Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:42 PM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:48 PM
Edited by MarioSonic94, 16 May 2009 - 06:35 PM.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:47 PM
Mom was the brave one in the family and she rode Freefall that first year. In '85, I bumped into one of my best friends from the neighborhood on our way to see the ride and I wasn't about to be shown up by not riding it while he did. He and his family went before us and I saw him come off the ride milky white. I don't recall much of my first ride, but I became braver for riding it.
FreeFall was my favorite thrill ride at GAdv for many years; No coaster could take its place. It wasn't until El Toro debuted (oddly in the same year that Free Fall closed) that I enjoyed a thrill coaster as much as Freefall.
The ride was and will ALWAYS be Freefall to me, never "Stuntman's" Freefall. I remember the long lines; They always moved quickly. I think the buzzer will forever be the most recognizable sound of GAdv.
Edited by darkridedan, 01 January 2009 - 10:11 AM.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:35 PM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:44 PM
One Sunday in the winter of 1983 the Atlantic City Press published the article below and I was ecstatic. Not only were we getting our own version of FreeFall but we were also getting a bigger-than-Knott's parachute tower. I reread the article about twenty times and it took days before it all sunk in. These two additions as well as the park adding the Great Lake Grandstands made for what I still consider Great Adventure's best season EVER in 1983. Not to mention they also repainted the Yum Yum Palace that year!
Click on the image to view it full size. Click HERE to read page 2.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:47 PM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:56 PM
1983 was an amazing year and really set the tone for the continued growth of Great Adventure.
I believe it was removed when the entrance was moved for the construction of Snowy's Snacks.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:14 PM
-Dainan "Still better than any drop tower" Rafferty
Rolling Thunder Lead Summer 2009
Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:30 PM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:52 PM
I had never thought of it in that perspective Harry. In '83, my family took a summer trip to Canada. We first saw Freefall and Parachutes in '84. Sarjevo Bobsled was the newest kid on the block and it became one of my favorite new rides. I also rode Rolling Thunder for the first time. Freefall was the first "new" ride that I passed on for fear. (I was still skipping Enterprise, Rotor and Super Roundup too.) As 44'' was the tallest restriction in the park at the time, I was no longer denied rides due to height. When Looping Starship and Ultra Twister debuted a few years later, I passed on them for fear over the height restriction, even though by that point I was already riding Freefall. So I had felt that 1983 was the time when things began to change at the park; Things seemed to shift from a focus on family rides in favor of the thrill. But looking back, with the addition of Parachuter's Perch, Sarajevo, Rednuht Gnillor, Splashwater Falls and Condor, that focus wouldn't occur for another decade or so.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 12:08 AM
Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:45 AM
Back in '83 my best friend and I were in the right place at the right time. We visited the park on a weekday in the early spring and it turned out to be a complete washout. Heavy rains emptied the park but they remained open until after dark. It was a good thing because we needed to hang around until my friend's mom picked us up. We weren't old enough to drive.
FreeFall hadn't opened to the public yet and was closed all day, however after the rains had stopped we heard the ride running. (There is something exciting about hearing the sounds of a new ride operating for the first time! ). We raced over to the ride and to our surprise the queue line was open. We figured we'd be told that we couldn't ride but to our surprise the worker told us to come on in, that they were giving "preview rides". Our eyes widened and we raced to the loading platform!
With the exception of only about a half dozen other guests, we were the only ones on the ride (and probably the only ones in the park!). The two of us rode the ride with a park mechanic over and over again, it must have been for about an hour. We didn't have to get out and I can remember the mechanic keeping track of his trip count and repeatedly saying "I have a new favorite ride".
We had a new favorite too!
Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:57 AM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 02:09 PM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:24 PM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 04:11 PM
FreeFall had its block system changed numerous times. In the beginning multiple cars were allowed on the tower at the same time, and then it was limited to the cars in the shaft only starting to rise as soon as the car ahead of it hit the brake run at the bottom of the drop. In later years the cars didn't start the ascent until the car ahead made it all the way back to the brake run on the lower level just before the station.
Posted 02 January 2009 - 06:53 PM
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