If you weren't aware, this Saturday is "National Roller Coaster Day". Parks all around the country are celebrating. Six Flags Great Adventure is celebrating with ERT on Kingda ka and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.
They will also be giving out prizes to those wearing Great Adventure shirts.
JACKSON, NJ — August 13, 2014 — Six Flags Great Adventure, home to twelve innovative and exciting coasters, commemorates National Roller Coaster Day August 16 with a thrilling lineup of roller coaster special events, exclusive ride times and social media announcements.
The day kicks off with exclusive ride time on the record-breaking Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and fastest coaster, plus a bonus of the brand new Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All guests are welcome with valid theme park admission or Season Pass.
All visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite Great Adventure coaster shirt to win prizes such as free tickets, Season Passes and coaster memorabilia from the “Six Flags Prize Patrol.” In addition, the Prize Patrol will make surprise visits to all of the coasters throughout the day and offer double rides to entire trains of lucky guests.
Guests can also celebrate National Roller Coaster Day with interactive scavenger hunts and competitions on Twitter and Instagram. The hashtag #sfcoasters will be used for Twitter fans to connect with people enjoying the event at all Six Flags locations.
“Great Adventure is home to three of the world’s top ranked coasters -- Kingda Ka, El Toro and Nitro,” said John Fitzgerald, park president. “There is no better way to celebrate this special day than by getting your adrenaline rush with fellow thrill seekers at the world’s largest theme park.”
Gates will open at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 732/928-2000.
We made our weekly trek to Hurricane Harbor this week for some waterpark fun so I made some time in our day to head over to Magic Mountain to check out what they are doing on Ninja.
Not much has changed since our update on Wednesday but you can start to see just how extensive the work they are doing is going to be.
We'd also like your opinion on our new watermark. Is it too much? Just right? Let us know in the comments below.
Ninja remains closed (no surprises there) but no walls have been placed in front of the entrance which hopefully means it will be open sooner rather than later.
Sorry for the water spot ... I was using the waterproof camera.
Not sure how well you can see it, but a couple of the trees are marked with red tape which probably means they are on their way out.
A look towards the area where they were cutting last week
You could hear some work going on behind the trees, but not cutting, actual "ride noises". Not sure if that means they are pulling out the 3rd train to work on it.
Since they weren't working today, Jet Stream was back open. I hadn't actually seen the lower queue building full in awhile.
The path between Apocalypse and Roaring Rapids was also open, probably due to them not working as well.
A look at some of the work being done from the other side.
Not sure if this was recently cleared or if it's been this way for awhile.
Some fence boards have been replaced, again, not sure if that's recent or not. Maybe they should just replace the entire thing while they are working in this area? This looks really tacky. I wouldn't even leave my own fence like this.
Guessing some trees on the other side of the path may be on their way out as well. It's sad because that's one of the things that makes Ninja great, but it's better than not having Ninja at all.
Just a couple of quick notes from the rest of the park.
Ad's in the Apocalypse queue are advertising a chance to win a trip to ride Goliath at Six Flags Great America. Click to enter
The Full Throttle Plaza just got a nice new paint job. This had to have been just since Wednesday because I certainly didn't notice it the other day. It's nice to see little projects like this. They go a long way in keeping the park looking nice.
I'm no prude, but this shirt caught my eye. Apparently they've been at Six Flags Over Texas since at least 2011.
It was another beautiful day at Hurricane Harbor. No cartoons or music in the wave pool again. Starting to think it's a safety thing, which is totally understandable.
New signs about the "Buttons, Zippers and Rivets" policy at the park. This isn't a new policy, but with the two new slides, no surprise they are letting people know about it.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. Not sure when we'll have another update, but probably in the next week or two depending on what news we hear from the park.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about the new watermark.
We hadn't really planned on doing a Magic Mountain update for awhile. With Bugs Bunny World and Speedy Gonzales: Hot Rod Racers open, Colossus not closing for over a month, and the 2015 additions not being announced until the end of August we figured there wouldn't be much going on at the park until then.
Due to the incident at Ninja the other night, we figured we'd head up and see what the park was doing to bring the ride back. If you missed our coverage of the incident regarding Ninja, click here.
Don't usually check the "rides closed" list, but we did today. No surprises here, except for maybe the Whistlestop train.
Heading up the hill, we weren't surprised in the least to see Ninja closed. That didn't mean that people weren't still trying to get in line so they had an Employee stationed at the entrance. Hopefully nobody is giving the employees out here a hard time.
Depending on how long the ride is closed, I wouldn't be surprised if they just walled off this entire area.
Heading down the hill towards the back side of the park, you can see them doing work through the trees. More than see, you can hear them doing lots of work.
Due to it's proximity to Ninja, Jet Stream is also closed.
As you can see, employees are stationed here as well. Most park guests don't understand why Jet Stream is closed from what we could tell, especially since it was in the 90's. But please don't give these guys a hard time. They'd rather be operating their ride and giving people a good time vs. standing out here telling people the ride is closed.
Looks like Jet Stream was E-Stopped as soon as the Ninja accident happened, which is supposed to happen.
A look at some of the trucks up on the hill working on the trees. There is an access road that goes pretty much in the middle of both rides.
Guessing that the crane is to hold up trees as they are cut below. Don't need any more trees falling on the track or the Jet Stream flume.
A little further down the road, you can see the trees they have been working on. Guessing that Ninja is a bit more "open" when it reopens.
The path from the end of Cyclone Bay (near Apocalypse) up to the exit of Roaring Rapids is closed to allow crews easy access from backstage area's.
As soon as we hear ANYTHING regarding the ride reopening we'll be sure to pass it along. The most important thing is making sure the area is safe for everybody.
Unfortunately, Ninja wasn't the only coaster incident on Monday. Sadly an 18 year old Man was ejected from the coaster "Inferno" at Terra Mitica in Spain and later died from his injuries. The coaster in question is an Intamin Zac Spin coaster which is the same type as Green Lantern: First Flight.
As always, safety is the first priority. Below is a statement from the park regarding the incident:
We are saddened to hear of the accident in Spain. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution we have temporarily closed a similar ride for a thorough inspection
As we were taking our pictures it was obvious from the interaction between park guests and the employees stationed out front that the news of the accident in Spain hasn't reached most of the "GP".
Again, our thoughts go out to those impacted by this tragic accident in Spain and we applaud the park for taking measures to make sure all of their rides are safe.
Around The Park
Just a couple of quick notes regarding the rest of the park ...
I'm not a "Coaster Shirt" guy, but I actually liked this shirt, and for $6 I was almost tempted to pick up a couple. If we make our weekly trek to Hurricane Harbor this weekend I may head in and pick one up.
I didn't notice them at the time, but the "Ultimate Coaster Match" shirts behind this sign actually don't look too bad either.
Swashbuckler is still down (and not listed on the "Closed Rides" list) but there is now some kind of shed on the site. Maybe it's the swings?
Lastly, a couple of these charging stations have shown up outside of Studio 6F (near Gold Rusher). This is actually a pretty good use of ads and I'm sure they are very popular.
Blast from the past time!!! Who recognizes this? I hadn't actually seen this in years but as CoasterMatt and I were looking for area's to take Ninja pics, we came across it.
That's going to wrap it up for this quick update. Again, as soon as we hear anything about Ninja or Green Lantern we'll let you know.