With a combination animal safari/amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure will become the world's largest theme park next year. The park will become 10 acres larger than Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.
The park is combining its animal safari and its amusement park to make one large attraction. John Fitzgerald the park's president said to The Huffington Post, Never before have guests been able to experience a journey so close to that of a true African safari here in the U.S. By combining the world's most exotic animals with Six Flags' signature entertainment, the Safari Off Road Adventure will be the most incredible animal adventure anywhere. Where else can you ride a wave, go on safari, and soar on world-record breaking coasters?"
The safari, which is located in Jackson Township, New Jersey--50 miles away from New York City is closing September 30 and there will be a reopened safari area next year. Improvements include being able to pet or hand-feed animals and riding a zip line above them.
It will also get a redesign which includes simulated natural habitats and Camp Aventura. At Camp Aventura, guests can feed and pet animals which includes birds, snakes, rabbits, sheep, potbellied pigs and other reptiles.
"Innovation is part of our DNA," said Jim Reid-Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer in a press release on the Six Flags website. "On the heels of a tremendously well-received lineup of rides and attractions in 2012, we are taking our creativity to an even higher level by delivering an unprecedented season of jaw-dropping experiences that only Six Flags can deliver."
The addition of large open air trucks will allow visitors to have a more up close and personal look at the animals.
Currently, the largest theme park in the world is Disney's Animal Kingdom which boasts 500 acres. When redone, Six Flags Great Adventure will be 510.
Hurricane Harbor, which is also located in Jackson Township will remain its own park with a separate admission price. Ticket prices for Six Flags is currently $63 dollars for a single-day admission and will remain the same price next year.