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Great Adventure has a strict “restrict these nuts” philosophy in regards to covid restrictions and protocols. It’s the Wild West and that should be abundantly clear by now. 😂

Wow, a trip report about Great Adventure in October and the main takeaways are long lines, pot smoke, and Toro running slow in the cold. I, for one, am completely shocked.

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Here is my recap of today Joker's Construction Tour, although so much more was discussed. Thanks to the Communications Team (Kristin, Kaitlyn and Jacob) for leading us around. And special thanks to John Fitzgerald for fielding our questions.

 

Joker

We were first led to the backstage area to see the Joker trains

The park insists the name change from Total Mayhem to Joker was last minute and not planned all along.

Loading will be on two sides like SFFT. The Ha Ha Ha sign that appeared in prior artwork will not happen.

Joker should be topped off by the end of this week

Memorial Day weekend is still the scheduled opening.

 

Harley Quinn Crazy Train name was accidentally leaked on the Six Flags website, it was supposed to be revealed today. The ride will not open til mid-late April

 

Big Wheel will also not open with the park, still under rehab

 

Nitro looked as though the supports had been painted.

 

Initially many of us thought B:TR track had been repainted, but more likely just power washed.

 

There are still two piles of rocks in the location of Chiller's station but the park was not willing to talk about the location

 

It was revealed that a second bar (beer and wine) will open in the park next to Sky Screamer, it will be called Sky Bar. Another Go Fresh and the Villian's Cafe will be the only food changes in the park.

 

Panda Express remains for 2016. Apparently each contract has a different contract with Panda Express, it was not confirmed the contract expires.

 

Two new shows in the park were revealed: "This Magic Moment" this magic show will occur in the Seaport Adventure theater while "Wild Life Game" will occur in the Seafari theater.

 

Holiday in the Park exceeded the park projection of 209,000 guests (they can not disclose the total). Although it could have been higher without some of the rainy days. The outside vendor carts (Waffles and Empanadas) were last minute additions due to heavier crowds than expected, the park will be better prepared in the food prep area and the participation of outside vendors is TBD for 2016.

 

John Fitzgerald was very open in the Q&A but also tight lipped. When asked about old schools flats (was asked about a Wave Swinger and Enterprise) he said he liked them and opening Adventure Alley is a big success in his mind. I suspect he would like to add a few more throughout the park.

 

When questioned about Justice League and how having it would really help round out the park especially during HITP, he didn't want to talk but admitted he loved the ride. I still think this will be the 2017 addition to the park.

 

John loves the transformation the park makes after dark during Fright Fest and HITP and wishes he could find the magic bullet that works for SFGAdv on summer nights. The Glow in the Dark parade was nice, but didn't really keep people in the park or draw more people in late in the day.

 

He still wants a more visible location for the babboons.

 

And the last bit of info was about the parking lot, but I had trouble hearing. I thought he said ad announcement about upgrades in the parking lot would occur in about a week (but it has nothing to do with solar panels)

 

Now on to the pictures

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The trains have all been rounded up and captured

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I was careful to not put my hands inside the crate for fear of losing fingers to these wild beasts

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This is the part with wheels. I guess this is called a chassis, what do I know.

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Close up of the technical stuff

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Brake doo hickey

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Box 18 is full of Excitement

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Good thing I wasn't wearing my pacemaker

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Only for the eyes of those obsessed with magnets

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One more technical thing. If you know what this is, then good for you because I really don't care.

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Anyone have a guess what is inside Pallet 27?

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If you guessed Booster Tire Assembly, you're a wiener.

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This looks important

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The coaster

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A few trees were harmed (slightly more than a flesh wound) in the making of this coaster, but SFGAdv always replants for any removed trees.

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You will not be able to stand here once the coaster is operational. And I found that ladder that used to be leaning against Fort Independence

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Only a few more pieces to go

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The supports form a W because this coaster is a Winner!

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Last remnants of Fort Independence

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Sign, your days are numbered

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Old Track

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Shiny new track

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The future SkyBar

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a new pile of dirt, start speculation

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The piles of gravel remain

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Park President John Fitzgerald graciously and patiently addressing our group.

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Awesome photos, those trains look beautiful!

 

So if Gradv exceeded 209k visitors for HITP that means more than likely annual attendance topped the 3 million mark for the first time in more than a decade. Impressive!!

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Thanks for the updates! Very interesting about the Chiller ride area. Interested to see, assuming that area is open to the public, if anything changes later in the season. If not, I think we should keep an eye on the Right Stuff theater.

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Today training was going on at Toro

My favorite post of the past 24 hours.

 

The Ha Ha Ha sign that appeared in prior artwork will not happen.

My least favorite post of the past 24 hours. #priorities

(nothing personal, Larry)

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Awesome photos, those trains look beautiful!

 

So if Gradv exceeded 209k visitors for HITP that means more than likely annual attendance topped the 3 million mark for the first time in more than a decade. Impressive!!

 

Attendance may have topped 3 million *wink wink*

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Wow the ride seems to be coming along great! I am actually excited to try it especially after trying the death trap that is Green Lantern at SFMM. From the pictures it doesn't look as big as I thought it would from the fountain, especially when the trees begin to grow leaves it will kind of be hidden. It is disappointing that the ha ha ha centerpiece won't be there. And maybe it's just me but 3 million seems kind of unimpressive since other seasonal parks with shorter operating calenders get more than that without a holiday event. But either way this ride looks awesome and it looks like Great Adventure will have another great year!

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^ If they indeed hit 3 million, that'd make them the highest attended park in the chain. That's certainly impressive when considering the chain has two parks that operate year-round. Good for them.

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GAdv leading the chain in attendance is nothing new...they've done it multiple times the last 20 years. That is why during the KK/Toro era they were making a big push to make the park a resort. It is one of the few regional parks in the country that has the attendance and potential to justify such investments.

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^ I think you're confused to what a "regional park" is. Great Adventure is no WDW or Universal. People don't plan their yearly vacations around visiting.

 

What are you kidding?! Jackson is beautiful tourist destination.

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^ I think you're confused to what a "regional park" is. Great Adventure is no WDW or Universal. People don't plan their yearly vacations around visiting.

it sure is not WDS or universal, but it sure is a park that is also visited by other states and continents. so I would say that is not a regional park

 

as well as cedar point or sfmm

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^ You could say that about any amusement park anywhere because I can guarantee they've all been visited by a few people that aren't locals at some point in time. Doesn't change the fact that they're regional, non-resort destinations. Would you consider Luna Park at Coney Island a non-regional park? I sure wouldn't, even though it gets a ton of tourist traffic.

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^ I think you're confused to what a "regional park" is. Great Adventure is no WDW or Universal. People don't plan their yearly vacations around visiting.

 

What are you kidding?! Jackson is beautiful tourist destination.

 

Right? I mean they have a Long John Silvers close by!

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^ I think you're confused to what a "regional park" is. Great Adventure is no WDW or Universal. People don't plan their yearly vacations around visiting.

 

What are you kidding?! Jackson is beautiful tourist destination.

 

Right? I mean they have a Long John Silvers close by!

 

"Six Flags Great Adventure: Come for the thrills, stay for the Wawa."

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^ Freshly remodeled Wawa!!

 

The idea I would pitch is that Great Adventure and Wawa go into business together. The Old Country becomes "Wawa World" with a giant Wawa being the centerpiece. From there you can base your attractions around it such as "The Wawa Tour" ala Hershey's factory tour.

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It was revealed that a second bar (beer and wine) will open in the park next to Sky Screamer, it will be called Sky Bar. Another Go Fresh and the Villian's Cafe will be the only food changes in the park.

 

May I ask where the first bar is located? It's been a while since we have been to SFGadv so I need to plan accordingly if we visit this year. I can imagine that there are at least two frequent visitors to this thread that might be able to tell me right away???!!

 

And even with a bar next to Sky Screamer, the chances of it helping me challenge that ride are probably slim to none.

 

 

 

 

 

PS - I would also be all about a Wawa World...love me some WaWa!

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^ I think you're confused to what a "regional park" is. Great Adventure is no WDW or Universal. People don't plan their yearly vacations around visiting.

 

What are you kidding?! Jackson is beautiful tourist destination.

 

 

Kinda' like Staten Island.......

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