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Six Flags Great Adventure celebrates 35 years; Happy birthday!

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Published: July 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Hard to belive the Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey openned 35 yrs ago this weekend. And over the years has managed to become one of the most visted theme parks in America.

El Toro and Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags should take the time to mark this mile stone. And look back at what made the park work in the early years. And use that to makes it plans for its future.

That being said I will be attending a event there in Auguest for all past cast members. Which should be interesting.

I wonder what Warner Le Roy would think of his creation today?

Readers' Opinions

From Raul Araoz on July 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Happy Birthday Great Adventure. It is a solid park that has managed to stay relevant due to its' large stable of coasters. However, in reality, the main reason it is so visited is because it is the closest quality theme park in the New York City area.

Rye Playland and Coney Island are not really up to snuff. The only reason to visit either is to take a ride on the Dragon Coaster and the Cyclone.

I wish that there was a high-quality theme park in New York City proper. The rumors of Disney redeveloping Coney Island got me excited, but they were not meant to be. Likewise, with the rumors of a completely enclosed park on Governor's Island.

The largest city in the country should have a great theme park to call its' own and hopefully this will happen some day. If for nothing more, than to provide competition for Great Adventure which has had its' good years and bad years in its' 35 year span.

Nevertheless, Congratulations Great Adventure. Here is hoping for a bright future.

From William Clark on July 2, 2009 at 10:45 AM
Ahh, this brings back memories, lots of memories and not all of them good. I was a season passholder for a few years at Great Adventure and well, I'm much happier being a annual passholder at Disney, Universal, Seaworld and Busch Tampa. Yeah I remember sitting in traffic at Exit 7A on the NJ Turnpike during those hot summer days, waiting behind a long line of cars for the toll taker to slowly collect his hideous tribute only to be confronted by a huge line to pay $10(now $15) to park. Another line to get in, more sick lines at the rides. Oh yes, the fights in line were legendary. Profanity? Yeah plenty. The food... not Jersey's best but edible. Yep, I darkened their doorstep more than a few times over the years. Haven't been back in a few years now though. Wonder if things have improved?

Then again it's Jersey. Nothing really changes there.

From Jack Curley on July 2, 2009 at 1:21 PM
I used to live in NJ, so Great Adventure was my "default" park until I realized that it took the same amount of time to go to Dorney Park, where admission was cheaper and included a waterpark. Nowadays, I live 20 minutes from Kings Island, and I never want to go back to Great Adventure. There is no good time to visit it. The park is always packed, and lines are always long. There are some quality coasters, but you'll spend all day on line, and might not even get to ride them all. I'd rather go to a park with less of a selection, if it means I can ride everything several times in a visit.
From Elizabeth Gray on July 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM
Happy B-Day!! I have this cool vintage postcard of the candy shop from when it opened.

While not my favorite park in the area, the addtion of EL Toro a few years ago made me want to go back on a regular basis. However like all Six-Flags parks there is no love for the visitor. The food is mediocre at best and really expensive. The park is a little on the disrepair side and could be a bit cleaner. I rather drive to Kennywood or BuschGardens Williamsburg which are also just a couple of hours away from me where the tickets are reasonable, the parks are clean and the food is great. I also like Dorney Park a lot. However if they keep adding new an improved rollercoasters, I will always visit once every couple of years.

From Gareth H on July 2, 2009 at 3:01 PM
So googled frank, found a Digg.com forum on it, ove this response

Soo crazy to see this on digg. The guy who shot the other one was a technician for the Dueling Dragons at Universal's Islands of Adventure, where my two roommates work, who knew the guy. The ride has been messing up lately and everyone was too scared to call for maintenance. Can't believe I am reading about it on digg...

Ah well....

From William Clark on July 2, 2009 at 4:30 PM
Even for a Brit that was quite the incoherent post.
From Tony Duda on July 2, 2009 at 9:56 PM
I think he wanted the next story down and hit the wrong button.

Anyway, I was a season pass holder from 1996 to 2001 when I lived at the Jersey shore and would go to GA for all the live music shows which were great those years but are almost pitiful these days. Also loved the Lethal Weapon water stunt show and the high divers and shows in the area near Batman Chiller. Also liked the Dinosaur and Jet Fighter moving seat shows by the parachute drop. And the coasters were always great but I also enjoyed many of the smaller spinning style rides which seemed to be just a bit faster and riskier than at other parks. And the Halloween Fright Fest(?)nights was a great experience and they did not cost a separate ticket like all the Halloween shows at Universal, Disney and Busch. Based on what I read and hear about it today, I was lucky to be there during those glory years. (I'm sorry I can't remember the accurate real names of the shows and rides.)

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