Hot dogs are perhaps the most popular food for park and fair goers. When Great Adventure expanded for the 1975 season it made sense to add a hot dog stand to its food lineup as the park increased the number of dining facilities in response to the inaugural season's growing pains.
|With the 1975 season, Great Adventure expanded all around the park, including adding a major second flume ride at the end of the theme park opposite the popular Log Flume. Along with all the new attractions for the park several new food locations were added including the Junction Inn. The additional food options helped with the troublesome long lines experienced during the first season.
|The Junction Inn was
named for its proximity to the railroad station for the Great Train Ride
and the building was decorated with matching gingerbread trim. Like
several other food stands in the park, the core of the building was a
simple box. It featured open counters on three sides and a central
kitchen towards the rear. An overhanging roof around the perimeter of the
building was constructed to help protect the counters from the
The Junction Inn was more substantial looking than the other walk-up food stands with bulkier columns and a chunkier roof.
|Over time as the park continued
to expand and change, the menu of the Junction Inn also changed along with
the stand's name. For 1981, the Great Train Ride was removed and the former Junction Inn became the Seafood House.
For years park visitors could dine on fresh seafood including lobsters,
clams on the half shell, and fried shrimp.
In 1983, the Rotor ride was relocated to the right of the Seafood House which proved to be a draw to the food stand. The Rotor was later renamed Typhoon to better tie in with the water themed facility.
|A change to Red River Taco in 1992 was kind of an odd theming choice. While there was some connection to the adjoining Adventure Rivers' North America Rivers attraction, the building was quite a distance from the slide structure sitting instead next to the park's famous Skyride station.
|Nevertheless, the makeover of the structure was fairly extensive, really modernizing the appearance of the building. New wooden siding, stucco columns, and copper clad roofing gave the stand a completely new look. A backlit sign included an oversized cactus with the name of restaurant underlined by what appeared to be a deep blue river flowing just below the Red River Taco words.
|Everything about the building was updated including the menu boards and the adjoining patio dining area. Small tweaks were made to the appearance with each season as the stand's operating hours were sometimes limited as the area became less of a draw in later years resulting in reduced foot traffic.
For the 1996 season, the building went through
a complete remodel once more as the new Skull Mountain roller coaster
was built adjacent to it. The highly themed attraction featured an
overflow queue area that would wrap around the restaurant so the
building needed to take on the look of a mysterious jungle.
Skull Mountain's entrance queue actually divided the food stand into two counter service stands. A log fence paralleling the roller coaster's queue led right up to the front of the building allowing access for park guests on the left hand side of the counter and patrons waiting for Skull Mountain on the right hand side of the fence.
The menu changed once again with the new look, serving hot dogs just like when it first opened. The new look and menu lead to a new name, Mountain Dogs.
For the 1999 season, the name changed again to Subway Hot Dogs after the overflow queue for Skull Mountain was removed. This would be the final season for the Junction Inn building as it was replaced the following season with a new restaurant on the same site - Wok & Roll.
|Original Spotlight: June 15, 2012, Updated: June 30, 2021. GAH Reference#: FOOD-1975-004