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Review of El Toro Roller Coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park, New Jersey

Updated on September 5, 2012

World's Third Largest Coaster

Go ahead. Take a ride on the El Toro. If you can't get to the park to actually take a ride, this video is the next best thing to it.

Reading through pages of reviews of those who have experienced the thrill of El Toro, you will run across the same descriptive words over and over. Awesome, steel air machine, g-force speed, scary, thrilling, exhilarating to only mention a few. In one review, this El Toro rider was so addicted to the thrill of the ride, she went back once a week to ride this coaster for the first year after opening. That, my friends, is the "love of the thrill".

78 Degree Vertical Drop

The grand opening event for the monster of all wooden roller coasters was on June 12, 2006. Weeks before the opening, the El Toro was the subject of all coaster enthusiasts. This baby was going to be the "mother of all mothers", and the launch brought enthusiasts from six states to take part in the ceremony. According to 'Coastin' Steve O'Donnell of Pennsylvania, the design of El Toro is a hybrid that marries the fast-charging drops of a classic "out-and-back" track with the highly banked turns of a beastly "twister". This roller coaster delivers nine "airtime" opportunities, giving it's riders the highly-sought thrill ride sensation of weightlessness.

At 188 feet tall, and with top speeds of 70 mph, El Toro ranks among the tallest and faster coaster in the world. The vertical drop is the longest of any drop on a wooden coaster in the world.

From a young child, I was awed by roller coasters. As soon as I reached the required height to get on a coaster, I was hooked. There was never any fear only the complete weightless feeling like you are free falling. Sadly, as we age, our bodies are a little more fragile than in our youth and the possible consequences of the absolute 2-minute thrill would not justify whip lash or worse. I will have to be content now a days to enjoy the awesome experience from the video above and read about the actual experience of the riders.

The Numbers for El Toro

Required Height
Ride Category
Super Speed Super Drops Super Thrill
Top Speed
70 mph
19 Stories (Drop is 18 Stories)
4,400 Feet
76 Degrees
2 Trains of 36 Riders Each

Six Flags New Jersey


Industry Awards

El Toro was voted the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World by the 2011 Internet Coaster Poll

El Toro was voted the #3 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World by the 2011 Golden Tickets Awards.

Exciting News

New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure entertainment parks will undergo a complete transformation in 2013. The 160-acre Theme Park and it's 350-acre now separate Wild Safari Animal Park will be united as one which will make it the world's largest theme park. Might give Disney a little competition.

Features of the New Great Adventure Park

  • 13 Roller Coasters
  • 3 Children's Areas
  • Family Rides, Games, Shopping and Entertainment
  • A New Safari Off Road Adventure
  • A Massive New Water Slide Park Featuring the "Big Wave Racer" (which will send riders head first down multiple lanes on an aero-dynamic water toboggan)
  • The New Water Park Will Be 45 Acres of Non-Stop Water Thrills and Activities and Will Feature 25 Different and Thrilling Water Slides

The Safari Off Road Adventure Features

  • 1,200 Animals From Six Different Continents
  • Explorers Will Get a Very Close and Upfront Experience
  • The Safari Will Have Explorers Splash Through Ponds, Climb Hills and Venture Through Rugged Terrain
  • There Will Be an Area Where Explorers May Get Close and Touch Some Animals
  • A New Zip Line Above the Park Where You Can See the Animals From Above

These are just a few snippets of information about the brand new park scheduled to open Memorial weekend of 2013. For more information and to track the progress here is the link to Six Flags, New Jersey. I know I will be visiting next year when it opens!

Six Flags New Jersey


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      Another wonderful hub.



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