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#321 joeyc98

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 06:59 PM

I feel like having all the costumes out at once in a kid's section would be nice for families/parents with little kids.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 07:49 PM

We had an employee party while the Fun Olympics were set up in the Arena. One of the other clowns and I were responsible for getting some of the outfits washed for the next day.  Nothing like going to a Laundromat at 2:30 in the morning in Browns Mills.  Good times!  



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Posted 06 April 2015 - 10:22 PM

Year 3 - Photo #36 - April 5, 2015:

 

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August 1977

 

The Great Train Ride was a very popular attraction that operated at Great Adventure from 1974 to 1980. From a small open air station located just opposite of the Sky Ride,
guest departed for a round trip journey through the woods in any area which is now home to Safari Kids, Looney Tunes Seaport, and Congo Rapids. The train ride closed
when construction of the rapids ride began with all its track removed and the trains relocated to backstage storage. The station itself remained one additional season sitting
vacant and void of any hints of the miniature train ride that once amused so many guests.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 12:14 AM

August 1977
 
The Great Train Ride was a very popular attraction that operated at Great Adventure from 1974 to 1980. From a small open air station located just opposite of the Sky Ride,
guest departed for a round trip journey through the woods in any area which is now home to Safari Kids, Looney Tunes Seaport, and Congo Rapids. The train ride closed
when construction of the rapids ride began with all its track removed and the trains relocated to backstage storage. The station itself remained one additional season sitting
vacant and void of any hints of the miniature train ride that once amused so many guests.

 


Great picture of the station...  I always loved the fact that the tree went right through the roof.  The date of this picture, however, can not be correct.  The ride ops hosts/hostesses in the picture are wearing uniforms that were not introduced until 1980 and they clearly have name tags with the SFGA rainbow on them.  Ride ops in 1977 had the blue pants and white shirts with the stylized GREAT ADVENTURE perpendicular to the rainbow stripes.
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Posted 09 April 2015 - 01:30 AM

I saw that too and wondered about the date written on the slide. What complicates things further is the train is the orange stack/dark green one which didn't operate beyond 1979.

Something interesting to note- you can see the cupola located on the roof of the Junction Inn food stand in the back. Originally the train station was going to have this feature on its roots complete with a station bell. Instead of the bell they opted to install the oversized signal.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

I saw that too and wondered about the date written on the slide. What complicates things further is the train is the orange stack/dark green one which didn't operate beyond 1979.

Something interesting to note- you can see the cupola located on the roof of the Junction Inn food stand in the back. Originally the train station was going to have this feature on its roots complete with a station bell. Instead of the bell they opted to install the oversized signal.

Very interesting.  Since Junction Inn didn't open until the 1975 season, they must have had the renderings for both structures drawn up at the same time just prior to the 1974 opening.  The loss of the train, station, and (later) the Junction Inn, was really just the beginning of that area of the park loosing much of its original charm.  The original Lightnin' Loops Cafe exterior expanded on that area's original architecture.


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:43 PM

Year 3 - Photo #37 - April 13, 2015:

 

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May 1990

 

The ShockWave was Great Adventure's first stand-up roller coaster added for the 1990 season. The Intamin coaster was part of Six Flags ride

rotation program, having been previously located at Magic Mountain.After the 1992 season the ride was removed and transported to AstroWorld
in Houston, Texas. When AstroWorld closed in 2005 the ride was moved once again to Six Flags Darien Lake where it still remains today unassembled.



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:29 PM

Year 3 - Photo #38 - May 27, 2015:

 

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May 1997

 

Six Flags Great Adventure has offered a wide variety of attractions based on DC Comic Super Heroes starting in 1992 with the introduction of the
Batman Stunt Spectacular Arena. In 1993, the Batman: The Ride inverted coaster was added and in 1997 the largest of the Batman themed coasters
was installed, Batman and Robin: The Chiller. Several other smaller structures like the Gotham City Water Works game, Axis Chemical Wash,
and Coca-Cola Cool Zone extended the Batman theme in this corner of the Movie Town section of the theme park.



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

I wonder why they didn't just rename Movie Town to Gotham City when they built the Chiller. Everything in that section was (and still is) Batman related, so it certainly would have made sense.

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:31 PM

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Summer 1976

 

During the first several seasons at Great Adventure, concert acts were performed from a simple ground level platform making for an intimate setting for guests who

chose to be entertained from the arena floor.  It wasn't until the later '70s that a temporary elevated stage was used which was replaced in the early '80s by the
 current permanent covered stage that exists today.



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Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:37 AM

It looks like a cool setup for the audience right at the stage but not so great for people in the bleachers.



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Posted 02 January 2016 - 12:50 PM

Right! This setup seems more like a lounge act.

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 11:27 PM

It is hard to tell who is performing on stage but it almost looks like Dolly Parton, although I don't think she ever performed at GA.  It is probably Tammy Wynette. 

 

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 03:07 PM

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Winter 1993

 

In this rare photo taken pre-season 1993, both the Little Wheel and the Big Wheel can be seen with their gondolas removed during winter rehabs of the wheels.  The
Little Wheel would reopen as Phileas Fogg's Balloon Ride based on the film Around the World in 80 Days as part of the new Movie Town section of the park. The

Big Wheel would retain its name but feature a new sign and queue line.



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

Growing up, they were ALOT more exciting without the cages on the "Big Wheel", and the low, Spinning Cars of the  "Little Wheel". It gave them a sense of "risk". They were a couple thrilling Park favorites.



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 05:12 PM

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Summer 1977

 

Back in 1977, the Fortune Festival area of the park, located just behind the Four Tents, was home to the Gondola ride.  This antique spinning attraction lasted only one season

and the entire games area itself was destroyed in an off-season fire in December 1981.  In 1982, the area was totally reconstructed and took on the name of Goodtime Alley.






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