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  1. Once again I am truly impressed with how Six Flags (and Great Adventure in particular) has lead the theme park industry on how to be creative and how to operate a park safely during this crazy pandemic. When most other parks have thrown in the towel, Great Adventure has forged ahead and thought outside of the box on how they can keep us entertained this year. Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience is another example of this!
    7 points
  2. Source: Six Flags Great Adventure
    6 points
  3. I think most people want Great Adventure specific merchandise rather than generic Six Flags branded merchandise.
    6 points
  4. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to join some friends on a trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts for 3 new parks! Our plan was to stop by Lake Compounce for a few hours one day, spend the following day at SFNE and visit Quassy on the way back home to NJ. Lake Compounce was first on Friday, and it was a very clean looking park! It reminded me of BGW in some ways with the really nice landscaping and flowers. Our main priority was to ride Boulder Dash, but we started with Wildcat. This one was super rough and wound up being my least favorite new coaster on the trip. Talk about setting the bar low! I can appreciate the history, but I feel lucky that I somehow came off w/o any back pain. One ride on that, plus one each on Phobia and Ghost Hunt. We got a backrow and frontrow ride on Boulder Dash, and both were incredible! Great speed for a wooden coaster and the mountain-backdrop made it even better! 2 rides total on Boulder Dash before heading out, no Zoomerang and I was unable to ride the kiddie coaster. Saturday was the highlight day for me. Six Flags New England was one of the first I discovered outside of GAdv when I was little and would watch POVs on YT. Luckily, our group bought gold flashpasses which were upgraded to platinum for free as a perk w/ our memberships. The flashpass was a must for a Saturday visit and really helped us get to every open coaster (only Goliath was closed). One thing I really appreciated about this park over GAdv was that virtually every DC-themed ride was in the same area. And what an awesome ride collection it was with an excellent mix of flats and coasters! We ate at JB's BBQ for lunch and the pulled pork fries were awesome! One minor nitpick on the park was that we noticed a lot of employees allowing their coworkers to use the flashpass line, which obviously ate into some of our time and probably cost us a few extra rides on Superman and WiCy (an amazing 1-2 punch at the park and 2 new favorites for me). After spending a good chunk of change for the flashpass, it would've been nice to know only the people who paid for those passes were utilizing the lines. In my past experiences working at GAdv, I know employees could get into serious trouble for doing something like that. Final ride count: 1x ea. on Stampede Bumper Cars, Great Chase, Catwoman Whip, Gotham City Gauntlet, Supergirl Sky Flyer, Riddler Revenge, Batman the Dark Knight, Cyborg Hyper Drive, Joker, Thunderbolt, Pandemonium, Flashback & New England Sky Screamer. 4x ea. on Superman and Wicked Cyclone. Our last stop on our drive home was Quassy. I didn't do much research into this park, but again like so much else on the trip, I was pleasantly surprised! It was cool to see a similar ticket system like the ones at the nearby boardwalk parks, but we were only there to ride Wooden Warrior and Little Dipper. Little Dipper packed more of a punch than expected, but the real highlight was Wooden Warrior. This thing hauls and makes me more excited to get out to Sesame Place and try out Oscar's Wacky Taxi. 1 ride each on Quassy's 2 coasters. Here's a fun fact: our gas for the entire trip ($30) cost less than our 4 large drinks at Quassy (~$32)! Overall, I was lucky to gain 16 new credits on this trip to bring me up to 87. Not a ton in comparison to some of my other friends, but I'm slowly inching closer to 100! I highly recommend a similar trip to anyone looking to try out the coasters of the New England area, this was a fun one!
    4 points
  5. 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
    4 points
  6. Hi everyone. I visited the park this past Friday, but I never posted my trip report because I've been busy every day since then (also, because I apparently wasn't the only one from this website who was at the park that day) Despite the CHILLY weather and reduced capacity, there was a sizeable number of guests at the park. After entering the park at 10:45-ish, my mother and I first went to Superman. It had a 45 minute wait since there was only one train operating, and also because it broke down for a bit. After some lunch at the Yum Yum Cafe, we went on the Big Wheel (which still has separate lines for parties of 2-4 and parties of 4+) and The Dark Knight (which still has no pre-show for obvious reason). I immediately noticed a number of independent food trucks all over the park and various minor changes, such as the new Guest Services location next to the old Chiller observatory. Jersey Devil's construction is coming along nicely. The station is about halfway finished and the queue will probably next on their to-do list. Also, the walkway between El Toro and Kingda Ka (which were both closed by the way) is open and is now home to a sea lion, two cheetahs, and a surprisingly non-nocturnal owl. We tried to get on Zumanjaro, which was testing at various points throughout the day, but the ride operators basically admitted "this is gonna take a long time to fix", so we just rode Bizarro instead (5-10 minute wait). The ugly weather was getting to be too much, so we just finished up with quick rides on Nitro and Cyborg (which is open after spending all of 2020 SBNO). We left around 4PM, which I think is the earliest we went home from the park in the 15 years we've been regularly going. The day wasn't too horrible, but I don't anticipate visiting again until after Jersey Devil opens. Also, I DID get my 2nd vaccine shot three days after this visit, so I definitely feel more confident about going to theme parks and other big events now, but I'll just until the new coaster is ready. Final ridecount: Nitro 1x Bizarro 1x Superman 1x Dark Knight 1x Big Wheel 1x Cyborg 1x Here are my photos: https://imgur.com/gallery/ZU0Dd2j Here are some of my favorites: Thanks for reading!
    4 points
  7. With the park’s opening weekend, we got to see many exciting views of the ride, and it looks absolutely fantastic! Here are a few of the photos I took this weekend of the ride
    4 points
  8. The long awaited 2021 Theme Park Map is here. Click below to see the new park lineup!
    4 points
  9. Based on information from the Ocean County Clerk's Office, back in December 2020, Six Flags sold land to Cardinale Jackson Crossing Associates for $7,775,823. This is the same company responsible for the Adventure Crossing development across from Wawa on Route 537. I thought that all the land had already been sold to them. However, you can see in the attached image, the area in blue is the additional land that was sold back in December. The land area is 91.41 acres in total. SF_DeedSale.pdf
    4 points
  10. Some bad news and some good news to share... The bad news, Six Flags Over Georgia has officially removed their skyride, meaning Great Adventure has the last remaining skyride of all the Six Flags parks. The good news is any salvageable parts are coming to GA to help keep our Skyride running. The BEST news, I just got confirmation from one of the techs who worked on it that Great Adventure's Skyride just got finished being re-cabled yesterday! That means it should be fairly safe from removal for another few years!!! Here's the picture he posted on Facebook:
    4 points
  11. Hey everyone! This last semester I took an Electronic Media Production class at my University, and our final assignment was to make a video project about any topic we chose. Of course it seemed like Great Adventure would be a perfect topic for me and something that would be really easy and fun to talk about. We were limited to about 2 minutes, but after this assignment I feel like I could make a whole series! Covid has impacted so much, and it was certainly interesting to do so many of my college classes online. I decided a nice tie-in to make the assignment topical was to discuss how GAdv was handling safety protocols. I decided to call the short "Do the Six at Great Adventure". The goal of the production was to tell a story and use different shot-placement and interview techniques. I hope you all enjoy it, and I'll update everyone when I have a grade back for it! 1870614436_DoTheSixatGreatAdventure(COMM324FinalProd.).mp4
    4 points
  12. I would LOVE to see a Timber-town retheme where Safari kids currently is, I think it would fit in nicely in the area! (The Jersey Devil is also located within the pine barrens so I think they’d work well near each other!)
    4 points
  13. This would definitely elevate that section of the park. It’s the only lakefront area in the park and I’d love to see it be more special and appreciated.
    4 points
  14. I attended the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru last night, and I really enjoyed my visit! Here are some of the photos I took throughout the drive!
    4 points
  15. Imagine dressing the area up with something like the landscaping below. The original name of that section of the park, Woodland Gardens, could even make a return!
    4 points
  16. Hello everyone! Yesterday was a fun day at the park with fantastic weather (around mid-60s) and relatively short wait times. My mother and I entered the park around 1:30 and first went on Justice League, which had literally just opened up (we were 2nd train of the day). Next was Wonder Woman (20 minute wait including a fast recovery from technical difficulties) then the Dark Knight -with no pre-show and partially in the light due to the necessary ventilation, which was interesting. I was able to get a good look at the Jersey Devil from the footbridge connecting Safari Kids and LT Seaport. There appears to be a bunch of new track pieces placed on the ground pretty much ready to be added any day now. After 2 simultaneous rides on Joker, we waltzed over to the Boardwalk and rode the Parachutes, which had just opened up a 2nd side for the day as we got on line. After dinner at Johnny Rockets, the sun was down and all of the lights were on full blast. My mother was too tired to ride anything else so she bought a souvenir ornament and called it a day. I decided to go on Swashbuckler then SkyScreamer (each with a 20-25 minute wait) then two rides on Nitro, which had 2 trains running. The 1st time, it had just re-opened from technical troubles, so the wait was only 15 minutes; the 2nd time I just used a skip-the-line pass so it was a walk-on (thank goodness for that membership upgrade due to covid). Unlike my previous visit during Hallowfest, I noticed that all of the ride operators and employees made much more of an emphasis on enforcing social distancing on the lines, which was a good step forward. However, I saw LESS emphasis on mask enforcement. I saw at least a dozen people on ride lines throughout the day with masks under their chins (even one person with no mask at all- until I reminded him). I guess you can't have it all. Regardless, the park experience in general was very nice and they've continued to adapt pretty well to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. 5 out of 6 Flags. Final Ridecount: Nitro 2x Joker 2x Dark Knight 1x SkyScreamer 1x Swashbuckler 1x Wonder Woman 1x Justice League 1x Parachutes 1x Here are my pictures: http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Forums/index.php?/gallery/album/1598-november-21-2020/ Here of some of my highlights from yesterday:
    4 points
  17. Here is the 2020 Holiday in the Park Map & Guide! View the pamphlet layout page HERE.
    4 points
  18. Got some footage of the area on Sunday -
    4 points
  19. Hey guys! This is my first time going to the park since early April, and since Jersey Devil opened to the public. I was only in the park from about 10-4:30 PM, and even though it was a holiday, the crowds weren't as horrible as I thought. Obviously, my first stop was Jersey Devil, which I was able to go on twice, each with a wait under 10 minutes. I was lucky enough to get the front seat for my 1st ride, and I was put toward the back the 2nd time, which I preferred since it felt smoother. I also got a peak at Lil Devil (the coaster formerly known as Road Runner Railway) and it looks ready to launch for Fright Fest; There's even a train placed in the new station ready to go! Speaking of which, there's already been a lot of prep work for Fright Fest: many decorations/props are set up in addition to the entrances of several Terror Trails. I doubt that I will personally be able to go to Fright Fest this year (work and Covid precautions and whatnot), so I'm glad I got to see a glimpse of everything. Nitro was down for a while at the start of the day, so my mother and I went on Batman The Ride and the Big Wheel together, then I did Wonder Woman and The Joker solo while she rested. The weather was overall pleasant (mid-80s I think), but the sun was certainly a-blazing. Shortly before I boarded Joker, I saw a kid (accompanied by 2 friends) who legitimately passed out from sunstroke. Like, straight up falling face-first about five feet in front of me. Fortunately, there was a young lady right behind me in line who was an RN, and she helped that guy get back to his senses before the paramedics arrived. I wish I could have helped, but I couldn't call 911 or anything like that because I had to leave my phone (and my other loose articles) in the Joker lockers. God, I hate that policy. Surprisingly, I saw that same guy as I left the park, and he said he was feeling much better. Eventually, my mother left the park early to beat the heat. I rode Bizarro twice (which had 3 trains, but the slowest ride operators in the entire park), Runaway Train, and Kingda Ka before I left. Also, I made sure to snag one of those awesome CoasterDynamix model kits, specifically the Medusa one. As far as older coaster models, they also had one for Great American Scream Machine too, which I thought was fantastic. All they need now is Rolling Thunder. Final Ridecount: Jersey Devil 2x Bizarro 2x Ka 1x Joker 1x Batman 1x Wonder Woman 1x Big Wheel 1x Photos should be down below: Happy Labor Dabor, everyone!
    3 points
  20. Do you remember waiting at the ropes near the fountain for the green light to bolt to your first ride of the morning? It was a mad dash and the weak and timid were left in the dust!
    3 points
  21. The membership is a good deal. and $49.99 is great for a pass in 2021. I'm spoiled with the incentive to use it in any park. I'm just a bitter old man who is resistant to change
    3 points
  22. I may have shared this before but what the heck. I was on a date with who turned out to be my wife. We were in my pick up truck and a few of the monkeys wanted a ride so they sat around the rails of my truck bed. We thought that was great. As we approached the end of the section, they all jumped off and went about their day. Well all but one, he decided to try and make a break for it by laying down in the bed of the truck. We reached the keeper near the gate and he came over to my truck and chased the stowaway out so we could move on. We thought we might have a new pet that day.
    3 points
  23. This view gives you a good idea of the size of Great Adventure. Look how far off Kingda Ka is in the distance!
    3 points
  24. The sign finally went up and Safari Kids is now officially Jr. Thrillseekers! With the start of revamping the kids section this year, what could be instore for next season? Source: Joe Dudek fb
    3 points
  25. 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
  26. There will not be one common announcement day for Six Flags this year. Some parks may not have announcements.
    3 points
  27. 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
  28. 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.
    3 points
  29. Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples below:
    3 points
  30. The Jersey Devil Statue has arrived on site of the Jersey Devil Coaster! (Not my photo)
    3 points
  31. Still not as bad as Disney announcing Tron for the Magic Kingdom back in 2017 and Universal opening both Hagrid‘s AND Velocicoaster first.
    3 points
  32. Happy Thursday! Here is a photo of JDC I captured from the Skyway!
    3 points
  33. As some of you may have seen, the park provided a photo of the ride operator panel interface for JDC today. Below you can see what I believe will be close to the correct format for the main operator panel, complete with switch keys, stop and start buttons, a screen, and more! I think it is also interesting to note the design as the background of the panel that seems to resemble an eerie, misty forest. A FEW THINGS TO NOTE: THIS PANEL LAYOUT IS NOT CONFIRMED. The panel in the photo was wrapped in plastic, so it was a bit difficult to decipher the different parts of the panel. Some of these parts I am confident are correct while others I am not so sure about; I am confident they are on the panel but the placement in this schematic may not be accurate. PRIVATE INFORMATION WAS NOT SOURCED. This schematic was created based on common knowledge and several reference photos that I have linked below. Not all reference photos are linked, but the main ones I used are. These reference photos are public and can be found on public search engines. Some of the sources down there are with a deeper read too! **NOT AN OFFICIAL SCHEMATIC. RECREATION BY XENITH.WAV C. 2021** Some of my references: https://themeparkreview.com/forum/uploads/monthly_2012_03/31201_1356264219178_1008630114_30858483_496674_n.jpg.248d084bd39b455557bf99104e19c9c1.jpg https://i.redd.it/fzzgmmctahz01.jpg https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FIrvineOndreyEngineering%2Fphotos%2Fa.475305665826794.115576.474347982589229%2F1749836401707041%2F%3Ftype%3D3%26theater&psig=AOvVaw1USnXQ32TCaEjys7U2_25N&ust=1616901202082000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMj978HAz-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD [Jersey Devil Coaster] Construction Update 3/26/21. New this week! Adding more subgrade, installation of the electrical panel, and the operator panel has made it to the station area. Can you guess what the last picture is? (Six Flags Great Adventure Twitter) : rollercoasters (reddit.com) (This is also great to read a bit more in depth about the ride's possible computer system)
    3 points
  34. The new 2021 rack brochure (card) has been added to our Great Adventure Publications page. Click the image below to see the pamphlet.
    3 points
  35. According to the schedule, they will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
    3 points
  36. Here I am live with pictures!
    3 points
  37. Got some great gifts this year! Merry Christmas!
    3 points
  38. A big part of the problem is that some of the walkways are going on 47 years old. Just like sidewalks in a town, sometimes they need to be replaced especially given the foot traffic that some of the pathways endure. I just hope that when it does happen, they use concrete and not asphalt. Concrete is so much nicer and stamped concrete to match a theme is even better.
    3 points
  39. People roast marshmallows and make s'mores all the time in the summer. At Disney all the hotels have gas fire pits and sell s'mores kits to use in them all year long (at least in pre-covid times).
    3 points
  40. Hurricane Harbor needs a bit of a facelift. The theme elements have deteriorated and it just needs some sprucing up.
    3 points
  41. Looney Tunes Seaport/Wiggles World/Safari Kids REALLY needs an update! The few attractions left are a mish mash of leftover theme elements and really need updating, along with re-installing the kids coaster.
    3 points
  42. The new Security screenings really improve the efficiency of getting in the park. Let's hope they stick around!
    3 points
  43. Bring back the cannons and add a smoke effect while we are at it!
    3 points
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