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El Toro

  • Coaster Information:

    El Torro is Spanish for The Bull, El Torro is located in the theme park Six Flags Great Adventure. This awesome coaster was opened to the public on June 11, 2006. It was built and designed by a company in Switzerland called Intamin. This coaster, when built had the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world, at 76 degrees! This record was broken by the T Express in 2008 by 1 degree. El Torro is the third tallest (188 ft; 57 m) and third fastest (70 mph; 113 km/h) wooden roller coaster in the world. El Torro was also the first wooden built coaster in the world to incorporate a cable lift hill instead of the traditional chain lift system. Because of the extreme negative g-forces (airtime), the lap-bar holds you in place very tightly to make sure you don’t go anywhere, this may cause problems for older or larger passengers. El Torro is the main attraction of the Mexican-themed section, Plaza Del Carnaval.

    The trains are themed to look like “bulls”, and riders are the bull riders that try their best to hang on while the bull bucks and tries to throw you off. The name of this coaster really does suit the ride experience very well, since there is such large amounts of air-time, the rider usually gets the feeling that he/she will get flung out of the train. The ride’s queue is surrounded by the Southwestern-style buildings of Plaza del Carnaval, and also has abandoned “wagon wheels” and Spanish posters along a wall separating the queue from the actual ride.

    Once the first car of the train is passes the catch-car, the cable begins moving and the catch-car locks onto the first car. As soon as the entire train is on the lift, the cable accelerates to its full speed of 13.5 mph (21.7 km/h). The cable slows down slightly as the train crests the lift, but this is barely noticeable on the ride.
    After cresting the top of the lift the train briefly travels forward and makes a sharp 180 degree turn as it quickly picks up speed. It then drops 176 ft (54 m) at a 76 degree angle. The train reaches 70 mph (110 km/h); however, according to some ride operators the ride runs faster than it should, around 75 mph (120 km/h. The drop is noted as one of the best drops on any coaster because of its pull and feeling of the world dropping-out from beneath the rider. In the back row, the train picks up speed upon reaching the end of the turn before the drop, resulting in strong ejector air that’s sustained almost all the way down the drop.
    As the train reaches the bottom of the drop it comes close to the track above it creating a headchopper-effect. It then speeds up and over a 112 ft (34 m) hill where riders experience strong and extreme air-time. After going down the hill riders have their picture taken and then it goes up and crests at 100 ft (30 m). As it comes down the hill more headchoppers are passed at high speed, as it the shoots up another 82 ft (25 m) hill there is lots of air-time. The train speeds into a sharp 180 degree downward-banked turn and up another banked turn and then drops, this time the riders experience more floating airtime. The train goes through more headchoppers and a small 2nd hill that speeds past the station and the lakeside. The ride then makes another turn and up a smaller hill over Rolling Thunder. After coming down the drop, the ride snakes through twists and turns through Rolling Thunder’s infield. After coming out of the twister section, the train slows down as it moves through small S turn hills and into the brake run.

    Once the first car of the train is passes the catch-car, the cable begins moving and the catch-car locks onto the first car. As soon as the entire train is on the lift, the cable accelerates to its full speed of 13.5 mph (21.7 km/h). The cable slows down slightly as the train crests the lift, but this is barely noticeable on the ride.

    After cresting the top of the lift the train briefly travels forward and makes a sharp 180 degree turn as it quickly picks up speed. It then drops 176 ft (54 m) at a 76 degree angle. The train reaches 70 mph (110 km/h); however, according to some ride operators the ride runs faster than it should, around 75 mph (120 km/h. The drop is noted as one of the best drops on any coaster because of its pull and feeling of the world dropping-out from beneath the rider. In the back row, the train picks up speed upon reaching the end of the turn before the drop, resulting in strong ejector air that’s sustained almost all the way down the drop.

    As the train reaches the bottom of the drop it comes close to the track above it creating a headchopper-effect. It then speeds up and over a 112 ft (34 m) hill where riders experience strong and extreme air-time. After going down the hill riders have their picture taken and then it goes up and crests at 100 ft (30 m). As it comes down the hill more headchoppers are passed at high speed, as it the shoots up another 82 ft (25 m) hill there is lots of air-time. The train speeds into a sharp 180 degree downward-banked turn and up another banked turn and then drops, this time the riders experience more floating airtime. The train goes through more headchoppers and a small 2nd hill that speeds past the station and the lakeside. The ride then makes another turn and up a smaller hill over Rolling Thunder. After coming down the drop, the ride snakes through twists and turns through Rolling Thunder’s infield. After coming out of the twister section, the train slows down as it moves through small S turn hills and into the brake run.

    Quick Info:

    Current Coaster Name: El Torro
    Current Park Name: Six Flags Great Adventure
    Previous Park Names:None
    Location: Jackson, New Jersey, United States
    Status: Operating
    Links: Official Website
    Cost: N/A

    Technical Info:

    Type: Wooden
    Status: Operating since June 11, 2006
    Designer: Intamin
    Features: Elevator Cable Lift, Prefabricated Track, 76-degree first drop – steepest wooden drop in the world. Out-and-back deisgn with twister finale.
    Height: 181 ft (55 m)
    Max Drop: 176 ft (54 m)
    Max Speed: 70 mph (110 km/h)
    Length: 4,400 ft (1,300 m)
    Inversions: 0
    Duration: 1 min. 35 sec.
    Trains: 2
    Capacity: 38 Trains or 1368 riders per hour

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  1. #1 Kylie says:
    June 27, 2011 at 04:26

    I loooooove El Toro soo much and I go to SFGA all the time. At least like once a week. All I wanted to say was that you spelled El Toro wrong. You added an extra “r” in “toro.” El Toro is beyond an amazing ride and I love it so frickin’ much. It’s an air time machine! I just love it SO much. :)

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