A couple of weeks ago, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey announced that their safari would soon be closing to drive-through traffic. This upset a lot of park guests and led to contemplation that the park may be closing the popular attraction.
Well, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another often opens. Six Flags has flung that proverbial door wide open and offered up a view of the greatness to come.
In 2013, the park will undergo its most dramatic transformation in 13 years as the 160-acre theme park and the 350-acre Wild Safari animal park combine as one property to become the world’s largest theme park.
The mega-park, which features 13 roller coasters – including three of the world’s top-rated – three children’s areas, a wide array of family rides, games, shopping and entertainment, will introduce the new themed attraction, Safari Off Road Adventure.
“Never before have guests been able to experience a journey so close to that of a true African safari here in the U.S.,” said John Fitzgerald, park president. “By combining the world’s most exotic animals with Six Flags’ signature entertainment, the Safari Off Road Adventure will be the most incredible animal adventure anywhere. Where else can you ride a wave, go on safari, and soar on world-record breaking coasters?”
With 1,200 animals from six continents, Safari Off Road Adventure will take explorers on an intense, up-close animal experience. Guests will enter the fictional world of the Wilds Family, who have traveled around the world to bring the most interesting and exotic animals to their home in Jackson, New Jersey.
Once through the rustic loading station filled with artifacts from the Wilds’ adventures, guests will board a rugged, open-air safari vehicle to begin their unique adventure. Skilled safari drivers will then drive guests off-road and up-close to the animals as they splash through ponds, cross bridges, venture over rugged terrain and go about their daily business.
Guests will be able to drive their own vehicle through Wild Safari until Sept. 30, 2012. When Wild Safari closes its gates for the 2012 season this fall, it will undergo a massive renovation that includes a redesign of various simulated natural habitats, as well as the creation of Camp Aventura.
Camp Aventura will be the main stop along this rugged off-road excursion. Guests will see up-close some of the Wilds family’s favorite animals, and even hand-feed or pet them. Here, for an additional fee, they can choose to fly through the air high above the animals on a new zip line.
“This is a monumental change for the Wild Safari and our guests,” said Dr. Bill Rives, safari director and chief veterinarian. “For nearly 40 years, people have dreamed of more up-close animal experiences with fewer boundaries, and now we can truly deliver a VIP experience to each and every one of our guests – and it’s included in their theme park admission.”
Safari Off Road Adventure is included with general theme park admission and season passes in 2013. Scheduled to open on Memorial Day weekend of 2013, it will be accessible through the Frontier Adventures section of the park.
At Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark, thrill seekers can challenge a massive new slide complex, Big Wave Racer. This, along with the addition of King Cobra in 2012, will make Hurricane Harbor a must visit spot.
Big Wave Racer will send riders flying head-first down multiple lanes on an aero-dynamically-designed water toboggan. After climbing four stories, they will rocket down several steep drops stretching 1,800 feet before crossing the finish line.
Big Wave Racer is scheduled for a summer 2013 opening and will be the eighth slide complex at Hurricane Harbor, bringing the total to more than 25 thrill slides. The 45-acre park also features a million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile lazy river and a large children’s water playground.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company. With 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada, Six Flags has entertained millions of families for more than 50 years. Six Flags offers world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and animal encounters, as well as Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. For more information, please visit SixFlags.com.
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