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Medusa mega-coaster returns to Six Flags Great Adventure

by Susan and Simon Veness

Medusa, the twisting, looping Gorgon of a thrill ride, returns to Six Flags Great Adventure as part of the biggest refurbishment in the park’s 50-year history.

Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure
Photos courtesy of Six Flags

Visitors to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey have a lot to look forward to in 2022, as the park returns its Bizarro roller coaster to its original name, renames Safari Kids land, adds Single Rider lines and Q Smart technology, plus new dining and animal encounters, and more.

Medusa ride vehicle
Medusa ride vehicle

Riders can take on the Gorgon again as the seven-looping, floorless beast of a top-rail roller coaster returns to its original name, Medusa. Along with the name change, the coaster will get a new color palette, logo, and Gold Rush-era backstory.

Families will delight in meeting the park’s new arrivals, as well, as the Wild Safari’s care team has welcomed three giraffe calves, an adorable male rhinoceros, and a nursery full of other new babies.

Animals play a big role in the new Giraffe Encounter Tour, a VIP safari experience. Go off-road onboard a military-style, open-air truck and tour seven sections of the Wild Safari, with the opportunity to hand-feed giraffes and meet exotic animals up-close.

Six Flags Great Adventure Giraffe Encounter Tour
Giraffe Encounter Tour

To ease wait times, Six Flags Great Adventure has installed Single Rider Lines, ensuring the rides operate at maximum capacity, with every seat filled. Attractions that will offer shorter waits for single riders are roller coasters Jersey Devil, El Toro, Nitro, and Medusa.

Also designed to help speed up wait times is the park’s new Q Smart Technology, allowing guests to maximize their parks time and enjoy more rides during their visit by using their mobile phone and the park’s app to reserve ride times. This update replaces The Flash Pass Q-bot.

The mobile app has been enhanced, too, with a new feature that links guests’ park passes with their Google Pay Wallet or Apple Wallet for speedier entry into the park and reduced wait times.

After a two-year renovation, the former Safari Kids area of the park has become Jr. Thrillseekers, with eight kid-friendly rides, shopping, dining, and a new area with shaded seating.

Six Flags Great Adventure Barnstormer
Barnstormer in Jr. Thrillseekers area

Yum Yum Café and Granny’s restaurants have received new interior décor, and a succulent roasted rotisserie chicken dish has been added to Granny’s menu.

Guests arriving at the park in an electric vehicle will find charging units compatible with all electric vehicles in the theme park and water park parking lots.

“Our largest range of enhancements in nearly five decades will focus on improving our guests’ experience through technology, innovation, and renovation,” said Park President John Winkler. “As the Northeast’s premier family entertainment destination, we’re laser-focused on providing incredible guest service in a beautiful, modern, and state-of-the-art environment.”

Looking for a job in the theme park industry? Six Flags is accepting applications (ages 14 and up) at sixflagsjobs.com.

For more on these enhancements for the 2022 season, visit SixFlags.com.

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