Park Will Implement Advance Reservations and New Safety Procedures
JACKSON, N.J. ─ May 20, 2020 ─ Six Flags Great Adventure announced today that its Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will open May 30 and operate daily from 9 am to 4 pm, weather permitting. Advance tickets and reservations are required, and the experience will incorporate new safety procedures for both guests and team members. Active Members, Season Pass holders and employees can catch a special preview May 29.
Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will take guests on a self-guided journey through 1,200 exotic animals from six continents. From the safety and privacy of their own vehicles, guests will slowly wind through 350 acres and 11 simulated natural habitats seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, bears and baboons. While most animals roam freely in the safari, predators are kept safely behind fences. All animals are clearly visible from car windows. Guests can learn all about the animals and their habitats on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/safari
The safety of guests, team members and animals is Six Flags’ top priority. The new safari journey will offer a contact-free experience. All safari tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Ticket sales will not be available at the gate. To prevent overcrowding and provide proper social distancing, the safari will require all guests to make advance reservations using Six Flags’ new online reservation system. Active Members, Season Pass Holders, and single-day ticket holders can make reservations beginning May 27 at 10 am EST at www.sixflags.com/reserve. Guests without advance reservations will not be allowed to enter.
A new list of safety requirements is available on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure and include keeping all windows, doors, and convertible tops closed; not feeding or touching the animals; no smoking, littering, or stopping; cars, SUVs and consumer pickup trucks with empty beds only – no buses, campers, RVs, commercial vehicles or trucks larger than a consumer pickup truck; maximum speed of 5 mph and maintaining safe distance between other cars and animals. All vehicles will be inspected prior to entering the safari, rules will be enforced throughout the journey by park staff, and anyone who violates the rules will be ejected from the park without a refund and possibly prosecuted.
As a safety precaution, all Six Flags employees will be temperature and health screened each day, and wear masks and gloves where appropriate. Per current state regulations, no additional services will be available. Six Flags encourages guests to plan accordingly for restroom breaks, gasoline, and food. Only portable toilets will be available upon entrance and exit.
Six Flags Great Adventure’s safari operated as a self-drive-through experience from 1974 through 2012 and entertained more than 10 million guests. Since 2013, Great Adventure has offered guided truck tours of the safari. Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will operate until the theme park is able to reopen. Per state, local, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19, the theme park and waterpark will remain closed until further notice.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 26 parks across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks, and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
How do I make a reservation to visit the safari?
First, tickets are required. If you are an active Member or Season Pass holder, you already have a ticket number. If you are a single-day guest, paused Member, or employee, you must first purchase a ticket online.
Once you have your ticket or pass number, you will log onto our new reservation site at www.sixflags.com/reserve (this website will be available at 10 am EST on May 27). Choose a date from the calendar that is available for your ticket type. Enter the required information. When you have completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation. Please print this confirmation sheet if possible. A printed sheet is easier to scan through the car window than a phone screen. We want this experience to be as contact-free as possible.
Ticket sales are for individuals. No group sales are available.
How do I know if a date is available to visit?
Dates are color coded on the website calendar to show availability. If there is a specific date you want to visit that is unavailable, you may join the wait list if you choose. Should the date become available, you will be notified by email.
What does the Safari experience cost?
Pricing applies per person:
General Admission (over age 10) weekends -- $20
General Admission (over age 10) weekdays -- $15
Kids (10 and under) weekends -- $18
Kids (10 and under) weekdays -- $13
Active Members and Season Pass Holders – Free (plus one $9.99 Bring-A-Friend ticket)
How long will it take to drive through the safari?
The drive is approximately 5 miles and takes about one hour to complete.
What rules will be in place and how will you enforce them?
With COVID-19, safety is a shared responsibility. Our guests must follow a strict set of rules to keep our animals safe, which will be monitored by our Security, Safety, and Animal Care teams along the path. They include:
How will this experience differ from the prior drive-thru?
The safari was renovated in 2013 for the opening of Safari Off Road Adventure, and some of the sections were redefined. That pathway remains in place, plus, our guests will be able to visit the Baboon Jungle prior to exiting the safari. Camp Aventura will remain closed.
Will baboons jump on the cars like in the old days?
No. In 2003, fencing was added along the roadway to separate the baboons from the cars.
What happens if my car breaks down, overheats, etc. while I’m in the safari?
If your car can still move, please drive to the side of the road (but stay on the roadway) and place your flashers on. If you cannot move your car, just place your flashers on. One of our team members will come to assist you. Do not exit the vehicle for any reason.
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