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  • Six Flags Great Adventure issued a press release announcing that the park will be running Batman Backwards from July 4th weekend through Labor Day weekend.

    News Release:

    Six Flags Great Adventure Announces Intense, Limited Run BATMAN™ Coaster Experience 
     

    BATMAN™ The Ride Backwards and El Diablo Headline 2015 Spring/Summer Season 
    Six Flags Great Adventure, the world’s largest theme park, unveils a second thrilling roller coaster experience for 2015 as it flips one of its most innovative and adrenaline-charged coasters backwards for a limited time. The park also debuts its 13th roller coaster – El Diablo – during its 2015 season, which kicks off April 3.

    BATMAN™: The Ride becomes even more intense as it undergoes a gravity-defying role reversal from July 4th weekend to Labor Day weekend. Guests can dare to take on an all-new experience on the world-famous suspended, looping coaster when its chair lift-style train is flipped 180 degrees on the track.

    BATMAN™: The Ride Backwards Fast Facts:

    Soar backwards, chair-lift style (beneath the track)
    50-mph juggernaut
    Five gut-wrenching inversions guests never see coming
    2,700 feet of twisted track


    Since opening in 1993, BATMAN™: The Ride has given more than 27 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of the most popular roller coasters in the world. 

    “The ride’s intensity is ratcheted way up,” said John Fitzgerald, Six Flags Great Adventure president. “Thrill seekers will not want to miss this limited-time opportunity to put their inner ‘super hero’ to the test.”

    41st Season Kicks off April 3 featuring Polar Bear Plunge, PEEPS® and Safari Babies
    Six Flags Great Adventure was voted America’s second best theme park by USA TODAY readers in 2014. Its 41st season begins April 3-5 with Easter Weekend presented by PEEPS®. On Saturday, April 4, Six Flags will host a special Easter Celebration giving guests the chance to search for eggs filled with PEEPS®. The morning event will also include onsite entertainment, games and giveaways. The first 100 guests (toddlers to age 12) to arrive by 9:30 a.m. will receive a PEEPS® Egg Hunt Participant Wristband and up to three spectator wristbands for friends and family members to join in the celebration. All participants and spectators must have valid park admission to receive a wristband. The event will take place at 10 a.m., prior to park opening.

    Spring is a time for babies, and Safari’s animal experts showcase the adorable, new additions including European brown bear cubs through two popular education programs. Safari Off Road Education offers students K-6 a journey in learning with 1,200 animals from six continents in the 350-acre wildlife preserve. Biology Day targets high school students with a special focus on land and marine biology. These programs, reserved for schools, operate when the theme park is closed. Schools can contact njspecialevents@sixflags.com for more information.

    El Diablo Scorches 2015 Season
    Guests can feel the wrath of the devil on El Diablo, the park's 13th coaster, beginning this spring. Inspired by Jersey Devil folklore with a Mexican twist, El Diablo features riders sitting in “face-off” (face-to-face) seats rocketing forward and backward pendulum style until the train gains enough momentum to complete a full revolution seven stories in the air. The fiery red coaster then kicks into high gear, completing full revolutions until it stops momentarily with riders suspended upside down, and then reverses direction.

    "El Diablo is the perfect addition to Plaza del Carnaval, as it appeals to both thrill seekers and families alike. Rides like El Toro and Tango attract a wide audience to this area, which also provides ample opportunities for dining, shopping and relaxation from the excitement of the world’s largest theme park," Fitzgerald added.

    El Diablo is expected to open this May, and will have a 48 inch height requirement to ride.

    New Outdoor Grill and Upgraded Cabana Cove at Hurricane Harbor
    Beginning May 23, Guests can enjoy the delicious smell and taste of freshly-grilled food when Six Flags Hurricane Harbor debuts its new, outdoor grill. This open-air kitchen will feature giant turkey legs, hot dogs, hamburgers and Mexican-style steak. The park will also introduce an upgraded Cabana Cove, with new, luxury cabanas surrounded by a lush, tropical landscape.

    Tickets, operating hours, park information and special events can be found at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

     


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    About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 53 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

  • Following multiple delays, many of which were caused by the state, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom has officially opened to the public. With no prior warning, the park unexpectedly opened the ride after being very unsure about when the ride would actually open. Six Flags Great Adventure announced the opening via Facebook, also stating that information for season pass holder ride time would be anounced July 5th.

     

    Six Flags Great Adventure issued the following press-release:

    Six Flags Great Adventure Launches Record-Breaking Drop Ride―Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom

    World’s Largest Theme Park Debuts World’s Tallest and Fastest
    Drop Ride on 40th Anniversary

    JACKSON, NJJuly 4, 2014Six Flags Great Adventure today unveils this year’s most anticipated extreme ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom―the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride. The launch commemorates the park’s opening weekend 40 years ago during the July 4th holiday.

    Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom stands a staggering 41 stories tall. Connected to the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster—the 45-story monster that ranks as the world’s tallest and fastest coaster—Zumanjaro hoists riders 415 feet into the sky and plummets them back to Earth at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

    "Zumanjaro solidifies Six Flags’ dominance as the Northeast’s only destination for thrills. It is on every adrenaline junkies’ must-do list,” said John Fitzgerald, park president. “Zumanjaro is precisely the type of world-class, record-breaking attraction that our guests have come to expect from Great Adventure.”

    Three soaring Zumanjaro towers stand on the face of the massive Kingda Ka coaster. Each drop tower features a gondola with eight riders. While anxious riders buckle into their floorless seats, Kingda Ka trains launch right toward them at speeds of up to 128 miles per hour.

    The trio of gondolas rises to the top of the tower in approximately 30 seconds. Riders pause for a few terrifying moments 41 stories in the air—even higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as tall as Lady Liberty—allowing them to catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the southwest before gravity plunges them back to ground level in less than 10 seconds.

    “Today strengthens the reputation of Six Flags as a trailblazer in providing innovative, cutting-edge entertainment for visitors of all ages, all while enhancing its legacy as one of the greatest theme park experiences anywhere in the world. We are thrilled that such an incredible venue is in New Jersey to provide unforgettable memories for so many visitors each and every year,” said New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.

    The name “Zumanjaro” was inspired by the African influences of Safari Off Road Adventure, the attraction that combined Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari into the world’s largest theme park in 2013. Safari Off Road Adventure takes guests on an exhilarating, interactive and up-close journey that features 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes, lions, bison, kangaroos and more.

    Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom was recently named the No. 3 most thrilling ride in the U.S. according to USA Today.

    For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 732/928-2000.

    About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 53 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions, including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®.  For more information, visit www.sixflags.com

  • On Friday, 5/30/14, Zumanjaro's catch cars were seen halfway up the tower. On Saturday, 5/31/14, we were able to see the catch cars actually move up and down the tower. At one point during the day, the gondolas were even raised upwards. Cables are attached to the catch cars, which connect to the gondolas (which have the seats) to carry them to the top of the tower. The catch cars have a maintenance basket on top. We witnessed workers standing in the baskets as they slowly descended the tower.

    The two pictures below show the catch cars moving down the tower. All 3 catch cars use the same wench, so they will ascend and descend the tower together.

      

    We also have new pictures of the queue line for Zumanjaro. Since Kingda Ka is open weekends, we have a new view of the queue from near Kingda Ka's entrance.

     

  • The park has decided to open Kingda Ka on the weekends until Zumanjaro opens. Previously, Kingda Ka had been closed during the construction. Construction on Zumanjaro progresses during the week, and even ocassionally weekend mornings, causing Kingda Ka to open later in the day.

     

    With the opening of Kingda Ka and removal of Rolling Thunder, there are great new views of El Toro. This also gives us a peak at the Zumanjaro queue line, looking very heavily landscaped.

      

  • In anticipation of getting the world's tallest coaster up and running for guests on the busy Memorial Day Weekend, the park cycled trains and tested the coaster on May 22nd, 2014. This halted construction of Zumanjaro(at least for a few days). The ride would open for the weekend to large crowds, then closed following the park's closing on Memorial Day, May 26th.

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