It didn't hit me until I watched this for the 50,000th time as to why this commercial has such a special meaning. No doubt it is classic Great Adventure with vintage footage of some long gone attractions. That in itself is meaningful. But this ninety second movie captures everything we have done and have been striving to do at GreatAdventureHistory.com. Sure, we routinely make Spotlight and have features on this site - we love to make them and from the feedback we get, people like to see them. But it really is the people, our members, contributors, and readers that have made this into something great. I've used the word "community" on GAH repeatedly- but that is really what we are. Just look at the commercial. We have members here that relate to almost every aspect from the scenes included in the advertisement.
We obviously have past park guests here. We have former clowns and street entertainers. We have the pilot from the hot air balloon. We have former ride operators including the prominently featured Log Flume. We have members who were part of the Aqua Stadium and Great Arena shows. We have Safari employees that not only worked at the park when the commercial was filmed but also prior to the park opening. We have management, designers, and craftsman. And, we even have a member who was part of the band Maiden Voyage that performs at the end of the ad. From start to finish, we have this commercial covered!
And the best part is we have so much more. Take this commercial and slide it to any decade in the park's history, including today, and we still have things covered. It is our mix of members that makes things so interesting, educational, and entertaining. It's people both behind the counters and in front of them - strapping us in and those being strapped in - making us laugh and those laughing. From opening day in 1974, to a visit we made today, to one we want to plan for tomorrow- from folks who live down the road from the park, to those halfway around the world, hats off to everyone! And thanks for helping us make GreatAdventureHistory what it has been able to become over the past five years. May the next five be just as much fun!