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Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides

Aldo

Posted:
10/26/04 at
5:13:42 AM

About three years ago when I first started talking on this forum I made up a list of the old rides from King's Island because they have removed alot over the years. It has just occurred to me that SFGA has also removed ALOT of rides (especially flat rides. I wonder why flat rides do not do well at SFGA. anyone know?) over the years as well, more than King's Island. So here is my list of most of the old rides from Six Flags Great Adventure (I know I am missing some rides so please let me know. I also might have some of the information wrong so please correct me if I am wrong).

And here is the list:
-Lightning Loops (1978-1992)
-Ultra Twister (1986-1988, was this ride SBNO in '88?)
-Shockwave (1990-1992)
-Sarajevo Bobsleds (1984-1988)
-Alpen Blitz (1976-1978)
-Big Fury (1975-1977)
-Lil' Thunder (1975-1983)
-Wild Rider (1978-'81 or '82)
-Jumbo Jet (1975, did this ride even operate?)
-Joustabout (1982-1998)
-Condor (1988-1991)
-Adventure River's water slides (1991-1998, were all the slides removed?)
-small ferris wheel located where B&R: The Chiller is now (removed in 1996)
-Pendulum (1999-2003)
-Evolution (1999-2002?)
-Taz's Tornado (1999-?)
-Jumpin' Jack Flash (did SFGA remove this?)
-Spinnaker (1999-?)
-Pirate's Flight (1999-?)
-Time Warp (1999-?)
-El Sombrero (removed in 2002)
-Centrifuge G-Force (removed in 2002)
-did SFGA ever have a monster (octopus ride)?

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by sparky sparky Profile at 10/26/04 1:21:18 PM

> About three years ago when I first started
> talking on this forum I made up a list of the old
> rides from King's Island because they have
> removed alot over the years. It has just occurred
> to me that SFGA has also removed ALOT of rides
> (especially flat rides. I wonder why flat rides
> do not do well at SFGA. anyone know?) over the
> years as well, more than King's Island. So here
> is my list of most of the old rides from Six
> Flags Great Adventure (I know I am missing some
> rides so please let me know. I also might have
> some of the information wrong so please correct
> me if I am wrong).

> And here is the list:
> -Lightning Loops (1978-1992)
> -Ultra Twister (1986-1988, was this ride SBNO in
> '88?)

Yes, Ultra Twister was SBNO in '88. It was finally dismantled over the winter of '88-'89, and shipped to Houston. SFAW took the whole year of 1989 designing the 45 degree lift for the ride. It opened at SFAW in 1990.

> -Shockwave (1990-1992)
> -Sarajevo Bobsleds (1984-1988)
> -Alpen Blitz (1976-1978)
> -Big Fury (1975-1977)
> -Lil' Thunder (1975-1983)
> -Wild Rider (1978-'81 or '82)
> -Jumbo Jet (1975, did this ride even operate?)
> -Joustabout (1982-1998)
> -Condor (1988-1991)
> -Adventure River's water slides (1991-1998, were
> all the slides removed?)

All SLIDES were removed. The Arrow Hydroflume (circa 1975) and Intamin River Rapids 12 (circa 1981) were left intact, as was the kiddie pool play area.

> -small ferris wheel located where B&R: The
> Chiller is now (removed in 1996)
> -Pendulum (1999-2003)
> -Evolution (1999-2002?)
> -Taz's Tornado (1999-?)
> -Jumpin' Jack Flash (did SFGA remove this?)

Yes. Taken down after the 2002 season. Not a huge deal, as it is trailer mounted.

> -Spinnaker (1999-?)
> -Pirate's Flight (1999-?)
> -Time Warp (1999-?)
> -El Sombrero (removed in 2002)
> -Centrifuge G-Force (removed in 2002)
> -did SFGA ever have a monster (octopus ride)?

Yes. SFGAd's Eyerly Monster operated in two different locations in the park- the first near the Big Wheel in what was originally a trippy, psychadelic area. It's later years were spent next to the carousel and yum yum palace where the Tea Cups are today. I know the Monster was still there as of 1984, but can't recall past then.

There was also that bizarre giant scrambler-type ride that operated near the petting zoo behind the kiddie area (now Bugs Bunny Land). I know info was posted on this ride in the past, but I can't recall the make, year, etc.

Also, SFGAd opened with TWO bumper car rides. One was located near the Flying Wave (in its later years called "Traffic Jam", while the other one was in what is now Movietown near the Stunt Show Arena (this one closed in the '70s sometime). Traffic Jam closed after the '95 season, I believe, and the park's current ride "Autobahn" opened in '96 on the old Haunted Mansion site in Old Country. The cars from Traffic Jam went over to the Autobahn, while the cars from the other bumper car ride are still stored under BTR's brake run (you can see them if you look hard enough).

One other ride I don't think you mentioned was the Schwazkopf Bayern Kurve. This ride operated between Freefall, and where the Stunt Show Arena is now. It was removed after the '91 season to make way for the Stunt Show Arena. An interesting tid bit on this ride was that park maps in '92 showed the Bayern Kurve in Frontier Adventures next to Rolling Thunder (where Ultra Twister had been located, and where Viper was to be installed in '95). Needless to say, the Bayern Kurve never did reopen.

-sparky

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by Aldo at 11/3/04 3:04:33 PM

> About three years ago when I first started
> talking on this forum I made up a list of the old
> rides from King's Island because they have
> removed alot over the years. It has just occurred
> to me that SFGA has also removed ALOT of rides
> (especially flat rides. I wonder why flat rides
> do not do well at SFGA. anyone know?) over the
> years as well, more than King's Island. So here
> is my list of most of the old rides from Six
> Flags Great Adventure (I know I am missing some
> rides so please let me know. I also might have
> some of the information wrong so please correct
> me if I am wrong).

> And here is the list:
> -Lightning Loops (1978-1992)
> -Ultra Twister (1986-1988, was this ride SBNO in
> '88?)

> Yes, Ultra Twister was SBNO in '88. It was
> finally dismantled over the winter of '88-'89,
> and shipped to Houston. SFAW took the whole year
> of 1989 designing the 45 degree lift for the
> ride. It opened at SFAW in 1990.

> -Shockwave (1990-1992)
> -Sarajevo Bobsleds (1984-1988)
> -Alpen Blitz (1976-1978)
> -Big Fury (1975-1977)
> -Lil' Thunder (1975-1983)
> -Wild Rider (1978-'81 or '82)
> -Jumbo Jet (1975, did this ride even operate?)
> -Joustabout (1982-1998)
> -Condor (1988-1991)
> -Adventure River's water slides (1991-1998, were
> all the slides removed?)

> All SLIDES were removed. The Arrow Hydroflume
> (circa 1975) and Intamin River Rapids 12 (circa
> 1981) were left intact, as was the kiddie pool
> play area.

> -small ferris wheel located where B&R: The
> Chiller is now (removed in 1996)
> -Pendulum (1999-2003)
> -Evolution (1999-2002?)
> -Taz's Tornado (1999-?)
> -Jumpin' Jack Flash (did SFGA remove this?)

> Yes. Taken down after the 2002 season. Not a huge
> deal, as it is trailer mounted.

> -Spinnaker (1999-?)
> -Pirate's Flight (1999-?)
> -Time Warp (1999-?)
> -El Sombrero (removed in 2002)
> -Centrifuge G-Force (removed in 2002)
> -did SFGA ever have a monster (octopus ride)?

> Yes. SFGAd's Eyerly Monster operated in two
> different locations in the park- the first near
> the Big Wheel in what was originally a trippy,
> psychadelic area. It's later years were spent
> next to the carousel and yum yum palace where the
> Tea Cups are today. I know the Monster was still
> there as of 1984, but can't recall past then.

> There was also that bizarre giant scrambler-type
> ride that operated near the petting zoo behind
> the kiddie area (now Bugs Bunny Land). I know
> info was posted on this ride in the past, but I
> can't recall the make, year, etc.

> Also, SFGAd opened with TWO bumper car rides. One
> was located near the Flying Wave (in its later
> years called "Traffic Jam", while the
> other one was in what is now Movietown near the
> Stunt Show Arena (this one closed in the '70s
> sometime). Traffic Jam closed after the '95
> season, I believe, and the park's current ride
> "Autobahn" opened in '96 on the old
> Haunted Mansion site in Old Country. The cars
> from Traffic Jam went over to the Autobahn, while
> the cars from the other bumper car ride are still
> stored under BTR's brake run (you can see them if
> you look hard enough).

> One other ride I don't think you mentioned was
> the Schwazkopf Bayern Kurve. This ride operated
> between Freefall, and where the Stunt Show Arena
> is now. It was removed after the '91 season to
> make way for the Stunt Show Arena. An interesting
> tid bit on this ride was that park maps in '92
> showed the Bayern Kurve in Frontier Adventures
> next to Rolling Thunder (where Ultra Twister had
> been located, and where Viper was to be installed
> in '95). Needless to say, the Bayern Kurve never
> did reopen.

> -sparky

Are there more rides that have been removed? I have a feeling that there were more but I am not sure. Anyone please help.

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by Catfish at 11/4/04 8:34:29 PM

> About three years ago when I first started
> talking on this forum I made up a list of the old
> rides from King's Island because they have
> removed alot over the years. It has just occurred
> to me that SFGA has also removed ALOT of rides
> (especially flat rides. I wonder why flat rides
> do not do well at SFGA. anyone know?) over the
> years as well, more than King's Island. So here
> is my list of most of the old rides from Six
> Flags Great Adventure (I know I am missing some
> rides so please let me know. I also might have
> some of the information wrong so please correct
> me if I am wrong).

> And here is the list:
> -Lightning Loops (1978-1992)
> -Ultra Twister (1986-1988, was this ride SBNO in
> '88?)
> -Shockwave (1990-1992)
> -Sarajevo Bobsleds (1984-1988)
> -Alpen Blitz (1976-1978)
> -Big Fury (1975-1977)
> -Lil' Thunder (1975-1983)
> -Wild Rider (1978-'81 or '82)
> -Jumbo Jet (1975, did this ride even operate?)
> -Joustabout (1982-1998)
> -Condor (1988-1991)
> -Adventure River's water slides (1991-1998, were
> all the slides removed?)
> -small ferris wheel located where B&R: The
> Chiller is now (removed in 1996)
> -Pendulum (1999-2003)
> -Evolution (1999-2002?)
> -Taz's Tornado (1999-?)
> -Jumpin' Jack Flash (did SFGA remove this?)
> -Spinnaker (1999-?)
> -Pirate's Flight (1999-?)
> -Time Warp (1999-?)
> -El Sombrero (removed in 2002)
> -Centrifuge G-Force (removed in 2002)
> -did SFGA ever have a monster (octopus ride)?
>
I think they had a Schwabinchen during its early years just like CP's.

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by LONNOL at 11/4/04 10:17:31 PM

"There was also that bizarre giant scrambler-type ride that operated near the petting zoo behind the kiddie area (now Bugs Bunny Land). I know info was posted on this ride in the past, but I can't recall the make, year, etc."

Mark-

That was the one-of-a-kind custom Chance ride called the Sidewheeler. It opened in 1976.

Adam

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by chillforce chillforce Profile at 11/6/04 12:12:47 AM

> That was the one-of-a-kind custom Chance ride
> called the Sidewheeler. It opened in 1976.

> Adam

Is there any information as to where this ride is now or does GA have this in their massive boneyard?

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides *NM* by kingdakafan112 at 7/5/07 1:14:53 PM

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/5/07 7:26:35 PM

This thread is really fascinating to me..I wish I could add something to it. Attending GA since it opened in '74 (I was about to turn 10), I probably rode many of these. But the names and all weren't important to me then, or for quite some time after...Certain ones, e.g,Lightning Loops, Ultra Twister, Sarajevo Bobsled...those I rode in my more "enlightened" days, so the memories are very specific.

Thanks for a cool thread, Aldo!

I started on here in early '06, and this original post was from '04, so I had never seen it...so thanks, also, sorta, to "kingdakafan112" for his/her phantom post...otherwise, I might not have seen it!

Mike

* This Post Has Been Modified *

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by Aldo at 7/6/07 8:10:24 AM

> This thread is really fascinating to me..I wish I could add
> something to it. Attending GA since it opened in '74 (I was
> about to turn 10), I probably rode many of these. But the
> names and all weren't important to me then, or for quite
> some time after...Certain ones, e.g,Lightning Loops, Ultra
> Twister, Sarajevo Bobsled...those I rode in my more
> "enlightened" days, so the memories are very
> specific.

> Thanks for a cool thread, Aldo!

> I started on here in early '06, and this original post was
> from '04, so I had never seen it...so thanks, also, sorta,
> to "kingdakafan112" for his/her phantom
> post...otherwise, I might not have seen it!

> Mike
> * This Post Has Been Modified *

Thanks Beastmaster! I should tell you there is this really great website about the history of Six Flags Great adventure. You should check it out: http://greatadventurehistory.com/

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by NFLWookiee at 8/2/07 5:11:50 PM

Hi guys, I just wanted to add a few rides to your list. I haven't lived in NJ for about 6 years now, but I was a regular as a kid and teen from the early 80s until late 90s. Here goes...

As you took a right turn coming into the park and passed the photo shop and many gift shops and food stands, there was a ride called the Enterprise. I know they renamed it in the late 90s. It was a flat ride that had all these cars hanging from a wheel. It'd start spinning and eventually lifted its entire wheel frame up to about an 80 degree angle, causing all the cars to flip over and over itself. I remember it had all these gaudy lights on it, causing it to resemble an old Elvis jumpsuit.

I should probably explain again that I haven't been to SFGA since about 1999/2000. The reason I found this thread was after taking my kid to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, I was telling him about all the rides at SFGA. I started showing him Youtube videos of the rides and I noticed many of my old favorites were missing.

So.... another ride I didn't see on the list was tha space shuttle that flipped like the Buccaneer but went all the way over. I can't recall its original name but I remember them renaming it also in the late 90s. When you got off the ride, you exited near the Scrambler.

One last one, which I'm thinking might have been renamed the Sombrero - which I see on your list, was a ride where you entered this cylinder type room. Everybody stood up against the walls and the room began to spin. After a greater speed was achieved, the floor would drop and you'd stick to the wall. I remember they renamed this one and moved it close to Rolling Thunder. Originally it was over near the Condor and old bumper cars. I also recall that the original sign on the ride showed a guy who had positioned him self horizontally up against the wall. I can remember people doing this in the 80s, but it was discouraged later on in the 90s.

PS - Freefall R.I.P.

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by NFLWookiee at 8/2/07 5:13:45 PM

One last one - how bout the Alpine Slide?

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure's old rides by skc2000 at 8/2/07 7:09:56 PM

> So.... another ride I didn't see on the list was tha space
> shuttle that flipped like the Buccaneer but went all the
> way over. I can't recall its original name but I remember
> them renaming it also in the late 90s. When you got off the
> ride, you exited near the Scrambler.

Space shuttle used to be located where b&r chiller is now at.It was removed to it,s current location(next to gasm)at the end of the 96 season to make room for b&r the chiller.Also i am not sure which year i think it was 93 or 94 a couple of years before it was relocated to it,s current location the rides name was looping starship but renamed space shuttle a couple of years before it was relocated to it,s current location next to gasm.A couple of years before it was moved to it,s current location it was where b&r chiller is now at & it used to be called looping starship but renamed space shuttle a couple of years before moving to where it is now at.It used to be where b&r chiller is now at & renamed space shuttle(it,s old name was looping starship)a couple of years before being relocated to make room for b&r the chiller.i remember riding it in it,s old location(where b&r chiller is now at)both as space shuttle & as looping starship(i have been to sfgadv more than 60 times since my 1st visit back in 78).

skc2000