|Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, New Jersey
History of Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure is the largest and flagship park of the whole Six Flags chain. It owns about a 1000 acres, 660 of it being developed. Six Flags Great Adventure was originally a private park named Great Adventure. Six Flags bought it about 30 years ago. Since that time, they have added many new rides, and taken out some of the old ones. About 7 years ago they added Hurricane Harbor, and enourmous waterpark, and refurbished the safari, making it the Six Flags Great Adventure Complex. The park has expanded almost every other year, and it has just had it's 30th anniversary. Also, Six Flags Great Adventure is the largest park in the Six Flag's Chain, with about 90+ rides, also boasting the largest number of rides then any other theme park in America. (Including Disneyworld) Though the number has wavered, the park has never had less then 6 roller coasters and currently has 14 roller coasters, new and old.
How do you get to Six Flags Great Adventure?
From New York, take the George Washington Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike, then take the exit for Six Flags. From Philly, take one of the Highways, to the NJ Turnpike.(This is not my area of expertise).
When is the best time to visit?
I would suggest getting their early, at Ten o'clock, when the park opens. Then you can get on all the rides and have time for the safari as well. However, it is very advisable to stay more then one day. Do not say "Oh, it is a Six Flags park, so it is small." Great Adventure is huge, plan accordingly. In terms of season and time of year, the park is closed from November through most of March. The best time to go is from Late June through October. Before June, not all of the rides are open, which is a real bummer sometimes.
Where should I stay?
You can read reader reviews and check room rates for hotels in and near Six Flags Great Adventure on our Six Flags Great Adventure hotels page.
How do I get tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure?
You can buy them online or at the park. They are cheaper online by about $5.00 then at the park entrance. The park has a huge capacity, so do not worry about there being no more tickets left. (Visit www.sixflagsgreatadventure.com for more details)
What's new at Six Flags Great Adventure?
Newest is the Golden Kingdom, made this year and opened for the 2005 season. This is an 11-acre jungle themed section that replaced Bugs Bunny Land. Don't fear for the kids though, because the Golden Kingdom has Balin's Jungleland, a huge playground, as well as Kiddie rides, a Spirit of the Tiger Show, which features live tigers, and other animal and jungle delights.
The biggest and newest addition to Great Adventure and the Golden Kingdom is KINGDA KA. Kingda Ka is the WORLD'S tallest and fastest roller coaster, lauching you at 128 mph, and 456 feet in the air. It is the greatest thrill ride in the world. If you have any questions about it, the staff there will be happy to answer your questions. Also, Kingda Ka is made by INTAMIN AG, you can visit their website for more information.
Also new this year is the clean-up and the parks overall appearance. The management repaced all of the flower beds and shubbery and they look absolutely gourgeous this year.The park is also much cleaner and has brand new paved areas on the Boardwalk and MovieTown. Also, two of the most popular roller coasters(The Chiller and Great American Scream Machine) were re-painted this year. You will not be dissapointed.
Plan your day at Six Flags Great Adventure
Head for Kingda Ka first, there is usually no line in the morning. However, you may want to get a fastlane Q-bot before going on the rides(see below for explanation). Do all of the major rides first, and stick to rides in that area. Don't be running all over the park to get the shortest lines, just go on all the rides in one area that you want, then move on. It is easy to get de-hydrated and light-headed, so take your time. After about 3 o'clock, head over to Hurricane harbor if you want. The enire complex(in the summer) closes at 10 o'clock or sometimes 11 o'clock.
Warning: Do not go over to Medusa if you plan to go to Rolling Thunder afterword. The Bridge between Medusa and the dead Viper roller coasters is not in use this year because of the New Wooden Coaster being built. So you will have to go all the way back through Frontier Adventures.
Ride and restaurant reservations at Six Flags Great Adventure
RIDE RESERVATIONS Q-bot is the fastlane system at Great Adventure. You pay $15 for one person, then $10 for every addition person. However, these prices do change often, so make sure to look at them before buying one. You bring the Q-bot to the ride, scan the ride, and it gives you a time when to come back. You then return at that time and skip all of the lines with the special Fastlane entrance. That is the only type of ride reservation system at the park.
RESTAURANTS: None of the eating establishments at Six Flags Great Adventure take reservations, but I would recommend eating at the off times. For example, lunch at 11o'clock or at 2 o'clock, to avoid the crowds. The food is quite good at this park, when compared to other amusement parks, yet it tends to be a bit pricey. Drinks are also expensive, with a $3.00 bottle of Poland Spring Water. However, they do have drink machines in the que lines, so that it is more comforting.
Is Six Flags Great Adventure safe?
Like at all major theme parks, you'll be safer in Six Flags Great Adventure than you'll be on the highway driving there. Check our Accident Watch section for recent injury accidents at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Parents should also be sure to take a look at our list of rides with height restrictions at Six Flags Great Adventure. For more tips to help ensure that you and your family stay safe, visit our theme park safety tips page.
What's coming next to Six Flags Great Adventure?
FOR 2006: A NEW WOODEN COASTER IS BEING BUILT FOR THE NEXT SEASON. It is called El Toro. It has a 181 foot drop with 4 airtime hills and numerous amounts of banked turns. It also features the world's steepest drop on a wooden coaster, at 76 degrees. It's top speed will be 70 mph. It will be using the old Viper station(that ride was demolished May 2005) and will stretch along the river and will go in the middle of Rolling Thunder. It is set to open April 2006. Also, it is made by roller coaster giant "Intamin", the same company that made Kingda Ka. For more information visit Intamin.com.
FOR 2007: A HOTEL, YES, A HOTEL, is to be built in the former season pass parking lot. It will be a 3-4 star hotel with 500 rooms, 2 nice restaurants and bars, a highly themed pool, and private entrance to Great Adventure next to the Kingda Ka roller coaster. It will be made and owned by Six Flags, and will be themed to the park. It is not an outside company hotel, like Day's Inn, etc.
Furthermore, the designers of The Golden Kingdom, K10 Construction Group, will design this highly themed hotel. K10 spent time with Six Flags executives, walking through Disney resorts to formulate some ideas for a very special Six Flags hotel. This six story hotel will feature huge glass windows in most hotel rooms allowing a fantastic view of the whole park. As mentioned above, there will be two great restaurants for Six Flags guest, bars, and a highly themed pool located right by Kingda Ka. The theming for the hotel will consist of "aged color" wood to make it look like it was there for a long time. The details inside and out of the hotel will be "Disney-like". The Hotel will only be open for the season but reserves the right to stay open 365 days a year. Wow!
This article was submitted by Mike M on October 8, 2005.