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In their effort to get the ride up and running for Memorial Day Weekend, the park tested out Kingda Ka's brake fins on May 18th, 2014. The testing and subsequent opening of Kingda Ka led to Zumanjaro's construction being halted (at least for a few days). The would open for the weekend, and was then closed once again following park closing on Monday, May 26. The video can be seen here(Warning: Very exciting video ahead):
- PostedMay 28th, 2014 at 8:17am
- RevisedMay 29th, 2014 at 5:20pm
The opening date for the park's new Zumanajro: Drop of Doom drop tower was officially postponed on May 16th, which was announced on the parks Facebook page. This announcement seemed like a long time coming after several months of bad weather halted construction in the ride, as well as signs discovered on May 9th that indicated that Memorial Day weekend would turn into late spring.
The photo the park posted also gave us our first close-up into the loading area for the ride, as well as showing off two of the gondolas on the tracks.
- PostedMay 28th, 2014 at 5:54pm
- RevisedMay 29th, 2014 at 5:19pm
While most new rides open around Memorial Day, the harsh winter took a toll on the construction of Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Zumanjaro's openinghad originally been thought to align with other new attractions of recent years(Safari Off-Road Adventure, Green Lantern, etc.), but signs discovered on May 9th were among the first warnings that the newest record-breaker added to Six Flags Great Adventure would not make Memorial Day or any of May.
- Posted by DiveMachineMay 28th, 2014 at 4:51pm
- RevisedMay 28th, 2014 at 7:11pm
Opening weekend 2014 took place April 12th & 13th. During our trips to the park on April 14th and 19th, and we noticed some progress on Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom
The following pictures some more detailed work on the track such as the pulleys, catwalks, and other metal pieces added to the track. (There aren't two Kingda Ka's! We just put the new tower next to the old tower.)
Also spotted opening weekend were the beginings of the Zumanjaro queue line. According to the park map, the queue line will start near the Kingda Ka entrance, shoot off towards Rolling Thunder's area, extend to behind Kingda Ka, then enter from behind. The following picture depicts the queue on April 14th.
- Posted by KaiserMay 1st, 2014 at 12:02am
- Revised by KaiserMay 28th, 2014 at 7:14pm
After months of contruction being done on the tower(including the added supports needed to spport the new tower and it's forces) the vibrant orange drop tower track for Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom now stretched from top to bottom. The vertical construction and hoisting of peices was finally complete. After a grueling few months of winter, vertical construction picked up enough to have everything in place by the time the season started on April 12th, 2014. The third track's final orange piece was officially installed April 1st, 2014, as shown in this video by Six Flags Great Adventure:
- Posted by KaiserMay 1st, 2014 at 12:04am
- RevisedMay 29th, 2014 at 7:42pm