29 Aug 2013 10:36 - 29 Aug 2013 10:36#17by brandonstrouphauer
brandonstrouphauer replied the topic: Great Adventure Announces Zumanjaro!
[align=center]New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure will shatter the world record for tallest drop ride with the addition of the 41-story Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom in 2014.[/align]
Connected to the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster—the 456-foot monster that ranks as the world’s tallest coaster and fastest in North America—Zumanjaro will hoist riders 415 feet into the sky and rocket them back to Earth at 90 miles per hour while Kingda Ka trains launch right toward them at speeds of up to 128 miles per hour.
"Zumanjaro solidifies Six Flags Great Adventure’s dominance as the Northeast’s thrill capital,” said John Fitzgerald, park president. “This is precisely the world-class, record-breaking attraction our guests have come to expect from Great Adventure. Zumanjaro is destined to top many ‘must ride’ lists in 2014."
Three soaring Zumanjaro towers will be built on the face of the massive Kingda Ka coaster debuting during the park’s 41st season. Each drop tower will feature a gondola with eight riders.
The gondolas will rise to the top of the tower in approximately 30 seconds. Riders will pause for a few terrifying moments, 41 stories in the air—even higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as high as the Statue of Liberty—allowing them to catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the south before gravity plunges them back to ground level in less than 10 seconds.
"Zumanjaro pushes thrills to heights never imagined when Great Adventure first opened in 1974,” said park historian and author Harry Applegate. “You could stack the tallest major attractions from Great Adventure's opening season on top of one another, including the Big Wheel, Log Flume, Runaway Train and Skyride, and you would still be more than 50 feet shy of Zumanjaro."
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. A newly-themed animal section adjacent to Zumanjaro will feature mischievous and playful Anubis baboons native to Africa. For nearly 40 years, these baboons were a favorite of Safari visitors, but not included in the new Safari Off Road Adventure.
“Throughout this season, guests have inquired about the baboons. We can finally announce that they will be the stars of this newly-themed area,” Fitzgerald said. Guests will be able to see the lively primates, also known as olive baboons, up close in their new habitat formerly known as Safari Discoveries. These members of the Old World Monkey family “have a highly organized social structure and their interactions are fascinating to watch,” he added.
Zumanjaro and the new baboon exhibit are slated for a spring debut in 2014.
[align=center]The End of an Era: Rolling Thunder [/align]
The introduction of Zumanjaro spells the end of an era for one of the park’s classic roller coasters, Rolling Thunder. The coaster, which opened in 1979, has delivered more than 42 million rides in its nearly 35-year history. Although the classic, dual track “woodie” remained a staple at the park, its popularity waned over the years.
“Advances in technology have led to a new generation of rides with the sleek intensity of El Toro, the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster,” Fitzgerald said. Guests will be able to enjoy Rolling Thunder until it closes to the public September 8, 2013 to make way for construction."
This is for sure going to be a fantastic thrill ride!
replied the topic: Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Trip Report
As you know from our blog, ALT (All American Thrills) visited Six Flags Great Adventure last weekend to experience Fright Fest. You can see some great behind the scenes photos over in our blog, while below we wanted to share some park pictures from our day.
Our day started right at the opening of the park at 10 AM. There was a long line of people waiting to get in, but throughout the morning the park was very manageable with short waits at all the major attractions. The park itself was VERY clean and ALL of the staff we encountered were very friendly and knowledgeable. There were plenty of Halloween decorations throughout the park, with the park's ghouls playing the part perfectly.
ALL of the major rides except Rolling Thunder operated throughout the day, while it was well after Noon before wait times exceeded one hour. We obviously disappointed to see Rolling Thunder disappear, but look forward to what ever will take it's place. With Carowinds getting a Giga in 2015, will SFGA follow suit?
El Toro was amazing as usual.
Nitro delivered as always, but thought it was running a bit slower than I remembered. Maybe that was due to the cooler temperatures?
Sky Screamer delivered as well, and was the perfect day for a swing around the park.
Wonder how different KK will look next year? Can't wait !
At the strike of 6 PM, the awakening occurred, which is a parade of all the ghouls as they left the make-up and back stage area to take their positions throughout the park. Park guests were waiting for this event as early as 5 PM to secure a prime location for the parade which was VERY impressive, thrilling and fun.
Monstertainment - After The Awakening, there is a large stage for a musical called "Dead Man's Party". This is a kid friendly song and dance show that truly was a lot of fun. The dancers had impressive costumes and moved in unison throughout the show. If you have a family with smaller kids, this is a MUST see show and highly entertaining.
For the adults, All American Thrills visited all of the major Haunts and recommend them all. We don't want to give too much away, but will say:
The Manor - This is a new indoor haunt sure to scare everyone in your party. Zombies are everywhere and laying in wait behind numerous props as you try to escape. All the ghouls were very active and really made a strong effort to ensure you were surprised, scared, and thrilled.
Total Darkness - As the name implies, this is an indoor haunt that is completely pitch black. Groups of 8 are given a knotted rope and proceed through the maze following each other, while holding onto the rope. I've never experienced this type of haunt before and really enjoyed it. There were plenty of surprises within and certainly very scary no being able to see your hand in front of your face as you creep around every corner.
In closing, Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest is a not to be missed event. There are plenty of family friendly thrills throughout the park, and can't recommend visiting the park and this event strongly enough.
replied the topic: Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom Seats arrive at SF Great Adventure
The seats for Six Flags Great Adventure's new ride, which will shatter the world record for tallest drop ride (41-story) Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom arrived today for it's 2014 opening.
Connected to Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest coaster and fastest in North America— Zumanjaro will hoist riders 415 feet into the sky and rocket them back to Earth at 90 miles per hour while Kingda Ka trains launch right toward them at speeds of up to 128 miles per hour.