SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (4/22/15) I received some interesting news about a few changes in the works at Six Flags Great Adventure from an anonymous source. According to our tipster, the park has been spending a lot of time cleaning up the "Old Country" section of the park that has been closed since 2007. The Music Express is gone, Autobahn is looking "bright and shiny", and the area is clean with new fences up. Perhaps something new is in the works to revive this section of the park in the future.
Elsewhere, the Chimps are said to have been removed from the closed Safari section and Fort Independence is closed, with plywood now covering up the gates.
(4/2/15) An announcement from Six Flags Great Adventure on April 1st that initially sounded like an April Fool’s Joke apparently isn’t, as the park is planning on opening over the Christmas holiday season as they put on their first Holiday In The Park event later this year.
The park will be decorated to the brim with holiday cheer, and promises gentle snowflakes will fall each evening, along with a tree lighting cerimony. The park also promises 30 rides to be open, weather permitting of course, with the list to include SkyScreamer, Carousel, Big Wheel, Parachutes, Tea Cups as well as the following coasters: Nitro, Batman, Green Lantern, Superman, The Dark Knight and Skull Mountain.
(4/1/15) Six Flags Great Adventure was given the green light from the local planning commission to proceed with plans to cut down over 18,000 trees in order to build the largest solar energy farm in New Jersey. The new solar energy plant is said to be able to generate enough power to cover all of the theme park’s needs when it is complete in late 2016. (barring the return of Batman & Robin: The Chiller)
On the plus side, Six Flags and their partner, KDC Solar, have promised to plant 25,000 new trees on their property over the next 7 years.
(3/25/15) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed that Batman: Backwards will be coming to the park from July 4th weekend through to Labor Day! If you want a taste of what to expect, check out the video below of Batman Backwards which just opened at Six Flags over Georgia two weekends ago.
In other news El Diablo is expected to open in May and Hurricane Harbor will open a new outdoor grill eatery on May 23rd with an expanded menu.
(2/19/15) Several readers who have taken surveys for Six Flags over Georgia, Six Flags America as well as Six Flags Great America were also asked questions to get an opinion about a proposed new Asian restaurant for the parks called ChopSix, much like the one issued to Six Flags Great Adventure guests.
It has been noted that many of the Six Flags parks already have Panda Express locations on site, so this could be a chain wide plan to replace these franchised out locations with their own branded restaurant concept as the Panda Express franchise contracts come to an end.
(2/18/15) One of our readers took an online survey for Six Flags Great Adventure this week which was all about a new asian food restaurant concept they are working on called, ChopSix.
Fun pun for the name, fitting for Six Flags... so the question is, will Six Flags Great Adventure get the prototype, or will several parks in the chain try to launch one of these this summer?
(2/17/15) If you look at Page 3 of this report for the Jackson Township Planning Board minutes from the Dec. 1, 2014 meeting, you'll see that Six Flags is working on a plan to build a 100 acre solar energy farm on their property in a site that is currently undeveloped. They believe that this large solar energy farm could provide for all the park's energy needs at certain times.
(1/5/15) A lawsuit from a disabled teenager against Six Flags Great Adventure over the parks revised disability policy that prevented them from riding all but two rides was cleared to proceed, as the judge dismissed Six Flags' motion for dismissal. Though one problem here that the media has not mentioned is that while Six Flags may have a set their own safety policy, it is based on the safety requirements that come from each of the individual ride manufacturers, which Six Flags is not allowed to ignore. Today's lawsuit happy society has seen ride manufacturers make these standards more and more strict over the years, including updates a few years ago from many Ferris Wheel makers to make riding ALONE now illegal on many Ferris Wheels after a few individuals committed suicide by jumping. So while Six Flags may have tried to make the rules from the manufacturers more consistent across the board for both staff and guests, in the end there is little a lawsuit against Six Flags can do to change the situation.
2015 - El Diablo - (4/8/15) El Diablo is not just going vertical, according to the latest pictures of the construction site posted to AllAmericanThrills, the loop itself has already been completed.
(1/16/15) In a wise move, Six Flags Great Adventure decided to rename their Looping Dragon ride coming in 2015 to El Diablo, something that fits in much better for a ride near El Toro. Unfortunately, they are still calling it a "coaster" when it clearly is not, which makes me wish they would call it FacePalm: The Ride.
(8/28/14) As rumored, the park is adding a 7-story tall Super Loop style flat ride called Looping Dragon.
(8/26/14) Coaster-Net did some incredible digging into the official Six Flags website and using their knowledge of Drupal, the content management system Six Flags uses for it, apparently they were able to pull the names for many of the new 2015 attractions to be announced on Thursday.
According to their report my rumor about Looping Dragon being the name for their new Larson 22m Super Loop was right on the money. Again I’m hearing that Six Flags may try to promote this little flat ride as their next coaster… which seems insane because everyone knows it isn’t. So you may be asking yourself, why are they trying to do this? Because with the opening of Laff Trakk, nearby Hersheypark will now have 13 coasters and take the crown for the North-East for having the most coasters away from Six Flags Great Adventure, who will only have 12. Sorry Six Flags, but this does not count as a coaster. Please don’t try to insult our intelligence by marketing it as such, it will backfire, just go out with some grace and do better next year.
Besides, it really doesn’t matter anyway… both Kings Dominion and Carowinds will each have 14 coasters in 2015, knocking you both out for having the most on the East coast.
(8/25/14) Screamscape sources tell us that the rumored Super Loop going into Six Flags Great Adventure will likely be called Looping Dragon.
(8/23/14) The various image hints coming from Six Flags Great Adventure have got me thinking about a few things that may be coming to the park in 2015. Forget the rumors about a new coaster, because that isn’t happening… but instead I think we may see 2 or 3 things come for next season.
1) There isn’t a ton of evidence for this one, but I believe that there is a good chance we will see a new slide and water attraction go into Hurricane Harbor. This is mostly a hunch on my part, but the park can always use some added capacity to help things along, and there was one image in the hints showing off a spinning water wheel.
2) Batman Backwards – One of the image hints did have the year 1993 written backwards, and 1993 was the year that Batman: The Ride came to the park. Six Flags has a traveling train they have been using for this purpose to hit a couple of parks a season for the last two years, and it has yet to make it to SFGAdv, so it is obviously time. Already this year we have seen it spend the spring at Six Flags Magic Mountain and it is currently at Six Flags over Texas. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it continue East from there and hit up both Six Flags over Georgia and Great Adventure over the 2015 season.
3) Finally I’ve come to a realization as to what the park’s new permanent ride may be… and the one clue spells it out perfectly. SUPER… LOOP. To be honest, I’m surprised by this, especially after the downtime issues Elitch Gardens in Colorado has had with their new 7-story Super Loop (Brain Drain) this summer, but there are a ton of image hints showing off images of giant rings or the word “loop”. But the one hint of Domo in a Superman costume next to the word “Loop” just really drove it home for me. Just something to think about, and I’m thinking this wont be the only version of this ride being added to a Six Flags park in 2015.
(8/15/14) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted their first teaser on Twitter with clue images about what they will announce for 2015 on August 28th. The clues are odd, as it shows stuffed animals, an “O” on a sign somewhere and a spinning waterwheel from a splash playground somewhere. I’m not sure what to make of the first two, but I’m getting the feeling that the park could be opening a bunch of little things in 2015 instead of one big thing, with one of the things possibly going to Hurricane Harbor. Stay tuned…