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This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Six Flags Great Adventure, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.


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February 22nd, 2005 - Kingda Ka Progress - SEE BELOW!


May 12th, 2005 - Kingda Ka tests with riders

May 17th, 2005 - Clues appear about an Intamin woodie coming to SFGAdv

September 21st, 2005 - Leak that a Wooden Coaster will be announced on September 28th

September 28th, 2005 - El Toro officially announced for 2006, along with Looney Tunes area

October 28th, 2005 - Vertical construction on El Toro about to begin



April 15th, 2006 - El Toro construction

May 5th, 2006 - Kingka Ka encounters 2nd major breakdown(re-opens on May 25th

June 10th, 2006 - El Toro set to open

August 1st, 2006 - Freefall has seen its last ride



January 7th, 2007 - Chiller G-Rolls being taken out

June 22nd, 2007 - El Toro chain lift slowed down

September 21st, 2007 - Chiller deconstruction begins

September 27th, 2007 - Dark Knight announced



February 11th, 2008 - Dark Knight construction photos

July 31st, 2008 - Lightning strike puts El Toro out of commission for a few days

October 28th, 2008 - Medusa to be transformed into Bizarro



September 26th, 2009 - Houdini's Great Escape re-opens



July 5th, 2010 - Great American Scream Machine will close for good on July 18th

July 26th, 2010 - GASM dismantling photos

August 12th, 2010 - clues lead to SFKK's Chang coming SFGAdv

September 15th, 2010 - Official announcement that Chang will be rethemed as Green Lantern at SFGAdv



January 15th, 2011 - Green Lantern construction photos

May 19th, 2011 - Green Lantern Media Day coverage

September 1st, 2011 - New rides for 2012: SkyScreamer, Bumper Cars, Scrambler

September 26th, 2011 - SkyScreamer height increased from 150 feet to 240 feet

February 13th, 2011 - Hurricane Harbor to add King Cobra in Summer 2012!



April 3rd, 2012 - Official SkyScreamer topping off photos!

April 14th, 2012 - SkyScreamer ERT for season passholders May 17th - 20th

May 17th, 2012 - SkyScreamer Media Preview Day coverage

July 25th, 2012 - King Cobra now open at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

August 20th, 2012 - Wild Safari Animal Park closing to make way for new safari attraction

August 30th, 2012 - Safari Off-Road Adventure Announced!

August 30th, 2012 - Big Wave Racer Announced!

September 11th, 2012 - Adorable new species of otters joins the park lineup

September 11th, 2012 - Fright Fest details revealed!



January 25th, 2013 - Season Dining Pass details released!

July 21st, 2013 - Safari Off Road Adventure pictures

August 23rd, 2013 - Parts spotted behind Kingda Ka

August 29th, 2013 - Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom announced



August 28th, 2014 - Looping Dragon announced



January 14th, 2015 - Park changes the name of the new ride to El Diablo

March 24th, 2015 - Batman: The Ride to run backwards in Spring/Summer 2015

April 1st, 2015 - Holiday in the Park announced

September 3rd, 2015 - Total Mayhem (S&S Free Spin) announced



March 13th, 2016 - Joker Construction Tour

March 24th, 2016 - Planning board grants approval for SFGAdv to build solar panel farm

September 1st, 2016 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis announced for 2017



May 5th, 2017 - Zumanjaro Drop of Doom Virtual Reality Media Day

June 16th, 2017 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Media Day

August 31st, 2017 - Cyborg Cyber Spin (ABC Engineering's Tourbillon) announced for 2018



August 22nd, 2018 - Hell Fest maze announced for Fright Fest!

August 30th, 2018 - Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth announced for 2019

November 18th, 2018 - Holiday in the Park Media Day



January 25th, 2018 - Calypso Springs coming to Hurricane Harbor!

June 15th, 2019 - Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth Media Day

August 29th, 2019 - Jersey Devil coaster coming to Great Adventure (single rail RMC)



May 14, 2020 - Drive-thru safari to return during social distancing

June 30th, 2020 - Jersey Devil opening pushed back to 2021





The park just posted a new picture looking down the launch track, and it looks awesome: http://www.sixflags.com/parks/greatadventure/images/golden_kingdom/89.jpg


Compare that to this:


Taken August 5, 2004...

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The parking lot is gone, and the plantings are just about to start actually. GA has no real parking lot coasters (like the California parks). The coasters built over the former parking lot (GASM and SUF) had all the blacktop removed or covered over, and the King is getting similar treament.


This picture shows what I mean: http://www.gadv.com/Construction/A21805/1.jpg. You can't really see it but the parking lot fences are pretty well planted with trees as well.

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I'm impressed with how much SFGadv is doing to this whole area! I was really afraid that they'd be spending however many tens of millions of dollars on this coaster and having my old parking space right there underneath the track. Looks like it will be nice and green by May. Can't wait to be sitting on the launch track scared to death! Or at least taking advantage of shorter NITRO lines.



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Seriously what is with the west coast Six Flags? I mean seriously I thought that they would at least throw up a few trees or something. I mean it just looks so crappy putting up a ride over a parking lot. If they had put some themed tunnels in or something it would have been cool but west coast Medusa is pathetic.

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Thats basically a Parking lot coaster, they poured rocks on top of it, it looks horrible


I'll take red and white rocks done as flag stripes on top of the blacktop any day over just having it over parking lot lines. And in the case of SUF, they ripped out all the blacktop and planted grass. I wouldn't say it looks "horrible", especially in comparison to Scream and Medusa West.

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Thats basically a Parking lot coaster, they poured rocks on top of it, it looks horrible


I'll take red and white rocks done as flag stripes on top of the blacktop any day over just having it over parking lot lines. And in the case of SUF, they ripped out all the blacktop and planted grass. I wouldn't say it looks "horrible", especially in comparison to Scream and Medusa West.


The rocks arent themed... sorry

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JACKSON — The Six Flags Great Adventure theme park and the accompanying Wild Safari are to open for the season Friday, but this year's new attraction — possibly the biggest in the park's 31-year history — is weeks away from coming on line.


As expected, Kingda Ka, the world's tallest (456 feet) and fastest (128 mph) roller coaster, will not be ready for riders Friday.


"I can't wait for that new roller coaster to open," said Hank Wollman, 72, of Union Beach.


Wollman rode his first coaster when he was about 5 years old at Coney Island in his native Brooklyn. The computer salesman and consultant hopes to ride Kingda Ka the first day available.


Six Flags, which operates the family amusement complex on Route 537, is "aiming for late April (or) early May" to open Kingda Ka, said spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher.


Coming on Friday are two new shows — Dolphin Discovery: Island Party, a tropical islands-themed dolphin show providing for interaction with guests, and the Looney Tunes-We Got the Beat children's show with cartoon characters interacting with guests.


Great Adventure will have various roaming characters, such as a pirate, an Old West woman and 1930s-era beach-goers mingling with guests, Siebeneicher said.


"All are to get guests involved in the action," Siebeneicher said.


The theme park will add two more security kiosks, bringing the number to five, to assist guests, Siebeneicher said. And Great Adventure will continue to funnel guests through metal detectors and check carry-in bags, Siebeneicher said.


Security officers will patrol inside the theme park and in its parking lot, Siebeneicher said.


To deter guests from cutting in lines, security officers will be posted at major rides, Siebeneicher said. A numbered-pass system will go into effect this year at Kingda Ka and the other two most popular rides — the Nitro and Superman-Ultimate Flight coasters, she said.


All of the park's 50 existing rides, except water rides, are scheduled to be on line Friday, Siebeneicher said. The water rides are to open with warmer temperatures, she said.


Hurricane Harbor, the water park at the site, is to open May 28.


Another new offering are "Safari Express" buses for rides from Great Adventure into the Wild Safari animal park. While the Wild Safari is normally included in theme park admission, the shuttle service will be extra — $9.99 per person or $5 for those with season passes.


Season pass-holders will have preferred parking near the main entrance, which they must enter this year, Siebeneicher said. Their former special parking area is being replaced by the theme park's Golden Kingdom section, Siebeneicher said.


"Every department has a focus on guest service this year," Siebeneicher said.


Adult daily passes to Great Adventure are $47.99, up $2.


Besides Kingda Ka, other new Great Adventure attractions, according to Siebeneicher, are to open a few weeks into the season:


Balin's Jungleland for children, expected in mid-April. It includes "Tigerland Treehouse," a 3-story-tall play structure with slides, cargo nets and bridges. It also will have five rides for younger children, or those under 4 1/2-feet-tall.


"This section replaces Bugs Bunny Land," said Siebeneicher, referring to the children's area that operated until last season. "This is a cutting edge, new addition for small children."


Temple of the Tiger, a 33,000-square-foot tiger-habitat where guests can watch trainers work with tigers and ask the trainers questions. Expected to open with Balin's Jungleland.


Spirit of the Tiger, a Broadway-type show with tigers and other animals, dancing and acrobatics at a new 1,000-seat amphitheater. Expected in late April.


Kingda Ka, Balin's Jungleland and the tiger exhibits are all part of the new, approximately 11-acre area, Golden Kingdom. Golden Kingdom should be fully operating when Kingda Ka opens.


"We are working seven days a week to open (Golden Kingdom) as soon as we can," Siebeneicher said.


"There is no doubt that Kingda Ka is the top stop for ultimate thrill-seekers from around the world," said Rick McCurley, general manager of the local Six Flags. "And our youngest guests experience the same level of thrill and adventure in the Golden Kingdom as they journey through Balin's Jungleland and Temple of the Tiger."


A variety of performers are to do concerts — Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Bowling for Soup, Raven, All American Rejects, Jesse McCartney, Gin Blossoms, Kool & the Gang, Newsboys and Trace Adkins.


Wollman plans on going to Great Adventure Sunday.


"I'm going to ride all the coasters," said Wollman, who figures he has rode more than 100 coasters. "I just came back from California (and rode coasters there). My sister thinks I went to visit her."


As for Kingda Ka, workers began installing the coaster's trains last week. The next big phase will be testing the ride with dummies, which probably will begin next week, Siebeneicher said.

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Actually, thats sad. I wish they wouldnt have done that with the monkeys. Ive heard some hilarious stories of people taking in junker cars and purposly going through the monkey area to see what they could do.


Ive never been through, but was looking forward to that...till now.

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Kingda Ka was given the greenlight today by NJ at about 2 O'Clock, and ran its first circuit with passengers... This is all according to http://www.gadv.com and has been proven true. I'm sure pictures and more news are soon to come. On top of all that, others have reported that the commercial was filmed today as well.

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It is according to this article (in German).


The crappy Babelfish translation:

After Colossos and Balder now a roller coaster for the USA



Timber building construction Cordes works on the entrance into the American market



Waffensen. (bn). After "Colossos", the largest roller coaster of the world in the heath park Soltau, and "Balder" in the Goeteborger recreational park Liseberg, excellently as "the best wood roller coaster of the world", the company Ingenieur-Holzbau Cordes in Waffensen designs a new giant for breath-robbing leisure fun now: a roller coaster for the park "Six flag - adventure" New York close in Jackson (new jersey) great.


Zurzeit are still busy with last job planning engineers of the 50-Mitarbeiter-Betriebes, then the skilled workers with their machines at the row come. The third roller coaster - like its two predecessor inside from heath Kiefern - leans in its building method strongly against "Colossos" and is in the spring coming yearly into enterprise to go. It is the first roller coaster from Waffensen, which makes the journey over the large pond into the USA. In August the weekly partial transportation begin at Bremerhaven - altogether 80 containers will be necessary.


Engeneering graduate Heinrich Cordes (64), that together with its son Ulf (39), engeneering graduate and diploma operation manager, at the point of the now 100 years old enterprise stands, is proud: "we are in the professional world by two punktlandungen admit become." He means with it the quality and date loyalty with the two first orders for roller coaster.


Cordes is pleased about order for US: "we expect thereby the entrance into the North American market. Naturally a further punktlandung requires. I think that we will be concerned in the future more frequently with tasks of timber construction on international market."


A special honor is it for Cordes and its coworkers that the roller coaster for the recreational park in Goeteborg (Sweden), built in Waffensen, was selected to the best world - under 156 wood roller coasters, which there are altogether. For the arrow-fast "Balder" a surface area of only 6,450 square meters was available. Here a special measure of precision and planning security were demanded, in order to establish close together with refined Schlenkern a 1,100 meters long course, on which the cars with up to 95 kilometers per hour hunt along.


"Colossos" was for Cordes before five years the entrance into the building of roller coasters. , the 64-jaehrige boss remembers self-assurance and courage, in addition already heard after competitors would have made a backdown. Accurately as intended, the 60 meters high giant with a route distance of 1,500 meters and a maximum speed of speed confessed 120. "Colossos" consists of approximately 120,000 individual parts. Its life span - which is wood impregnated - becomes estimated on at least 50 years.


Heinrich Cordes, which expects Minister attendance from Hanover shortly with its coworkers, presents still another further respectable order: 50 earthquake-proof single family houses for Iran. The 64-Jaehrige expects still substantially larger orders, which include the building of schools and kindergartens from the Islamic republic.




Heinrich Cordes is pleased: He builds his third roller coaster for the recreational park "Six flag - adventure" jersey new in Jackson in the state great (behind Cordes in the picture: "Balder", excellently as "the best roller coaster of the world")

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This was a pretty reliable rumor for the last 3 or 4 years now.


Reasons it IS true:


- PR woman quoted as saying 'they were watching Colossos very carefully, because they think that it would work well at SFGAd".


- Intamin often signs multiride deals with parks


- The park could use a wooden coaster


- Seems like SFGAd is now getting the 'flagship, compete with CP' treatment instead of SFMM


Reasons it ISN't True:


- 2 Huge Cost, Big projects back to back


- Six Flags has Problems with wood and Intamin


- Hard to believe it would be confirmed before their current coaster even opens


All I have to say is I'm going to be damn pissed if SFGAd gets two big intamin rides back to back while SFMM still basks in the glory of X and Deja Vu!!!!!


Elissa "hopes it's true, the Intamin Woodies are AWESOME!" Alvey

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