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QUESTION #320: True or False: When Great Adventure first opened several of the rides did not have perimeter fences around the rides or queue bars for the waiting guests. It was soon determined that this created chaos for those in line as well as a dangerous situation with easy access to moving rides.

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ANSWER: True! When Great Adventure first opened several of the rides did not have perimeter fences around the rides or queue bars for the waiting guests. It was soon determined that this created chaos for those in line as well as a dangerous situation with easy access to moving rides.

 

Below is a photo of the temporary ropes set up around the Carousel soon after the park opened.

 

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I just learned this piece of trivia yesterday!

 

QUESTION #321: For a brief period of time in 1975 the Great Arena's performance portal was uniquely painted as illustrated below. What special event prompted this paint job?

 

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ANSWER: The Great Arena portal was painted that way for the Mike Douglas show in 1975 (note his flower logo). A complete week of tapings took place across the park and aired for five days during the spring of 1975. The show featured a chariot race at the Great Arena with actor Charlton Heston reminiscent of Ben Hur.

 

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