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Jumpin' Jack Flash

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That was a great spotlight; all of them are. :)

Another great spotlight on a great site; keep it up. I can't wait for the War on Lines spotlight!

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Great Spotlight. Another ride I never rode in its short lifespan at the park, but it would have been right up my alley for sure. And to be honest even a rarely working ride seems more aesthetically pleasing than the paintball building that we have now. Too bad it has been in the boneyard so long now because with budget constraints really lean towards rehabbing and restarting an old ride rather than a brand new one to a certain extent.

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Great spotlight. This spotlight is also an example of a PERFECT and CHEAP way to bring more flats to the park. Jumpin Jack Flahs, Joust-a-Bout, Time Warp, and Duccaneer are just sitting in the boneyard. They would be perfect re-addittions to the park, like the Swabachin was. They are spotty in operation, but they will only stay a few years untill our park garners enough money to buy new flats. They would just be a "temporary" fix. The Duccaneer coulg go in LLSP where push cars where and re-route the path that leads to the bathroom around it. Joust a Bout could go where Space Shuttle was to be pretty and take up space and Time Warp could go where Freefall was. It could be a Rocky Horror themed ride! Time Warp-get it! Just kidding abvout the Rocky Horror ride, but Time warp would be a perfect little addition to "spice up" that "dead zone" in our park untill we can afford to Revamp Movietown. And Jumpin Jack Flash would look pretty darn good in teepees old spot painted brown and black or in plaza del cranival as orange and green. Just a thought.................................

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I never saw the ride operate but I only went to the park a few times when it was there. It looks like it was a fun ride and I wish they could try to get it running again.

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Great spotlight. This spotlight is also an example of a PERFECT and CHEAP way to bring more flats to the park. Jumpin Jack Flahs, Joust-a-Bout, Time Warp, and Duccaneer are just sitting in the boneyard.

 

Unfortunately, those rides all had mechanical problems (except Duccaneer). To modify any ride in the state of New Jersey requires a lot more time and money than the ride is worth, and that money would be better spent on NEW rides. The reason why they were removed was because they never worked right.

 

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Cool video. I never saw it operating at GAdv. I might have ridden it. It looks kinda fun.

 

BTW, once again, great spotlight. You really do a wonderful job with the pics and the history of the ride.

Keep up the good work.

 

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At first everybody was saying that there is a new freefall, and me and my friends were confused but wanted to ride this 'new' freefall. We pretty much lived at the park that season, so one day it was actually open and we ran to get in line... Was nuts, the drops scared me good! Excellent spotlight!

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At first everybody was saying that there is a new freefall, and me and my friends were confused but wanted to ride this 'new' freefall. We pretty much lived at the park that season, so one day it was actually open and we ran to get in line... Was nuts, the drops scared me good! Excellent spotlight!

They should of removed the freefall sign before they erected the ride.

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Parts of it are, but the main column of the ride has been hauled off.

Why do they keep partial pieces of rides in the boneyard?

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Probably because they have to be disposed of differently. The central shaft was all steel, while the cars were mostly fiberglass. One gets sold for scrap, the other gets crushed and put in dumpsters (or left in the boneyard to be re-used as Fright Fest props or something).

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^ Oh wow, I never would have thought of that. So basically they take the parts that can be sold for scrap and then its just cheeper to let the others sit, than to rent a dumpster and everything that goes along with disposing the rest of the ride.

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Exactly. The boats from the hydro flume were all just crushed and thrown in dumpsters along with the fiberglass trough, while the supports and spine were sold for scrap metal.

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Exactly. The boats from the hydro flume were all just crushed and thrown in dumpsters along with the fiberglass trough, while the supports and spine were sold for scrap metal.

Wow i never knew that, thanks!! ^_^

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Maybe it wasn't worth the trouble for them but I would have thought they could sell ride vehicles or parts rather than scrap them. If they had offered the boats for $100 or $200 each I think they could have sold them. I'd buy one if I had the chance to get it that cheap.

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Thanks to our member Honda Rider, we now have a wonderful video of Jumpin' Jack Flash operating at Great Adventure at night. Click the image below to watch the crazy action of this unique ride!

 

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This ride has always intrigued me. My first visit to the park as a young child was in August 2003, the last season this ride was in the park, and for some reason, one of the only memories I have of that day is of this ride. For many years, I had remembered a flashy yellow ride near the Carousel that was gone the next year but I could never figure out what it was, until I found this site and this spotlight. As a result, I have wondered often about this ride- What problems did it have exactly; why couldn't it have been modified to improve operation like the Evolution ride? How often did it operate at the park? Where did its parts go after leaving the "boneyard"? I'm not sure if there are answers to all of these questions, but I have always been interested in finding out more about this ride. Seeing the video posted above, it looked just as cool as I remembered it.

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While I'm not sure the exact problems with the ride, I know they seemed to be constantly welding it so I assume there were structural problems/stress fractures which kind of makes sense when you saw the motion it made.

 

The problem with fixing the ride was complicated because the manufacturer was in bankruptcy, and making a modification to any ride in the State of New Jersey is very tricky and complicated. NJ has very strict rules about rides that they have to have any modification made by/with the manufacturer or with engineers to oversee/certify the modifications (which can be very expensive because it requires special disciplines for the structure and ride controls). For Evolution it made more sense to send it out of state, but Jumpin' Jack Flash was just more trouble than it was worth for Six Flags. There's a reason why there aren't any others around (just like there aren't any Huss Topple Towers around anymore either).

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Where did its parts go after leaving the "boneyard"?

 

The center tower was removed around 2009 from the boneyard but the circular cars are still on site in the yard.

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