolling Thunder - also not right based on the metal fences. 6. ? 7. Trying to think of the original name for the Sombrero, I said Calypso -- right thought, wrong name! 8. Enterprise 9. ? 10. Flying Wave 11. ? 12. Skyride 13. ? 14. Scrambler 15. Giant Wheel 16. Bumper Cars 17. ? 18. Swiss Bob 19. Musik Express 2
  4. Awesome spotlight! I'd love to see what that controller looked like. I don't think I ever saw Sci-Fi at Great Adventure, but I very distinctly remember the time he came to our elementary classroom. Everyone loved him! By the end of the visit, I was desperately trying to figure out a way that I could get my own similar robot to hang around the house. With an interactive robot, life would be so great. My plan was obvious -- I'd head straight home, dump my beloved Commodore 64 straight in the trash (I wouldn't need it if I had a robot), and then start clearing out my bedroom so that a robot
  5. Hey Harry, I just wanted to dip in and let you know how much I enjoyed the Log Flume spotlight. I saw it appear last week, but I was a little busy and wanted to give myself a chance to read and enjoy it thoroughly without having to rush through it. The spotlight was fantastic -- maybe one of the most comprehensive and best ones to date. The Log Flume is arguably one of the most memorable rides at Great Adventure, and it was great to peel back the layers and really see how it has evolved (or not evolved, maybe?) over the years to remain a real park classic. Just by looking at the pictures,
  6. What?! That's crazy. I never noticed that the fountain had changed. That's interesting information that I'll bet most other people never noticed either. The last time I was in the park, my girlfriend and I were talking about the fountain. She said that whenever her family would take a trip to GA, the fountain would serve as the designated meeting place in case they got lost or separated from the group. (Of course, this is before cell phones were around.) It was funny to hear because that was always our plan too... meet at the fountain. It always made me wonder if half the kids hangi
  7. Huh. This doesn't seem like a fair exchange. As a regular season pass customer, the one single thing that made the parking fee easier to swallow was the fact that you'd get free parking at other parks. We put it to pretty good use during travels to Maryland, New England, and California over the last two years. A lot of people seem a little reluctant to rock the boat and express their feelings on the matter, but as a customer, I've been pretty dissatisfied with the steadily creeping parking price... especially since there's not really any justification for the increase besides the "people h
  8. Really? Like what? (For the record, I like that it has a generic name instead of a superhero theme.)
  9. Another difference: - I regretfully did not ride Shockwave - I will definitely ride Green Lantern Great comparison... I have always been a little fascinated with Shockwave since I foolishly decided to pass on it back in the day. It's pretty neat seeing them side by side like that. Smaller or not though, part of me still wants to give Shockwave a whirl! I'm still hoping to make it up to La Ronde to ride Cobra, the closest thing left to Shockwave.
  10. For a while, I was tied between Nitro and El Toro. I finally decided that El Toro really takes the cake. Still, I can't talk about favorites without mentioning the Great American Scream Machine. That coaster really had so many nostalgic memories for me, and unlike a lot of people, I truly enjoyed every ride right up until the end.
  11. This seems like a significant one to me. Batman was the first ride I remember having theme music... or maybe more accurately, the first time I noticed the theme music and felt that it really added to the suspense/experience. Anytime I hear The Batman Theme, it gives me a little flashback to standing in that winding queue next to the smashed up police car... or better yet, the feeling of standing in the tunnel on a hot summer day with the slight breeze from that gigantic rotating fan. (Even if that thing isn't really functional, at least it gave the placebo effect that you were getting coole
  12. That's an interesting factoid, but I'd have to say that concept/connection is definitely going to be lost on probably 98% of the general public. Still, the effects sound pretty neat... I'm certainly getting curious.
  13. I rode Shoot the Rapids this year, and I've gotta say that I was rather disappointed. The line was outrageously long, and the ride really fell flat in my opinion. This comes from a big flume and water ride enthusiast. Skull Mountain at Six Flags America was similar to Shoot the Rapids, but it had a much better execution.
  14. The exception to this is definitely X2 at Magic Mountain. Their audio kicked that coaster so far over the top and put it in a completely new realm for me -- I haven't had that much suspense going up a lift hill since I rode GASM for the first time when it opened (my first big coaster). The big difference, in my opinion, was that it was pure music and not dialogue. It's way too hard to understand dialogue on a noisy coaster... music seems to be a lot more effective.
  15. I must say, I really enjoyed the Rolling Thunder spotlight. You guys really do a great job with this site, and your recollection and attention to detail is awesome. How in the world did you have the foresight to take all your pictures and make mental notes about everything? Well done. It's funny how RT went from a big scary ride to an entry level coaster. I refused to ride it as a kid, fearing that "terrifying" first drop. My dad rode it once and said that it nearly rattled the fillings right out of his teeth, which scared me even more! Times sure do change. A friend just went to G
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