Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • 29yrswithaGApass

      Important Log-In Info for Existing Members   09/11/2017

      Recently our Forums and Galleries were updated.  If you are an existing member please be sure to use your DISPLAY NAME to log in.  Your DISPLAY NAME is the name that other members and guests see on the forums.  The prior version had both LOG-IN NAME and DISPLAY NAME.  LOG-IN NAME is no longer used on the new version of the forums.  Your password hasn't changed.

Recommended Posts

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photo #1 - July 1, 2012:

 

2012_07_01.png

 

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
joeyc98    7

Do i see the uphill bump on log flumne?!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do i see the uphill bump on log flumne?!

 

Yup! Apparently, that bump was removed due to safety reasons.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GAcoaster    78

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gafreak    4

i saw an article where one of the log flume boats flipped over, was that due to the uphill bump?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GAcoaster    78

From what I understand it was actually in the spillway at the end where it turns into the station. The water level was too high (which is why it now has metal rails and holes to drain off water).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photo #2 - July 8, 2012:

 

2012_07_08.png

 

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yankees99    0

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^Photo #3 - July 14, 2012:

 

2012_07_15.png

 

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photo #4 - July 23, 2012:

 

2012_07_22.png

 

April 1974

 

The very first attraction built at Great Adventure was the Round-Up

ride. It was assembled and in place before any concrete was poured and

before any electrical service was available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yankees99    0

Amazing. I mean, absolutely amazing. One of my all-time favorite rides and one that was underrated even back in the day.

 

On another note, this "photo of the week" is becoming my favorite part of this site. Please keep them coming!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow i never knew that!! This was my dad's home ride, he oped it in the 80's he will love to know this was the most anxious ride to be built!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GAcoaster    78

It made me a little sad when we saw Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth at MM and noticed it still goes up as high as the Super Round Up used to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Photo #5 - July 29, 2012:

 

2012_07_29.png

 

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gafreak    4

i think one of those style cars is underneath the station for batman the ride, you can see it in the roll up door as you go up the hill for nitro

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×