Safari Off Road Adventure

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Safari Off Road Adventure
Safari Off Road Adventure promo.jpg
Six Flags Great Adventure
AreaFrontier Adventures
Coordinates 40°8′14.34″N74°25′58.87″W / 40.1373167°N 74.4330194°W / 40.1373167; -74.4330194 Coordinates: 40°8′14.34″N74°25′58.87″W / 40.1373167°N 74.4330194°W / 40.1373167; -74.4330194
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 25, 2013 (2013-05-25) [1]
ReplacedSix Flags Wild Safari
Six Flags Wild Safari
Opening dateJuly 4, 1974 (1974-07-04)
Closing dateSeptember 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)
Replaced bySafari Off Road Adventure
Ride statistics
Attraction type Safari
Length23,760 ft (7,240 m)
Site area15,246,000 sq ft (1,416,400 m2)
Vehicle typeFormer Army trucks, remodeled into open air safari vehicles
Vehicles20
Riders per vehicle31
Number of animals1,200 (80 species) [2]

Safari Off Road Adventure is a safari attraction currently operating at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. It replaced the former Six Flags Wild Safari drive-through safari park, which closed on September 30, 2012 in order for it to become its own standalone ride experience.

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Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the attraction has returned to being a drive-through experience for private vehicles, with tickets that can be bought separately from the main park.

History

An African bush elephant on safari in May 2014. African Bush Elephant Six Flags.jpg
An African bush elephant on safari in May 2014.

When Warner LeRoy was proposing the Great Adventure park, his original proposal was to include a drive-thru safari. The planned drive-thru was to have 45 tigers, 25 cheetahs and pumas, 100 brown, black, and polar bears, 50 giraffes, 60 zebras, 250 antelope, 250 baboons and other monkeys, 40 elephants, 20 rhinos, 25 camels, 100 ostriches, kudu, hartebeest, wildebeest, deer, kangaroo, wild goat, wild sheep, cranes, flamingoes, vultures, hornbills, buffalo, moose, elk and others. It was to also have 10 miles of road. Though it was never realized, some of the park's animals from the proposal appeared in the park in a slightly different form. [3]

Wild Safari was opened to the public on July 4, 1974, along with its theme park neighbor, Great Adventure. [4]

On August 20, 2012, Six Flags announced that the park would be closed to private vehicles from September 30, 2012, and that the animals would remain in the preserve. [5] On August 30, 2012, Six Flags announced that they would open the Safari Off Road Adventure in 2013. [1] Following Wild Safari's closure on September 30, 2012, construction began to renovate it to become the Safari Off Road Adventure. [6] Safari Off Road Adventure opened May 25, 2013. [1]

In March 2020, Six Flags suspended all operations across all their properties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [7] During the continuation of the pandemic in May, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that they plan on reopening the first Six Flags attraction, Safari Off Road Adventure, while keeping the rest of the park closed. [8] This comes after the Governor of New Jersey signed an executive order to allow drive-thru venues to resume operations on May 13. [9] Safari Off Road Adventure reopened on May 30, with the attraction going back to its historic routes and becoming once again a drive-through safari. [10] A month later, Six Flags Great Adventure announced their new opening date for the season on July 3, 2020. [11] [12] Plans were in place for Safari Off Road Adventure to return with the theme park operations, but park officials stated that the safari will continue its own operations, due to the popularity and the ability for guest to continue social distancing while in their own vehicles. [13]

Overview

The former Wild Safari park covered 350 acres (1.4 km2) with the main road being 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long. It contained 11 themed sections, and 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 (1.92 km2), after Disney's Animal Kingdom. [14] [15] [16] [17] The park also added an up-charge zip line attraction. [1]

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 also offering guests an opportunity to feed giraffes.

Animals

The Americas

Afrikka

Wilde Plains

Serengeti Grasslands

Kingsland

Black Bear Ridge

Wilde Plains Lowlands

Terra Ursus

Conservation Area

Didgeridoo Pass

Tigris Asiana

Baboon Village

See also

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