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Photo Trip Report: March 13th, 2016 - The Joker Construction Tour


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#1 jdc12192

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:18 PM

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:19 PM

First off big thank you to Harry for sending me out to the tour for the site and big thanks to the park for organizing this!

 

The tour started with a quick and easy check in over at the employee entrance and we made our way to the chiller area.

 

Not much to see, its just now very open and had piles of gravel. Park said its general plans are to have asylum put back there. The park knows it is prime real estate and hinted possible use for 2017 or later(in the near future).

 

We then made our way over behind batman to see the trains! They are being stored where the support columns were stored earlier in the season when they arrived. The train colors are very vibrant in person and they do look comfortable. 

 

After our train visit, it was time to head to The Joker. On the way there we stopped by the big wheel and were told it is getting a new loading platform.

 

We then arrived at The Joker and had free range to walk around, just not under for a good chunk of time. The ride is almost complete with just a few more pieces of track left. Seeing it in person and unclose is pretty impressive.

 

While at The Joker you could see BBLT got a (nice) paint job of red track and black on the sides.

 

Once our time at The Joker was finished we walked to Grannys with a stop at the new Sky Bar which is still under construction. 

 

While introducing us to the Sky Bar the park took time to mention other new eateries coming as well- Go Fresh Cafe, and Villains Cafe along with new shows- This Magic Moment(taking over Paw & Disorder) as well as Wild Life Games (animal olympics theme)in Sea-Fari Theater.

 

Once in Grannys our tour concluded with a Q&A with the Park President with some snacks and refreshments and the park gifted us with an exit pass for The Joker.

 

Extra Notes-

 

-Ferris Wheel will not be open opening weekend while they finish the platform

 

-BBLT/Harley Quinn will open as soon as it is ready, way before The Joker. Just waiting on new sign and trains to be refurbished.

 

-The Jokers “HaHaHA’ sign in the plaza is no more :(

 

-Joker should be finished this coming week with testing beginning april most likely.

 

-Sky bar will not be open opening day

 

-Many rides and coasters were testing

 

-Nitro appeared to have its supports painted, but as we got closer i wasn't sure and we weren't told that it was or wasn't going to get painted.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:51 PM

Its sad to see the Chiller station gone. I was really hoping they would reuse the building for another ride. I also noticed from the pictures that they tore down the old Chiller Coke Stand.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:05 PM

The Grandstand area doesn't look that big with the stadium removed.  I hope they open the area to the public, but I am sure they will need to install a fence along the waterfront first.

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:13 PM

Great report and pictures. it looks like the tour was really cool.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:23 PM

Now with Chiller's station finally gone, let's hope the dark ride is added in the Right Stuff building.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:33 PM

Looks like it was a great tour!  The Joker trains look nice and the restraints look pretty comfortable.  I'm curious about what food the Sky Bar will serve and if there was any theming hinted at being in the queue for the Joker.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:36 PM

Great report and pictures. it looks like the tour was really cool.

 

Thanks! It sure was interesting and a different way to see the park.

 

Looks like it was a great tour!  The Joker trains look nice and the restraints look pretty comfortable.  I'm curious about what food the Sky Bar will serve and if there was any theming hinted at being in the queue for the Joker.

I believe the Sky Bar is just going to have 'snack' type food. As for theming the only things I heard mentioned was the Joker face and tent are still supposed to exists, but the "HaHaHa" sign is no more.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:13 PM

Was any reason given as to why they saved this portion of the stadium?

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:20 PM

Matt informed me that they said it is some important sewage thing. I must've been elsewhere when they said it. Thanks Matt :)

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:41 PM

That would make sense.  There is a sanitary pump lift in that area so I guess it is within that structure.  I thought it was further back in one of the utility buildings.  



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:18 PM

There is a sanitary pump lift in that area so I guess it is within that structure. 

 

What does that do?

 

 

 

Also, it should be fixed up to look nicer.



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:23 PM

Well, we are talking sewage so this is never going to sound glamorous but all the park's sewage runs down through underground pipes by gravity. The sewage lift pumps bring it to a higher elevation where it can make its way through other pipes to a treatment facility.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:27 PM

Ah, yeah - that sounds pretty important if it's the main pump. Haha

 

 

 

Oh! John mentioned you today, Harry! Someone asked about park history and he talked about you. I think he said you were his supervisor at Skyway?



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:37 PM

History? History? Did someone say park history?

Was it a good question, or better yet, was there a good answer? :)

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:42 PM

The question was something like "Is the park doing anything to preserve its history?". She also tied the museum into her question. John replied by saying Harry runs the Great Adventure Historical website. He said a little bit more, but I don't remember exactly what he said. (James, do you remember?) Nothing we don't know already, though.  :)


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 12:05 AM

Always cool to hear that the park recognizes our site! Now to share and kick off all those other historical GA ideas with the park....... ;)

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 12:11 AM

I remember the person asking if there was any plans to preserve the parks history and he joked "you mean besides Harry?" And went on about the site, and how you worked at the park and briefly mentioned 'classic' and 'historical' type rides and how he does think it'd be a good addition- ex adventure alley.

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 06:55 AM

Was any reason given as to why they saved this portion of the stadium?
 
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When they mentioned sewage and pump. Sounds like pumping station for crap

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 06:57 AM

What does that do?



 
 
Also, it should be fixed up to look nicer.


Pumps sewage it receives to another area of the park

Edited by DANofNJ, 14 March 2016 - 07:00 AM.





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