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  1. Since the name is basically confirmed now, this is now the first "mini" version of a bigger coaster since "Lil Thunder", right? EDIT: Also, the spotlight for the Taz's Trucking Co./Safari Tours kids ride should be updated since Lil' Devil will be in its old spot now. http://greatadventurehistory.com/KidVehicles.htm#BigRC
  2. THAT'S surprising. I always thought that they simply couldn't run at the same time because of all the sheer mass exerted on the structure from both rides. What was the actual reason they couldn't do this until now?
  3. I knew they would re-utilize the El Diablo statue! No way they would send something that cool to Quebec with the rest of the ride.
  4. 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!
  5. I randomly stumbled on this, so I apologize if it's been posted before. Someone posted the audio of one of the 1981 concerts of the Marshall Tucker Band at the park (that day with the record-breaking attendance):
  6. ^The highlighted letters are T, H, U, and V in the 2nd post. In the first post they were D, R, I, and E. All together they spell "Drive Thru"... Holiday Lights comeback?
  7. 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:
  8. Hi everyone! This is my first visit to the park since 2019, and boy, how things have changed! My mother and I went to the Safari Drive-Thru (which I never thought would be a thing again after 2012) at noon and were done in about 45 minutes. It was nice to see all the animals again (including the monkeys) right before they go back in to hibernation after this weekend. Our reservation for the park was at 2PM sharp and we had no problem getting in. The entrance was swift and efficient and the employees did a good job of enforcing the masks on all the guests. I can't the same for social distancing on all the queues, however. As much as we tried to space ourselves away from the people ahead & behind us on all the rides we went on, I still felt sandwiched by guests who didn't seem to care at all. Anyway, the two of us went on Nitro then Batman, and even though they were walk-ons with no lines, the staff didn't let us re-ride like usual (for admittedly obvious reasons). Also, I could see pieces of Jersey Devil and every piece of Road Runner Railway laid out, which leaves me to believe that they'll rebuild it somewhere else eventually. Next, we went to Mama Flora's under the impression that we had to use our Dining Pass lunches by 3PM like normally, but the man behind the counter said we can use them any time of the day (up to an hour before the park closes) to my surprise. We went on the Big Wheel next, basically so we could digest our lunches properly. Next was Superman, which had a sizeable line since the guests weren't using the entire queue at first, but it got much worse by the time we got off, so we lucked out. After that, my mother went to rest in the car and ended up staying there for the rest of the day. Good thing she did, since the crowds got worse as the sun went down, like they always do in Autumn. I was only able to ride Bizarro (twice), Kingda Ka (albeit with technical difficulties that occurred only two trains ahead of me) and El Toro, which had a 30-minute wait on the express line even though I had a skip-the-line pass. I redeemed my free ticket for a walk-through maze, but never ended up using it because it got too late at night between Ka breaking down & the long El Toro line. I did buy the Nanocoaster of El Toro before I left, and saw that they already had plenty of Jersey Devil merch, including shirts with the monster on it (which looks like Darth Maul). Ride count: Bizarro 2x El Toro 1x Kingda Ka 1x Nitro 1x Superman 1x Batman 1x Big Wheel 1x The entire album of photos (over 100 pics) can be found here: https://imgur.com/a/69QX9Zh Here are some highlights:
  9. Also, anyone with a Diamond Membership gets one free maze ticket. I didn't realize that until just now because I was upgraded to Diamond recently thanks to the Covid-19 debacle.
  10. Good to see that the safety precautions will continue into the fall. Maybe the winter will follow? Also, I hope the name change isn't permanent. I get that they want to indicate that things will be VERY different this year, but I think the name "Fright Fest" is too iconic to discard outright.
  11. Awesome update. I'm planning to go to both the park & safari on the 27th and I haven't seen much on the web so far of how the park is operating so far, so thank you. I wasn't expecting so many side attractions (like the arcade games for instance) to be completely fenced off. Also, since the Coke Freestyle building is closed this year, do you know if the freestyle soda machine at the Sky Bar still available?
  12. As of right now, the website is only accepting reservations up until Sunday, July 26th. I'm planning to go On July 27th, so I guess I'll have to wait a few days to make my reservation.
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