On Monday, Jan 25, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ put the final piece on their newest record-setting attraction, The Jersey Devil Coaster. This will be the tallest, longest and fastest single-rail roller coaster in the world. The trains will hold 12 passengers in a single file taking thrillseekers up 130 feet high. After its initial 87-degree drop, passengers will reach speeds of up to 58 miles per hour. The ride is made up of over 3,000 feet of track including three inversions. The Jersey Devil name is a fitting tribute to New Jersey’s most infamous and enduring legend.
When Will the Jersey Devil Coaster Open?
According to the park, there is not yet a release date scheduled for the ride. However, many expect it to open at some point this year. While the track has been fully assembled, there’s still much to be done. The remaining labor for The Jersey Devil includes the following: installing the chain-link lift mechanism, adding four trains (with devil designs), building the ride station, installation of ride controls, testing and inspections and state certification.
What Makes It Unique?
Riders will straddle the thin monorail track while performing essentially the same maneuvers at the same speeds of the other large roller coasters at the park. This fresh approach will help continue to diversify the structure of the park’s large thrill rides. All of the best attractions at Six Flags Great Adventure seem to have some sort of unique selling point.
On Superman: Ride of Steel you ride horizontally. On Green Lantern you sit on a bicycle-like seat, while Bizarro sends you through flaming rings and midst showers. The Jersey Devil Coaster will eliminate the comfort of sitting next to family or friends which will undoubtedly raise additional fear within riders. This extra fear is what thrill-seekers tirelessly pursue when going to top amusement parks.
Here’s a CGI video of what the ride will look like once it’s up and running:
A Record-Setting Ride
This is certainly not the first time Six Flags Great Adventure has built a record-setting ride. According to Roller Coaster Database, El Toro held the record for the fastest wooden roller coaster for five years. The beloved Kingda Ka currently holds the tallest and longest roller coaster in the world title. It also used to be the world’s fastest until that record was broken by Formula Rossa’ in Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While Six Flags Great Adventure doesn’t have impeccably themed rides like Disney World, there aren’t many parks you can go to that have multiple record-setting rides.
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Main image via Six Flags Great Adventure Facebook