SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
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Jackson, New Jersey
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Park News - (11/15/21) While we haven’t heard anything about about what may be going on, you can see some footage showing off the new paint colors being tested on Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure in the video below. However, no way to know if this really means a retheme to Riddler, as they always be looking to turning it back into Medusa, or they may opt to not use those colors at all if they don’t like how the test paint looks. We’ll have to wait and see when the crews arrive to begin repainting the entire coaster.
(11/7/21) Is something strange going on with Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure? I’m told that a section of the ride after the loop has been repainted to have green track with orange supports, instead of the normal dark blue / purple color scheme. (If anyone has a picture, I’d love to see it)
There was also said to be a temporary post on the park’s IG story the other day that had a color gradient going from a light orange on top to green on the bottom in the background, with the message that said, “Riddle me this… Testing, Testing, 1-2-3…” The orange is a bit of an odd choice, but between the green color and the “Riddle me this…”, is there a possible change Bizarro could become themed to The Riddler in the future?
If so, this would actually be the third identify for the world’s first B&M Floorless roller coaster, which started off life back in 1999 as Medusa before being given the oddly slapped together Bizarro re-theme in 2009 under the Dan Snyder / Mark Shapiro era of Six Flags management that also say the ultra-popular Superman: The Ride coaster at Six Flags New England also turned into another Bizarro coaster from 2009 to 2015 before it became Superman once again, leaving the SFGAdv coaster as the only remaining Bizarro coaster.
Can anyone else tell us more about what’s going on? This wouldn't be the only coaster in the chain changing name and themes ahead of the 2022 season.
(11/6/21) Six Flags Great Adventure will offer the biggest Holiday in the Park experience ever this winter. According to the reports the park will not only offer the regular in-park walk-through Holiday in the Park experience, but will also offer a drive-through holiday light experience.
Visit the official park site for all the details on each experience and the dates they are offered.
(10/3/21) Screamscape was invited to experience Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure this season, and since it is outside of my typical travel zone, I reached out to one of our contacts in the area who has a lot of experience with the park’s along the East Coast to attend the event on Screamscape’s behalf and report back with an honest review and some fun photos. Check it out below and enjoy!
Thoughts on Six Flags Great Adventure’s 2021 Fright Fest
On Saturday, September 25th we drove to New Jersey to attend Six Flags Great Adventure’s 2021 Fright Fest. Tickets in hand, we experienced four indoor haunted houses, five outdoor mazes, five scare zones, and several regular attractions (including Jersey Devil Coaster night rides). The event also boasted Halloween themed shows, specialty drinks, and event merchandise. Additionally, the park debuted two new mazes (The Lab and Xpedition Dino: Survival) and a new scare zone (Venom Gulch).
While we do not know enough about local haunts to recommend whether people should make the trip to this event, we can say that everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves. More importantly, with our previous theme park haunt experience, we do feel confident analyzing the event that night. This year, we have already attended Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights, Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream, SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream, and Kings Dominion’s Haunt. In addition, we have been to Six Flags America’s Fright Fest for several years. So, with all of that context addressed, here is what we thought of the event.
Great Adventure has a large and varied event. This means that they offer several types of houses and scares, which keeps the haunt fresh and interesting and probably appeals to a wider variety of guests. Wicked Woods was easily our favorite maze of the night. The atmospherics, especially the lighting, were incredibly creepy; the cast was the strongest that evening, employing a variety of scare tactics; and the sets were detailed and well-designed. Both Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3D and Reflections of the Dead were interesting fun houses. While some do not like gimmicks, for us this 3D house and mirror maze provided unusual experiences and different approaches to scares. The Manor was a traditional theme park haunted house with classic jump and stalking scares, but it felt well-staffed with creative and enthusiastic actors.
With an event that large, however, there are inevitably problems. Without a doubt the most frustrating aspects of the event for us were the logistics. At the entrance to every single house, we encountered a mob of confused guests, arguing with security and the groupers. No one seemed to know where the regular and express lines were, and the queues tended to back up onto the paths. Despite having Express, our waits were very long, especially for houses like Reflections of the Dead, which required large gaps between groups. We also thought that the park seemed overextended and probably would have been better off with fewer houses and scare zones. There simply didn’t seem to be enough staff to fill all of the mazes and the paths were so overrun with guests that the few actors essentially got lost in the crowds. We also found the atmospherics fairly weak in all of the scare zones. The bright lights and loud noise prevented them from engendering any kind of terror. One of the mazes that particularly disappointed us, ironically seemed more like a well-designed scare zone than a house. Xpedition Dino: Survival was dark and creepy, but needed more actors, failed to deliver any real scares, and ended up feeling like little more than a very long walk on a rough, gravel road. The Lab highlighted another problem we encountered throughout the event. As far as we could tell, there were neither operations nor security staff in any of the houses. This meant that the actors were left to enforce rules and attempt to keep the lines moving on their own. We came to a complete stop several times in this outdoor maze, including while the group in front of us tried to engage the “surgeon” in an extended conversation, ignoring the actor’s attempts to get them to proceed. Honestly, being a scare actor is dangerous enough, without putting them in the position of having to upset guests without any protection.
Ultimately, we would not recommend going to this event rather than Six Flags America’s Fright Fest, which we historically have considered highly underrated. Neither is an event that anyone should expect to match Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights or even Busch Gardens/SeaWorld’s and Cedar Fair’s stronger haunts. For those who choose to attend Great Adventure’s Fright Fest, however, we want to highlight how ticketing works. Unlike other theme park chains, Six Flags charges extra for entrance to the houses and mazes. (We think there is some utility in this approach, as it reduces the crowds and lines at the attractions.) So, in addition to a ticket, all guests need a park reservation to enter the gates and experience the scare zones, shows, rides, shops, and eateries. For access to the houses and mazes people must also purchase a Fright Pass, which is available online and at park kiosks. To skip the lines, the park offers Express Fright Passes, which can also be purchased online and in the park and are redeemed for wristbands at any house entrance. As we said at the outset, guests seemed to be enjoying themselves and the event certainly had something for everyone. There were a lot of great actors and some very entertaining houses. This haunt was certainly not our favorite this season, but obviously, we like theme park Halloween events and hope our observations about Six Flag Great Adventure’s Fright Fest were helpful.
(7/9/21) A new report regarding the partial de-rail incident on El Toro goes into more detail about what happened. According to the report the rear wheels of Car A6 “come out of their normal position on the rails”. It isn’t known exactly when this happened, but they believe the train traveled across much of the coaster’s track with the wheels in this incorrect position. As such, the axle of the vehicle “damaged its rear wheel assembly, as well as the wood and steel bolts of the track”.
The cause of the derailment has not been determined, and the inspection of the track on El Toro to determine the damage caused is still in progress. El Toro will not reopen until a report from the ride manufacturer (Intamin) is provided that explains the cause of the derailment as well as the steps that will be taken to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. So from the sounds of things, El Toro could be closed for quite awhile.
(7/3/21) Bad news for fans of El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. According to reports the last car on El Toro experienced a partial derailment late Tuesday afternoon when one of the upstop wheels came out of position as it went down the first drop. The train quickly came to a stop on a lower section of track and everyone was safely removed from the train without injury. According to reports from those at the park, the out of place wheel did make quite a racket when it happened, and could have caused some track damage, so for now El Toro is out of action to undergo inspection and any needed repairs.
2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...