Sunday - September 30th, 2012
Today marked a milestone in Great Adventure's history. After some 39 seasons of operation as a drive-thru park, the Wild Safari closed its doors to vehicular traffic on Sunday. Guests will no longer be able to jam into the family car and traverse the sprawling hills of the Safari. However, starting Memorial Day Weekend 2013 visitors to Great Adventure theme park will be able to explore and learn about our well stocked zoological center with a journey aboard the new Safari Off Road Adventure!
The photos below include an early morning visit to the Safari, an afternoon stroll through the theme park, and yet another tour of the Safari at closing hour. It wraps up with a look at the Safari Park after closing including a video of the last cars exiting the park and the Safari gates being locked for the last time.
Thank you Drive-Thru Safari for so many incredible memories!
July 1, 1974 - September 30, 2012
|The last chance for a morning Safari.
|Balloons and music marked the occassion.
|Gift stands from Green Lantern and Bizarro have been set up as glow toy shops.
|The kids sure grow up fast don't they!
|Fred and Wilma in da house!
|El Toro - #1!
|Bugs Bunny sleeps with the fishes.
|Vacant Bizarro gift stand site.
|Paint ball one step closer to removal? One can only hope.
|Hurricane Harbor debris.
|I know I am getting older, but is he young?
|Promo for 2013 in the main entrance area.
|And now, some photos of my last tour of Great Adventure's Drive-Thru Safari (aka Six Flags Wild Animal Safari Park).
|Heading out of the park for the last time.
|The park officially closed while we were driving inside the park gates. When we finished the park entrance area was deserted.
|Kind of sad to see.
|The last two cars emerged at 6:29pm. It seems they were in competition to be the last car out.
Click below to view a brief video of the last cars
departing the Safari Park at 6:29pm on Sunday, September 30th, 2012.
|All locked up.
|Access to the former Safari Exploration Station area and the entrance and exits of the Safari will most likely be off-limits to regular guests in the future. We were the last to leave this area... already a ghost town.