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  1. I made it to the park and I did get pictures of Excalibur. I went back after reading your message to try for better shots but it was closed. I didn't go to the Arch but I can see it from my hotel. It is right a crossed the river from where I ma staying. I did get gipped on the view. My room daces the opposite direction from the arch. my room faces the blank wall of the casino I am working at. Had I been a crossed the hall i would have been able to look out my window and see it. I fly home today and right back out on a flight to Peoria on Monday. No Six Flags there. I will try to sort through the pictures I took and do some kind of a trip report soon.
    3 points
  2. I had not been to the park since November 2019. On that visit, I would have never thought that not only my next visit would be over a year and a half later but it would also be my final visit to the park (at least for a long time). I found out in March that I was moving to Florida and have been there for a few weeks now. I was able to get to Hersheypark twice and Great Adventure once this spring before leaving. Normally a Friday in May would mean low crowds with just some school trips and walk ons mostly all day. It was more crowded than expected but still not too bad. It was a little strange entering the park that I wouldn't be returning and I wanted to try to get all my favorite rides in. I started at El Toro first. This is probably going to be my most missed ride. Nitro is my favorite ride in the park but there is Mako at Sea World and nothing like El Toro in Florida. I had heard it was running rougher than previous years but I found it mostly smooth. As usual, the air time was great. I missed Zumajaro on most of my visits in 2019 and was looking forward to riding the drop tower again. There is no drop tower that I have tried that is even close to as good as Zumanjaro. I got assigned the 3rd row at Kingda Ka and it wasn't too rough. Saw Mill Log Flume was fun with the multiple drops. Bizarro is still my favorite floorless coaster. It's so smooth and the added effects are fun. I took the Skyway over to the other side of the park and went to Skull Mountain. Unfortunately the skull figure had the lights turned off and all of the other theming was not lit. Nitro was excellent as usual. Smooth and great floater air time. After The Dark Knight I went to Justice League. This is another ride I am really going to miss especially because Busch Gardens and Sea World have no interactive dark rides and Sea World only has Journey To Atlantis (unless Antarctica reopens). I rode twice since there was no wait. SkyScreamer was next and the ride cycle is so much better compared to Six Flags Over Georgia's version. Harley Quinn Crazy Train had no wait and I finished the regular operating hours with the Parachutes. Power Hours is an amazing deal. $4.99 for hours of coasters with little to no lines is great. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stay for the event at all but bought the ticket just in case. I rode El Toro 2 more times with no wait and Runaway Mine Train that had been closed for the rest of the time I had been in the park. I would have stayed for a few more hours but wasn't able to but was still glad to get the extra 3 rides in. Walking out of the park was a little sad especially since losing Great Adventure plus Hersheypark, Dorney Park and Knoebels is tough. Busch Gardens Tampa is a nice park but it's still a major downgrade for a home park compared to Great Adventure or Hersheypark. Besides there not being as many coasters, there are almost no flat rides. I just am glad from 2008 - 2015 I was able to visit Great Adventure so often, visiting the park 28 times in 2015 and also being able to still visit a few times a year from 2016 - 2019 and am also thankful for all the happy memories the park gave me. Ride Count: El Toro, 3 Zumanjaro, 1 Kingda Ka, 1 Log Flume, 1 Bizarro, 1 Skyway, 1 Skull Mountain, 1 Nitro, 1 The Dark Knight, 1 Justice League, 2 SkyScreamer, 1 Harley Quinn Crazy Train, 1 Parachutes, 1 Runaway Mine Train, 1 Final Ride Count: Nitro - 594 Batman - 122 Superman - 116 Medusa/Bizarro – 201 Kingda Ka - 139 Skull Mountain - 427 Rolling Thunder Right - 40 Rolling Thunder Left – 38 Runaway Mine Train – 287 The Dark Knight - 199 Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train/Harley Quinn Crazy Train - 142 Great American Scream Machine – 65 Green Lantern - 126 El Toro - 74 The Joker - 3
    3 points
  3. There's been so many good reviews and write-ups about Jersey Devil here so I just wanted to add one more to the mix. Here's an article I put together from media day. Looking forward to your feedback! Link to article: The Devil is in the Details | Jersey Devil Coaster That is!
    3 points
  4. There will not be one common announcement day for Six Flags this year. Some parks may not have announcements.
    2 points
  5. I would start with management, most company problems are caused by poor management. Poorly ran companies often have a difficult time attracting and keeping employees due to having bad reputations.
    2 points
  6. Jersey Devil Coaster has re-opened, and it’s running great!!
    2 points
  7. https://gvwire.com/2021/07/15/is-six-flags-over-fresno-the-real-deal-developer-looking-at-sites/
    2 points
  8. They could set it up like a toll booth and call it FlashPath.
    2 points
  9. This is a terrible graphic I quickly threw together but it is interesting to see that Magic Mountain's RMC version looks like it could have been originally designed for GA. The only thing they would have needed to remove is the old Looney Tunes Seaport bridge.
    2 points
  10. This pairs with my memories from the early 80's of the old "lockers", which were in a trailer outside the Front Gate. The lockers were a bunch of anodized aluminum baskets with laminated numbers held on with clothes pins. You rented your locker for the day and they gave you the basket to put your stuff in (usually your bagged lunch). They gave you a copy of the laminated number to hold all day and come back and get your stuff. I always remember the trailer smelled like warm peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The baskets were just like these: We'd get dropped off at the planter with a few dollars and lunch, spend a few hours riding rides, go out to the mall area and sit on the brick wall eating our sandwiches, go back and ride a few more rides, then get picked up in the late afternoon.
    2 points
  11. I am going to miss your GA trip reports Yoshi especially the ride counts. It is cool that you kept records of your visits for so long, even dating back to GASM days. By the numbers it is easy to see The Joker wasn't a favorite of yours! Looking forward to your trip reports from FLA.
    2 points
  12. Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
    2 points
  13. 2 points
  14. That was a fun promotion. I didn't get to participate. I couldn't keep a snowball in the freezer. Someone, lets call her mom, wouldn't let me.
    1 point
  15. Who remembers getting into Great Adventure for free on opening day 1984 if you brought a snowball? The special promotion tied into the introduction of the Sarajevo Bobsled which was new for that season.
    1 point
  16. Once I go to the parks for more than a short visit, I'll post some reports or maybe post 1 report for a few small trips. 2 weeks ago I went to Busch Gardens for 2 1/2 hours and again today for 2 hours riding Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, Montu, Log Flume and Sheikra but only took 1 picture.
    1 point
  17. According to SFGA, Fright Fest is returning in 2021!
    1 point
  18. Get a new governor. One that does NOT think it's his job to dictate to the businesses or citizens of the State what is a safe or unsafe environment in which to work. People are very capable of deciding for themselves where to work and when it's better to work than not work, and "safer" to work than not work. As long as you've relaxed requirements to collect unemployment and made it more advantageous to collect unemployment than to work (thereby making it safer to not work than to work for many people), you will have a very difficult time finding people to work.
    1 point
  19. This is similar to the Turbo Force up-charge ride we had in 2001/2002.
    1 point
  20. Had the opportunity to attend the media preview for Adirondack Outlaw at The Great Escape. This is definitely a fun new attraction that tower's over the park and provides some awesome views from the top. I put together an article about it and thanks to the park also have a full multi-cam on-ride with some extra drone shots. Would love to hear everyone's feedback and thoughts on this true new thrill ride at TGE. Thanks in advance for checking it out! Here's the full article: Ghost Town’s New Fugitive | Adirondack Outlaw Here's a quick link to the on-ride as well:
    1 point
  21. Going to miss your TRs as well, Yoshi! Hope you keep up the habit from Florida.
    1 point
  22. From what I was told by people who work there, even with higher lifeguard wages no one wants to work, leading to the capacity problems they have. Not to mention with a lot of underage lifeguards working, they can't work 40 hour weeks due to child labor laws, so even when they hire lifeguards, they may not be able to work as much as they need to. As of right now, the current workforce situation is just really tough and I honestly don't know how they could improve it in the moment, but in the future yes, hurricane harbor is very popular, too popular, and it seriously needs to expand more (somehow).
    1 point
  23. The C3PO imitation looks closer to the Ralph McQuarrie concept art for the character:
    1 point
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  25. That is a great video! The new ride seems so non-typical of what the park currently offers and by comparison looks very extreme. Maybe this is a test to see if it is popular and ultimately move from a mostly kids theme park to a thrill ride oriented one.
    1 point
  26. Yeah, I'm looking forward to going to a water park anytime of the year, especially since Aquatica looks like a really good water park (even though Adventure Island is a lot closer, their slide selection doesn't look as good and they have a more limited operating calendar). It just is taking some getting used to of the idea that my main waterpark season is going to be in the winter when crowds will be lower. I keep forgetting that and think, it's already July and I haven't been to a water park yet and it will be Labor Day in a few months and then remember that doesn't matter anymore. I'm not going to miss the snow at all.
    1 point
  27. Here is the only picture I have of the original locker trailer. It was located at the park's exit gates. You can see the Haunted Castle in the distance.
    1 point
  28. The Log Flume has reopened.
    1 point
  29. Six Flags Great Adventure has just announced Lil’ Devil Coaster, the park’s 14th roller coaster!
    1 point
  30. Agreed, I never call the park Six Flags and I know it’s not a big deal but I never like when it’s referred to as Six Flags only.
    1 point
  31. I live in Ocean County and get text notifications of what’s happening. I like that they refer to the park as Great Adventure and not Six Flags.
    1 point
  32. Who remembers sitting at the top of FreeFall waiting to hear the ominous buzzer which signaled you were about to drop down the tower?
    1 point
  33. I remember that Buzzer. I have a Durango that sometimes makes a similar sound when accelerating and I think of FreeFall every time it does.
    1 point
  34. HH really needed those additional restrooms. Shame they could not make it look a bit more like the original restrooms. I was there back in May on the first Sunday HH was open and all the attractions were open then, even the river. HH's lazy river has always had staffing issues since the water park first open.
    1 point
  35. If I'm not mistaken, Come Together also only lasted for the 1981 and 1982 seasons as well.
    1 point
  36. I hope an indoor show at the Showcase Theater returns this year for both Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.
    1 point
  37. You’re not! I appreciate that type of feedback because it helps us keep our menus and therefore content complete. An extra set of eyes is always useful so feel free to continue to let us know what you find or don’t find!
    1 point
  38. That’s interesting! We actually have four parade spotlights that we are looking to do. Not sure what happened to the placeholders on the menu but those will be back up there soon. Glow in the park is in the mix but still a little bit away. Good news is the hotel spotlight is close to being published.
    1 point
  39. And putting a quarter on my knee to see what would happen LOL
    1 point
  40. From Memorial Day Weekend - Footage Of Poltergeist breakdown near 7 minute mark
    1 point
  41. Six Flags Great Adventure’s entertainment team is looking for Scare/ Zombie Actors for this year’s Fright Fest! Click the link below for more details!! https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/events/fright-fest-scare-actor-zombie-auditions?fbclid=IwAR2cas8x0X7jPbVTC1Q0rE4VZWqar_Z32Jx9GzcNjygEgwuidGR_FWfczdU
    1 point
  42. I remember the gum trees. I was a bit of a party pooper I think. I remember thinking "That's disgusting. Put your gum in the trash. Someone is going to have to clean that up."
    1 point
  43. I just remember using them for milk once, and no matter how hard you try to clean them out, they get a sour milk smell.
    1 point
  44. I remember seeing a gum tree for the first time while in line for the Log Flume in 1974. As a kid, I was amazed at all the different color gum and surprised people were willing to stick their pennies in the gum. As a little kid in 1974 it seemed like there was a fortune on the tree.
    1 point
  45. I vaguely remember the "brigade"-but I really wish the GITP parade would come back!
    1 point
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