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  1. I hate not being able to link my source due to conflicts with my job, but pre-pandemic I am almost positive a family coaster was planned for the area. Would explain the construction manager and staff inspecting the area. Take this with a grain of salt, though.
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  2. Normally around this time of year, we would all be speculating about what Six Flags will be adding for the 2021 season. However, that is obviously not the case this year, but instead I wanted to speculate about something else related to the technical 2021 new attraction at the park, JERSEY DEVIL COASTER. @EasternThrills and I have been speculating for a while that construction on the new coaster would start up again around Labor Day, which would be the following weekend after this upcoming one. However, there remains minimal construction equipment on site aside from some boom-lifts and miscellaneous vehicles. One of those Bay Crane's was on site a few weeks ago, but I believe that has since been removed from the site. The giant TREX crane being used to hoist all of the steel track and support pieces into the air is not on site either. From what I have seen going in person to the construction site, shipments are still actively coming into the park. Just recently, steel structure for the station and storage shed has arrived and is staged on site at the foot of the crows nest. Likewise, a new set of steel trusses have arrived for the storage shed. The steel for both the station and storage shed is a metallic grey color, which should compliment the coaster's color scheme very nicely. Next to Nitro's drop is also more track pieces, which were the base of the lift, lift hill, and lift hill crest from what I could make out. I also noticed the slider tracks for the transfer in that area, as well as some more catwalks (most likely for the lift). I also noticed some rusty brown looking catwalks, which could be for the storage shed. I can even remember seeing a lift motor, if I am not mistaken, as well as the lift chain. In this case, it appears the park is in possession of more than 75% of the tangible aspects of the project, as they have virtually all track pieces and support columns, as well as most of the transfer-track pieces, catwalks, and other structural components (station and storage shed pieces) for the project. Below I've attached some pictures of the new steel shipments: Look at all of that grass starting to come in! Some of these bolts on the storage shed foundation are interesting; same with the three pier caps inside the shed with no columns on them. Probably for some sort of structure. That rust on some of the columns doesn't look too good either. Notice how low this station is; this will easily be one of the lower coaster stations in the park (excluding the indoor coasters), only higher than Harley Quinn and Joker. This station doesn't look to be more than 10 feet off the ground, comparable to the height of Kingda Ka's station I'd say. Some steel ties on the first set of storage columns, possibly for some steel-wire netting under the track. This site is so eerie, as it looks like everyone booked it out and left everything behind back when Murphy ordered the construction halt in April. Still rolls of duct tape and boxes of nails scattered everywhere as if the workers were expecting to come back within the next few weeks, but they never did. While walking through Adventure Seaport, I had also noticed some interesting things in the Safari Kids section adjacent to Nitro's front entrance. The fountain in this area has been repainted, and its new color scheme looks much better. I also noticed what appeared to be a ride supervisor, construction manager, and another Great Adventure staff member standing at the fence of the former Safari Tours. Of course, I immediately came to the conclusion that they were talking about plans for the vacant plot, but they could just be enjoying a casual conversation. Just something to keep an eye on, especially since a new/renovated kids area is being rumored as the park's next addition. Taking all of this into consideration, the project is still very much active but the site of work itself is not. It is hard to pinpoint an exact date for construction to start up again, but I'd anticipate crews to start construction anywhere from Labor Day to the beginning of Hallowfest. I am still uncertain as to the status of the workers, however, whether some where furloughed or just refused to work at all due to the worsening pandemic. Nonetheless, I really hope that construction can start again soon so that JDC will hopefully be ready to go around opening day of the park or spring break.
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