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1974 Yearbook - Season #1 - The Original Park


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Thank you for a great update. As one of the opening seasons cast members it truly was one of the best seasons and I'm proud to have been part of it- cfreating that magical place Mr. LeRoy envisioned. :hot_air_balloon:

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Thanks for all the feedback!

 

We are happy to hear that you like the Yearbook page! We have been fooling around with layouts for this for years and we are happy to finally roll out the first page. We think the design will allow us to easily add additional content as we receive it.

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New to the GAH Archives, a set of pre-opening press photos!

 

Arthur Thuijs puts some finishing touches on some of his model buildings destined for installation in the Garden of Marvels.

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A female employee gets measured for her new uniform in the costuming design office.

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Actors audition for one of the many shows and street performer troops that will welcome guests on opening day.

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Governor Brendan Byrne and his family are welcomed to a special sneak preview of the park hosted by Warner LeRoy.

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The exact first season's closing date has always been a little gray.  After some research, the following has been determined.  

 

The park was first scheduled to be open until Sunday December 1st with weekend operations in November including black Friday, November 29th.  On November 14th the park published the following ad announcing that for the last three weekends free admission for kids was being offered.  

 

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However, just a week later on November 21st, the park published a new advertisement saying the park was closed for the season and would reopen in April 1975.  The park's last operating day in 1974 was Sunday, November 17th.  Why the season was cut short by two weeks remains a mystery but one can assume that it was because of low attendance and/or staffing issues during those last few days.  

 

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Here is a cool picture of the gates to the park closed during the first off-season!

 

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After a little research and a conversation with two of the park's original 1974 operation managers, it seems that the abrupt stop to extending the first season into December was caused by a restriction that the Switliks had regarding the park being open around the holidays.  An agreement of sorts was made that the park would not be open during the weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This coupled with the fact that attendance had slumped off dramatically caused the shortened season. 

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