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Alright so I'm thinking based on the wording "Great Adventure will now be open" that its open to the public so where your pass is from shouldn't matter unless you are trying to get the BAF 9.99 discount. Otherwise wouldn't it say "Great Adventure is now open for passholders"? In addition, the parks hours for those days are 11am-7 Friday (schools in Jersey are closed that day so makes sense, will probably be DEAD), 12-5 Sat and Sunday (while the wine-o fest is going on).

 

Also is anyone excited as me to realize the park is open all day on Black Friday for HITP? Hopefully all the a$$holes of the area will be ripping each others faces off in Walmarts while I'll be marathoning Nitro!

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Alright so I'm thinking based on the wording "Great Adventure will now be open" that its open to the public so where your pass is from shouldn't matter unless you are trying to get the BAF 9.99 discount. Otherwise wouldn't it say "Great Adventure is now open for passholders"? In addition, the parks hours for those days are 11am-7 Friday (schools in Jersey are closed that day so makes sense, will probably be DEAD), 12-5 Sat and Sunday (while the wine-o fest is going on).

 

Also is anyone excited as me to realize the park is open all day on Black Friday for HITP? Hopefully all the a$$holes of the area will be ripping each others faces off in Walmarts while I'll be marathoning Nitro!

 

 

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Just read on Great Adventure History forum hours for all three days is 11am-7pm. Don't know if that's 100% confirmed, but the sites admin posted it.

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On the wine note - it looks like it's a $16 add-on for anyone with a season pass. Does that mean unlimited wine samples for $16? Because I like me some wine.

 

Yeah I'd never cared about this event before but now that the rides are open we're planning on completely overdosing on Great Adventure and going tomorrow, next weekend and for the opening of Holiday in the Park. A day of drinking, a safari with more drinking in the middle of it and then getting our last rides on El Toro, Zumanjaro, Bizarro and Kingda Ka and skyway sounds pretty damn perfect.

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Wow just found out we might be making a last minute family trip to New Jersey next weekend. I suddenly *really* want to "visit family." Seriously what are the odds?

Anyway there's a chance I'll be at the park next weekend now. Might be going alone so if anyone wants to meet up for a few rides on El Toro/Nitro I'd love to (I'm 18 btw, if that's not your cup of tea I understand lol).

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Bizzaro, the parachutes, and Skull Mountain will be closed

 

*edit* proof for the above info: (from sixflags.com)

The Frontier Adventures area of the theme park, including Safari Off Road Adventure, as well as Bugs Bunny National Park, the Parachutes and Skull Mountain will not be open during this limited operation weekend as we prepare for the all-new Holiday in the Park, beginning November 21. - See more at: https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/fall-fun-bonus-days#sthash.4b9QK9RV.A51rSH2B.dpuf

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^ That's good to know. That link answered my question about whether or not its open to the public, because you are able to buy a ticket for those dates through the website, so it couldn't possibly be just passholders. I'm sure it'll still be dead since most folks will figure the park is closed after this weekend.

 

I guess because SORA is being used for the Grape Adventure thing, no sense in having Bizarro open back there, and Parachutes probably aren't open since that area is going to be Treetop Summit (according to the HITP map) and I bet they'll use the structure of it for the parks giant X-mas tree like they did w/ Dare Devil Dive @ SFOG. Perfect spot since you'll be able to see it from the lot. This is also makes me excited for what they are going to be doing to Skull Mountain.

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Look what has appeared behind Batman.

 

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photo from the Six Flags Great Adventure Connoisseurs FB Group

 

Interesting. The supports weren't gray in the rendering were they? Maybe this means we will actually see vertical construction soon?

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I'm interested in the support color difference. That seems like kind of a big deal. If this Joker thing is true and the ride ends up having a different name or colors scheme, that would be two attractions in a row to open under a different name than what they were originally announced as (i.e. "Looping Dragon").

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If we got stuck with the name Total Mayham, and then they STILL make it a superhero/villian theme, Im going to put my head through a wall.

 

Somebody needs to tell them that it is time to stop.

 

It's all part of squeezing every last dime out of that intellectual property. I really like the name Total Mayhem on its own for various reasons, but associating it with anything DC would totally kill it for me.

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We visited the park yesterday for what's probably our last visit until Holiday in the Park. Crowd-Wise it was a strange day but we ended up having a ton of fun.

 

We got to the park around noon and were greeted with a completely idiotic parking situation. Instead of parking people near the park, they decided to leave the entire right side of the parking lot empty and instead forced 2 lanes of traffic to turn in front of the preferred parking people, causing massive backups for no reason and resulting in us parking in front of the Kingda Ka station while the spots right near the gate (in the general lot) were wide open. They've never done that before and the good spots were left empty all night which isn't a huge deal but is still the type of asinine thing that you'd only expect from Six Flags.

 

Anyway once we got in to the park we headed over to Nitro. When we got there we were really surprised to see a station wait so we managed to get a ride in the last row immediately. Next we headed over to Skull Mountain which was also a walk on so we walked right on to the back row. As always it was a great ride. At this point we were already pretty surprised because even though we didn't expect the park to be packed yet we never expected walk ons on the last Saturday of Fright Fest 90 minutes into the day.

 

The most surprising thing was when we took the Skyway over to Safari Off Road Adventure and found it to be a complete walk on. I've never seen that, seriously...never. Anyway the safari was great as always and when we got back we noticed that the line was still only about 10 minutes for Safari at about 3PM. We headed to Bizarro and walked right on to the back row and were feeling great about things. Almost immediately though, the crowd levels just seemed to surge.

 

We decided that since we haven't ridden El Diablo yet this season and there was nobody in the park we should try it out. The line was actually pretty significant which surprised us but we waited about 30 minutes and actually found it to be really enjoyable. We were surprised but we actually really liked it, it was a cool experience and one that's pretty unique to that park.

 

When we got there in the morning El Toro was down with people walking the track but by this time it had opened up so we headed over. Only the first set of switchbacks were full but the crew was crawling so that took 40 minutes. We sort of expected that though since extra layers of clothes bring operations on El Toro to a standstill because the lap bars never want to verify. I really wish they'd staff this ride properly on busy days but there's basically no chance of that ever happening.

 

The ride itself was great and afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat at Macho Nacho (and a Summer Shandy... what the hell Six Flags? You're awesome for still having this at SFNE and SFGADV) and then took a quick ride on Runaway Mine Train before we decided to brave the crowds which we really didn't expect at that point because they arrived so late. We headed over to Golden Kingdom and were "shocked" to see that our Intamin problem child of a coaster was down so we headed over to Zumanjaro and about an hour later we were in our seats. They informed us that "If we were scared, we should be because there's no turning back now" and right on cue we had to turn back because it broke down.

 

Because of the ridiculous situation with this ride and Kingda Ka, Zumanjaro's breakdown took Kingda Ka down too because the retractable roofs were open so on a completely packed day neither ride could run until Zumanjaro was fixed even though by that point there was nothing wrong with Kingda Ka. Once maintenance finally showed up they lowered the roofs so at least Kingda Ka could run and then a little while later got Zumanjaro open so we could ride it. As always it was a great ride, that was our first time riding at night and it was great to see the park from that angle with the fright fest fog hovering over everything. The drop was awesome as always... not overly extreme right away like Demon Drop, Stratosfear or Falcons Fury... the cool part of this ride is when you get near the bottom of the tower and seems like you're going to fall forever because of how ridiculously tall it is.

 

After Zumanjaro we decided to ride Kingda Ka which had a full set of switchbacks and ended up being about a 90 minute wait (for the front). Front row at night, obviously the ride was breathtaking. I know this ride has it's critics but I can't quit Kingda Ka. It's just so ridiculously insane that no matter how many times I ride it I can never get over how awesome it is. That insane burst of speed on the launch is just flat out ridiculous.

 

After Kingda Ka we headed over to the boardwalk and thought about riding Superman but wanted to check out the line first... what better way to do that than with a ride on the Parachute Tower? The chutes were a walk on and from the top we realized that there was no way we were riding Superman but we had a great ride on the parachutes and (again) loved that view of the fog covered park.

 

Next we headed over to Nitro and Skull Mountain which were both great rides and while there were lines for both it was obvious the crowds were slowly quieting down. When we got off Skull Mountain we only had an hour before closing and while we had intended to take the Skyway we saw that they had taken one cable down so it was about a 20 minute wait and it wasn't worth it with so little time left in the season for El Toro rides so we opted to walk instead...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm just kidding. There was no way I was letting a 20 minute wait stop us from getting in one last Skyway ride. So we waited the 20 minutes and then when we got off we had planned on heading for Bizarro and then El Toro but noticed a completely empty Runaway Mine Train station and for some dumb reason decided we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have our very own private, VIP train tour of the glorious New Jersey swamp-lands so... choo choo b*tches!

 

Next we headed over to Bizarro where we saw that despite the mostly empty trains they were still triple stacking in ridiculous fashion but we got our back seat ride. Next we headed to El Toro for one last ride (we got there at 11:50). The greeter said "Just the 2 of you?" and we said yes... so he informed us that that was great because we would be the last 2.

 

I guess this means Great Adventure is back to their old practice of cutting lines off early and not telling anyone. Do they seriously think the 10 minutes they're saving themselves is worth the disappointed guests they're going to get by doing that? I can't stand this practice because the 20 MINUTE DIFFERENCE between Cedar Point's policy of a 10 minute grace period and this awful policy makes a much bigger impact on a guest's day than it could possibly make on their bottom line.

 

Luckily we got in line and when we got into the station we were greeted with a bottleneck of people waiting for the front so we got past and were happy to find that despite the fact that they wouldn't send many more trains and despite the fact that they cut the line off early we'd still be able to ride in the second to last row. The op told everyone that they would only be sending a limited number of trains and everyone waiting for the front would need to go to another row so if there were more than 2 people in front of you you needed to pick another row (obviously this is a standard practice). At this point the entire back of the train was basically empty and we were next.

 

People dispersed and filled in all but one row up near the front. At that point the ops tried to get someone waiting for the front to fill it in (there were about 30 people waiting for the front and we were the only people anywhere else) and they wouldn't listen so one of the ops pointed to us and pointed to the seat near the front because since nobody waiting for the front was listening they figured they would be lazy and make us sit there even though we were following the rules and that was completely stupid. I always listen to what the ops say but there was no way that was happening since they were sending 2 more trains, we were next in line for our row, the op on the board had just said that "if you were next in line for your row you could ride but everyone else needed to move" and they had now spent 5 minutes trying to fill 2 seats because (as they announced through the microphone) they "wanted to go home" when if they would have just dispatched it they would probably be done already. We just ignored him and chose to listen to the op on the mic who was saying something totally different (something that actually made sense) since it worked for everyone else and it worked for us too because their laziness prevailed in the end and they just let it go empty. Finally for the next train they made everyone waiting for the front do what they had been telling them to do and filled the train and we got our last ride.

 

So overall we had a great day. There were the usual crappy policies and crappy ride ops (in some cases though hats off to the Nitro Crew and El Diablo crew for being fun and awesome) but the rides always more than make up for that. We can't wait to go back in a few weeks for Holiday in the Park!

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