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May 14, 2020

Six Flags Safari Will Reopen as a Drive-Through Experience Again

Courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure announced today it will reopen its safari as a drive-through experience, the way it was operated from 1974 to 2012.

Visitors will no longer be able to ride in groups on trucks to see the animals. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, visitors will instead drive through the safari in individual vehicles.

This comes after Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that permits drive-through and drive-in events.

Until 2012, Six Flags Great Adventure allowed visitors to drive through the safari at their own pace, taking in the sights from their comfort of their car. In 2013, officials implemented a new system through which guests would wait on line in the park, board trucks with several other groups and ride through the safari with a guide. Rides typically lasted about 45 minutes, according to park representatives.

“Returning to a standalone, drive-through format enables guests to enjoy the safari’s 1,200 exotic animals from the privacy and safety of their own vehicles while allowing for proper social distancing,” park officials said.

The safari boasts animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions, according to the park website.

To visit the safari, guests must buy tickets in advance as they will not be available at the gate. Similarly, reservations must be made in advance to visit the amusement park once it reopens.

Six Flags Great Adventure officials have not yet announced an opening date.