A Six Flags Great Adventure

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on September 01, 2012 at 10:30 pm with 9 Comments

Monorail Man, Capt Phoebus and Sir Clinksalot recently embarked on an epic coaster trip to the east coast. On their 8-day trip they visited Six Flags Great Adventure, Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Six Flags America, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Over the next weeks they will be highlighting these amazing parks. ~~Rick

Six Flags Great Adventure

We start our journey at Six Flags Great Adventure, one of the flagship parks in the Six Flags chain.

The park entrance

The entrance area is nicely themed and contains shops and eateries

The parks statue is fitting given the parks location in one of the original colonies

The park has a great mixture of coasters, family rides and flat rides

As well as the last American park to feature a Sky Jump (Six Flags Over Texas’ Sky Jump will be removed this off-season)

The Golden Kingdom is the newest land to be added to the park in 2005

The Golden Kingdom features animals, play areas and one of the parks signature coasters, Kingda Ka

Kingda ka


El Toro is one of the parks other signature coaster



El Toro, Kingda Ka and the parks Sky Ride

Park Management was also kind enough to take time out of their busy day to spend a little time with us, share a bit of the history of the park (including recent improvements) and give us some hints about future attractions.

The park is very proud of their 2012 additions including Sky Screamer

And the childrens ride Air Jumbo which Captain Phoebus was more than happy to try out.

Below is all of the information on the parks 2012 additions

Both extreme and family thrills are here for 2012! You’ll have more to scream about on SkyScreamer, the newest sensation in tower rides, now open! Sit two across in open-air swings as you climb to 24 stories while spinning round and round. At full swing, you soar in a 98-ft. circle at speeds of 40 mph high above the park below.

The park is also introducing two new, yet classic, family attractions– bumper cars and a music-themed scrambler. Guests will also be greeted with the return of the popular flying elephants ride, which formerly made its home in The Golden Kingdom section of the theme park. These rides will join SkyScreamer and reside in the newly-themed Adventure Alley.

In addition the park has a new slide in Hurricane Harbor which opened recently, King Cobra.
Photo courtesy of Six Flags

Photo courtesy of Six Flags

Photo courtesy of Six Flags

Next time we will continue our tour of Six Flags Great Adventure and will share some news for what will be coming in 2013.

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • mratigan

    I’m sooooooooo jealous

  • Plaiditude

    Six Flags Great Adventure is the closest thing I have to a “home” park, and it’s pretty well run for a Six Flags. It’s not in the greatest area, so the park seems to be frequented by some, uhm, interesting guests at times who can change the atmosphere a bit. That being said, it is one of the larger Six Flags parks, and actually tries to have a theme in most areas.

    El Toro is a GREAT wooden coaster with an awesome layout, but is only one of two woodies at the park (the other is Rolling Thunder, or as some of us affectionately call it, “Rotting Lumber”).

    The park is a bit B&M heavy, which I don’t mind a bit. They have 5: a Batman: The Ride inverted clone, Nitro (hyper coaster), Superman: Ultimate Flight (flyer), Bizzaro (formerly Medusa, the first floorless coaster that B&M ever made), and Green Lantern (standup, acquired from SFKK, was known as Chang there).

    There’s a decent selection of coasters, and I was glad that we got El Toro, since we were severely lacking in the wooden coaster department.

    Great Adventure has a bit of an interesting history; it was developed by Warner LeRoy, who also operated the famous Russian Tea Room and Tavern on the Green in NYC. He envisioned an entertainment complex, sort of similar to the one in central Florida that we all know and love, with areas intended for hotel development and separate elements of parks on property (water park, more of a sea world type aquatic animal area park, drive thru safari, amusement area, etc). He had a bit of a larger than life approach, and many remnants of his theming still remain in the park. As a result, Great Adventure has a much different feel than other Six Flags parks that I’ve been to.

  • Algernon

    Pretty scary rides. I like the Skyway, though. I wish Disneyland still had one. When is the romance with paving stones going to end? Everybody is using them these days. I hate them, especially at Disneyland. No Main Street USA ever had paving stones. Maybe in Europe…

  • Princess Victoria

    I like seeing when thrill parks make some effort to install a passing theme. From what I see here, this Six Flags park looks rather nice. Thanks for the report.

  • Great report guys. That King Cobra ride looks neat. Sad to see the classic Sky Jump go.

  • LoveStallion

    Do you not know how to properly use apostrophes to indication possession?

    • Rick Wright

      To me, the whole reason for practicing good grammar is to show respect for the craft and for one’s readers. Publicly correcting other writers with a berating tone is pretty contrary. Why bother with good grammar if you’re going to run around insulting other people with bad manners?

      The Internet provides anonymity that we’ve never seen before on public forums. Most impolite comments, tweets, and emails that I’ve received have definitely been anonymous. So, I get the feeling these people know they’re being rude.

      Conversely, just about every time someone has sent me a thoughtful and friendly heads-up to let me know something was wrong with my site — whether it was a typo or a broken link — they’ve used their real name and email address and often included a link to their own website.


  • Gregg Condon

    “Indication” Possession?

    Thanks for the awesome comments everybody. SFGAdv is really one of the crown jewels in the Six Flags chain. This was my second visit to the park and I really have enjoyed both my visits there.

    Can’t wait to share more of the park with you all this week.

  • Jeff Heimbuch

    You guys were in my neck of the woods, and didn’t think to look up a fellow MiceChat writer?! FOR SHAME! 😛

    I love Great Adventure. Definitely one of, if not the best, of the Six Flags parks!