Monday- April 9th, 2012
After being on vacation and missing opening day, I finally had a chance to visit Great Adventure as they startup their 2012 season. It was a windy spring day but the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue. Here are some photos of my kick-off to the new season.
|The bison were kicking up dirt that would swirl in little whirlwinds across the Safari road.||The new SkyScreamer could easily be seen from the Safari.|
|The giraffes hid in front of one of the buildings to escape the winds.|
|Under Funstruction!||Eating on your knees looks painful.|
The elephant once again has his trunk! Nice!
|The positioning of the wires confining the monkeys is now at a different angle. Maybe they figured out how to work around the old setup last summer.|
Several of the climb pieces from Balin's Jungleland hav been installed at the old Exploration Station.
The park's skyline has a new landmark.
|The new security screening location made entry into the park much more efficient plus seemed to make the entrance area much better defined.|
|The park has restocked our book and is selling it at multiple locations.||Watch this store in the weeks and month ahead for some great retro merchandise!|
|Mama must be cooking up a new sign.|
|The Fender Benders have yet to arrive and will open after the rest of Adventure Alley - sometime in June.|
DejaVu, the park's new Scrambler ride will be music themed and feature artwork/logos from G.A.'s past.
Air Jumbo is being repainted to better fit in with the new Adventure Alley area.
|The Swashbuckler sign has yet to be installed.||New fencing borders the Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train coaster.||The new fence uses the pilings of the original one.|
|The Buccaneer received a complete paintjob and makeover and looks brand new!|
|Skull Mountain's sign received some freshening up.|
|The Bugaboo and Rajas Rickshaws perimeter fences were both repainted.|
|With a little realignment on the park map, Safari Kids, Looney Tunes Seaport, Nitro, and Congo Rapids are all part of Adventure Seaport.||Pepe has returned to center stage after being away all last season.||New live shrubs have been planted to spell Congo Rapids.|
|In all five photos above the hot dog stands have been removed. Strange!|
|Warner LeRoy would have liked this arcade game!|
|No more pizza at the HBO Commissary.||Slurpee has invaded Movie Town and several other stands around the park.|
|The high-striker game was moved to Adventure Alley providing a new smoking area to replace the one lost with the new DejaVu ride.||The Musik Express still stands in the Old Country section although it has seen better days.||On-ride photos at the Dark Knight Coaster are a thing of the past.|
|The Main Street Pub has replaced the Main Street Deli. Gone are the inside tables and glass display counter.|
The entrance to the Cyber Cafe has been relocated and the lounge area and most computers have been removed.
|Caution - Falling Rock|
|After rumors of the dolphin stadium closing, it was great to see the facility getting some TLC including newly painted seats!|
|I didn't get a chance to check and see if the steam engine was reinstalled.|
|Paintball is gone - now let's get rid of this building!|
|A second season pass processing area has opened this year in the red and white Dream Street Tent.|
The Bandstand on the Lake's air conditioning system was upgraded to keep Bugs cool.
|Bugs lost his head!|
|For some strange reason, staircases have been installed to the catwalks at the top of the Fort. I am sure this is for some sort of emergency access, but wouldn't it be cool if these areas were opened to the public as observation decks!|
|The Best of the West received some new wood and a great cleaning. It looks refreshed.|
|Mama Flora now sponsors the Conestoga Wagon. It appears to be in the process of being repainted and having its harness hitch refurbished.|
It was exciting to see new construction and maintenance throughout the
With five new rides and numerous improvement projects in the works, it looks like 2012 will be a fantastic season.