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Just got back from a weekend trip to NJ and GAdv with a friend, first time there since...2015 or so, ish.  Holy crap what has happened to this place?  I've heard a lot of negativity about it lately, but kinda took it for just enthusiasts bitching about things; I've heard complaints about a lot of parks, after all.  And Great Adventure used to be one of the good Six Flags parks!  All the others I've been to have been at least decent lately, so GAdv couldn't be THAT bad, could it?

The majority of the place looks like walking around a theme park in Fallout now.  Rides that look like they haven't been painted in a decade, pavement tiles all cracked and broken and out of place.  Nothing looks kept up.  Half of one end of the park is fenced off.  The scenery in the Western area for some reason seems to be in much better shape but the rides there aren't any better off.

We had SIX rides break down either while we were on them or right before we got on.  After we got off the lift hill on The Dark Knight, none of the effects turn on, and they stopped us at the first brake for 10 minute, before turning the lights on and announcing someone would be coming to walk us off the ride...right before the released the car and let us back into the station.

Wonder Woman, Superman, the log flume, Medusa, Kingda Ka, and Zumanjaro (oops...that's seven, not six) all broke down while we were waiting for them; some relatively short breakdowns, some where they completely closed the ride and cleared out the line.

I know no one expects great food at Six Flags but every other one I've been to has at least been acceptable the last couple years.  The burger I grabbed at Garden State Grill was borderline inedible, on top of the staff there having no idea what they were doing.  My friend attempted to order one of the hard ciders they had advertised; the cashier gave him a deer-in-the-headlights look for a while before deciding he couldn't sell alcohol, and going looking for someone who could, which ended up with us getting out of line and into the other register line for someone who could sell it, only to get to the front of that and be told they didn't actually have any.  Then then managed to lose our order; we have to go back up with the receipt later and get them to track it down.  With how upset it made my stomach after I wish I hadn't.

I don't like coming around here to be negative.  There's already enough of that.  I tend to really enjoy even parks that other people look down on; I've gotten amused reactions for posting excited reports from Dorney and Worlds of Fun.  I just can not find much good to say about GAdv now though; I haven't seen a park so badly run and cared for in years.

Good points, I guess, some of the rides there are still pretty great when they're running.  Jersey Devil was fun, Medusa was running amazing (until it broke), Kingda Ka is still pretty awesome.

I don't know if the park needs money, a complete change of management, both, something else...I know it's been a hard time for parks but I've been to a couple dozen the last couple years now anyway and I haven't seen anything this bad.  Someone please save this place before Kingda Ka falls over!

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Because I can't count to seven
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Nobody listens to me when I tell them this place is a shithole that happens to have the tallest coaster in the world and a woodie that was once awesome but has deteriorated horribly in the past few years.

I live within an hour and a half of the place and I've been something like three or four times in the past 10 years.

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I am visiting this park on Friday for the first time since July 2016. Generally speaking the reviews I read online regarding literally anything coaster or theme park related are more negative than what my experience turns out to be, but after what happened last week and what is happening with the chain in general, I am... prepared for the worst? I suppose.

With that being said, I had a great time at SFMM a couple weeks ago. Hot as heck but the park was running great with basically everything open and little to complain about. But of course that doesn't mean this park is the same. Time will tell I guess. I remember it being a great park with decent operations and overall a really good time. But 6 years is a while.

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On 8/29/2022 at 7:50 PM, grsupercity said:

If this place has really fallen into this bad of disrepair I wonder if sea world could buy it? It already has the animals and the rides. 

At first I laughed, thinking you were referring to the clientele, then I remembered they had the safari park.

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So I did go up yesterday .... damn it was dead.

Coaster count:

 

Kingda Ka 5

Batman: The Ride 3

Nitro 5

Log Flume 1

Medusa 2

Joker 1

Justice League 1 (no 3d glasses)

Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth 1

Skull Mountain 1

Zumanjaro 1

Houdini's Great Escape 1

Green Lantern 1

Jersey Devil 5

Only real wait was Superman: Ultimate Flight because of one train operations.  Never thought I'd see the day where I'd just walk on to Jersey Devil.

Of course, Kingda Ka had a 10 minute breakdown when I was in the station; but I toughed it out dammit. The ride ops were actually making people fill in all rows. Of course I like to scream random nonsense while waiting to launch (Arms up or you're a chode smoker!) and the brake run (Titty sprinkles for everyone! I got a coaster boner!) :D

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5 hours ago, Jason Maier said:

Of course I like to scream random nonsense while waiting to launch (Arms up or you're a chode smoker!) and the brake run (Titty sprinkles for everyone! I got a coaster boner!) :D

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5 hours ago, Jason Maier said:

Of course I like to scream random nonsense while waiting to launch (Arms up or you're a chode smoker!) and the brake run (Titty sprinkles for everyone! I got a coaster boner!) :D

Congrats on being one of the enthusiasts that give us all a bad name and make us hesitant to identify ourselves at parks.

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I traveled for the first time on Wednesday and I was impressed for the most part. I understand staffing issues during the end of August, so when it comes to several flat rides being closed, I can understand that. I work at a smaller park called Adventure Park and even there, everyone going back to school has forced us to keep a lot of our attractions closed during weekdays. Great Adventure just had some rides closed, most were open. Kingda Ka was almost a miss for me, but it opened last minute and I was able to collect that credit. I was more intrigued to see my friend's reaction since I had already ridden TTD, and she was impressed. I like TTD more I think, but this one was still an amazing experience. A wonderful last ride.

The biggest shock for me was how much I disliked The Green Lantern. Listen, I know stand ups get a bad reputation, but in juxtaposition to those criticisms I've always enjoyed them. Sure, I had only ridden Vortex at CGA and Shockwave at KD, but I thought I had a grasp of what to expect when it came down to them. Green Lantern was just a case of it being too intense for my legs, I felt like they were going to go through the floor. It hurt. I appreciate the ride on one hand because it's a great layout and I do think there's a good ride in the right seat, but I was too strained from that first ride to go and try again. 

I sort of wanted to savor every mundane flat ride this trip as I always just coaster count - but this time I wanted to enjoy the park. The Scrambler, called Deja Vu is a short cycle, but it was my first time riding one since I was like 10 (I'm in my late twenties now) and it packed a punch. I also did Buccaneer, which is an intamin pirate ship, and it packed a lot more punch than the travelling models from Chance. I won't say Huss as those are still my favorite non-inverting ships. The last of the mundane flats I tried was Houdini's Great Escape, a vekoma madhouse, which had 25% of the effects working in the preshow. Still impressive, but even with the motion sickness pills I took, I don't know how much longer I could take. It was disorienting.

Onto the more exciting flats, or seemingly exciting flats, let me start with the Cyborg spin. I heard people talk about it being a let down, but it really just suffers from a poor cycle. When it gets going, it's fun, but then stops. The restraints are far from comfortable either. They needed padding. I was sad that the top spin was closed, I always love those, even the ones with bad cycles. The Spinsanity was incredible, you get some good airtime and hangtime. The biggest thrill about it though was getting pulled back, the amount of speed you feel on the descent. Amazing.

The water rides were all fun, and gave me that nostalgic feeling. I particularly loved the old arrow log ride, it was long, and had decent drops. It's a soaker. That last drop does not play. The only downside was the rumble of the chain lift.

Jersey Devil was a roller coaster I was excited to ride, I'd only ridden Trailblazer, and for me it felt like a more complete version of that. The mid breakrun didn't slow the train that much, so I had a decent amount of speed going through those last elements. I think Nitro was my favorite, it was long and had some great moments of airtime. The most intense part for me however was that helix. I had never ridden a Batman clone before this one, and out of all the intense B&M inverts i've done,. backseat on Batman was so wild. I never gray out on rides, I've ridden I305 on opening day and never greyed out, but this time I definitely felt myself greying out. It could be the difference in my age, but wow. 

Anyways, for a Six Flags park, I was impressed. This has a LOT of roller coasters, but it also has just so many rides for the family. The fact it has so many indoor roller coasters, and a great dark ride (which combined physical and digital sets well) - plus many kids/family rides just show it's a park for everyone. This park has the full package

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55 minutes ago, Jason Maier said:

I've read rumors that the Northern Star Arena might be on the chopping block in the future.

If it does get removed .... well, new coaster?

Yeah, as @michaellynn4said, cute theory.  Not going to happen.  What would their motivation be for removal of the arena?  It's a bowl in a mound of dirt, there's no infrastructure to fall apart.

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On 9/4/2022 at 6:08 PM, AmyUD06 said:

Yeah, as @michaellynn4said, cute theory.  Not going to happen.  What would their motivation be for removal of the arena?  It's a bowl in a mound of dirt, there's no infrastructure to fall apart.

Well, they removed the old Dolphin/Sea Lion arena a few years ago to make room for The Joker, so it's entirely possible. Also, it's not they've had many shows recently due to Covid-related restrictions.

Fun fact: the attendance record for the Northern Star Arena was broken by a 1981 concert from the Marshall Tucker Band. Even 40+ years later, no other concert has come close. Great Adventure History did an in-depth page dedicated to it.

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On 8/31/2022 at 3:04 PM, Jason Maier said:

(Arms up or you're a chode smoker!) and the brake run (Titty sprinkles for everyone! I got a coaster boner!) :D

Just... I can't.

This is why I don't attend coaster events.

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23 hours ago, Zack44 said:

Well, they removed the old Dolphin/Sea Lion arena a few years ago to make room for The Joker, so it's entirely possible. Also, it's not they've had many shows recently due to Covid-related restrictions.

Fun fact: the attendance record for the Northern Star Arena was broken by a 1981 concert from the Marshall Tucker Band. Even 40+ years later, no other concert has come close. Great Adventure History did an in-depth page dedicated to it.

South Jersey shouldn't be considered part of the Union.

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3 hours ago, Masquerade said:

South Jersey shouldn't be considered part of the Union.

The reason it was so crowded is because they rarely toured in the northern USA at the time.

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In October I’m going to Hershey Park on Saturday and Sunday weekend of October 14th for there new Dark nights Halloween event. I have a free day on Friday night we’re I could go somewhere close to Hershey Park.

I was thinking of going down to Six Flags Great Adventure on Friday night for Fright Fest my first time ever to Great Adventure. I was wondering how busy park will normally be second weekend in October 14th. Is it possible to get all the coasters in 5:30pm-12:00am and is everything normally open? I’m just going for coasters and rides if it’s slow maybe some scare zones and haunts. I’m hesitant to go with reading reviews.

I’m also trying to decide maybe go to Knoebels on Friday night for there Hallo weekend or drive to Dorney Park for there haunt. 

So I’m trying to decide we’re to go on Friday night because I have time I also have season pass with Six Flags. I have four day weekend driving out to Hershey on Saturday and Sunday. And first visits to each park. Any tips which park will be the least crowded Thanks. 

 

 

 

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It's tough to predict Fright Fest crowds this year.

Every day of the season so far has been empty, but Fright Fest has historically been the busiest time of the year by far. I feel like it could be really anywhere from every single ride being a walk-on to every major coaster having triple digit wait times. Everything about this season is unprecedented.

That said, just go to Knoebels. It's closer and better and El Toro is closed anyway.

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7 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

That said, just go to Knoebels. It's closer and better and El Toro is closed anyway.

This man speaks the truth.

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