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Things like that depend on age of the ride, mechanical issues, and if there's been any damage to it while it's out of service. Scramblers are pretty simple, nearly indestructible, and parts are still made for them. 

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Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides went on to another park and what happened to them after the park closed is a mystery.
 
One of the first rides to be moved out of Great Adventure to another Six Flags park was the Matterhorn, one of the rides that opened with the park in 1974. We have very few photos of the Matterhorn, but it was a standard Mack Matterhorn bobsled flat ride. During its time at Great Adventure it had its sleds replaced with a different style. The ride ran until 1986 when it was removed and sent south.
 
While Six Flags was owned by Bally, they acquired a waterpark in Hollywood, Florida and re-branded it as Six Flags Atlantis. They attempted to round out the park with the addition of rides and shows including the Matterhorn. Six Flags Atlantis was short lived and the park was sold off in 1989, then destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
 
What became of the Matterhorn is unknown, so if anyone has photos or other information on the Matterhorn, we'd love to see them!
 
 
The original sleds from 1974:
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The replacement sleds in the 1980's:
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Beloved long time Great Adventure employee Erika who worked the Matterhorn and after it was removed transferred to Show-Ops where she worked at Showcase Theatre: 
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so six flags atlantis is a failed park in florida that the name become a joke (look at family guy)

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Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides went on to another park and what happened to them after the park closed is a mystery.
 
Today's ride is Pirate's Flight, one of the 25 new rides added to Great Adventure as part of the 1999 "War on Lines". Pirate's Flight was a Zamprela Balloon Race ride which can be found in many parks, but Pirate's Flight featured custom pirate ship ride vehicles. It was a great flat ride with lots of appeal to families, and unlike most of the other rides added that season, it actually ran consistently. Unfortunately it only stayed in the park for three seasons...
 
Six Flags was expanding in the early 2000's, and they purchased SeaWorld of Ohio to combine with Geauga Lake (then known as Six Flags Ohio) to form a mega park known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure for the 2001 season, combining theme park, water park, and marine life park into one huge park. It was a gamble, and it didn't pay off as expected going head to head with Cedar Point which was less than an hour away. For the 2002 season they looked to try and "fix" things by adding even more rides, taking several rides from other Six Flags parks to do it, including Pirate's Flight.
 
Six Flags was experiencing financial difficulties and just before the park was supposed to open for the 2004 season the park was sold to Cedar Fair who continued to operate the park as Geauga Lake Park. Cedar Fair couldn't (or didn't want to) make the park sucessful, and in September 2007 the rides side was closed permanently leaving just the Wildwater Kingdom water park which would eventually close in 2016. Some of the parks rides were relocated to other Cedar Fair parks, and some were sold off, but there is no record of what happened to the Pirate's Flight ride.
 
 
If anyone knows what happened to Pirate's Flight, let us know!
 
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On our Facebook page someone gave us a lead on where Pirate's Flight may have gone. Supposedly a few of the flats were purchased by Schlitterbahn Kansas City. They were not installed, but they may have been moved there. Of course that park is in limbo now so who knows what will happen to it if it really did go there. I'm guessing at some point it will show up on one of the used rides sites. 

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On 5/16/2020 at 9:14 AM, GAcoaster said:
Six Flags has a habit of moving rides from park to park and a few of Great Adventure's rides went on to another park and what happened to them after the park closed is a mystery.
 
One of the first rides to be moved out of Great Adventure to another Six Flags park was the Matterhorn, one of the rides that opened with the park in 1974. We have very few photos of the Matterhorn, but it was a standard Mack Matterhorn bobsled flat ride. During its time at Great Adventure it had its sleds replaced with a different style. The ride ran until 1986 when it was removed and sent south.
 
While Six Flags was owned by Bally, they acquired a waterpark in Hollywood, Florida and re-branded it as Six Flags Atlantis. They attempted to round out the park with the addition of rides and shows including the Matterhorn. Six Flags Atlantis was short lived and the park was sold off in 1989, then destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
 
What became of the Matterhorn is unknown, so if anyone has photos or other information on the Matterhorn, we'd love to see them!
 
 
The original sleds from 1974:
97841425_10157827225424160_9046276340373
 
The replacement sleds in the 1980's:
97496219_10157827226379160_1423820107171
 
Beloved long time Great Adventure employee Erika who worked the Matterhorn and after it was removed transferred to Show-Ops where she worked at Showcase Theatre: 
98007718_10157827226459160_8462661276361
 
parkmap1983.gif

Erika, if I'm not mistaken, had a twin (or perhaps an older/younger) sister that also worked at Great Adventure for years.  I believe her sister was in Food Service for a number of years.  They both had pretty heavy accents, but I can't for the life of me remember where they were born/from originally.  Very nice ladies and real fans of Great Adventure.

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5 hours ago, Daved Thomson said:

Erika, if I'm not mistaken, had a twin (or perhaps an older/younger) sister that also worked at Great Adventure for years.  I believe her sister was in Food Service for a number of years.  They both had pretty heavy accents, but I can't for the life of me remember where they were born/from originally.  Very nice ladies and real fans of Great Adventure.

Yes, her sister Freda! 

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