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El Toro
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El Toro
Type Wood
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Wooden Coaster
Height 181 FT
Length & Speed 4400 FT & 70 MPH
El Toro, a Spanish term meaning The Bull, is a wooden roller-coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Designed by Intamin of Switzerland, it opened to the public on June 11, 2006. Intamin also worked with members of Rocky Mountain Construction to build the ride. When it opened, it had the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world at 76 degrees, until the record was broken by T Express in 2008 by one degree. Overall, its structure height of 181 feet is ranked third, its drop height of 176 feet is ranked first, and its top speed of seventy-six miles per hour is ranked first among all wooden roller coasters in the world. It is also the first wooden roller coaster to use a cable lift as opposed to the traditional lift hill/chain lift.

El Toro is the main attraction of the Mexican-themed section, Plaza Del Carnaval. It replaced the Viper roller coaster that closed in 2004.

HistoryEdit

El Toro sits on the former site of Viper, which closed in 2004.[1] Everything was removed in early 2005 except for the station.[2] El Toro was announced on September 28, 2005 along with Bugs Bunny National Park, a new themed area for children. It was also announced El Toro would be part of a new themed area known as Plaza del Carnaval.[3] The lift hill was topped off on December 20, 2005.[4] The ride started testing on Memorial Day weekend in 2006.[5] The ride had a surprise opening on June 11 then held its grand opening on June 12.[6][7]

El Toro has several similarities to Viper, the coaster that it replaced. The most obvious similarity is that El Toro uses Viper's station, the only part of Viper that was not torn down.[2] The station previously held two Viper trains at once, with a loading platform in the front and an unloading platform in the rear. The ramp that was previously Viper's main exit is now used only for wheelchair access, as El Toro has a new exit on the other side of the station. During El Toro's construction, the station was gutted and an entirely new platform built. Like El Toro, Viper turned left out of the station before the lift hill and turned left at the top of the lift before the first drop.

El Toro suffered a malfunction with the lift motor in early August of 2013. The motor was sent to Maryland to be fixed. [8] El Toro reopened on August 30th, after it had been down for several weeks.

Ride experienceEdit

ThemeEdit

El Toro means "The bull" in Spanish, which is the theme of the ride. The cars are themed as "bulls" with bull heads on the front. 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 ride.[9]

LayoutEdit

After departing from the station, the train makes a turn to the left, passing through the ride's structure. It then begins to climb the 180 foot tall cable lift hill. Once the entire train is on the lift the cable increases its speed to 13 mph. Once at the top of the lift the speed of the cable gently slows down, but it is barely noticeable on the ride. After cresting the top of the lift, the train briefly travels forward and makes a 180 degree turn to the left. It then drops 176 feet at a 76 degree angle, reaching a top speed of seventy miles per hour. As the train reaches the bottom of the drop it comes close to the track above, creating a headchopper-effect. It then travels up a 112 feet camelback hill followed by a second camelback hill at 100 feet. It then rises and then travels through a 180 degree downward-banked turn to the right, and up another banked turn to the left. The train goes through a small second hill that speeds past the station and the lakeside. The ride then makes another turn and up a smaller hill where riders experience ejector airtime. After coming down the drop, the ride snakes through twists and turns. After coming out of the twister section, the train slows down as it moves through small S turn hills and into the brake run.[2][9][10]

TrainsEdit

El Toro operates with two trains with six cars per train. Riders are arranged two across in three rows for a total of 36 riders per train. It has a capacity of 1,200 guests per hour.[9] The trains are simply known as "Train A" (light brown) and "Train B" (dark brown). The trains have padded "wings" at shoulder level to prevent riders from being thrown too far to the side in the final twister section.[11] El Toro's lapbars are U-shaped.

In 2010, one of the trains was re-themed to endorse Stride Gum. The train was wrapped in Stride Gum advertisements, showing a different flavor of Stride gum on each car.[12][13] The advertisements remained on the train for the entire 2011 season, but were removed before the start of the 2012 season and replaced with Kia Soul advertising.[14]

VideoEdit

El Toro Wooden Roller Coaster Front Seat POV - Six Flags Great Adventure03:22

El Toro Wooden Roller Coaster Front Seat POV - Six Flags Great Adventure


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