While doing some random surfing, I found some bad news: the drive through safari at Six Flags Great Adventure will be closing forever. The last day of operation will be on September 30, 2012. Note, the press release says that the animals will still be there, so I think either the animals have nowhere else to crash and will stay there by their lonesome selves, or visitors won’t be able to drive through the safari and the park will offer their own transportation. Either way, it’s a shame that a tradition that has been around since the 1970’s will be leaving.
I could understand why the brass would make a decision like that. Maybe someone hit a giraffe or opened their window and was attacked. Let’s face it though, almost everyone opens their window to feel like a daring badass. Even my mom did that once and a ostrich bit the sun visor. In a different situation the bite could be someone’s nose, or if some jerk is flashing the animals…well, let’s not even think about that.
However, all is not lost. Six Flags stated that there will be a big announcement for the 2013 season, which included the safari among other things. That announcement is only this Thursday so park visitors do not have to wait long. I’m curious to see what the deal will be since it seems like Six Flags is making a big stink about the upcoming news. So, if you haven’t been to the safari in many years (like me) or never been, you should definitely check it out soon. A month flies by and you can easily miss out. I may check it out on Labor Day weekend since they will have fireworks, which seems to be rare for the park nowadays. Animals and fireworks…sounds like a winning combo to me.
Would be even better if they can combine the two.
- A farewell to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Wild Safari (northjersey.com)
- Six Flags Wild Safari will stop allowing cars at end of season (nj.com)