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Fro the official Six Flags Great Adventure website:

 

Glow in the Park Nightly Parade

 

Beginning Memorial Day 2008 you can bask in the glow of your favorite characters and custom - designed floats illuminate the night in this uniquely, themed parade. Watch in awe as drummers, puppeteers, singers, dancers and kinetic stilt walkers create an unparalleled nighttime fantasyland of sound, light and motion.

 

Glow in the Park features the latest parade technology and special effects and every element will be adorned with thousand of sparkling lights. The parade will bring the park streets to life like never before displaying dramatic state-of-the-art floats attracting and fascinating guests with the sounds of cirque-style music.

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I am looking forward to this parade as much as the new coaster. It will supposedly include 8 brand new floats as well as 60 performers. I would love to see GA really make an attraction of this parade by having a defined route with benches, banners, sound system, and lighting. One of the most impressive things about SpectroMagic at WDW or the Electrical Parade in California is when the music kicks off and the street lights go out.

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A posting on Theme Park Review about the recent IAAPA show includes an artist rendering of one of the floats for the Glow in the Park parade. If you head down to Six Flags in Mexico you can see the parade long before it debuts at GA. Their parade will start in March.

 

Gary Goddard Entertainment is partnering with Six Flags to design the parade. Their work includes T2-3D and The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Universal Orlando, the Georgia Aquarium, several Hershey attractions, as well as venues in Las Vegas to name just a few.

 

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The latest tidbit on Screamscape also mentions that the parade's creator has been involved with some of the floats in the Rose Parade. I have a good feeling about this parade!

 

2008 - Glow In The Park Parade - Confirmed - (1/16/08) We’ve got some new details about the new Glow In The Park parade being created for Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Mexico. The parade is being created by Gary Goddard Entertainment who is working with Raul Rodriguez to design the floats (known for his work with the Rose Parade floats) and the music score for the parade is being created by Benoit Jutras, a composer known to Cirque du Soleil fans for his work on O (Bellagio), La Nouba (WDW), Mystere (Treasure Island) as well as Dragone’s La Reve (Wynn). The night time parade will feature five major floats covered in lights and a cast full of singers, dancers, stilt-walkers, puppets and much more.
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The new 2008 Great Adventure pamphlet includes two artist renderings for the Glow in the Park parade floats

 

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Elsewhere, it was mentioned that the composer of the music for the parade has also worked on the score for Cirque du Soleil La Nouba at Walt Disney World. You can here a sampling of the music from that show HERE in the "Listen to Samples" area.

 

I am really looking forward to this parade! I am so happy the park has decided to add a night time entertainment option, especially since the fireworks were discontinued.

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WHile they do seem to be coaster oriented now more than ever, they could be taking some steps in the right direction with items like the dark knight being elaborately themed and a possible reworking of old country through the next few years. I would love to see GA as a full fledged theme park which I feel it certainly has the potential to be.

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Theme parks are places with elaborate themeing and darkrides for me. Not a bad direction for GA to move , but they have none yet.

 

Well-themed areas of Six Flags Great Adventure,

The World's Largest Seasonal Theme Park:

 

1. Frontier Adventures

2. Plaza Del Carnaval

3. The Golden Kingdom

 

I'm not saying SFGA is of Busch caliber by any means, but I do think the park is above the generic "Amusement Park" level of a Coney Island, Dorney or Clementon...

 

And, speaking of Busch, BGE may not have had a dark ride until Curse of DarKastle, but that park has, since it's inception, been the epitome of a theme park.

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Plaza Del Carnaval and The Golden Kingdom are nice areas of the park (opened by Premier.) Frontier Adventures, The Lakefront, Boardwalk and Main Street look nice too. Fantasy Forest, Old Country and a different concept for Movie Town could look wonderful.

 

I think of the Spash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion and Jurassic Parks of the world when I think of theme park attractions. This is where I go to see a theme park parade. These parks are pretty well-rounded experiences without the parade. SFGAdv (and most Six Flags parks) have some work to do.

 

The old Paramount Parks and the Busch parks have some nice areas but to me, they're still coaster parks. They've come a long way in heading in the direction to becoming theme parks, but they're still on the level of a Six Flags park. They just keep their rides longer and looking better.

 

I think the parade is Six Flags and Great Adventure usual way of putting the cart before the horse. Much like the dancers in the Spirit of the Tiger show, all the side-show acts of 2006 and the Kingda Ka queue, it's window dressing on an unfinished house. When people think of Six Flags and Great Adventure, they think rides first. Once SF/GAdv stops p.o'ing the people off by removing more family rides than they add, the families will come back.

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Plaza Del Carnaval and The Golden Kingdom are nice areas of the park (opened by Premier.) Frontier Adventures, The Lakefront, Boardwalk and Main Street look nice too. Fantasy Forest, Old Country and a different concept for Movie Town could look wonderful.

 

I think of the Spash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion and Jurassic Parks of the world when I think of theme park attractions. This is where I go to see a theme park parade. These parks are pretty well-rounded experiences without the parade. SFGAdv (and most Six Flags parks) have some work to do.

 

The old Paramount Parks and the Busch parks have some nice areas but to me, they're still coaster parks. They've come a long way in heading in the direction to becoming theme parks, but they're still on the level of a Six Flags park. They just keep their rides longer and looking better.

 

I think the parade is Six Flags and Great Adventure usual way of putting the cart before the horse. Much like the dancers in the Spirit of the Tiger show, all the side-show acts of 2006 and the Kingda Ka queue, it's window dressing on an unfinished house. When people think of Six Flags and Great Adventure, they think rides first. Once SF/GAdv stops p.o'ing the people off by removing more family rides than they add, the families will come back.

 

You are entitled to your opinions, and we are entitled to ours. Just remember, this is a fan site.

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