Last Saturday, our little family took an afternoon to visit the Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park in Jackson, New Jersey. It was Emma’s first time to the park, or to any theme park for that matter, and it was also a first for my husband and I to go as a couple. Both of us recalled going there back in our high school days, but we did visit Hurricane Harbor together a few years ago. We were anticipating this day for a few weeks, and it was finally here.
The first thing we noticed were the hefty parking fees. Daily prices were $15.00 for standard parking (which we opted for), $25.00 for preferred parking, and $45.00 for the season pass holders. Walking from our space to the theme park, I commented to my husband how very reminiscent of the Griswold’s trip to Wally World this was. Remember how they ran across the lot? And we parked near the front of our section. It’s impossible to park outside of the theme park which is why we saw a lot of folks being bussed in.
Once there, we picked up our passes and then went on through the gates. We picked a great day for this. The sun was out but it was still a nice cool temperature outside. We headed for the water fountain where we spent a few minutes to study the park map. Then we took a quick celebrity photo:
Kevin and I were longing for some adult-sized rides, but we were here to find some fun activities for the munchkin, so we headed over to the Looney Tunes section. We tried some of the little person rides, but that was an upsetting ordeal for Emma. We did get her try the train and after the first ride she was okay, but very ready to get off when it was over with. This was turning into a disaster. That is, until we saw The Wiggles perform. They made this entire trip worthwhile, and just to show you how much fun it was, I embedded a short video excerpt from their performance. That’s my girl shaking her tail feather. A few moments later about 6 more little ones joined the dance party.
After the wiggles, we took Emma on another few rides and visited a little play area for awhile. We had planned on visiting the Wild Safari, but the pollen was in full force and my eyes got so irritated that I could barely see. It was bad, so sadly we had to leave.
Overall, I feel the park was a little advanced for Emma. I’d like to see a few more attractions for the very young people. She’s only 16 months old, but we still very much enjoyed our trip, however short-lived it was!
If you plan on visiting the park more than twice, I highly recommend that you buy a season pass. It pays for itself in less than two visits (day passes are $49.99 each but a season pass is $79.99).