SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (3/27/13) CoasterFusion has a nice opening day report from Six Flags Great Adventure. One interesting note stands out, they have removed all the speakers from the Bizarro trains and restored the back row to have 4 seats once again, removing the audio box that previously took up the center two seats in the last row.
(1/25/13) The new Dining Program add on for your Six Flags Great Adventure Season Pass will cost you $69.99, but provide you with a free lunch and dinner during every visit. Click here for the official details on how it works.
(11/19/12) I’ve posted a few rumors lately about how parks in both Six Flags and Cedar Fair may have been asked to each pick an older coaster for possible future removal. In virtually every case so far, the rumored ride selected for future removal has been a steel coaster, but in the case of Six Flags Great Adventure, I’m hearing that the park decided to put Rolling Thunder on the chopping block. What makes this interesting, is that the location of Rolling Thunder also opens up a large piece of park property for future development, stretching all the way over to the Kingda Ka tower. Makes more sense if they want to open up a big pathway down to the Kingda Ka tower to eventually put in a giant drop ride mounted to the back side.
Just a remainder… this does not mean Rolling Thunder is being removed now, or anytime soon. This is just a rumor that the park may opt to remove this older coaster at some point in the next five years or so for any number of reasons. Just a possibility… nothing more at this point.
(10/3/12) Six Flags Great Adventure held the “FestEVIL” concert at the park’s Northern Star Arena featuring about 20 bands on two stages. All was well until the very end of the night when the final band, Falling in Reverse, ended their set with the lead singer throwing several microphone stands off the stage and into the audience causing multiple injuries. The lead singer was later arrested with assault charges.
(8/8/12) Behind the Thrills has a new report from SFGAdv showcasing the Zombie Takeover outbreak event that took place at the park last weekend.
(7/30/12) A 12-year old New Jersey boy now has something in common with Fabio… being struck in the face by a bird whiling riding a roller coaster. In this case, the boy was struck whiling riding in the front of Kingda Ka during the return trip to the station. Fortunately for him, they believe he was just struck by a pigeon, compared to Fabio who was hit in the face by a goose back in 1999. Click here to see some pictures of the aftermath.
2013 - Safari Off Road Adventure - (5/13/13) A picture of the new station for the Safari Off-Road Adventure attraction was posted to Twitter here.
Adventure this weekend and sent in some new pictures of the new Sarari Off-Road Adventure construction site next to the log flume. Speaking of which, they also noted that a section of the flume has been temporarily removed, more than likely to allow construction vehicles easier access.
(4/29/13) Just in case anyone is worried about the new Safari Off-Road Adventure attraction not having enough capacity, the local news reports that Six Flags has bought 18 of the 5-ton trucks used to carry guests through the animal exhibit area, each one able to hold 30 guests. The tour is estimated to take about 40 minutes, including a mid-way stop at Camp Aventura, which means we should see guests departing the depot about every two and a half minutes if they are running the full fleet. One note… the zipline at Port Aventura will not be ready until this summer. There is no age of height restriction to experience the attraction (though small children need to be with a responsible party) and several of the trucks are accessible for guests in wheelchairs.
(4/8/13) One of our readers visited Six Flags Great
(3/11/13) A great collection of pictures from Six Flags Great Adventure taken during a special pre-season ACE tour can be found on Facebook, taken by one of our readers. This includes a look at the new Safari trucks and construction site, as well as behind the scenes looks indoors at the insides of Skull Mountain and Houdini’s Great Escape. He also sent in a few of the best ones for us to use as well.
(3/8/13) Videos from a construction tour at Six Flags Great Adventure have been posted to YouTube showing off the park’s new Safari Trucks as well as a look into the construction area. Unfortunately they look like they were shot on a cell phone by someone who didn’t think to turn the camera the right way. So they are silly looking and hard to watch… but you do get a first look at the new Safari trucks at least.
(1/24/13) CoasterFusion reports that the demolition crews came in to SFGAdv and tore apart the park’s giant Conestoga Wagon structure to make way for the new Safari attraction.
(1/23/13) New pictures showing off the location of the new Safari ride entrance as well as new waterslides at Hurricane Harbor have been posted to Gadv.com.
(8/31/12) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed the park’s plans to add Safari Off Road Adventure, a grand tour of the former Wild Safari park featuring over 1200 animals. As promised, this will be a free attraction for all SFGAdv guests to enjoy, as you board a 35-passenger safari truck and head off into the animal kingdom, crossing bridges, driving through ponds and rattling over the rugged terrain.
There will be a half-way point through your adventure… a stop at Camp Aventura, where you can see a few animals very up close and personal, hand feed some, touch others, and for an upcharge, you can fly over the nearby area on a new zip line.
Fun note – I’ve heard we can expect to see the park promote various special adventures at Camp Aventura, including private events in this very cool new setting. Look for Safari Off Road Adventure to premier Memorial Day Weekend 2013.
(8/23/12) Ignore the rumors and the wild speculation... I’ve searched high and low for details on this summer long endless rumor that Bizarro may be leaving the park this winter. Bizarro will return to thrill riders in 2013.
(8/21/012) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed on Facebook that the Wild Safari “will discontinue allowing guests to drive their own vehicles through its gates on September 30th, 2012”. The animals will remain on site however, and more information about this will be released with the details of the park’s 2013 plans on August 30th.
So it sounds like the rumors of the Disney style Safari ride for park guests are true. Even better, according to the rumor mill, while guests had to pay to drive through the Wild Safari before, now admission to the new safari ride will be included for all Six Flags Great Adventure park guests. Why the sudden switch to a new concept that will no longer generate revenue? If rumored sources are true… the primary problem has been ignorant people. People driving unsafely, opening doors / windows, even trying to feed animals, it has all raised a series of big warning signs that simply could not continue for the safety of the animals.
In addition to the new guided safari tour, I would expect that the park would expand their offerings of private VIP level safari tours, offering even more close and personal encounters with the animals, similar to the upcharge tours offered at Busch Gardens Tampa or the San Diego Wild Animal Park. In addition to animal tours, rumors about possible upcharge attractions like Zip Lines and a themed Ropes Course attraction over and around animal areas is also being talked about, but they may need to make room to make all this happen…
This is where there is one possible downside to this. All summer I’ve heard a slow but steady stream of rumors claiming Bizarro may be removed from the park. The site Bizarro sits on would certainly provide a good location to launch these new Safari tours from, but I’m not sure if they really needed to remove the coaster or not. At one point many thought Bizarro could have been sent to the St. Louis park, but newer rumors are pointing Bizarro in the direction of Six Flags over Texas. More on this as I dig it up.
(8/9/12) The latest rumors about Six Flags Great Adventure seem to indicate that the park will focus not only on new entertainment offerings, but also into some kind of makeover plan for the Safari as well that could see the self-driven attraction turned into more of a guided tour like Disney’s safari at Animal Kingdom.
2013 - Big Wave Racer at Hurricane Harbor - (8/31/12) Hurricane Harbor New Jersey will add Big Wave Racer, a four-story tall Kraken Racer slide, adding some much needed capacity to the park. Check out the video below.
(8/30/12) Hurricane Harbor in New Jersey is expected to announce a new addition to the waterpark once again, this time one to address the park’s desperate need for a high capacity attraction. Look for a large multi-land mat racer style slide to be added for 2013 for sure... no word on if it will be a typical mat racer or the previously rumored Kraken Racer slide.
(8/10/12) I’ve been told we can possibly expect another waterslide to be added to Hurricane Harbor in 2013. The rumors suggest they will add something with capacity and have an eye on a ProSlide Kraken Racer slide.
2014 - Giga Drop / Giant Drop - Rumor - (7/24/12) The latest word on the proposed 400+ ft drop tower ride that would be mounted to backside of Kingda Ka is that they are still very interested in the concept, especially after the popular response Six Flags has been getting for Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Look for this to possible rise up for the 2014 season.
(5/15/12) The rumor about adding a Lex Luthor style drop tower to the back of Kindga Ka is starting to gain some momentum locally it seems. Check out this latest report and new details as posted to CoasterFusion.
(2/27/12) Rumor has it that Six Flags Great Adventure has a new world record ride plan in the works that may shock you. If they go ahead with it, look for it to come in either 2013 or 2014, and will involve somehow mounting a Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom style ride system to the 456 foot tall Kingda Ka tower structure. Looks like poor SFMM wont have the drop tower record for very long.