Built in 1974, Great Adventure was the larger-than-life dream of a
larger-than-life personality, Warner LeRoy. The consummate showman,
LeRoy had visions of a fantasy world of rides, shows, and animals in
a beautiful and unspoiled woodland setting. In 1977, Great Adventure
became a member of the Six Flags family of theme parks and has
continued to grow ever since, with bigger and better attractions
added each season. Six Flags Great Adventure revisits some of the
park’s past attractions, like the Garden of Marvels, Big Balloon,
and Super Teepee, and illustrates the park’s evolution into a
state-of-the-art theme park enjoyed by a new generation of guests.
About the Author
Harry Applegate and Thomas Benton are longtime fans of the park and
have been season pass holders for more than 30 years, as well as
former park employees. Together they launched the
GreatAdventureHistory.com Web site, where they have amassed a large
collection of historical photographs and information about Six Flags
Great Adventure to share with millions of park fans.
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