On Sunday June 2nd, 2013, we visited Six Flags Great Adventure to ride the all new Safari Off Road Adventure. For the 2013 season Six Flags Great Adventure upgraded (or as we think somewhat of a downgraded) their new infamous Wild Safari, from being a Drive-through Wild Safari to Safari Off Road Adventure Attraction. Before guests had to pay extra and drive their own vehicles through the Safari. Now, the Safari is a new Attraction inside the park, with tour guide vehicles driving you through. Overall, the new Safari was a good addition to the park, but we did not enjoy it too much, and liked the old Drive-through Safari better.
We arrived at the park very early and went straight to the Safari, so we could avoid waiting a long line for it. We ended up waiting about 30 min for the attraction, in the hot sun. When we first arrived in the station, we adored the beauty of it, but disliked the slow loading time and capacity. When we sat down, the first thing we noticed was the seating. It looked nice, but it was quite uncomfortable. Also, it was very open, which was good for seeing animals, but was not good as it was torture siting int he direct sunlight on an extremely hot day. Sitting in my leather seats in my air conditioning car was much more enjoyable.
The ride itself was very similar to how the Safari was before. For over 75% of the ride, the trucks went on the same exact path as you drove in the old Safari. The only difference was it went on a few off road paths to make it "Off Road" and "Wild". Halfway through the Safari, riders must take a break the new Camp Aventura was nice, but very small and needed a lot more work to it. Overall, it was a waste of time. The second half of the ride was literally on the same path as the old Safari, with all the exact same animals in the same locations, so no differences. However, they took out the last new areas of the Safari, by El Toro and Kingda Ka, which includes the monkeys. This sucked because that was my favorite section of the Safari.
By the time the Safari was over, we were all thankful. It wasn't worth the expensive over-hull. I would have rather seen a new park expansion, new rides, or even new Coaster instead of this.
Lets look at some positive and negatives:
Positives: New "Upgraded" Safari, new addition to the park, change to the view of the Safari, beautiful station,
Negatives: It was more of a "downgrade" in our eyes, loss of sections of the Safari, the smallness of Camp Aventura, no more Drive-Through, the trucks, the exposure to the heat.
Overall, the new Safari Off Road Adventure was okay. It had some positives and negatives. It was a nice addition to the park, but we liked the Safari better how it was before, when it was the Drive-Through Safari.
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