Great Adventure Theme Park and Rolling Thunder!

July 17, 2014

Great Adventure is a theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey that opened in 1974 and still is open today.

The ride I remember most is Rolling Thunder, a wooden rollercoaster that operated from 1979-2013. It was a sad day when it closed and was finally demolished. Rolling Thunder was so famous it even has its own Wikipedia page.

I wasn't fond of roller coasters than turned upside down which is why I preferred Rolling Thunder to Lightnin' Loops.

I do remember how Rolling Thunder would s-l-o-w-l-y climb up the tracks and poise for a breathless moment on top -- and then go racing down!

Here is a commercial for the new Rolling Thunder roller coaster in 1979!


  1. OMG - you really brought back memories! I actually remember that commercial and I visited Great Adventure the first year or so it opened. I am not a roller coaster person either but I was peer-pressured into going on Rolling Thunder. I have even seen a couple concerts there too. I remember seeing the Fixx back in the 80s! I haven't been there in years though!

    1. I haven't been there in years, either. I know they went through some tough times back in the 1980s.

      I did love Rolling Thunder, though.

  2. I live (and grew up) in NJ, too. I only went to Great Adventure a couple of times, but I was not a roller coaster fan! Tilt-a-Whirl was my fave!

    1. I like roller coasters (as long as I don't go upside down!) and Ferris Wheels.