Six Flags Wild Safari giraffe

Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed that it will incorporate the former Wild Safari drive-through into a new theme park ride dubbed Safari Off Road Adventure.

The park announced the closure of the separately-ticketed Wild Safari last week, but revealed at the same time that the animals would remain on-site. This led to strong rumors that the park would convert it into an on-rails theme park attraction similar in style to Kiliminjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Rhino Rally at Busch Gardens Tampa.

That's exactly what it plans to do - and the good news for guests is that the Safari Off Road Adventure will be included with the standard price of park admission. Guests will board 35-passenger safari trucks, which will drive through the rugged terrain of the former Wild Safari area.

The trucks will stop at Camp Aventura, where guests will be able to see several of the animals up-close. Six Flags Great Adventure will also attempt to claw back some of its lost revenue, by offering a new upcharge zip line experience over part of the safari area.

Safari Off Road Adventure is expected to debut in time for the Memorial Day Weekend in 2013. Its opening will see Six Flags Great Adventure claim the title of "world's largest theme park" from Disney's Animal Kingdom, spanning 510 acres against the Disney park's 500.

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