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The Great Adventure Lion

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Whatever happened to the big Balloon anyway? I always wanted to go up in it, but never got a chance?

 

The Big Balloon only lasted through the 1977 season. The airfield remained untouched all the way until 1990 when the site was partially used for the installation of the ShockWave stand-up coaster. Today the area is used for a go-kart track.

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I recently acquired a couple of old copies of Great Adventure's original employee newsletter from 1975 entitled BALLOON. I will be adding these to the history timeline soon but in the mean time check out this cartoon featuring the lion from the old highway sign. I think you probably had to be working there to get a lot of the humor, but it is still coool to see the lion used!

 

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