SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (8/1/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has released new details about the return of Fright Fest this year which will run for eight weeks from Sept. 10 and running weekends and select weekdays through Oct. 31.
“Fright Fest will feature family-friendly “Thrills by Day” and terrifying “Fright by Night.” Admission will include six elaborately-decorated areas, attractions for kids including the popular Trick-or-Treat Trail, nine live shows including its signature “Dead Man’s Party,” and the world’s greatest thrill rides in the dark. With its location along a mist-covered lake, the all-new Jersey Devil Coaster will deliver five intense elements in the eerie, nighttime fog. Plus, nine haunted mazes will provide the most extreme scares for an additional fee. The park will release details of its full Fright Fest program in the coming weeks.”
(7/27/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed our rumor about a Fright Fest Preview haunt opening this summer. According to the park, Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3-D will open to guests from July 31st through Sept. 8, 2021. There will be an extra fee to experience the haunt where “guests will stumble upon a forgotten carnival of rotten and collapsing tents and vicious monstrosities trapped in the netherworld.”
The park will also host a few other events in August including:
Six Flags Slam Fest on August 15 - Northeast Wrestling presents Six Flags Slam Fest at 7pm in the Movietown Arena. “The Main Event is free with theme park admission. Various wrestling superstar favorites will attend the event, including AEW TNT Champion Darby Allin, WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, Tay Conti, Sgt. Slaughter, Matt Hardy and many more. Guests can upgrade their action-packed day with ring-side seats, photo opportunities and autographs for a fee.”
National Roller Coaster Day is happening on August 16 - “Six Flags Great Adventure will celebrate National Roller Coaster Day with a social media campaign highlighting all 13 of the park’s thrilling roller coasters. Guests who head to the park August 16 can find the social media team between 12 pm and 5 pm for a chance to share stories about their favorite Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters. To join in the celebration, follow the park on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to join in the fun, and celebrate the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park all day long.”
Xpedition Dino - August 1 to 31, 2021 - “Daily in August, guests will have the option to drive their own vehicles or walk through this Jurassic adventure, which features 30 life-size dinosaurs with realistic movement and sound. By day, Xpedition Dino will be an add-on experience to the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure with a custom audio tour available for streaming. After the safari closes each evening, Xpedition Dino will become a thrilling and educational walking, add-on tour to the theme park with memorable photo opportunities. Xpedition Dino will feature such iconic dinosaurs as the tyrannosaurus (T. Rex), triceratops, utahraptor, and brachiosaurus. Xpedition Dino requires a small upcharge to Memberships, Season Passes and daily tickets.”
(7/21/21) An interesting change is coming to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in New Jersey. According to a release from Six Flags Great Adventure, starting Thursday, July 22, admission to the Hurricane Harbor waterpark will now be reserved for Six Flags Members and Season Passholders ONLY! Six Flags will no longer sell day-tickets to the waterpark for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Also, for Members and Season Passholders, they also confirmed that reservations will be required to gain admission into the Hurricane Harbor waterpark. If you arrive without an advance reservation you will have the opportunity to make a reservations on site, but only if space is available. Once they determine that the park is “sold out” for the day, no further guests will be admitted.
Please note for anyone who has already pre-purchased a one-day ticket to the waterpark, those will still be accepted and honored. Just no further one-day tickets will be sold for the rest of the season.
In other news, I’m told that the Jersey Devil Coaster reopened to guests on July 16.
(7/20/21) Rumor has it that Six Flags Great Adventure may launch some kind of haunted house preview in August as a possible Fright Fest preview promotion. This may be a response to how Six Flags Fiesta Texas also successfully launched one of their haunts with a Mardi Gras / VooDoo theme earlier this year to much success.
(7/17/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has been having a bit of a tough time lately. The good news is that they reported the other day that they were nearly ready to reopen the new Jersey Devil coaster. The final testing needed to reopen Jersey Devil is said to be taking place now.
El Toro remains down as the crews work to inspect and repair any damage caused by the misaligned wheel incident. Rest assured that the park knows just how much the guests love El Toro and is doing whatever it can to get it reopened as soon as possible, while maintaining the highest safety standards.
As for more recent bad luck, guests to the park this week have noted that both Nitro and Joker suffered some downtime as well. The local news reports that Joker was closed Wednesday for re-inspection after a young rider reported suffering some kind of head injury on the ride. Fortunately Joker was deemed to be in perfect working order and was able to reopen the following day. Nitro was also closed last Sunday after a rider complained that their thought their lap-bar malfunctioned, but once again, after a complete inspection Nitro was found to be in proper working order and was allowed to reopen later the following day.
Recalling the previous incident on the park’s Log Flume and you see why I said that the park is having a bit of a tough time this season. Hopefully the rough start is over and they can finish the season without further incident.
(7/12/21) So why is Jersey Devil still closed? According to an official tweet from Six Flags Great Adventure, RMC has apparently ‘paused operation on two of their second generation single-rail coasters for a full inspection.” So since only one other single-rail Raptor coaster opened this year, that would also imply that Stunt Pilot at Silverwood is also closed.
Checking social media, we see confirmed reports that Stunt Pilot at Silverwood was closed on Friday and Saturday, but it reopened to guests on Sunday, so hopefully Jersey Devil will return to action soon as well.
(7/11/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed the planned return of the former Road Runner Railway as the Lil’ Devil Coaster. Look for this to be ready in the very near future.
(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.
(7/8/21) Anyone know what’s going on with the Jersey Devil at Six Flags Great Adventure? Screamscape was sent a message claiming that the new coaster has been down for the past two days with some kind of maintenance issue after being open less than a month. Anyone know more?
Hopefully this will be an issue they can resolve quickly.
The coaster was operating fine not long before this, as Six Flags posted a video of actor Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring series and Aquaman) taking on the Jersey Devil as a fun promotion for his new film, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”. An interesting coincidence and maybe a partial exorcism? LOL!
(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.
(6/19/21) The video seems a bit exaggerated due to the creepy music added, but you can see footage from the log flume incident at Six Flags Great Adventure in the video below. And yes, you can see the same barrier panel that was coming loose in the previous video clip found is now bent all the way out, with the logs involved in the incident just beyond that point in the flume. Footage shot a little later from a different angle give us a great look at the log tipped at an angle, where the bottom running wheels had actually risen up and come to a rest on top of the barrier as rescue crews work out how best to remove a rider from the log without aggravating a possible injury.
(6/17/21) A video posted to YouTube claims to have been shot just before the incident took place on the Saw Mill Log Flume at Six Flags Great Adventure. As you can see in the video, one of the guard-rail style barriers on the side of the flume at the bottom of the drop, just before the turn, is broken and you can see it shake, spring-open and snap-back as the log passes by. According to the report, the next log down the flume after the camera shut off was the one that was involved in the incident where it had started to roll over to the left.
(6/15/21) According to local news reports an incident took place on the Log Flume at Six Flags Great Adventure on Monday. Two guests were reported to have been taken to the hospital for evaluation after their log boat ‘tipped at an angle, but did not overturn”. A picture that appears to be showing the log in question can be found posted to Facebook. The log flume will remain closed to undergo a full inspection.
Earlier in the day the park also released a new teaser on Twitter that seems to indicate that “Number 14” could be on the way. As in… the park’s 14th coaster. Based on previous rumors, it was thought that the park would bring back the former Road Runner coaster but give it a new Lil’ Jersey Devil related theme to tie in to the park’s newest thrill coaster. Stay tuned!
(5/19/21) According to the latest post on Facebook by Six Flags Great Adventure, effective Saturday May 22, fully vaccinated guests to the theme park (and team members) will no longer be required to wear face masks while outdoor. Face Masks will still be required however while indoors, at indoor rides, arcades, stores, restrooms and restaurants (when you are not eating or drinking).
Temperature screenings will also end on this date, as well as the previous requirement for advanced reservations to visit the theme park or water park. Reservations will still be required to experience the Wild Safari and other special events. Social distancing however will still be encouraged.
In other news, Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed it… Xpedition Dino is coming to the park and they are giving you two different ways to see them. Guests to a theme park can pay to add-on the Dinosaur experience as a walk-through experience and guests driving through the Wild Safari can pay for a drive-through add-on experience to the Safari. Follow the link for all the official information on the new experience which will run from May 28 through to September 7, 2021.
(5/16/21) While nothing official has come from the park just yet, we’ve hearing that Six Flags Great Adventure could possibly try to open their new Jersey Devil coaster as early as Memorial Day Weekend. Some of the nearby kiddie rides from the Looney Tunes Seaport area are also expected to reopen with, and shortly after the opening of the Jersey Devil coaster as this area of the park will return to life after being closed for construction of the new coaster in late 2019.
In fact, I’m told that the former Road Runner Railway coaster is expected to be the first one to reopen, but with a new name and new theme that will fit in with the new Jersey Devil theme of the area.
In other news, I’m hearing that a new temporary Dinosaur themed experience is on the way to the park that could be announced as early as Monday morning. From the sound of things, this will be similar to the Walk-Thru Dinosaur experience that was put up at Six Flags New England. Since the New England display will be ending on May 23rd, don’t be surprised if the exact same Dinosaurs make a road-trip to New Jersey for the summer for this one. According to our source the attraction will be named “X-Pedition Dino”.
(4/20/21) Good news for Six Flags Great Adventure guests. According to a couple of readers, it sounds like the park’s maintenance team was on the ball. They report that the new lift hill motor was installed on Batman: The Ride which was able to reopen sometime on Sunday. Glad to see this was handled so quickly. / (4/18/21) I’m not sure how much downtime this could mean, but a reader sent me a few pictures from Six Flags Great Adventure taken on Saturday showing the park using a crane to remove what looked to be the motor for Batman: The Ride’s lift hill. Not a good sign this early in the season, but better than it happening in peak summer season. (Photo credit: Dan Blaney)
(3/15/21) Six Flags Great Adventure reports that when they open the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure on March 20th they will also be able to premier a new species, the rare African Bongo. The Bongo is considered to be critically endangered, with less than 150 estimated to be left in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss. Also on the tour will be several new animal babies, including four giraffe valves and two Siberian tiger cubs.
2021 - Jersey Devil Coaster - (6/13/21) A detailed written review of the new Jersey Devil Coaster, along with more photos of the coaster in action, have been added to Theme Park Tourist this weekend, so check it out!
(6/12/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has announced that their new Jersey Devil Coaster will open to the public on June 13th. A press preview did just take place on June 10th however, and Six Flags Members and Season Passholders are supposed to be given early access to the ride between the two dates. It looks like one hell of a wild ride too based on the video’s I’ve seen so far of the preview riders taking a spin.
You can enjoy a video of Clint Novak howling like a banshee while taking RMC’s newest roller coaster for a spin in the clip below. Looks like he really enjoyed it! He reports that the coaster is comfortable, smooth, forceful, and the seats are accommodating for riders of size, which is always a plus.
It’s worth noting that this would be the second generation of RMC Raptor coasters for Six Flags, after premiering the very first one at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2018 as Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. The prototype was loved, but riders with select body types did have some complaints about the trains and shoulder belts, especially from some of the taller riders out there. RMC was said to have worked to improve this experience over the years that followed and so far it sounds like they have succeeded with the Jersey Devil Coaster.
(6/6/21) Pending final inspection and approval, Screamscape has been informed that Six Flags Great Adventure is planning to host media preview rides of their new Jersey Devil coaster on Thursday, June 10th. Assuming everything goes well, this would usually mean that the ride may be ready to preview to the general public a day or two later, so keep your eyes open if you are visiting the park next weekend.
Check out the video posted to our IG page for some fun new footage of the Jersey Devil taking a test spin as shot by the park’s Sky Six aerial drone.
(5/25/21) A promo video for the new Jersey Devil coaster has been spotted on Instagram, which ends stating that the ride will open in May 2021. Since that month is nearly over, it sounds like they will be trying very hard to open the coaster in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
(5/22/21) The Jersey Devil is now testing. Check it out in the latest video from the park below, showing off the first test run of the park’s newest coaster that took place on May 20th.
(5/5/21) A new video report from Six Flags Great Adventures gives us an update on the new Jersey Devil construction progress.
(4/16/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted a new construction video showing off the progress on The Jersey Devil coaster.
(4/9/21) A whole collection of pictures of a Jersey Devil coaster car spotted at Six Flags Great Adventure were posted to Twitter on Thursday. Check them out below, though they all show off the backside of the car and wheels… so this one will appeal mostly to the coaster gear-heads out there.
(1/28/21) Congrats to the crew installing the Jersey Devil at Six Flags Great Adventure. According to the park’s Twitter the Jersey Devil was topped off earlier this week.
(1/22/20) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted another update from the Jersey Devil construction site this week while they prepare for the Topping Off in the near future. Check it out below.
(1/20/21) A number of new pictures showing off construction progress on the Jersey Devil coaster can be seen in the tweet below.
(1/16/21) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted another new construction update for the Jersey Devil. More track has been installed, including the airtime hills and final brake run.
(1/9/21) Good news from Six Flags Great Adventure this week as the park has posted a new construction update for their Jersey Devil coaster on Twitter. According to the report they’ve installed a bunch of new tract sections include the drop after the block brakes, an overbanked turn and the “the start of airtime hills galore!”.
(12/29/20) Good news from Six Flags Great Adventure this week as the park’s Twitter account confirms that construction work has resumed on the Jersey Devil Coaster. As of yesterday they put up another piece of track and a spiral maintenance staircase onto the structure.
(7/3/20) As expected, Six Flags Great Adventure has officially now delayed the opening of The Jersey Devil coaster until 2021. As they noted in a previous statement to Screamscape, construction had stopped during the pandemic and for this reason, Six Flags will now plan to debut Jersey Devil for the 2021 season.
(4/18/20) Another great drone video has been posted showing off the construction progress on the Jersey Devil coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure.
(4/2/20) A Screamscape source sent in a new image showing off the Jersey Devil construction site, complete with supports and vertical track sections in place.
(3/7/20) Many of the supports for Jersey Devil have now been put in place according to construction photos posted by the park to Twitter this past week.
(2/24/20) Another fun look at the Jersey Devil construction site was posted to Twitter the other day. Check it out below.
(2/19/20) Six Flags Great Adventure reports that the first truckload of track for Jersey Devil has arrived at the park.
(2/13/20) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted some new progress photos from the Jersey Devil construction site, as well as a look at the Jersey Devil themed front decor that will go on the coaster train.
(2/7/20) Six Flags Great Adventure has posted a video construction update showing off the progress on their new Jersey Devil coaster.
(1/14/20) Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed that the first truckload of steel for Jersey Devil has arrived at the park. You can see some photos in the Tweet below.
(12/8/19) Six Flags Great Adventure posted some new construction photos from the Jersey Devil coaster site to Twitter the other day. Check them out below.
(9/6/19) A new full POV video of the Jersey Devil was released by Six Flags Great Adventure. Check it out below.
(8/29/19) The rumors were all true and the Jersey Devil will be brought to life in the form of a brand new single-rail roller coaster from RMC. This new coaster will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster standing 13-stories tall. Riders will hit speeds up to 58mph and travel over 3000 feet of track and through two inversions.
This is no clone of the chain’s first RMC single rail coaster which opened in 2018 in Texas, this is a completely different layout that is much larger and longer and spread-out compared to the prototype’s compact layout. The layout will feature an 87º first drop, a raven dive, a 180º Stall element, a zero-g-roll, and a ton of airtime hills along the way.
The trains are also much longer, allowing for greatly increased rider capacity. If the concept art is true these new trains will hold 12 riders at a time instead of just 8.