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Would you guys say this calendar is accurate? I’m hoping I might be able to head up there soon, but my family would probably only be able to go on a weekend (or next Friday - possibly).

 

Park hours are a good proxy.

 

If theyre open until 10pm, they expect a lot of people.

 

If they close at 8pm, they expect less people.

 

Weather wise, the absolute best scenario is major thunderstorms from 6am to 10:29am.

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Bro, Jersey legalized pot not crack. Put it down.

OH. MY. GOD. A SPIRAL MAINTENANCE STAIRCASE!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO WALK DOWN IT!!!!  

Good news - construction restarted on Jersey Devil!

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Yes, but note that if storms keep people away and there's ANY rain at all lingering throughout the day the park will very likely "close for inclement weather". If it's a Fright Fest weekend the park will pretty much (well... in one case, literally) open in a hurricane but they'll close for marginally cold temperatures or a light drizzle if the park is dead and they're losing money.

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Referring to all the responses to my question last page about crowds:

I see. As a follow up question, how does GAdv generally handle rain/storm? What rides are most likely to close during rain? If it thunderstorms, how long after the storm dies down before they re-open stuff?

 

(Sure hope the answer to this question is a bit more conclusive than my last one )

 

EDIT: Just realized coasterbill mentioned some of the answers to the above Q’s in his last post. I’ll leave the questions up there if anyone has something to add.

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Here now. Rerouted from Hershey due to weather. A gamble, but we got Nitro x2, El Toro x2, Bizzaro, Runaway, and Kingda Ka in about 1.5 hours. KK was the only wait and it was a two train wait.

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It's simple...

 

Great Adventure will run every ride except Kingda Ka in rain, snow or in extreme temperatures if the park is decently busy. They have a wonderful, ludicrous weather policy where they basically run their rides until they valley or refuse to work anymore. During Fright Fest we rode Nitro in the sleet. It was excruciating. They never closed it. Last year they ran their coasters on multiple 19 degree nights.

 

If the park is dead, they'll close the entire park early in a light drizzle due to inclement weather.

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5-6 years ago I had a visit where it rained hard enough that El Toro, Nitro, and Kingda Ka all closed for a few hours. But once the rain stopped, I had 1.5-2 hours to marathon them before the park closed early.

 

One of the surprises in that visit was Rolling Thunder. I actually got some really good airtime on the return leg in those conditions.

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The park is DEAD today. Just got off Cyborg and can confirm it’s mediocre AT BEST. We flipped once.

 

Sounds like the park is running a weak ride program. The thing must be capable of a better ride cycle than that.

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^I got on it again and it did about 3-4 inversions, but still a very tame ride. Looks way more intimidating off of it than it feels on it. On ride is very smooth and seems to meander. Comfortable as well. I guarantee anyone that averts spin N pukes could handle this ride no problem.

 

Log Flume is currently testing.

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They had the ride ops, the merch stand folks and even the safari guide asking, "Did you try Cyborg yet?"

 

It's so dead my daughter got coastered out so we did Skyway, Safari Adventure, and the Houdini thing. She still wasn't up for coasters so I went back for more El Toro, Nitro and a front row Kingda Ka. Good times! Except for Green Lantern. It was better than Vortex, though.

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Yeah, love this park. Unless there’s a tornado the rides are usually rolling. The polar opposite of Cedar Point. They know the B&Ms will survive freezing temps.

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Also the Kia train is WAY WAY WAY WAY smoother on El Toro than the caramel train. I got on the caramel train in the back and it was pretty bouncy and shaky. Did the Kia train and it was about Nitro smooth with a WAY less potholes (not void of em though)

 

I definitely could marathon on the Kia train, don't think I could on the caramel colored one.

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It's so dead my daughter got coastered out so we did Skyway, Safari Adventure, and the Houdini thing.

 

When I went with my sister last year, the same thing happened! We were excited about the park being open late, so we could get night rides on El Toro, but we'd ridden everything we wanted to, including a bunch of El Toro rides, and it was still a few hours away to close, so we just left. And this was midweek the week of July 4th. Definitely an interesting park in terms of crowds!

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Hell has frozen over. Great Adventure is getting a hotel.

 

http://shorenewsnetwork.com/news/headline-news/hilton-hotel-construction-announced-at-jacksons-great-adventure-sports-complex/

 

JACKSON-After nearly one half century, it’s finally happening. A hotel will be built in Jackson Township to accommodate Six Flags Great Adventure and a future sports complex.

 

Hilton and Adventure Sports & Entertainment, announced today a new development deal for its upscale yet affordable global brand, Hilton Garden Inn.

 

The 134-room, 5-story hotel will be located at 567 Monmouth Road, Jackson, New Jersey 08527, located just off of State Highway I-195 Exit 16A. Construction is expected to begin by September 10, 2018, with completion slated for March of 2020.

 

“Jackson, New Jersey is the perfect location for our newest property and the latest addition to the Hilton Garden Inn brand,” said developer Vito Cardinale, President and CEO Cardinale Enterprises. “We’re eager to get started on bringing this project to life and welcoming new travelers to the area visiting not only the Adventure Sports & Entertainment complex, but also Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park, which is adjacent to the property, enhanced even further with our addition of a 10,000 square foot banquet and event space within the hotel portion of the project.”

 

Jackson Township Mayor, Michael Reina, was so pleased with the hotel project and the expansive, all-inclusive sports complex “Adventure Sports & Entertainment” that it will service; he was quoted saying “Jackson’s future has arrived”.

 

Along with the hotel, Jackson Township recently approved a large sports complex that will become a sports tourism destination. The complex will host a variety of sports tournaments. Former U.S. Olympian and professional women’s softball player Crystl Bustos has recently announced her “Ruthless” softball program will operate out of the facility. Check back this weekend for an in-depth interview with Bustos regarding her plans in Jackson.

 

Reina today said that this is the start of Jackson’s new future. “It’s a great thing for the town and finally after all the years of talking about it, it’s finally happening,” Reina said.

 

The hotel will offer amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a 24-hour business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full- service restaurant serving cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with cocktails in the lobby lounge and a list of other in-room amenities that are appealing to those traveling for business or leisure, as well as serving the local communities and their families visiting the area for sports tournaments or Six Flags Great Adventure.

 

Each guestroom boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens and an in-room “hospitality center” with a mini fridge, microwave oven as well as a Keurig coffee maker.

 

Hilton Garden Inn, Jackson, NJ, will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money, and, gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform or to make purchases at Amazon.com with Amazon Shop with Points. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit Hilton Garden Inn, Jackson, NJ, with Hyperlink to http://www.hiltongardeninn.com or call 1 855-516-1091.

 

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Ahhh, so it's going to be another Hilton. Interesting. I remember back when this was approved in December, but I think this is the first time we're hearing an actual company attached to it. I like the additional renderings, really helps show what will be in store. This'll also help ensure more year-round business for the McDonald's and Burger King right there. We used to be slammed in the summer and be a ghost town in the winter.

 

I still think anyone who bitched about the solar farm situation that doesn't say anything here is a pretty big hypocrite.

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I think its awesome they opening a new hotel right there. I am very Hilton loyal - love my points to get nice rooms really cheap. The Hilton Garden Inn's are nice, nothin spectacular but sill nice.

 

They need more food options eventually in that area. The Wawa gets SOOO crowded when the park closes. We always stop there after Fright Fest and we usually wait about 35-45 min for our food and they tend to run out of things.

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You couldn't pay to me to try to get food at that Wawa, McDonalds or Burger outside the park after park closing during Fright Fest. That sounds like an absolute f*cking nightmare. Why would anyone do that, especially considering there are like 4 other Wawas within 15 minutes of the park.

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You couldn't pay to me to try to get food at that Wawa, McDonalds or Burger outside the park after park closing during Fright Fest. That sounds like an absolute f*cking nightmare.

 

Try working at one during at that time. Fright Fest closing shifts were the worst. I've got stories. I've had soda thrown on me, people walk around the counter to just take food, fights break out inside and outside the building, and some of the most disgusting examples of human behavior possible. Cops were there all the time. We had to hire a security service one year because had just gotten to be THAT bad.

 

*shudders*

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You couldn't pay to me to try to get food at that Wawa, McDonalds or Burger outside the park after park closing during Fright Fest. That sounds like an absolute f*cking nightmare. Why would anyone do that, especially considering there are like 4 other Wawas within 15 minutes of the park.

 

We actually found one closer to the hotel we normally stay in about 25 min away from the park this year. We always stay at the same hotel - can never remember the city its in (I always look back at my Expedia history lol). Its a Budget Inn across from a Scottish Inn.

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You couldn't pay to me to try to get food at that Wawa, McDonalds or Burger outside the park after park closing during Fright Fest. That sounds like an absolute f*cking nightmare.

 

Try working at one during at that time. Fright Fest closing shifts were the worst. I've got stories. I've had soda thrown on me, people walk around the counter to just take food, fights break out inside and outside the building, and some of the most disgusting examples of human behavior possible. Cops were there all the time. We had to hire a security service one year because had just gotten to be THAT bad.

 

*shudders*

 

I can only imagine. I honestly can't remember the last time we stopped there after the park. We've gone to the Wawa a bunch in the morning beforehand for breakfast/coffee if we hadn't already stopped at one in Philly/on the way, and depending on the day/time that Wawa can get ugly, but we usually bounce right outta that area after leaving the park. I'm sure even on super busy summer days its awful in there after park close. After Fright Fest? That's truly a frightening thought.

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We're going for the first time this season tomorrow, last year we basically just drove down to get our passes, and this year we're actually doing stuff. I've read that rundown of what to do and such, but I am wondering about some other stuff like which rides don't have bins that i will have to have someone wait around. Because I don't want to risk losing anything on a coaster, as the luck I have in life my pockets will empty like nobody's business. We're also going a little after opening, so getting to stuff right away might not be easy. I worry if we will get to hit everything in 10 hours, but I am hopeful.

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