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Park News - (11/27/13) Six Flags Great Adventure Dreams of New Resort Concept (MORE...)
(11/13/13) A stunning picture showing off the demolition of the former Rolling Thunder coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure can be found on twitter, but was posted about a week ago. By this time, I’m sure there isn’t much left by now other than a big file of firewood...
(11/4/13) Six Flags Great Adventure hosted a new event this past week for wine lovers call the Six Flags Grape Adventure, featuring products tasting from 14 wineries from around the state. Click here to read more.
(9/20/13) AllAmericanThrills got to see behind the scenes at SFGAdv as the park prepares for Fright Fest, with a peek inside the make-up room where all the monsters are made.
(9/18/13) Is Six Flags Great Adventure planning on reopening a closed section of Movie Town? A curious tweet went out from the park not long ago asking what kind of shows guests would like to see held in the Showcase Theater, which is located right across the pathway from the closed entrance to The Chiller coasters. I believe this area of the park is typically closed off, except for access to the picnic area.
(9/10/13) According to this news report, Six Flags has been targeted in another lawsuit from a park guest who claims they were unfairly prevented from riding select attractions at the theme park because they were missing a limb. In this case the guest was missing an arm lost in an accident and was using a prosthetic limb at the time.
Six Flags Great Adventure would not allow him to ride Nitro, Batman: The Ride or Superman: Ultimate Flight once they knew of the prosthetic. Six Flags has confirmed that prosthetics are not permitted on Nitro an has a 25-page safety and accessibility guide that lists the various restrictions for their rides. For example, on Nitro “riders must have two “functioning arms” and two legs “to the ankle,” or one “functioning arm” and two functioning legs.” The define a “functioning arm” as the ability to be flexed at the elbow and having a minimum of three full fingers with the ability to hold on with a firm grip.
Unfortunately we’ve seen this kind of situation come up more and more frequently over the last couple of years, especially after a handicapped US military veteran was thrown and killed while riding the Ride of Steel at the Darien Lake theme park in New York (not affiliated in any way with Six Flags). I believe there have always been rules like these… but since the accident at Darien Lake, they have become more well known and a more active part of the training process at theme parks across the nation.
(9/5/13) Honestly, I don’t see Six Flags changing their mind on this issue, but there is a movement afoot to show Six Flags that their guests would like to save Rolling Thunder for future generations. Click here to find out more.
(8/30/13) No promises this weekend, but I’ve heard that El Toro reopened to park guests Friday afternoon.
(8/29/13) Along with the new 2014 announcement ( see below) the park has also confirmed that Rolling Thunder will be removed, closing forever on September 8th.
2014 - Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom - (9/6/13) ThemeParkOverload speaks with SFGAdv spokesperson, Kristin Siebeneicher to find out a little bit more about the new Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom coming in 2014.
(8/29/13) It’s official… a world record setting new freefall drop ride is being mounted to the FRONT of the Kingda Ka tower and they are calling it Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Lifting riders 415 feet in the air, it will be the tallest drop tower in the world, sending you rocketing back down to Earth at 90 mph aboard an 8 passenger cart.
To help speed things up however, you will first “blast up” to the top of the tower in just 30 seconds, pause… and then you’ll be back down again 10 seconds later. There will be three separate Zumanjaro tower rides attached to the Kingda Ka structure. While waiting to board you will pass through a new animal exhibit area and watch Africa Anubis baboons.
The park has also confirmed that Rolling Thunder will be removed, closing forever on September 8th.
(8/28/13) All American Thrills has posted more pictures of the new supports on site at SFGAdv that are being laid out near the base of Kingda Ka.
(8/26/13) Interesting news from Six Flags Great Adventure came up Friday afternoon as a series of large supports, somewhat Kingda Ka colored, were spotted on site at the park. Makes me think that long-rumored Giga Drop tower concept mounted to the back of Kingda Ka may be happening after all. You can see a picture of the supports in the background here.
(8/19/13) Keep in mind this is rumored only, but again I’m hearing that Rolling Thunder could be removed at the end of the season, and a drop tower ride somehow attached to the Kingda Ka tower. Other rumors for 2014 suggest that Ballin’s Jungle may return with a new kiddie coaster and that the Temple of the Tiger venue may get a makeover and Baboons from the Safari may move in.
(7/22/13) I’m told that the word, Shango, as seen in the Six Flags future attractions survey, may have been leaning towards a different definition, unaware of the Swahili translation. It’s my understanding that Shango is a demigod / diety of the Yoruba religion that hales from Southwestern Nigeria where Shango is the god of Fire, Lightning and Thunder. This certainly makes more sense as a possible ride name, though the name also has many spellings as the story moved through the various regions and even into Latin America, Caribbean and is even said to be part of Haitian VooDoo.
On a final note, it’s worth mentioning that Six Flags also sent these same questions about adding an African themed ride to guests at The Great Escape and Six Flags over Georgia.
(7/19/13) Six Flags put out an interesting survey for SFGAdv guests asking them to vote for the best sounding name for an “Africa themed, intense thrill ride”. They were to choose from “Kimanjo, Zumanjaro, Kimondo, Kushuku, or Shango”.
This alone seems to lock in the location that the park’s next major ride will go in somewhere on the new Safari end of the park, no matter if this is the rumored freefall ride or something else entirely. As for the names… while Six Flags failed to explain what any of them meant in the survey, running the names through Google and Google Translate has yielded some interesting and even amusing results.
Kimanjo is the name of a location in Kenya.
Zumanjaro comes up with no results at all and appears to be simply made up, as if they tried to put “Zu” in font of Kilamanjaro. Sorry… as the old Disney ads used to put it, Nahtazu!
Kimondo is another province within Kenya, but also translated from Swahili as the word for a Meteor or Shooting Star in the sky.
Kushuku translates from Swahili as “Skepticism”
And finally, Shango translates from Swahili as “Chlamydia”. Ummm… yeah… they went there. Sorry… while Six Flags may end up starting a new Meme with that one, I don’t think we’ll be riding Chlamydia: The Ride anytime soon.
My vote is for Kimondo… as a shooting star is a perfect theme for a massive freefall tower I think.
(7/17/13) According to the early rumors, Six Flags Great Adventure will announce a “record-breaking” new attraction for 2014 on August 29th. Could this be the long rumored drop ride that might be attached to Kingda Ka, or perhaps something else entirely?
(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.
(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.
2015 - New Coaster - Rumor - (9/20/13) I’ve heard this rumor on and off ever since Six Flags Great Adventure announced that Rolling Thunder would be removed, but it seems very likely that the park will be tapped to install a new wooden coaster for 2015. Chances are, this could be a similar creation to Goliath from RMC going into the Chicago area park, but I’m not sure if that is the right thing to do. Sure, a crazy RMC is going to get people’s attention as it will thrill you and send you through inversions, but with Rolling Thunder gone, what the park really needs is just a basic classic regular wooden roller coaster experience for the smaller thrill seekers to start with before they try to tackle El Toro. Something like GCI’s great Gold Striker installed at California’s Great America earlier this year would be perfect.
(8/19/13) If the rumors are true SFGAdv’s next coaster may be in the works for 2015, and will be located on the former spot of The Chiller. The rumors suggest it may be a B&M coaster project… and if not a Wing coaster, possibly B&M’s first 4th Dimension style ride if they are ready to go ahead with the concept. The theme isn’t known, the area around the ride could become home to a new flat ride or two as well to try and build up this closed off area of the park once again. This is a very long term rumor and a lot can change between now and 2015, so this may only be a placeholder.
???? - Onsite Resort Hotel - Planning - (11/27/13) Adding a resort hotel to the Six Flags Great Adventure property has long been a dream for many over the years. As we’ve seen the torch of ownership and control of the company pass from one hand to another over the past couple couple of decades, the idea of adding an on-site resort has been revived, killed, and revamped more times than I can count. This latest video news report from “Today in America” about Jackson, NJ talks briefly with Six Flags Great Adventure’s President, John Fitzgerald about their latest attempt to revive the concept in order to allow the Six Flags property to become a multi-day vacation destination. Looks like the plan is back on again, and since the Jackson area is essentially devoid of other hotels, it sounds like an idea that should not only work, but should be a success if built at the right scale.