SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (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.
(11/12/14) A fire broke out in a barn at Six Flags Great Adventure on Monday night, but was quickly put out with no harm done to any people or animals. The cause of the fire has yet to be fully determined, but it was one of 7 brush fires to ignite outside the safari park area that night, which were all put out within 20 minutes. It sounds like the park was the target of an arsonist, witnesses spotted someone described as being a white male in his late 30’s to early 40’s with possible facial hair, wearing a baggy dark sweatshirt and riding a BMX-style bike.
(10/14/14) ParkJourney has posted a quick review of Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure.
(9/5/14) Fright Fest is coming soon to Six Flags Great Adventure, which will feature some new features this season. There will be a new haunt called Crop Circles mixed in with returning mazes: VooDoo Island, Asylum, Wasteland, Total Darkness and The Manor. The park will also have four scare zones as well as live entertainment acts (Dead Man’s Party, Ghoulmaster’s Ghosts, The Awakening, Circus of Thrills and Professor Zombini’s Freak Show).
In other news, I’m hearing that Six Flags may have a solution to the problem of running Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro at the same time, currently not allowed by state inspectors. I’m not sure exactly what the ‘fix’ is, but I’m told we should expect to see them both running independently, as designed, for the 2015 season if all goes well.
(8/21/14) Six Flags Great Adventure has now apologized to the Marine veteran who was refused entry to the park after an employee said the shirt he was wearing was “offensive”. I didn’t know it myself at the time, but it turns out the “Keep Calm / Return Fire” shirt was tied to a military charity organization as well called The Reconnaissance Foundation and featured a link to the non-profits’ website on the back. The park has also offered to bring him and his family back to the park for a day with VIP treatment if they are willing to return.
According to a statement from Six Flags, “We strive to maintain a family-friendly environment and similar to many other public venues we have a dress code. Unfortunately, at the time our employee did not know Mr. Alejandro’s shirt was related to a military charity and we apologize to any military personnel who may have been offended by our mistake.”
(8/17/14) I normally hate to pick out a story like this, because sometimes the person involved may have been acting like an ass-hat and given security an excuise to ask them to leave or change their clothing choices, but in this case, this seems a very extreme to me... if not actually quite a bit shameful on the part of Six Flags Great Adventure.
A U.S. Marine decided to take his wife and kids out for a day at Six Flags Great Adventure, but was denied entry into the theme park because of the shirt he was wearing… which was one of the vary UK Olympic meme style shirts that in this case simply said “Keep Calm & Return Fire” and patriotic red, white & blue letters. Upon going through the security checkpoint at the gate, the security guard stepped forward, asked him to come with him because “that shirt is offensive” because it also included the outline of red, white and blue marine rifle at the top.
The Marine, part of the initial invasion force of Iraq back in 2003 refused to take it off on principle, and the park staff wouldn’t budge because they claim their policy is to not allow offensive clothing with vulgar or violent language or images into their parks. While I agree in principle with the Six Flags policy, I also know that about every vulgar t-shirt I’ve ever seen in my life, was typically seen proudly on display on a guest at whatever Six Flags theme park I was visiting at the time over the years. In fact, some of the worst examples I ever saw in my life I saw during my one visit to Six Flags Great Adventure back in 1999, which was a fairly miserable experience all around and a reason I’ve never gone back.
In my opinion, “Keep Calm & Return Fire” is is mild compared to most other pro-military patriotic t-shirts I’ve seen. You don’t have to go too far back to remember seeing guests all over theme parks wearing shirts showing US aircraft dropping bombs over a cartoon desert, or a skull wearing a military hat with a knife in his mouth that said, “Kill them all, let god sort them out” across the top. In fact, most military imagery shows our armed forces standing proudly on display with their weapons, and I wouldn’t call them offensive either. For example, by Six Flags terms, both this shirt and this one would also be deemed offensive because they show an assault rifle.
Meanwhile kids are running around in t-shirts with Transformers or Ninja Turtles on display, armed to the teeth, and no one says a word. Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers, just fine. Ok, these are not “real” people… but you get my point.
I’m sorry Six Flags… but you are wrong and out of line here, and even more so when I remember all the past offenses I’ve seen first hand in your parks. Fess up and do the right thing here and make this right.
2015 - Looping Dragon / New Attraction(s) - (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…
???? - New Coaster - Rumor - (6/2/14) After doing some serious thinking and chatting with a reader about the idea… I have to say that I do have serious doubts about the possibility of a custom RMC wooden coaster coming to SFGAdv for 2015. This rumor has been in the pipe for well over a year now, and while I do believe that we will see an RMC creation in the park eventually, 2015 just may not be possible.
The main factor to consider is just how many rides can RMC actually design and construct in one season at this point in the company’s development? 2013 was the first time we saw 2 new rides launch from RMC in the same year, one of which was an I-Box transformation of an existing ride (Rattler into Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas) along with the built from scratch Outlaw Run (Silver Dollar City). 2014’s work slate for RMC follows the same pattern… one I-Box transformation (Medusa at Six Flags Mexico) and one custom creation (Goliath at Six Flags Great America). Keep in mind that RMC also has a heavy load of other side work, as the company is heavily involved with off season maintenance, structure rebuilding efforts and re-tracking on a number of other wooden coasters throughout America as well.
Looking ahead to 2015 and 2016, IF the pattern continues, we should only expect to see 2 new RMC coasters each year as well. While 2015 is still technically wide open… the long standing rumor has been for SFMM to re-work Colossus for 2015, or maybe 2016. Kolmarden is on the books already to build Wildfire, a custom RMC, for the 2016 season (their first project in Europe). If the previous pattern stays, if SFGAdv doesn’t add one in 2015, they may have to wait until 2017.
Other factors are already starting to stack up against adding one to SFGAdv in 2015 as well. If my sources are correct, they claim that the park has yet to have or schedule a meeting with the Jackson planning board to discuss their plans and how any possible tree removal that may be necessary, which I’m told is always a sensitive subject with the township. For now we’ll just have to wait, watch and see what happens.