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Six Flags Great Adventure Reopens – 13 Things to Know

We have more great news to report, Six Flags Great Adventure reopens this July. In New Jersey, visiting Great Adventure on a regular basis is a summer tradition for New Jersey families. I know many were concerned that might not happen this summer, but I’m happy to report you can now add Great Adventure back to your summer bucket list.

Six Flags Great Adventure Reopens July 3, 2020
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Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, today announced plans to open for the 2020 season. In accordance with Governor Phil Murphy’s opening guidelines for amusement parks, Six Flags Great Adventure will operate with reduced attendance levels and in preview mode beginning July 3.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor are beloved outdoor destinations for so many in the Northeast, and we look forward to welcoming families back to our parks. The safety of our guests and team members remains our number one priority, and the new safety guidelines we have put in place are designed to create a safe environment for everyone.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor Park President John Winkler
Six Flags Great Adventure guests show tickets on phone to staff person.
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Like all things, Great Adventure amusement park has been closed in recent months, but they did open the safari as a drive thru. Today, they have announced their reopening plan. Six Flags Great Adventure is set to reopen to the public on Friday, July 3, 2020. A preview date for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is forthcoming.

Six Flags Great Adventure reopens rides to families wearing masks.
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About Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure is the World’s Largest Thrill Park with world-class, award-winning rides like Kingda Ka, El Toro, Nitro, and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.

Staff members clean a ride, after operation, at Great Adventure.
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The park offers two areas just for the littlest guests and great family rides for the whole family, plus entertainment, shopping, and a wide variety of dining options.

Six Flags Great Adventure's Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth
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Its Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure is the largest self-guided, drive-through safari outside of Africa and gets guests up-close to more than 1,200 animals from around the globe in the privacy of their own vehicles.

Siberian Tiger at Six Flags Great Adventure
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is one of the Northeast’s largest waterparks with more than 25 refreshing attractions for the whole family.

What can guests expect when Great Adventure reopens?

Ticket Sales

During a preview phase, the park will open to Members and Season Pass Holders exclusively July 3, and to the general public beginning July 4. The park will then gradually increase attendance levels throughout the month. The park’s website and social media channels will announce the reservation system’s launch date.

All Members, Season Pass Holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at Guests who need single day tickets will be able to reserve during the purchase process.

The parks will use an online reservation system to manage attendance, schedule guests for entry by day, and to stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. The reservation process will take 5-7 minutes, and guests will complete the following steps:

  • Enter their online order number, ticket number or Membership/Season Pass number;
  • Select the day and the approximate time they want to visit;
  • Acknowledge their understanding of the company’s health policy;
  • Order pre-paid parking, if they do not already have a parking pass; and
  • Watch a brief video describing new social distancing and sanitization procedures.

Guests will be contacted electronically (either by email, text or both) the day before their scheduled visit to confirm their intent to visit.

Season Pass Holders & Members

All Members and Season Pass Holders will receive booking priority over single-day and group ticket buyers.

Family walks through the park when Six Flags Great Adventure reopens.
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Capacity Limits

Six Flags will establish attendance caps that will be well below the park’s theoretical capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing.

A child uses a hand sanitizing station.
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Six Flags Great Adventure Safety Procedures

The park is implementing extensive new safety measures and hygiene protocols, including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with state recommendations.

Do I need to wear a mask to Great Adventure?

  • Following CDC guidelines, all guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day.
  • Masks will be available for sale at the front gate for any guest without one.
  • Masks will not be required on waterslides, water attractions, or in pools.
  • The park will also offer “mask break zones” in select locations to provide socially-distanced areas for guests who wish to temporarily remove their masks.
child washes hands at Six Flags Great Adventure
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Health Screenings

  • Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry.
  • Individuals will be required to acknowledge and abide by the company’s health policies, which prohibit park entry if guests have recently been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is required for all guests.

  • Easy to identify distance markers will be added in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail locations, and dining queue lines; Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing.

  • Dining areas will be adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties.

  • Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions.

  • Six-foot viewing areas will be marked for guests to observe game play while adhering to social distancing requirements.

  • Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet.

  • Capacity at indoor venues and on some attractions, including the Wave Pool and Lazy River, will be reduced to meet social distancing requirements.

  • Guests will be allowed to ride on a tube with family/group members, but will not be allowed to share a tube with those not in their immediate party.

  • A limited number of complimentary lifejackets will be available upon request. However, families are encouraged to provide their own coast-guard approved lifejackets for children under 42 inches, or those who are not strong swimmers. All Hurricane Harbor lifejackets will be sanitized after every guest use.
When Six Flags Great Adventure reopens lines will be spaced out to allow for social distancing.
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Communication & Signage

  • Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training.
  • Safety messaging and reminders will be displayed on Six Flags’ website, and in newsletters.
  • Distance markers and physical distance indicators will be in place.
  • Informational safety signage will be posted throughout the park.
family sits at a table to eat at Six Flags Great Adventure
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Food options when Great Adventure reopens

  • Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless transactions.
  • Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food.
  • Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as required.
  • Beverages will be served by attendants; any drink bottle refills will be served in a paper cup each time guests refill.
Fast food is still available at Six Flags Great Adventure
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  • Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place.
  • Rides, restraints, and handrails will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • Team members will frequently sanitize and disinfect high-touch points, including the following:
    • Public Seating
    • Tabletops
    • Counters        
    • Doors
    • Trash cans
    • Deck Chairs
    • Life Jackets
    • Tubes and Rafts
  • Restroom staff will be stationed to disinfect each stall, sink, and shower area on a frequent basis.
  • Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park.
  • All team member work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected.
  • All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include the following items: a safety face mask, safety glasses, and disposable gloves.
  • Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas.
  • Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available.
  • Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces.
An employee cleans a table atGreat Adventure
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Six Flags Great Adventure Security

  • Advanced security screenings will enable touchless bag checks.
An employee cleans sinks at Six Flags Great Adventure
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What will be closed at the Six Flags Great Adventure?

  • Some rides, retail and food locations may not be available upon opening. The park team will open additional attractions as they become available.  
  • The Jersey Devil Coaster, originally scheduled to debut this past May, is not ready yet. Construction had to be put on hold while the park was closed. Look for details soon on a new launch date.
An employee cleans railings at Six Flags Great Adventure
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What will be opened when Six Flags Great Adventure reopens?

When Great Adventure reopens, most rides and attractions will be open.

Six Flags Great Adventure Jersey Devil Coaster key art
One of the newest rides coming to Six Flags Great Adventure. | Photo Credit Six Flags Great Adventure

What about the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari?

Six Flags’ Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure was reintroduced May 30, 2020 following a seven-year hiatus. Utilizing the new reservation system and contact-free protocol, thousands of cars have taken the five-mile journey each day to get up-close to 1,200 exotic animals from around the globe. Due to its popularity and the ability for guests to social distance in their own vehicles, the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will remain operational until further notice. 

Drive thru to see giraffes at the Great Adventure Safari
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The theme park aims to reintroduce its Safari Off Road Adventure guided truck tours soon. Read more about the Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari.

The parks’ reopening plan, which the company developed in consultation with epidemiologists, meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols.

To learn more about Six Flags Great Adventure, visit our articles about Six Great Adventure or their website,

Are you ready to get back to Great Adventure when it reopens?

Sky Screamer at Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure SkyScreamer as seen looking up.

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