Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis Six Flags Over Mid-America, is a theme park located in Eureka, Missouri. Owned and operated by Six Flags, the park opened on June 5, 1971, as the third of the company's three original theme parks; the park was conceived by Six Flags founder Angus G. Wynne in the 1960s and was designed by Randall Duell, its layout consists of eight themed areas, each of which contain numerous attractions, dining locations and live entertainment. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is free with park admission. Since its original opening in 1971, the park has undergone many changes, most notably of which are the replacement or renaming of all six of the park's original areas in the 1990s, as well as the addition of two new ones. Six Flags Over Mid-America opened on June 5, 1971, the third and last of the three "true" Six Flags parks as envisioned by Angus G. Wynne; the park was divided into six uniquely themed sections, the namesake "Six Flags" over Mid-America: Spain, England, USA, Missouri.
On June 5, 1999, the 12-acre Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park opened adjacent to the main park. At a cost of $17 million, it was the largest single investment in Six Flags St. Louis' history. In 2014, Six Flags sold 180 acres of undeveloped land east of the park to home developer McBride & Sons, reducing the land owned from 503 acres to 323 acres. According to the Six Flags 2015 Annual Report, the park now owns 323 acres of land. Six Flags St. Louis is divided into eight themed sections, all of which were added or renamed; the park is laid out in a "duell loop", a name given to a specific design concept used by park designer Randall Duell. 1904 World's Fair is the main area of the park, named after the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, which ran from April 30 to December 1, 1904; the area features the "Mall of Mid-Americas", a shopping mall complex that features many foods introduced or present at the fair, as well as buildings themed to the time period of the early 1900s. The area was named "Missouri" from the park's opening until 1994 season.
Colonnades First Cone Looney Tunes Main Street Market LaClede's Mart Toy Circus Studio 6F Flags Emporium Gateway to the West is themed to the early years of the state of Missouri, features many references to locales and people that lived in the state. The area opened in 1993, taking over a part of what was the Missouri section of the park. Colonel Cobbs Chouteau's Market is themed after a French market, it is named after the founder of the city of St. Louis; the area opened in 1993. In 2014, the area expanded to take over a section, part of Studio Backlot. Mooseburger Lodge Outpost Snacks Studio Backlot is themed to the backlot of a movie studio; the area was renamed "Warner Bros.. Backlot" the following year. In the first couple years, the area featured five interactive movie set experiences based on various Warner Bros. films, including Bonnie and Clyde, Little Shop of Horrors and Maverick, all of which were retired after the 1997 season. The area's name was changed again to its current name in 2002, though it retains its previous theme.
Chop Six Johnny Rockets Hollywood Studio Store Studio Sports DC Comics Plaza celebrates the worlds of DC Entertainment, with multiple attractions based on various DC characters and properties. The area opened in 1996. JB's Smoke House BBQ & Sports Bar Hero's Snacks Super Heroes vs. Villains Justice League Headquarters Britannia is based on Great Britain as it was in its medieval period; the area was named "England" from 1971 to 1992, "Great Britain" in 1993 and it was given its current name in 1994. Friar Tuck's Primo's Pizzeria Illinois is loosely themed to the city of Illinois; the area was known as "Old Chicago" before the 1990s. Cotton Candy Factory Primo's Pizzeria Bugs Bunny National Park is a kiddie area based on the Looney Tunes franchise, it opened in 2006 as the successor to Looney Tunes Town. It replaced some former land. Go Fresh Café Totally Kickin' Chicken Funnel Cake Factory Hurricane Harbor is a water park, connected to the southeast portion of Six Flags St. Louis and is adjacent to Studio Backlot, but is not part of the main park.
Unlike other Six Flags Hurricane Harbors across the United States, entrance to the Six Flags St. Louis version is included with park admission or a Season Pass. A number of annual seasonal events are held at the park: July 4th Fest was introduced in the 2000s, features multiple nights of fireworks for the Fourth of July. Fright Fest was introduced in 1988 as "Fright Nights", which ran until Fright Nights V in 1992. In 1993, the event became Fright Fest under the ownership of Time Warner, who wanted each Six Flags park's Halloween event to use the same name for branding purposes; the event runs from mid to late September through Halloween and features several haunted attractions and scare zones, as well as live entertainment. Fright Fest celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. A holiday event introduced in 2016 which features several themed areas as well as live entertainment; the event extended the park's operating season by two months for the first time in its history. Six Flags St. Louis Six Flags St. Louis at the Roller Coaster DataBase
Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas is a 212-acre theme park located in Arlington, east of Fort Worth and about 15 miles west of Dallas. It was the first Six Flags Theme Park, but because of acquisitions it is not the oldest park of the Six Flags chain; the park opened on August 5, 1961, following just a year of construction and an initial investment of US$10 million by real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr; the park is managed by the Six Flags Entertainment Corp. which owns 53.1% interest of the Texas Limited Partnership that owns the park. A similar arrangement exists with the partnership. Six Flags Over Texas Fund, Ltd, a private-equity and asset management firm headed by Dallas businessman Jack Knox, purchased the park in 1969. Over the years the various companies that managed the park, exercised options to purchase interest in the fund. Six Flags Entertainment has an option to purchase the remaining 46.9% in 2028. Starting in 1991, the park was managed by Time Warner Entertainment. In 1998, Time Warner sold its interests in the Six Flags parks to Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, which changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.
Following a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, shortly after its opening, wealthy real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr. decided that his home state of Texas should have a local park for entertainment. Planning for such a place began in 1959, under the leadership of Wynne and the Great Southwest Corporation, along with the backing of various New York City investors. Construction on the park began in August 1960; the name "Six Flags Over Texas" refers to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Wynne intended to name the park "Texas Under Six Flags." Various legends have attributed the name change to his wife Joann. The original park was divided into six separate themed areas for each of the six governing entities that have ruled over Texas. Although additional themed areas have been added, the original six can still be found within the park. Six Flags Over Texas opened its gates from July 29 to August 4, 1961, to several local corporations that Wynne had invited as part of a "soft-test opening."
The park held its grand opening ceremonies on Saturday, August 5, 1961. Dignitaries included the mayors of Arlington, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie and Irving. Park attendance reached 8,374. Admission was $2.25 for children. On opening day, guests could visit the six original themed sections: Mexico, France, The Confederacy and Modern. According to the 1961 Park Map there were 46 "major attractions" listed; the park's first season, lasting only 45 days and ending on November 25, 1961, was a success with over 550,000 visitors. The 1960s were a decade of growth for Six Flags Over Texas; the park added numerous attractions, including two new sections: Boomtown, named after the boomtowns that sprang up rather during Texas' oil boom era and the "Tower Section", named after the Oil Derrick observation tower built in 1969. The park witnessed the birth of two classic theme park attractions: El Aserradero in 1963 and the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster in 1966. Attendance reached close to 2 million visitors a year by the end of the decade.
Six Flags Over Texas was one of the locations used for filming parts of the theme song for Hanna-Barbera's newest TV show The Banana Splits' Adventure Hour for the fall of 1968. Sid and Marty Krofft got their debut at Six Flags Over Texas with their own puppet show. In 1969, Six Flags Over Texas was sold by Angus G. Wynne to a new limited partnership managed by Dallas investor Jack Knox; the park's growth and expansion continued through the 1970s. It was the setting for the opening sequence in the 1971 Sid and Marty Krofft television show Lidsville, in which lead character Mark sees a magician perform in one of the theaters sneaks backstage after the magic show, causes the hat to enlarge, falls through it and lands in Lidsville, "the land of living hats." The park underwent new management in 1971 with the Penn Central Railroad. The park added two new roller coasters, more rides and a new section called "Goodtimes Square"; the park removed many of its less popular aging attractions in this decade as well.
In 1975, a new mascot, Cyrus Cosmo - the inventor - was led many ad campaigns. By 1978, Six Flags Over Texas had had over 30 million visitors; the 1980s were another period of change for Six Flags Over Texas. The park added three roller coasters as well as a children's section themed after Pac-Man in 1983 and changed to Looney Tunes in 1985. Six Flags Over Texas introduced three popular festivals in this decade. Spring Breakout, introduced in 1984, brought live bands and excitement to the park for students on Spring Break. Six Flags introduced Fright Nights and Holiday in the Park to increase attendance and extend the season; the 1990s was a rather rough decade in comparison from decades past. The decade started off with a bang when Six Flags Over Texas introduced the Texas Giant roller coaster. After a record year, Six Flags Over Texas went into a lull with management changes
Six Flags AstroWorld
Six Flags AstroWorld was a seasonally operated theme park located on 57 acres of land expanded to over 75 acres, between Kirby Drive and Fannin Avenue, directly south of Loop 610 in Houston, Texas. The park opened on June 1, 1968, was developed and constructed as part of the Astrodomain, the brainchild of local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz, who intended it to complement The Astrodome. AstroWorld was sold to the Six Flags Corporation by the Hofheinz family in 1975. Although the fourth park to be included in the Six Flags family of theme parks, it was the first park to be purchased by that company instead of being built, it was marketed as "AstroWorld: A Member of the Six Flags Family" so as to not confuse patrons with Six Flags Over Texas located in Arlington. Many variations of this naming scheme emerged from the Six Flags marketing department over the years. Despite these attempts at branding the park, most people continued to call it "AstroWorld" and the company responded by making the individual park's name more prominent.
Fiesta Texas in San Antonio has been marketed as "Fiesta Texas: A Six Flags Theme Park". AstroWorld was permanently closed by the Six Flags Corporation after its final day of operations on October 30, 2005, it was demolished between October 30, 2005 and the first half of 2006. The bridge crossing Loop 610 from the park to the parking lot continues to stand and is the last remaining structure from AstroWorld; the area where AstroWorld once stood is still grassland and is used for overflow parking during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. AstroWorld was the home of many unique attractions, it developed or debuted several prototype ride concepts including the world's first river rapids ride, the first successful Arrow suspended-swinging coaster, one of the first Arrow mine train coasters to utilize tall steel column supports, the first S&S Power sky-swatter ride. The Alpine Sleigh Ride was a dark ride attraction, it had vehicles designed by Arrow Development. Riders passed through an alpine forest before reaching the show building, designed to resemble a large mountain capped with snow.
A waterfall down into a catch pond near the mountain's base. Once past the waterfall, riders would journey through many chambers within the mountain; these included an avalanche room with simulated snow. At several points throughout the ride, the vehicles would exit and travel along the exterior of the mountain-themed show building; the sleigh-themed vehicles were powered by an electrical bus bar where portions of the track ascended, they were gravity powered during the descents which featured several surprise dips. Part of the show building was shared with the adjacent gas powered car ride which passed through a tunnel in the side of the mountain; the ride included an appearance by the "Abominable Snowman". Alpine Sleigh Ride was retired after the 1983 operating season. Greezed Lightnin', a classic shuttle roller coaster designed by Anton Schwarzkopf which accelerated riders from 0 - 60 mph in 4 seconds was installed in 1978. Riders traveled both forwards and backwards during the course of the ride over a non-linear track with one loop and a braking hill on both ends.
Greezed Lightnin's 1 millionth ride occurred on October 15, 2005. The Ultra Twister, a TOGO pipeline shuttle coaster featuring three heartline twists, opened in 1990 and was the only ride of its kind operating in the United States. Featuring a 90-degree vertical lift, a new 45-degree lift hill was constructed for the ride when it was moved to Houston from Six Flags Great Adventure. Exterior sections of the Alpine Sleigh Ride were demolished to make room for the Ultra Twister and its queue house; the park's original layout was created by Randall Duell. The park name, as well as the names of The Astrodome, the Astros baseball team, all other Astrodomain properties, were a homage to the nation's manned space programs after Houston was selected to be the home of the Johnson Space Center in 1965. AstroWorld was constructed on land, swampy and prone to flooding. A million cubic yards of dirt were used to fill the site in preparation for construction; some areas of the site were filled to depths as great as six feet.
Ahead of its time, a unique feature of the park's infrastructure included 2,400 tons of outdoor air conditioning powered by systems built by Carrier Corporation. Underground pipes carrying chilled water radiated out to most areas of the park and provided cool air to queue lines, picnic tables, shops and other large open spaces. Air conditioning ducts and grates were blended to match the area's theming. High standards were set by Judge Hofheinz. Mr. Hofheinz had final approval for aspects of park design. Many rare and valuable antiques, some from Mr. Hofheinz's personal collection, were used to enhance the theming in areas; the original landscaping, all designed in-house, included 10,000 trees, 20,000 shrubs, countless millions of flowers. The bridge crossing Loop 610 which connected AstroWorld to its share of the Astrodo
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor is the name of a chain of water parks that are part of the Six Flags theme park chain. Although the parks are not identical, common features include a variety of body slides, speed slides, tube slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, shopping areas. Six Flags began using the Hurricane Harbor brand in 1995 with the opening of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain; that same year, Wet'n Wild in Arlington, was purchased by Six Flags. It operated as Wet'n Wild — A Six Flags Park in 1995-1996 was rebranded as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in 1997; the brand has since become a trademark of the Six Flags franchise. In 1999, Six Flags St. Louis was the first Six Flags park to construct its own intra-park water attractions section; as Six Flags acquired and rebranded parks in the 2000s, some existing water parks within these theme parks were upgraded and rebranded as Hurricane Harbor. Only one Hurricane Harbor has closed. After Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was sold to Cedar Fair in 2004, the water park was renamed Hurricane Hannah's Waterpark.
It was abandoned in 2006 and most of the attractions were relocated to a new waterpark on what used to be the marine life side of the park. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags America, it was known as Paradise Island until 2005. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags New England; the waterpark opened in 1997 as Island Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2003. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags Over Georgia; the water park opened in May 2014. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags St. Louis. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within The Great Escape; the waterpark opened in 1997 as Splashwater Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2019. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, New Jersey is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located at Six Flags Great America located in Illinois. Hurricane Harbor was added to the park in 2005. Guests who do not have a Six Flags Great America season pass are required to pay an additional fee to enter.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Los Angeles is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain. On September 30, 2012, a 19-year-old man fell off the Venom Drop slide, part of the Black Snake Summit slide complex; the man ignored the life guards and went down the slide head first on his stomach when protocol is to go down feet-first on the back. He hit the concrete; the man was unconscious but breathing when he was taken to the hospital. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington is located near Six Flags Over Texas, it was a part of the Wet'n Wild chain, but was purchased by Six Flags in 1995. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Oaxtepec is located in Mexico, it was independently owned, but was purchased by Six Flags in 2017. The water park is located in Arizona, it was Wet N' Wild Phoenix and for the 2019 season it will be rebranded as Hurricane Harbor Phoenix. The water park is located in Texas, it was owned by Six Flags. In 2019, it will be rebranded as Hurricane Harbor
Christmas is an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it; the traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who further disseminated the information.
Although the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the date of the solstice on the Roman calendar. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, adopted universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to a January date in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas; the celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, pulling Christmas crackers and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, wreaths and holly.
In addition, several related and interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses; the economic impact of Christmas has grown over the past few centuries in many regions of the world. "Christmas" is a shortened form of "Christ's mass". The word is recorded as Crīstesmæsse in 1038 and Cristes-messe in 1131. Crīst is from Greek Khrīstos, a translation of Hebrew Māšîaḥ, "Messiah", meaning "anointed"; the form Christenmas was historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal. Xmas is an abbreviation of Christmas found in print, based on the initial letter chi in Greek Khrīstos, "Christ", though numerous style guides discourage its use.
In addition to "Christmas", the holiday has been known by various other names throughout its history. The Anglo-Saxons referred to the feast as "midwinter", or, more as Nātiuiteð. "Nativity", meaning "birth", is from Latin nātīvitās. In Old English, Gēola referred to the period corresponding to December and January, equated with Christian Christmas. "Noel" entered English in the late 14th century and is from the Old French noël or naël, itself from the Latin nātālis meaning "birth". The gospels of Luke and Matthew describe Jesus as being born in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary. In Luke and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. Angels proclaimed him a savior for all people, shepherds came to adore him. Matthew adds that the magi follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. King Herod orders the massacre of all the boys less than two years old in Bethlehem, but the family flees to Egypt and returns to Nazareth.
The nativity stories recounted in Matthew and Luke prompted early Christian writers to suggest various dates for the anniversary. Although no date is indicated in the gospels, early Christians connected Jesus to the Sun through the use of such phrases as "Sun of righteousness." The Romans marked the winter solstice on December 25. The first recorded Christmas celebration was in Rome on December 25, 336. Christmas played a role in the Arian controversy of the fourth century. After this controversy was played out, the prominence of the holiday declined; the feast regained prominence after 800. Associating it with drunkenness and other misbehavior, the Puritans banned Christmas during the Reformation, it remained disreputable. In the early 19th century, Christmas was reconceived by Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, other authors as a holiday emphasizing family, kind-heartedness, gift-giving, Santa Claus. Christmas does not appear on th
Six Flags Fright Fest
Fright Fest is a Halloween-oriented haunt event held annually at Six Flags theme parks in the United States and Mexico. It features haunted attractions, themed areas named Scare Zones, live entertainment. Six Flags created Fright Nights after testing different Halloween-based events throughout the 1970s to mid-1980s at some of its parks. In 1986, Six Flags AstroWorld, acquired by Six Flags in 1974, debut Fright Nights. In 1988, Six Flags Over Mid-America was the second Six Flags park to introduce Fright Nights, with Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street as the event's "entertainment chairman". Fright Nights featured House of the Living Dead, a walk-through inside of the ride building for Time Tunnel, as well as the "Terror Train", a horror train show on the Tommy G. Robertson Railroad. In 1989, Fright Nights debuted at Six Flags Over Texas. Like Six Flags Over Mid-America, the previous year, Freddy Krueger was again the event's host; the event featured haunted houses, a trick or treat trail for kids, more.
In 1999, Six Flags licensed and opened Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet haunted houses at some parks, featuring music from the album and using similar elements in each house. The next year it became just "Brutal Planet" and dropped the Alice Cooper theme. Since Six Flags has licensed other intellectual properties for mazes and scare zones, including the Saw films and DC Comics's Suicide Squad. In 2018, Fright Fest returned to Frontier City and Darien Lake, two former Six Flags parks re-acquired by the company on May 22, 2018. Six Flags parks are decorated for Fright Fest, feature haunted attractions at an extra charge, as well as live entertainment and scare zones. Halloween-based shows are performed, most notably "Love at First Fright" at Six Flags St Louis and Six Flags Great America, as well as opening ceremonies and closing finales such as "Freaks Unleashed" and "Final Freakout" at Six Flags St Louis which brings all the actors into the park for a first and last scare; the parks feature themed "Scare Zones" in designated areas of the park where costumed actors are allowed to scare guests, though these parks typically include areas where the actors are not allowed, thus allowing a "safe" area for families with small children or otherwise not wanting to be scared.
Many of the parks have similar shows and share names and ideas, like "Dead Man's Party", at Six Flags St Louis, Six Flags New England, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Great America. Another show, "Love at First Fright" is only shown at Six Flags St Louis, Six Flags Great America, but was shown at Six Flags Over Georgia for a while. Most have a specific show that unleashes the monsters into the parks, including "Freaks Unleashed" at Six Flags St Louis, "Awakening" at Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, "The Uprising" at Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags America, Six Flags Great America, "Unleashed!" at Six Flags Magic Mountain. As of 2018, Six Flags Fright Fest events are held at the following parks: Six Flags Over Texas Six Flags Great America Six Flags St. Louis Six Flags Magic Mountain Six Flags New England Six Flags Over Georgia Six Flags Great Adventure Six Flags Fiesta Texas Six Flags America Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Six Flags Mexico Great Escape La Ronde Frontier City Darien Lake"Fright Fest" was also held at former Six Flags park Elitch Gardens.
The park was sold to PARC Management in 2007, PARC Management replaced Fright Fest with "Fall Family Fun Fest" after purchasing the park, adding family oriented areas such as hay mazes and pumpkin painting. The event was rebranded again as "FrightFest" from 2008 onward, avoiding the space between the words Fright and Fest as Fright Fest is a registered trademark of Six Flags; this continued in the years 2011-2014. Elitch Gardens is managed by Premier Parks, LLC, FrightFest remains. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has won USA Today's Reader's Choice Award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event twice, in 2016 and 2017. Holiday in the Park "Six Flags Theme Parks Cash-In on Halloween; the Free Library. Business Wire. 2000. Retrieved 10 Oct 2009. Six Flags official Fright Fest website
Safari Off Road Adventure
Safari Off Road Adventure is a safari attraction operating at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. It replaced Six Flags Wild Safari which closed on September 30, 2012. Wild Safari was opened to the public on July 4, 1974, along with its theme park neighbor, Great Adventure. On August 20, 2012, Six Flags announced that the park would be closed to private vehicles from September 30, 2012, that the animals would remain in the preserve. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags announced that they would open the Safari Off Road Adventure in 2013. Following Wild Safari's closure on September 30, 2012, construction began to renovate it to become the Safari Off Road Adventure. Safari Off Road Adventure opened May 25, 2013; the former Wild Safari park covered 350 acres with the main road being 4.5 miles long. It contained 11 themed sections, was a home to 1200 animals from six different continents; when the safari attraction was joined with Great Adventure to form one park in 2013, it made Six Flags Great Adventure the second-largest theme park in the world at 475 acres, after Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The park added an up-charge zip line attraction. Since its renovation, Safari Off Road Adventure retains the themed areas from Wild Safari. Additionally, midway through the tour passengers are able to disembark from the vehicles at an area called Camp Aventura; this section of the park contains much of Great Adventure's bird and reptile collection, while offering guests an opportunity to feed giraffes. Safari Off Road Adventure is now one of Great Adventure's most popular rides. Kilimanjaro Safaris Rhino Rally 2013 in amusement parks Safari Off Road Adventure