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I visited the park yesterday and here's my report:

 

After being away from the park in about five long months, I happened to visit the park on the day of two big events in the park. The park was holding a concert from Bridgit Mendler that people were lining up for in front of the Northern Star Arena since noon, but I've never heard of her so I didn't bother to actually see it. Also, it was "Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" day, and they celebrated it by playing the songs from the musical on the loudspeakers and holding a parade with the characters, which I missed by a hair. Anyway, since it's been so long the last time I visited the park, I was eager to visit the new Safari Off Road Adventure... only to be greeted by a line that stretched out to the sign of Runaway Train. Fortunately, it also meant that Runaway Train, Bizarro, and the Skyway all had less than 5 minutes each, so I rode then all with my mother.

 

After a ride on Skull Mountain, I began to see that all of the lines were starting to pick up. I wandered off to Kingda Ka, which still had a sizable wait of about 20 minutes. El Toro was down for the day because of technical difficulties, meaning Rolling Thunder (just the left side was open) had a longer line than usual. The line for the Safari never got any shorter throughout the day, so I avoided like the plague and I'll just have to wait 'til my next visit. After a quick trip outside the park for some dinner, we were able to score some rides on Buccaneer, the Dark Knight, Deja Vu, two rides on Houdini. We also got the first ride on SkyScreamer with the lights on and a ride on the Big Wheel before my mother out early. Before the park closed through, I was able to get rides on Super Round Up (or whatever it's called now), Green Lantern, and Superman, each with little to no wait. Overall, I'm disappointed that I couldn't get on the Safari, but I was able to get a bunch of enjoyable rides with not to much waiting.

 

Rating: 5 out of 6 flags

 

I'll post the pics shortly....

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My my, I wonder what these are for....

 

 

Dang! I missed a photo op with a princess.

 

 

 

 

The line for the Safari Off Road Adventure...

 

 

 

A dance party as seen from above.

 

 

The preparations have begun!

 

There's a new thing this year called "Total Darkness", which I'm guessing is probably a terror trail.

 

 

 

My poor baby's down for the day.

 

The only GOOD marketing tie-in with a roller coaster that I've seen.

 

 

 

 

 

A "live and local" 80's cover band called Max Headroom also performed.

 

I've never seen these before and I thought they were cool. The backs even list the original 1974 candy prices!

 

More props, YAY!

 

 

 

He looks like the mascot for the 80's band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artsy pic: Check

 

Nerdy shot: Check

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

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Any word at all on Toro reopening this season? I know word has it that Kings Dominion is pushing for Intimidator to be reopened this weekend, wasn't sure if there was any news out of Great Adventure.

 

Six Flags announcement day is this Thursday, right? So we'll know about this tower sooner than later.

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^ The lift motor was sent down to Maryland for repairs. If they are unable to repair, they do not have a spare, and will need to order one and the ride will not open for the rest of the year. If they are able to repair it then they should be able to reopen in September.

 

Also, there are always cranes and such in the area behind Kingda Ka so I don't really see why it is so newsworthy.

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Im thinking total darkness will be another maze, but it will be a separate up-charge. As in, it'll be like the maze at KBF trapped. At least that's what my gf and I learned at SFDK, we made conversation with someone who was at the park every Saturday and Sunday. It seemed like they knew what they were talking about.

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^ The lift motor was sent down to Maryland for repairs. If they are unable to repair, they do not have a spare, and will need to order one and the ride will not open for the rest of the year. If they are able to repair it then they should be able to reopen in September.

 

Also, there are always cranes and such in the area behind Kingda Ka so I don't really see why it is so newsworthy.

 

Thanks. I figured as much, I was just hoping to ride it again before I went overseas in mid-September. Guess I'll be riding next spring!

 

And I don't think the big deal is the cranes so much as the teal support columns sitting at the base of the tower.

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This was posted to SFGAdv's Facebook page about 45 minutes ago:

 

Tomorrow we are announcing our new attraction for 2014! LIKE this post no later than 7PM EST tonight for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure!

 

The main takeaway I see? "...our new attraction..." Singular. Maybe we won't see any of those rumored additional rides in Golden Kingdom after all, just the all-but-confirmed drop tower.

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It’s official. Coming in 2014, Six Flags Great Adventure will introduce Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a brand new record-breaking drop ride feature breathtaking views, impressive heights, astonishing speeds, stomach-tightening drops, and an adrenaline rush like no other. It will be the tallest drop tower in the world, lifting riders up 415 feet in the air and rocketing back down at 90 miles per hour.

 

First, your eight-person gondola will blast to the top of the 415-foot structure in approximately 30 seconds. You’ll pause for a moment to check out the aerial view of the park and anticipate the rapid heart-racing plummet coming up next. Everything soon becomes a blur as gravity pulls your gondola downwards at 90 miles per hour, reaching ground level again in less than 10 seconds—before you even have time to scream.

 

The three soaring Zumanjaro towers will share their structure and be built on the face of the record-breaking Kingda Ka coaster. As you rise and fall along the vertical track, the Kingda Ka steel trains will be thundering around the track at 128 miles per hour at the same time.

 

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom was inspired by the African theme of Safari Off Road Adventure, last summer’s new attraction that created the world’s largest theme park. While waiting to board Zumanjaro, guests will pass an all-new animal area, where they can watch native African Anubis baboon play and interact in their habitat.

 

To make room for the newest addition to Six Flags Great Adventure, we must bid farewell to a classic. Rolling Thunder, our classic wooden coaster, will close to the public on September 8 to help make way for construction of the new ride. New technological advances and preferences have created a new generation of thrill rides, and Rolling Thunder’s popularity has decreased over the years. Be sure to tackle this coaster’s 85-foot drop and 10 dipping hills before it slips into history.

 

The extreme Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom is set to debut in spring 2014. Are you ready to take on this all-new drop ride?

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Welp, there goes SFMM's short lived record.

 

 

If it's really 415, then I believe it ties Lex Luthor.

 

Wouldn't be that bad of an idea on Six Flags part. How nice would it be able to market that you've got the world's tallest drop ride in two different parks?

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Welp, there goes SFMM's short lived record.

 

 

If it's really 415, then I believe it ties Lex Luthor.

 

Wouldn't be that bad of an idea on Six Flags part. How nice would it be able to market that you've got the world's tallest drop ride in two different parks?

 

Lex Luthor is marketed as 400' tall.

 

Also, from this image, you can tell that Lex Luthor does not go up to the top of the 415' tower. So, if Zumanjaro is 415' tall, it will be the tallest drop tower in the world, even taller than Lex Luthor.

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Also, Some Sad News:

 

To make room for the newest addition to Six Flags Great Adventure, we must bid farewell to a classic. Rolling Thunder, our classic wooden coaster, will close to the public on September 8 to help make way for construction of the new ride. New technological advances and preferences have created a new generation of thrill rides, and Rolling Thunder’s popularity has decreased over the years. Be sure to tackle this coaster’s 85-foot drop and 10 dipping hills before it slips into history.

 

At least you guys still have El Toro

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Also, Some Sad News:

 

To make room for the newest addition to Six Flags Great Adventure, we must bid farewell to a classic. Rolling Thunder, our classic wooden coaster, will close to the public on September 8 to help make way for construction of the new ride. New technological advances and preferences have created a new generation of thrill rides, and Rolling Thunder’s popularity has decreased over the years. Be sure to tackle this coaster’s 85-foot drop and 10 dipping hills before it slips into history.

 

At least you guys still have El Toro

 

Thanks for posting that. I'm so glad I got my Rolling Thunder credit this year. I had a feeling its days were numbered.

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Nice addition - the park needs a drop tower and they'd have been crazy not to use the Kingda Ka structure. Would love to ride it on a foggy day - an ascent up through the clouds without being able to see the ground below would be incredible! Might be a bit of trek out to the ride though, still at least you can watch Kingda Ka while waiting in the queue I guess.

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I actually might just have the guts to ride this thing next year if it really only takes 30 seconds to get to the top and a few seconds to just sit there.

 

Glad to see SF giving more parks with a lack of flats some decent flats.

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Awesome to hear about Zumanjaro, after Lex at SFMM I knew it was only a matter of time before we had a drop ride added to our Intamin.

 

Although couldn't they have given us just a little bit more time to get to go ride Rolling Thunder one last time. I'm in VA for the long weekend and I leave for West Coast Bash on Wednesday...I guess i'll go tonight and skip the Allentown Fair

 

At least they gave us some warning at though...

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I can't decide which one sounds scarier falcons fury with 300ft facing the ground or this with the 400ft drop. Blue Fall took me an hour or two before I dared to ride it.

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Omg I will be so scared going up this thing! Great news for the park but while Rolling Thunder is aging, it still was a good wooden coaster for families plus it was two separate rides since layouts were different. Glad to see the park get a drop ride finally!

 

Gla I'm heading to the park next Saturday to get a final ride on Rolling Thunder!

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