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Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:12 pm
by GAcoaster
Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Six Flags Great Adventure, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

Official Park Website

February 22nd, 2005 - Kingda Ka Progress - SEE BELOW!

May 12th, 2005 - Kingda Ka tests with riders
May 17th, 2005 - Clues appear about an Intamin woodie coming to SFGAdv
September 21st, 2005 - Leak that a Wooden Coaster will be announced on September 28th
September 28th, 2005 - El Toro officially announced for 2006, along with Looney Tunes area
October 28th, 2005 - Vertical construction on El Toro about to begin

April 15th, 2006 - El Toro construction
May 5th, 2006 - Kingka Ka encounters 2nd major breakdown(re-opens on May 25th
June 10th, 2006 - El Toro set to open
August 1st, 2006 - Freefall has seen its last ride

January 7th, 2007 - Chiller G-Rolls being taken out
June 22nd, 2007 - El Toro chain lift slowed down
September 21st, 2007 - Chiller deconstruction begins
September 27th, 2007 - Dark Knight announced

February 11th, 2008 - Dark Knight construction photos
July 31st, 2008 - Lightning strike puts El Toro out of commission for a few days
October 28th, 2008 - Medusa to be transformed into Bizarro

September 26th, 2009 - Houdini's Great Escape re-opens

July 5th, 2010 - Great American Scream Machine will close for good on July 18th
July 26th, 2010 - GASM dismantling photos
August 12th, 2010 - clues lead to SFKK's Chang coming SFGAdv
September 15th, 2010 - Official announcement that Chang will be rethemed as Green Lantern at SFGAdv

January 15th, 2011 - Green Lantern construction photos
May 19th, 2011 - Green Lantern Media Day coverage
September 1st, 2011 - New rides for 2012: SkyScreamer, Bumper Cars, Scrambler
September 26th, 2011 - SkyScreamer height increased from 150 feet to 240 feet
February 13th, 2011 - Hurricane Harbor to add King Cobra in Summer 2012!

April 3rd, 2012 - Official SkyScreamer topping off photos!
April 14th, 2012 - SkyScreamer ERT for season passholders May 17th - 20th
May 17th, 2012 - SkyScreamer Media Preview Day coverage
July 25th, 2012 - King Cobra now open at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
August 20th, 2012 - Wild Safari Animal Park closing to make way for new safari attraction
August 30th, 2012 - Safari Off-Road Adventure Announced!
August 30th, 2012 - Big Wave Racer Announced!
September 11th, 2012 - Adorable new species of otters joins the park lineup
September 11th, 2012 - Fright Fest details revealed!

January 25th, 2013 - Season Dining Pass details released!
July 21st, 2013 - Safari Off Road Adventure pictures
August 23rd, 2013 - Parts spotted behind Kingda Ka
August 29th, 2013 - Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom announced

August 28th, 2014 - Looping Dragon announced

January 14th, 2015 - Park changes the name of the new ride to El Diablo
March 24th, 2015 - Batman: The Ride to run backwards in Spring/Summer 2015
April 1st, 2015 - Holiday in the Park announced
September 3rd, 2015 - Total Mayhem (S&S Free Spin) announced

March 13th, 2016 - Joker Construction Tour
March 24th, 2016 - Planning board grants approval for SFGAdv to build solar panel farm
September 1st, 2016 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis announced for 2017

May 5th, 2017 - Zumanjaro Drop of Doom Virtual Reality Media Day
June 16th, 2017 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Media Day
August 31st, 2017 - Cyborg Cyber Spin (ABC Engineering's Tourbillon) announced for 2018

August 22nd, 2018 - Hell Fest maze announced for Fright Fest!
August 30th, 2018 - Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth announced for 2019
November 18th, 2018 - Holiday in the Park Media Day

January 25th, 2018 - Calypso Springs coming to Hurricane Harbor!
June 15th, 2019 - Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth Media Day
August 29th, 2019 - Jersey Devil coaster coming to Great Adventure (single rail RMC)

May 14, 2020 - Drive-thru safari to return during social distancing
June 30th, 2020 - Jersey Devil opening pushed back to 2021


The park just posted a new picture looking down the launch track, and it looks awesome:

Compare that to this:

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:15 pm
by kenshinmac

Sixflags and their lovely parkinglot coasters... So much for the crazy theming in the pictures... You get tarmac...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:19 pm
by GAcoaster
The parking lot is gone, and the plantings are just about to start actually. GA has no real parking lot coasters (like the California parks). The coasters built over the former parking lot (GASM and SUF) had all the blacktop removed or covered over, and the King is getting similar treament.

This picture shows what I mean: You can't really see it but the parking lot fences are pretty well planted with trees as well.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:47 pm
by robbalvey
^ Hey at least they are ripping up the parking lot. Unlike poor Scream and Medusa:



PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:54 pm
by CoasterEricHP
I'm impressed with how much SFGadv is doing to this whole area! I was really afraid that they'd be spending however many tens of millions of dollars on this coaster and having my old parking space right there underneath the track. Looks like it will be nice and green by May. Can't wait to be sitting on the launch track scared to death! Or at least taking advantage of shorter NITRO lines.


PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:58 pm
by kenshinmac
Seriously what is with the west coast Six Flags? I mean seriously I thought that they would at least throw up a few trees or something. I mean it just looks so crappy putting up a ride over a parking lot. If they had put some themed tunnels in or something it would have been cool but west coast Medusa is pathetic.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:11 pm
by CoasterFanatic
Robb, I love those pictures. Brings back memories of the Thunderbolt Express at Camden. At least they don't travel over the "Razor Wire of Death".

But seriously, my first impression of Scream last spring was that I can see the "Speedy Gonzalez" Parking Sign upside while going through the corkscrews.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:15 pm
by What Now
It's fun seeing trucks driving under Scream.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:33 am
by Dr Freeze
I really don't understand why they couldn't at least *paint over* the white parking lines. I'm sure you could get enought paint for it with only $50 - come on Six Flags, cough up a buck ya cheap bastard.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:33 am
by coasterbill
Thats basically a Parking lot coaster, they poured rocks on top of it, it looks horrible

GAcoaster wrote:GASM and SUF) had all the blacktop removed or covered over