We took our 7 and 8 year olds for a day trip to Great Adventure, mainly to see the drive through safari. The drive through safari is closing after 9/30/12 but will be renovated and re-opened as more of a guided tour/ride. You will no longer be able to drive through yourself. The safari was really great. The animals come close to you. The more dangerous ones are behind fences but are visible. It was a wonderful alternative to the zoo.
The kids LOVED it. It's tough for little ones to not be able to go on the BIG rides. My kids are at that awkward stage where they're too big for the kiddy rides, but too small for the larger thrill rides. The wooden roller coasters, Rolling Thunder and El Toro were the most exciting rides we could go on. They enjoyed it, but I think El Toro was a bit much for them.
Most of the staff were friendly. I had an unfortunate incident at the M &M skyride where the attendant slammed the door on my thumb, damaging my nail and didn't even acknowledge that I was hurt even though I had cried out in pain. He completely ignored me. Luckily, it was not broken and I was not seriously hurt, but no thanks to him.
One thing is you can't bring any bags on the ride, not even fanny packs or cross body purses. So you have to lock your stuff in lockers. That was annoying.
Their pricing is high, but I was able to get a deal through plum benefits. Deals are to be had, and if you live in the area and like amusement parks, the season pass seemed to be a great deal. We live too far away to make it worth our while to do that. The park is well-maintained. The rest rooms are clean. The food stands all seem to be clean as well. All in all, it's a great place to take the family, though it lacks the old world charm of Rye Playland or Coney Island.
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