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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, NJ―July 4, 2014―Six 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
- Posted by KaiserJuly 4th, 2014 at 3:18pm
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.
- Posted by KaiserJune 1st, 2014 at 9:20pm
- Revised by KaiserJune 3rd, 2014 at 6:39pm
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.
- Posted by KaiserJune 1st, 2014 at 10:39pm
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.
- PostedMay 28th, 2014 at 8:14am
- RevisedMay 28th, 2014 at 7:09pm
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