Thrill seekers have an exciting new ride to try on their next visit at Six Flags Great Adventure.
The Jersey Devil Coaster, which is the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest single-rail coaster, officially opened at the New Jersey amusement park last Sunday. And based on the photos and videos of the people who have tried it, it’s clear that the new attraction isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Towering 13 stories high, the Jersey Devil Coaster takes riders over 3,000 feet of track, with a 130-foot first drop that is 87 degrees steep. It has a maximum speed of 58 mph and offers “three dramatic inversions including a 180-degree stall, raven dive, and zero-gravity roll.”
Unlike most coasters where people are seated beside other guests, the Jersey Devil Coaster has daredevils seated in single file, making the experience a lot more exhilarating.
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The coaster, which was completed last January, is named after the Jersey Devil folklore. “Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrens for more than 200 years. We’ll immerse riders in this iconic piece of New Jersey history on our monstrous, new scream machine,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Winkler, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Taylor Bybee, one of the coaster enthusiasts who went out on the park’s media/VIP preview day to try and give their critiques on the Jersey Devil Coaster, told CNN that he “thoroughly enjoyed” the new ride.
“Single rail allows the ride to take tighter maneuvers that you couldn’t do with a traditional roller coaster. You just have one seat across — it means you have a smaller radius to rotate around,” he explained. “This ride experience is a lot crazier. It’s very dynamic — you go from one element to the next without too much time to get a break.”
For Bybee, the highlight of the ride is the coaster’s zero gravity stall, in which riders are flipped and held upside down for a moment. While other coasters can do the same, Bybee said the Jersey Devil Coaster does it “very well.”
While the Jersey Devil Coaster is the tallest single-rail coaster, it isn’t the world’s tallest coaster overall. That coaster is the Kingda Ka, which goes up to a height of 456 feet (139 meters) and reaches a top speed of 128 mph. Like the Jersey Devil Coaster, the Kingda Ka is also located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.