Description

Online Day is an annual event hosted by my fan-site, Gadv.com (formerly Great Adventure Online). The fan-site features a forum and community of people who love our local amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure. The purpose of Online Day is to bring all of our member into the park on the same day with some great activities. Our latest event in 2014 was outstanding with almost 50 people in attendance.

2014 Event Website

View it here: http://gadv.com/onlineday/

To promote our annual event, I made a quick static website with information. It is just some basic CSS and HTML. To go with a fun, amusement park inspired theme, I used some very vibrant colors.

History

The first Online Day was in 2009, and was planned by Gadv.com’s owner at the time. We started off pretty simple with just our members spending the day together. Also our first year, we were lucky enough to have a Q&A session with the park president and public relations director.

Year after year, we’ve added more perks to our event. We’ve been very fortunate to have built great connections within the park, and have a great relationship with people in many departments. Since 2012, we’ve featured a backstage tour at our events where we are led into restricted zones underneath roller coasters. This amazing experience is unique since not many people outside of employees get to view and take pictures of rides from these great views. We toured Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and North America’s fastest roller coaster, in 2012. In 2013, we toured Nitro and Batman: The Ride. Lastly, in 2014, we had a very special tour in addition to Nitro and Batman: The Ride again. We were given a look inside the remains of the station of Batman & Robin: The Chiller, a roller coaster that was removed 7 years prior. To finish off our amazing 2014 tour lineup, we were surprised with a look inside Houdini’s Great Escape, a Vekoma Madhouse ride which gives riders the illusion that they are being flipped upside down.

For our 2014 event, we really put in a lot of effort to promote it to the next level. To accomplish this, we teamed up with Coaster Crew, a large coaster enthusiast club. With Coaster Crew providing some financial support, we began charging for the event and in turn, could afford ERT (Exclusive Ride Time). ERT allows our attendees to enter the park early and ride a coaster by themselves for an entire hour. Our 2014 event featured morning ERT on Nitro.

That’s not even all we had to offer in 2014. We were given a skip-the-line pass for a private truck on Safari Off-road Adventure. We had many exit passes and up-charge attractions passes to give away. The park even generously donated a bunch of old merchandise to our attendees! When all was said and done, I believe the almost 50 attendees agreed it was a success. And don’t worry, we’re already planning Online Day 2015.

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