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A new feature has been added to our GreatAdventureHistory.com homepage - the Photo of the Week!

 

Check out our homepage each and every week as we publish an interesting, impressive, and/or unusual photo from Great Adventure's past. We hope some of these pictures spark some memories and comments that you can share with our GAH community!

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Photo #1 - July 1, 2012:

 

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July 1, 1974

 

After just four short months of construction, Great Adventure opened its gates to the public for

the first time on July 1st, 1974. The timeline to build the park was so short that the western

area, then known as Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin', was still being completed.

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The original parking lot was smaller, but it was also divided with wooded areas to break things up.

 

The lake often gets really muddy like that after it rains, and apparently there was a lot of rain just before opening day.

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Photo #2 - July 8, 2012:

 

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March 1978

 

Soon after acquiring Great Adventure, Six Flags began a park-wide campaign

of enhancements and upgrades. The Skyride received a complete makeover with

repainted stations, gondolas, and support columns, as well as a new sponsor -

Delta Airlines.

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Miss the different color gondolas. In the background, two of the best flat rides appear.

 

Delta flies you to...Atlanta, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc. When we walked along Dream Street or down by the lake to cool off, we'd always look up at the cable cars and see what city was listed underneath. Man, those were the days!

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I have never seen a picture of orange columns, and the station it looks cool!!

 

The orange on the columns is just a primer coat of paint to get it from dark (tree) green to the muted green still seen today. However, at one point the Dream Street Station was painted pumpkin orange.

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^Photo #3 - July 14, 2012:

 

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July 1981

 

A bucket of popcorn, a box of soft pretzels, Italian ice, Juice Sippers, Icee's, Dr.Pepper, and

a Coke - all classic snacks from the summer of 1981!

 

I'll take one of those grape drinks right now. Those were the best on those humid summer days.

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Photo #5 - July 29, 2012:

 

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May 1974

 

Traffic Jam was installed in 1974 and was the first of six bumper cars at the park including two kiddie and four

adult sized rides. The latest version is this year's new Fender Benders opening in August.

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