The sky’s the limit when it comes to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The theme park has announced plans to build the world’s tallest drop ride with the addition of the 41-story Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom attraction next year.
Great Adventure president John Fitzgerald says Zumanjaro will solidify Six Flags’ “dominance as the Northeast’s thrill capital.”
The ride will be connected to the 456-foot Kinga Ka roller coaster, the tallest and reportedly the fastest coaster ride in North America. Zumanjaro will hoist riders 415 feet into the sky and rocket them back to Earth at 90-miles-per-hour while Kinga Ka trains launch right toward them at speeds of up to 128 miles an hour.
Three 41-story towers for the thrill ride will be built on the face of Kinga Ka. Gondolas seating eight riders will rise to the top of each tower in approximately 30 seconds. There the ride will pause for a few seconds before gravity plunges them back to the ground in less than 10 seconds.
Just how high up will the new ride take park-goers? Riders will rise into the air higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as high as the Statue of Liberty. They will be able to catch a quick glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the south. Park historian and author Harry Applegate says if you took all of Great Adventure’s tall rides like the Big Wheel, Log Flume, Runaway Train and Skyway and stacked them one on top of the other, you would come up fifty-feet short of Zumanjaro.
The name for the new attraction was inspired by this year’s new Safari Off Road Adventure, which Six Flags touts as the world’s largest theme park. A newly-themed animal section will be located next to Zumanjaro which will feature Anubis baboons who have been noticeably absent from the park this season by guests who have asked about the primates. While a favorite of Safari visitors, they were not included in the new Off Road Adventure. That will change next season when the baboons will be center-stage as part of a new section near Zumanjaro.
The new thrill ride and baboon exhibit will spell the end of Rolling Thunder. The classic roller coaster which opened in 1979 and has delivered more than 42 million rides in its nearly 35-year-history will make way for Great Adventure’s latest expansion. Although the classic, dual track coaster remained a staple at the park, its popularity has waned over the years mainly due to advances in technology and park guests’ desire for bigger, faster and more exciting thrill rides.
Guests will be able to enjoy Rolling Thunder until its last coaster parks at the loading platform on September 8th as it will make way for construction.