Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters to Headline Algonquin Arts Theatre Gala

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Algonquin Arts Theatre to Honor Janice Blanton, Larson Ford, The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation and Stephen Strouse at June 8 Event

MANASQUAN, N.J. (May 1, 2017) – They say the neon lights are bright, On Broadway.Algonquin Arts Theatre welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters and their endless supply of mega-hits from the 1950s and 1960s to headline our annual gala.The gala’s theme this year, On Broadway, uses the title from The Drifter’s 1963 hit to highlight the completion of the Algonquin’s fifth season producing Broadway-style plays and musicals.Dara Brown, an anchor from NBC News, will emcee the gala and also serves as a Co-Chair of the event with Alison McGonigal of August & Scout Café and Bakery and Diane Onto of Manasquan Bank.

For information including an event schedule, ticket levels and how to sponsor the event, please visit algonquinarts.org/gala or call 732-528-4336.

Three ticket levels offer various levels of access, from a Gala Performance Ticket that provides an open cocktail party & a seat for the show through a VIP All-Access experience that includes cocktails, dinner at Remington’s or Blend on Main, and an exclusive post-show reception with the headliners.Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-528-9211, online at algonquinarts.org and in person at the Algonquin Box Office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and on 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays.The On Broadway Gala Starring the Drifters recognizes Humanitarian Award honoree Janice Blanton, Community Service Award honorees Larson Ford and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, and Arts Education Award honoree Stephen Strouse.“I am very excited that this gala will pay tribute to four fantastic honorees,” said Brett Colby, the theatre’s interim director of development who recently returned to the theatre after six years away. “Janice Blanton has been a devoted board member for many years, contributing countless hours and dollars to sustain the theatre’s presence in the community.“Stephen Strouse receives the Arts Education Award not only for his work in the education system, but also for the expertise he brings to many Algonquin productions. Finally, the theatre simply could not survive without the support of philanthropic families like the Grunin and Larson families. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Larson Ford are extremely deserving of this years’ Community Service Award.”The gala is the single biggest fundraising day of the year for Algonquin Arts Theatre, and the event includes a Silent Auction and much more. All funds raised support our mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore.The “Rodgers and Hammerstein” lead sponsors of this year’s gala are Eliot Arlo Colon for NJ Assembly, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and PNC Wealth Management. Holman Frenia Alison, P.C., Manasquan Bank and OceanFirst Bank are “Andrew Lloyd Webber” sponsors, while Peter A. Flihan & Linda P. Hejduk, The Folk Agency, Mona & John Kirk, Jerry & Diane Levitz, David & Gayle Donnelly of NaturaLawn, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJ CAR, Rhonda Maraziti of Withum, Dale & Peter Wegener, Roosevelt Investments, TD Bank and Frank J. Valente-Allstate NJ Insurance Company are “Lin-Manuel Miranda” sponsors.The evening’s live appeal is supported by Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley and Janice Blanton, while Broadway Ray has contributed coveted “Hamilton” tickets which will be part of a New York City package auctioned off as in the Live Auction.
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About Algonquin Arts Theatre Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.Algonquin Arts Theatre’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Manasquan Bank, Broadway Ray, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Freed Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.The theatre was voted New Jersey’s favorite small performing arts center south of the Raritan River in 2015 and 2016.

World’s Tallest and Fastest Drop Ride to Debut Extreme VR Experience at Six Flags Great Adventure

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JACKSON, N.J. — April 20, 2017 — Six Flags Great Adventure, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” today announced an all-new, extreme virtual reality experience coming to the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride beginning May 5. Thrill-seekers will use Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus to battle giant, mutant spiders while they plunge 41 stories at speeds up to 90 mph on Drop of Doom VR, a fully-integrated virtual reality (VR) experience on Zumanjaro.Six Flags Great Adventure - Wearing Samsung Goggles on Drop of Doom VR

“As the leader in innovation, Six Flags launched the very first VR coaster experiences. Now, we are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides.”–Neal Thurman, park president.

“As the leader in innovation, Six Flags launched the very first VR coaster experiences. Now, we are taking virtual reality to the next level with the introduction of the first VR drop rides,” said Neal Thurman, park president. “Drop of Doom VR plays upon two of our greatest fears – extreme heights and spiders – and delivers an entirely new thrill for the spring 2017 season.”While anxious riders buckle into their floorless seats and strap on their VR headsets, they are transported into a 360-degree virtual world where they become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:Six Flags Great Adventure Drop of Doom VR
  • High speed, vertical ascent up 41 actual stories that transforms into 100 virtual stories while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
  • A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
  • A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
  • A thrilling 10-second fiery plunge straight down at speeds up to 90 mph between towering skyscrapers;
  • The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.
For a limited time only, guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission. Riders must be at least 48” tall to ride Drop of Doom VR, and at least 13 years old to experience Samsung Gear VR.
Riders must be at least 13 years of age to wear Samsung Gear VR. Guests must be at least 48” tall to ride Zumanjaro with a maximum height of 77”. Guests under the age of 13 who meet the height requirement, and day visitors who do not meet the exclusive requirements for this event, can ride Zumanjaro without VR headsets.
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About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

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Six Flags Great Adventure to Fuel Foodies at Fourth-Annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Festival

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Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23 from 12 to 7 p.m. Wine sampling runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

This delicious festival provides a chance to fuel up between coasters. Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from Cajun to Korean and Greek to Italian, plus sweets including waffles and shakes. Fifteen trucks will be available from 12 to 7 p.m., and three award-winning New Jersey wineries will also be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m. for sampling and wine purchases.

Participating Food Trucks                 

  • Cajun Jax BBQ – A taste of the old south with a Cajun twist
  • Chimney Cake Factory – Transylvanian oven-baked pastries
  • Empanada Guy – Gourmet Latin pastries and tapas
  • Gyros To Go – Custom made Greek-American food
  • Johnny’s Pork Roll – Pork roll sandwiches
  • My Four Suns – Authentic Korean fusion cuisine
  • Oink and Moo BBQ – American BBQ and Tex-Mex
  • Star of the Sea Seafood – Homemade, hand-prepped seafood
  • Suzie’s Rolling Wrappers – Gourmet, deep fried wrappers
  • Sweet Lavender – Simple, yet sophisticated desserts
  • The Flying Pie Guy – Hand held, savory Aussie pies
  • The Guac Spot – Artfully crafted, avocado-inspired tacos, sliders and desserts
  • The Little Sicilian – Specializing in many varieties of Sicilian riceballs
  • Waffle de Lys – Authentic Belgian waffles with a French twist
  • Five Sisters – Pub-style burgers and fat sandwiches

Wineries

  • DiMatteo Vineyards
  • Villari Vineyards
  • Wagonhouse Winery
 

Tickets

Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission, Season Pass or active Membership. Daily theme park tickets can be purchased online using the promo code TRUCK. Food and wine sampling require an additional fee. Wine Tasting Tickets Online: $10.99 Wine Tasting Tickets at the Event: $15.99 Info:             For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 732-928-2000.

Six Flags Great Adventures Holiday in the Park® Nov 19 – Jan 2

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Northeast’s Largest Halloween Party Transforms into Winter Wonderland for Holiday in the Park®

Jackson, NJ — November 7, 2016 — The Northeast’s largest Halloween party, Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest, magically transforms into a winter wonderland for Holiday in the Park® weekends and select days November 19 through January 2, 2017. More than a million glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many popular rides provide a way for guests to create memorable holiday moments at Six Flags Great Adventure this winter.

“Guests are awestruck by the beauty of Holiday in the Park,” — Six Flags Great Adventure President Neal Thurman

Opening for its second season in 2016, Holiday in the Park features two newly-themed sections, new shows, shops, additional rides and a variety of new dining options. The event is included with all Season Passes and active Memberships.“Guests are awestruck by the beauty of Holiday in the Park,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President Neal Thurman. “This festival combines holiday traditions with thrills that are uniquely Six Flags, landing it on every family’s must-do list this winter.”A multi-sensory feast awaits just inside the gates throughout 12 specially-themed areas of the park. The sights, sounds, scents and experiences are carefully coordinated to provide an incredibly immersive and magical holiday experience.

Signature Holiday in the Park attractions include

  • Holiday Magic —  A Celebration of the Season — Spectacular light show on a 52-foot-tall tree in the heart of the park that dazzles nightly every 30 minutes through eye-popping effects, stirring music and gently falling snow.
  • North Pole — Guests are invited into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa and even meet a talking reindeer.
  • Gingerbread Junction — A giant, inflatable gingerbread man welcomes guests to this whimsical section featuring peppermint swirl-wrapped trees, dancing lights around the carousel pavilion and Dot & Drop’s Holiday Dance Party.
  • Joy to the World — Tranquil pathway of warmly lit trees, luminaries and stained glass showcasing religious holidays from around the world.
  • Polar Point — Stunning, ice-blue trees twinkle with the illusion of falling snow up above, while the regal Snow Queen meets guests below.
  • Poinsettia Peak — Skull Mountain roller coaster has been transformed into a mountain of dazzling red lights with a crimson beauty, the Poinsettia Princess, greeting guests nearby.
  • Holiday Fire Pits — Three sections of the park feature wood-burning fire pits that warm the soul and are popular spots for toasting s’mores.
  • Holiday Eats —The sweet and savory tastes of the holiday season can be found throughout the park, like spiked egg nog, holiday-flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, holiday beers, festive funnel cakes with peppermint eggnog and caramel pecan bacon toppings, specialty holiday platters of sliced turkey, smoked turkey leg and chicken platters with cranberry sauce, chili bowls, harvest salads and flatbreads and hot soups.
  • Festive Photo Spots — An antique sleigh, twinkling mistletoe, larger-than-life characters, Santa’s elaborate home, giant greeting card and a new kiddie train are just a few of the fun photo spots guests can preserve their holiday memories.

New in 2016

  • Trouble in Toyland — When things go amiss in Santa’s North Pole workshop, Mrs. Claus arrives in the nick of time to make it right with a sprinkle of holiday magic. This live stage production features acrobatics, comedy and surprise special guests in the Showcase Theater.
  • Merry Market Place — This newly-themed area offers shops, treats and warm fire pits. Guests can find great stocking stuffers, holiday candies and even build their own swords, Teddy bears and baskets. They can also enjoy delectable Belgian waffles and creamy, hot chocolate.
  • Holly Jolly Christmas — This newly-themed area features THE JOKER 4D, free-fly coaster, HARLEY QUINN Crazy Train and Villains Café.
  • Holiday Harmonies with Hotsy Totsy — Guests can enjoy the lively harmonies of this New Jersey-based, 1950’s-style vocal trio, celebrating the recent release of their album “Fresh Pineapple.” Saturdays through December 17 in the North Pole, weather permitting.
  • Expanded ride package — In addition to nearly 30 favorites like Nitro, BATMAN the Ride and SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight, guests can now take a spin on THE JOKER, HARLEY QUINN Crazy Train, and soar high above the twinkling lights on the breathtaking Sky Way. All rides are weather permitting. Frontier Adventures including Safari Off Road Adventure, Bugs Bunny National Park and Plaza del Carnaval do not operate during the festival.
  • Additional dining options — Guests can enjoy additional eateries like the Snowman City Food Court featuring Ichiban Tea House, Chicken Express and Totally Kickin’ Chicken; Whimsical Wonderland’s Go Fresh Café and the new Macho Nacho in Holiday Memories.

Holiday in the Park Special Events

Holiday in the Park’s opening weekend features two special events Sunday, Nov. 20. The morning begins with the Santa Run 5K race at 11 a.m., and an Elf Run 1K for kids that includes a meet-and-greet with Santa at noon. Tickets and registration are available online. The Holiday Express band will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. free with park admission. Holiday Express is comprised of 1,700 volunteers including more than 100 professional musicians and delivers music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need during the holiday season.On December 10, Six Flags will attempt to break the worldkissing under the mistletoe. Guests interested in participating will find more information online at sixflags.com/greatadventure. The Coca-Cola® Polar Bear will make a special appearance that day between 1 and 6 p.m.The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a holiday blood drive December 11 in the park’s Employment Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests who donate a pint of blood will receive one theme park ticket valid for Holiday in the Park. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged and available by visiting the web.
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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com 

Southern Ocean County Chamber announces New Chief Executive Officer

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Lori Pepenella returns to the Long Beach Island regional chamber as the first CEO in the business organization’s 102 year history to continue its tradition of economic advocacy and tourism promotion.

“We know change is evident. The chamber needs a new vision, new goals, new direction.” — Incoming President Jillian Panzone Elsasser

Lori Pepenella, CDME, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which has served Long Beach Island, Stafford Township, Barnegat, Waretown, Forked River, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor as a business resource since its founding in 1914. As one of the top chambers in the state, there have been several Executive Directors that have headed the organization in the past. This new CEO position will combine chamber operations with State of NJ Destination Marketing Organization grant compliance to promote tourism in the region, as well as work alongside the board to establish their three year strategic plan, titled Vision 2020. The iconic business group runs one of the East Coast’s most popular food festivals, Chowderfest; hosts regional business meetings, as well as operates a fully staffed information center throughout the year.
Lori Pepenella at LBI's ChowderFest
Lori Pepenella at LBI’s ChowderFest
Pepenella served as the chamber’s Destination Marketing & Communications Director since 2008, where she implemented the organization’s award winning initiatives including the Wedding Road Show, Beyond the Beach and LBI Region Report programming from funding she earned through the NJ Division of Travel and Tourism competitive DMO Grant program. She also led the chamber to be one of three globally accredited Destination Marketing Organizations within the state. In 2014, in honor of Southern Ocean Chamber 100th Anniversary, Pepenella oversaw the Regional Economic Development Council which led a two-year research project along with key stakeholders, to identify how the chamber can adapt to best serve the changing business community leading into 2020. Lori stepped down earlier this year taking on the position of Director of Community Development for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, where she is a life time member and past Woman of Achievement. Pepenella will begin her post later this month and will remain involved as an Executive Member of Ocean County Tourism & Business Advisory Board, Military Support Committee for the Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, Ocean County College 100 Women Campaign and as a commissioner for Ocean County Culture & Heritage.Incoming President Jillian Panzone Elsasser stated “We know change is evident. The chamber needs a new vision, new goals, new direction. The way we do business has changed the past 102 years and now is the time for us to adapt. The most reasonable answer to accomplish everything we are setting out to do was to hire a CEO and for us, Lori was the only fit for this position. The board of directors and members are thrilled to have her back and we are all eager to get back to work together”The board will be working this fall to complete the first phase of their Vision 2020 plan, which will be ready to roll out in 2017; this will feature new programs and opportunities that will enable business success in the 21st century standard.

To find out more about Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, go to www.visitLBIregion.com, call (609)494-7211, stop into their offices at 265 West Ninth St Ship Bottom, or follow them on social as Southern Ocean Chamber and LBI Region. For more information on the Regional Business Development plan visit https://visitlbiregion.com/economic-development/

Too Good To Be True, Chowderfest Weekend is Back! – October 1 & 2

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LBI Chowderfest

One of the top food festivals in the North East, Chowderfest welcomes fall into the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore with great food, live music and one of the most important votes you will cast this year.

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. – Sept. 8, 2016 – – There is no place else at the Jersey Shore where the first weekend in October brings the excitement of summer, unless you are spending it in Long Beach Island for the 27th Chowderfest Weekend. Thousands will descend, to share the experience choosing the Grand Champion, by taste testing unlimited red, white and creative chowders from the region’s best restaurants. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members have packed this two day festival with the best entertainment, food and shopping of the season. Saturday October 1 starts off at with Free Admission for Merchant Mart, running from 10am to 5pm, Taylor Avenue Ballfield and 9th Avenue in Beach Haven becomes a bounty of end of summer bargains, fall and holiday treasures, live music by Hawkins Road, children’s entertainment, gourmet food court with beer and hard cider on tap is all part of the gearing up to Sunday’s Chowder Cook Off Classic.

Chowder Cook Off Classic

Chowderfest Weekend October 3 - 4 2015October 2, brings on the competitors including (Red Chowder) The Black Whale Bar & Fish House, Lefty’s Tavern, Stefano’s Seafood & Pasta, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club and Shore Fire Grille; (White Chowder) The Chicken or the Egg, Country Kettle Chowda, Howard’s Restaurant, Sea Oaks Country Club, Mud City Crab House, The Shack; and (Creative) Blue Water Café, La Bamba, Cuisine on the Green, Southern Smoke and Buckalew’s who will be serving it up to VIP ticket holders beginning at 10am, General Admission ticket holders at 11am with samples throughout the day. Cheer on your favorite under the big tents, enjoy the entertainment and the beauty of being steps from the bay. Every ticket holder gets a vote for each category and can watch the award ceremony at the end of the afternoon.

Admission

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for Sunday’s cook-off, through www.chowderfest.com or by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 265 West Ninth Street, Ship Bottom, phone 609-494-7211.Tickets are also available at Merchants Mart or the gate the day of the event. General admission tickets are $25; children’s tickets (ages 4-12 ) are $10; and VIP tickets are $55. (The VIP ticket includes a T-shirt and exclusive early admission at 10 a.m.) There is free parking and Sunday shuttle service.For more information check out our Offical LBI Chowderfest Facebook page or www.visitlbiregion.com, The event is presented by Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with sponsors The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, Sysco, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page Distributing and TD Bank. Funded in part by NJ Dept of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis Debuting at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2017

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Jackson, NJ — September 1, 2016 — Six Flags Great Adventure, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, announces the addition of JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis to its world-class lineup of thrill rides in 2017. This multi-sensory, interactive dark ride received global recognition as the Best New Product by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, was named one of the Top Ten Amusement Park Attractions of the Year by USA Today readers and named Best New Attraction by Theme Park Insider.“This ride is a game-changer and without question one of the most innovative, interactive and exciting attractions we have ever undertaken,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President Neal Thurman. “The world-class game play and cutting-edge technology will have guests fully engaged in non-stop action.”In a high-stakes clash between good and evil, guests will become members of the Justice League Reserve team and engage in a full-sensory journey to save the city of Metropolis as they battle alongside Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Supergirl and Cyborg against Super Villains Lex Luthor and The Joker.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis features

  • 4D ride experience with wind, fire, mist and fog effects, plus life-like animatronic characters;
  • Sleek, six-passenger, motion-platform cars that twist, tilt and spin while going through hairpin, 360-degree turns, all synched to the action on the screens;
  • Intense virtual loop and barrel roll, giving riders the head-over-heels feeling;
  • High definition, 3D animation that fully immerses riders into the city of Metropolis; and
  • State-of-the-art, real-time gaming elements including 600 virtual and tangible targets.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is expected to debut in the late spring of 2017. For more information about next season at Six Flags Great Adventure, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/newfor2017

2017 Season Pass Sales

Six Flags Great Adventure is also announcing the start of 2017 Season Pass sales with its special Flash Sale through Labor Day weekend featuring the best deal of the year – savings up to 70% on 2017 Passes. September 1 through 5, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Season Passes include admission to both Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends. 2017 Season Passes provide unlimited visits any operating day for the rest of 2016, including park admission to Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®, and all of 2017.Passholders may also purchase a Premium Season Dining Pass, which includes a lunch, dinner, and snack during every park visit, plus they will receive a 2017 All Season Sport Bottle for unlimited drink refills. Premium Season Dining Passes may be used at any Six Flags theme park.BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE JOKER, GREEN LANTERN, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL, CYBORG, LEX LUTHOR and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

About Six Flags Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 54 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com 

THE JOKER Takes First Test Run at Six Flags Great Adventure

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JACKSON, NJ – April 27, 2016 – Six Flags Great Adventure’s insane, new 4D, free-fly coaster The Joker (formerly going to be called Total Mayhem) took its first test run late afternoon Wednesday. The flawless run was captured by on-board video.PHOTO Harry with GoPro-rseizedThe coaster’s first riders were water-filled, plastic dummies that simulate the weight and proportions of human thrill seekers. A dummy named “Harry” captured point-of-view video of the ride from a chest-mounted GoPro camera.After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, The Joker will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the seemingly weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below — just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.During the next month, engineers will fine-tune the ride control system and complete extensive testing, followed by a series of inspections and certification by New Jersey ride inspectors. The coaster is expected to debut Memorial Day weekend.The Joker is the second 4D, free-fly coaster of its kind anywhere in the world.  See the article Total Mayhem Coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in 2016 for more details on this incredible coaster.
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For more information about the 2016 season at Six Flags Great Adventure, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure