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  5. This is just one of many things that makes the Wild Safari the hidden gem of Six Flags Parks.
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  8. Power Rangers SFOG Log Jamboree logs or SFGA Saw Mill Logs?
  9. They're raising prices on admission-- the problem is the Six Flags business model is squeeze out more money and cut costs. It really DOES come down to an ad or no ride to them. Years ago I remember the ad sales department sold ad space on rides to "Tornados" spicy chips and sold advertising on the park's swing ride (not realizing the park had removed it years before). They found the next closest ride which was the Super Roundup (which was actually slated for removal as well), so it got painted and renamed with the sponsorship deal and it was spared. I have little doubt that M&Ms sponsorship is probably the main reason why the Skyride has not been removed (yet) when every other Six Flags park has removed theirs. There sometimes is a direct correlation between sponsorship and rides being kept (or at least maintained better). The Runaway Mine Train is one of the oldest rides in the park and has needed extensive work the past few years. Most likely sponsorship has helped pay for that needed work and kept the ride open.
  10. The idea that it's a choice between ads on rides or removing them is a little ridiculous. I would rather they raise admission prices and not shove advertisements in my face all day. That's the whole point of a theme park; to get away from that for a day, to forget about the outside world and be transported to a fantasy world. No one's fantasy is being bombarded by advertisements.
  11. I agree. Great Adventure was pretty nice when It came to not only the real estate acquisitions they made to somewhat satisfy the judgements against the Switliks, but even the personal property mentioned here. When you consider the entirety of the legal battle between the two parties (Hardwick and Switlik), I tend to agree with the final outcome ultimately reached by the Supreme Court. The crazy part, in my opinion, is that all of the problems between the two seem to have been created, not by Stanley Switlik, but by his son Richard. I get the impression that he had stuck his nose into his father's business (meaning the land sale to Hardwick) when his father was comfortable with what had been agreed upon with Hardwick, because Richard wanted the land himself.
  12. 1982 was my second season working at the park and I worked right next door to Pinball Parlor at Big Wheel Burger. I never really got into the whole PacMan craze or even video games other than at home (Atari, etc.). But, several of my friends from high school also worked at the park with me in food service and were into PacMan. But, I distinctly remember going with them to what was the Dream Street Arcade (Blue Tent) to play PacMan and other video games (Asteroids comes to mind). I don't recall ever stepping foot in Pinball Parlor until the 1985 season when I briefly worked graveyard in cash control and had to go in there when the park closed to collect money from the bill/token change machines.
  13. It is sad that the Switliks lost all their personal belongings like that but they sort of forced Great Adventure’s hand as the article states. I do think GA was kind when the house went up for auction. No other bidders made an offer so the park could’ve gotten the house for a steal but they paid the Switliks market value instead even though they didn’t have to.
  14. I remember when these arcades were announced for 1982 the park proclaimed that they were going to contain the world’s largest assortment of Pac-Man machines. I don’t think that ever happened because the number that they did have was not impressive.
  15. Miss Hardwick, an adult female giraffe at Great Adventure, gave birth in front of guests at the safari on April 14, 1982. Visitors who witnessed the live birth from the safari roadway "hoorayed and applauded" when the baby boy giraffe rose to his feet and partially walked to the giraffe barn with his mother. The newborn giraffe would be named Asbury, because an Asbury Park Press reporter observed the birth along with some of the safari's visitors. His mother, Miss Hardwick, was named after the company that originally developed GA (Hardwick Companies, Inc.).
  16. Following the destruction of the Fortune Festival games area in an off-season fire, GA rebuilt that games structure (renamed Goodtime Alley) and added another games building over next to Big Wheel Burger. With Bally Manufacturing now the parent company of Six Flags, the new games building housed many of Bally's electronic games and would be called Pinball Parlor.
  17. Miss Hardwick, one of Great Adventure's female giraffes, gave birth in front of guests to the safari on April 14, 1982. Those driving through the safari "hoorayed and applauded" when the baby boy giraffe rose to his feet and partially walked to the giraffe barns with his mother. The newborn giraffe was named Asbury, because an Asbury Park Press reporter observed the birth along with guests on the safari's roadway. His mother, Miss Hardwick, was named after the company that originally developed GA (Hardwick Companies, Inc.).
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  19. GA was really a pioneer in recycling. It must of been a proud moment when they were visited by Disney and the other parks for them to learn from Great Adventure.
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