Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey has amassed an impressive collection of thrill rides during its 37 year history. In recent years it has become a favored destination for roller coaster enthusiasts, with 11 coasters in total. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find at Six Flags New Jersey:
Skull Mountain – This indoor coaster is a tempered one, without any big drops or excessive speed. Instead, this ride offers hairpin turns and “unexpected twists” in a dark and spooky setting.
Runaway Mine Train – The oldest coaster in the park, the Runaway Mine Train is set around a massive fort structure. It’s a fun ride, with an exhilarating and enjoyable ride over the river and through the woods.
Dark Knight Coaster – The newest coaster opened during the 2008 season and is located in the Movie Town section of the park. Like Skull Mountain, this indoor coaster, themed after the “Batman, Dark Knight” movies takes riders on a journey through Gotham as it’s being terrorized by none other than the Joker.
Not for the faint-hearted
Batman, the Ride – This ride, the first coaster themed after the caped crusader, takes dangling riders on a journey of wicked drops, loops, and hairpin turns. The coaster effects disorientation for riders and makes for an exciting journey for thrill seekers on this classic ride.
Rolling Thunder – This one’s a classic woodie, with twin racing trains and the feel of a classic of its kind.
The newer generation
The Green Lantern – Great Adventure’s newest steel coaster is a doozy. It’s a stand-up coaster that stands 15 stories high, has five inversions, and plenty of thrills.
Superman, Ultimate Flight – This coaster is scary in its premise: riders ride the coaster head first and face down, simulating the feeling of flying like the Man of Steel. Though imposing in concept, the ride contains scary moments, such as the inverted loop, but is not as terrifying as one might think.
Bizarro – This coaster was remodeled for the 2009 season, fitted with new special effects to combine enhance the experience of what was already a fun ride called Medusa. The ride is themed after Superman’s arch-nemesis Bizarro and has already gained improved ridership among the park’s coasters.
Nitro – One of my favorite rides in the park, this ‘hyper-coaster’ features a 23 story first hill and 80 mph speeds as it soars through the wooded never reaches of the park.
El Toro – This record breaking coaster is one wild ride! It is a newer type of roller coaster, combining a steel track within a wooden structure. At speeds of over 70 mph, a 17 story drop, and wicked curves and turns, El Toro packs an awesome punch only for the most daring of ride enthusiasts.
Kingda Ka – Kingda Ka opened in May 2005 as the tallest and fastest coaster in the world and is a must for all thrill seeking coaster fans. It’s a short ride, at only 59 seconds, but it delivers an exhilaration like no other in such a short span of time. The ride propels riders at speeds of 128 mph towards a towering 240 plus foot hill. Though the height of this monster is imposing, to me it’s the speed that delivers the thrills. (Check out a review of this very scary ride right here.)
In order to make room for Green Lantern, Six Flags Great Adventure dismantled the long-popular Great American Scream Machine. It was another classic that opened in 1989, and featured 7 loops, a major innovation for its time, and its two minute ride was the longest ride in the park and was great fun all the way through. I already miss it!
Six Flags Great Adventure has surely earned its place as a premiere destination for thrill seekers from all over the world. With these 11 awesome coasters, the park provides unmatched enjoyment for fans of thrill rides. One can only guess what’s in store for its future. Stay tuned.