We go every year, the biggest, baddest amusement park in all of the land. (Well at least the biggest one that’s closest to home). Every year we have a different experience, which makes me love Great Adventure, and at the same time hate it.
Before I get into my hate list, I want to mention the rides, and how they rate according to me, the thrill seeker.
First let me discuss the thrill rides, because to be honest this is the main reason why someone my age would even go. Calm down mom, I’ll cover the kiddie section later on.
1. Nitro- this roller coaster gets placed at number one, because it is in my opinion number freakin one! This roller coaster hits speeds up to 80 mph, but it’s not the speed that freaks most of its riders out; its the length. Nitro’s time duration is 4 minutes. The longest roller coaster I have ever been on. Although this coaster does not flip, the speed it hits, with the seats you sit in are what adds to the scare factor. You see the seat provides no shoulder padding protection. You are in open air, with nothing more than a small little triangular shaped rod that comes down on your crotch. You basically are relying on this piece to keep you in your seat. The fast paced turns you take honestly make it feel as if you are going to slip right out of the seat. Don’t worry though, you’re not going to fall off…I think?
Nitro rates a 10 out of 10. By far the best coaster I have ever been on; and believe me I’ve been on coasters all over the state. Nothing comes close to Nitro.
2. Superman The Ultimate Flight- This ride is sweet, but for the most part due to it’s popularity you end up waiting on a 2 hour line for a 30 second ride. That’s how it feels all the time, every time. Besides that set back, Superman The Ultimate Flight is a coaster that places you into a sturdy seat with padded shoulder guards that come down to your private are. You are then buckled in. The ride then lifts and faces you to the ground. As your heat begins to pound you are shot off. The entire ride is face down. What makes this scary is the fact that you have no control over your body. Basically you dangle from your shoulder pads, and hope the buckle doesn’t break. Heheh. However seeing how there is so much padding and what not, you feel relatively safe, and when you feel safe it takes away the ‘scare’.
Scare Factor- 6.
3. The Great American Scream Machine- This coaster used to be one of Great Adventures finest, however with new rides taking over, and new thrills the scream machine is a bore. I absolutely hate this ride because it hurts. Although you are padded in with shoulder straps, the ride becomes bumpy. The bumpy feeling along with whipping you from turn turn turn causes your head to pound into the sides of the pads. This ride is sure to give you a headache once you get off. It’s not enjoyable, it’s not scary…it’s just plain and simply torture.
4. Kingda Ka- This stupid looking loop is a world record coaster hitting in at 128mph. Not only that it is also the tallest. This coaster is hard to miss in the park, but once you get a close look, you realize it has crap to offer. It’s not really a coaster, its more like a giant hill, it takes you up from 0 to 128 mph in 3 seconds or some phenomenal number like that. This coaster however takes your breath away as it races you up and flops you down. It’s over in seconds. What sucks about it is not only its length; but it’s line. The line seriously hits records just like the coaster. Not only does it suck to be waiting on line for 2 hours, but the park will shut it down while you are on the line for may different reasons. In my opinion it dubs this ride unsafe. Every time we are there its closed because it’s too windy, or its too this or too that. When it opens hopefully you are already first in line, because if you’re not it will close again after about 7 take offs.
Wait- 10 (as in sucky)
5. Skull Mountain- I cannot believe they have not cleaned this one up yet. Uch. This is a coaster done indoors inside of this giant plastic mountain. It’s all in the dark so you don’t know whats about to happen. While on the ride though you can see through the holes in the wall what’s going on. There are metal pipes and garbage all down below, and the place reeks of stale cigarettes and rotten food. I don’t like it, there is nothing scary about it, and it gets hot, muggy and smelly in there during hot summer months.
6. Rolling Thunder- This coaster is a dual tracked wooden coaster reaching speeds up to 33mph. It’s not fast, but it has a sweet 85 foot drop with 10 hills that’ll bump your butt up from the seat. So although it’s a bit lame when it comes to being a thrill ride, it’s fun and lasts 3 minutes.
7. Medusa- This coaster is pretty fun, it has all the flips, turns, and more flips you could want from a coaster. However it only hits 61mph, which really takes the scare factor from it. I do enjoy the flips though, and the well padded straps that do not punch you in the face when you whip quickly around a turn. This ride also lasts 3 minutes. Thrill seekers though will find this one to be a dud, as it’s not very scary.
There are more thrill rides in the park such as the Dare Devil Dive, which is sort of like bungee jumping, but on a smaller scare. It’s a free fall, so of course the scare factor is a 10. Fun also a 10. However this costs additional money. When you pay you will be given a photo of the fall, and for an additional price you can even have them video tape it.
Runaway Mine Train is a train that is more designed for older children in the ages of 8-10. It takes you through a cool scenery, over a pond, around the pond, and if you look hard you may even see some fish or turtles in the water.
Thrill rides also include El Toro, erUPtion, Alkatraz and many, many more.
In Six Flags Great Adventure there are tons of rides and activities for children to do as well, I have no kids, nor have I ever brought kids with me, but walking through the park I have seen children enjoying rides such as mini zippers, swings, bumper cars, flying cars, pirate walkways, Dumbo planes, enchanted tea cups, the jungle land express, spashwater oasis where kids can jump onto tiles that splash up water, they can ride the enormous ferris wheel, and many more neat rides that kids will love.
Activity’s for children also include a gaming area where parents can win their children stuffed animals, an area where children can control motorized boats with steering wheels, cannons where guests can squirt those with water who are coming down from a water ride.
Throughout the streets of Six Flags New Jersey are vendors selling all types of goodies. Outside you can sit and get a caricature of yourself, you can have your name put on a piece of rice and then placed in a small vial to wear around your neck, you can stop quickly to get into character in a photo booth that will dress you up into a theme and take your photo. You can be Bonnie and Clyde, a cowboy, a sheriff, and more.
You can have wallets embossed, hats embossed, t-shirts made with whatever saying you want, also around the park will be drink vendors pushing carts with lemonade, fruit punch and water. In other areas you can choose to sit down and eat with many different choices such as fried chicken, burgers from McDonald’s, fries, tacos, vegetarian food, and much more. You have the option to dine in, or eat outside in the many areas with benches for guests.
In the main entrance of the park there are indoor gift shops that sell all sorts of theme park goods. Most of these goods have to do with Bugs, daffy and the Warner crew. Other shops though sell candy, fudge, ice cream, key chains, hats, clothing, and unique goods.
There honestly is so much to do at Six Flags Great adventure, you will honestly have an awesome time.
Now that I have covered all of the fun neat things about Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, let me discuss the things that go on that can totally ruin your time.
1. Thugs. The park at times is filled with them, and I have found that this stands true during summer months. It is best to go in the fall just before the park closes down. These thugs will cut lines, intimidate guests, and they even smoke pot while waiting on line. The park seems to do crap about it, and that is just F’ed up for anyone wishing to have a happy, safe time with their family or loved one. Someone cussing, and dropping the F bomb every 2 seconds while they blow pot in your child’s face is not my idea of a good time.
This actually happened to us a few seasons ago.
2. Violence in the parking lots. My boyfriend and I almost got ran over by some A-hole who sped his car up when we went to cross the road in the parking lot. He then proceeded to cuss us out and kept calling for my boyfriend to come over to him. Yea OK… whatever. So this piece of garbage low class welfare trash could shoot him? I think not.
What pissed me off about this situation was, the guy true, but also the fact that there was absolutely no security guards outside to make sure crap like this doesn’t happen.
3. Crowds. I know there has to be a limit, and at times we have visited the park where clearly the limit was well over the legal limit, and some. It sucks going to Six Flags when every 2 seconds some in kicking your heels, bumping into you, and so on. Crowds also add to…
4. Long lines. I’m not talking 30 minute waits, I’m talking 2 hour waits for one ride. This to me is absurd, and when we see a line too long we just skip it all together, and then before you know it, you have skipped everything, and the day was wasted. This has also happened before.
5. Greed– When I spend $5.00 on a tiny cup of lemonade with no ice in it on a 100 degree day, I expect a new cup, or a cup of ice on the side. This extremely jerk off for an employee actually told me a cup of ice for my jacuzzi lemonade would be $1.00. I gave the loser back his lemonade and asked for my money. Its ridiculous that he would serve me a drink un-iced, then tell me the ice would be $1.00 more. What!?
Because of all of this nonsense, we have skipped Six Flags for quite a few years. Last year though we went during a week day when school was back in session and had a really nice time. Surprisingly.
It all just depends on when you go. If you go in July when school is out expect an over crowded park with a bunch of rude sweaty hot employees, and gangsters smoking pot while on line.
Overall I rate the park a 5 out of 10. This rating is given because every time I go, I either have a good time, or horrible time. There is never an in between. When I think about all of the times I have gone, I can honestly say that 50% of the time I have fun, and 50% of the time it’s a nightmare.
For more information on the park, and to buy tickets visit www.sixflags.com
Six Flags Great Adventure is located at 1 Six Flags Blvd, in Jackson, NJ.
I cannot recommend, nor can I not recommend this park. Its a 50/50 chance on whether you’ll have fun or not.