JACKSON, N.J., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- El Toro, Six Flags
Great Adventure's highly-anticipated, monstrous wooden coaster, celebrates
its grand opening today in Jackson, NJ. El Toro, which has the steepest
vertical drop of any wooden coaster in the world, 76 white-knuckled
degrees, marries the smooth height, speed, technology and exciting twisting
elements of steel coasters with a classic wooden design.
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El Toro's launch will be highlighted by roller coaster enthusiasts from
six states taking part in a "Running of the Bulls." Led by "Running of the
Bulls" veteran and Spaniard Jesus Urtasun of Riverside, NJ, participants
will charge toward the coaster dressed in traditional red-and-white Running
of the Bulls attire, and compete to be the first to take on the fierce El
Toro. "I can't wait to take the world's ultimate wooden coaster by the
horns," said Running of the Bulls participant and roller coaster enthusiast
"Coastin' Steve" O'Donnell of Horsham, PA.
El Toro's unique construction was inspired by the agility and strength
of the brave matadors, and features a hybrid design that marries the fast-
charging drops of a classic "out-and-back" track with the highly-banked
turns of a beastly "twister." El Toro also delivers nine "airtime"
opportunities, giving riders the highly-sought thrill ride sensation of
At 188 feet tall, reaching 70 mph, El Toro ranks among the tallest and
fastest wooden roller coasters in the world. In addition to its record-
breaking vertical drop, its 4,400 feet of mountainous track has the second
tallest, fastest and longest drop of any wooden coaster in America.
"El Toro breaks new ground for wooden roller coasters, and is the
perfect addition to our world-class coaster collection. Thanks to its
modern take on classic wood design and its incredibly smooth ride, it
caters to coaster lovers of all ages, both thrill seekers and families,"
said Ron Sevart, vice president and general manager of Six Flags Great
Adventure. "El Toro is another major entertainment element of Six Flags
Great Adventure's 45th anniversary celebration, one which is already
highlighted by more great shows, huggable characters and outstanding guest
service than ever before."
El Toro anchors a newly-themed area, Plaza del Carnaval, that evokes
the sights and sounds of coastal Mexico. Plaza del Carnaval also features a
new Mexican restaurant, La Cocina, new marketplace-style shopping at El
Mercado and a new rocking, spinning family ride, Tango. Plaza del Carnaval
opened to guests Memorial Day weekend.
To help celebrate the launch of El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure,
radio powerhouse 77WABC and its morning hosts Curtis and Kuby, as well as
1050 ESPN, team up for a one-of-a-kind charity event to benefit Children's
Miracle Network June 21. The event will feature three hours of exclusive
ride time on several of the park's coasters, including El Toro and Kingda
Ka, plus the new Bugs Bunny National Park section for kids, a live
broadcast and meet-and-greet opportunities with Curtis and Kuby, free
breakfast and parking, and more.
Both theme park and sports fans can bid on eBay for premium prize
packages and a spot on the VIP guest list for this exclusive event June 21
- the first day of summer. "Sports fanatics and theme park aficionados
alike can take pride in knowing that 100% of the proceeds are benefiting
Children's Miracle Network," said Bill Towpash, executive director of
Children's Miracle Network. For information, log on to
Six Flags celebrates 45th anniversary with extensive entertainment and guest
Earlier this season, Six Flags Great Adventure debuted Bugs Bunny
National Park, an all-new, wilderness-themed children's area with tons of
fun for little ones. Located on Six Flags Great Adventure's picturesque
Great Lake, this new kids' area, featuring Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes
pals, joins Looney Tunes Seaport and Balin's Jungleland as the park's third
section devoted to the youngest thrill seekers. Families can enjoy the
great outdoors with six rides, a drenching water tower, Bugs Bunny
Wilderness Theater with a high-spirited show for kids, plus Looney Tunes
Camp Kitchen with lots of kid- friendly treats, and daily character visits.
Other guest service initiatives that mark Six Flags' 45th anniversary
celebration include raising the curtain on a major entertainment program
that offers parades, fireworks, exciting stage shows, strolling street
performers, "Brunch with Bugs," new VIP experiences, and baby Safari
In addition, DC Comics' JUSTICE LEAGUE characters BATMAN and ROBIN,
WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, GREEN LANTERN and THE FLASH greet guests throughout
the park's midways.
Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari's 2006 season runs daily
through Sept. 4. For more information, tickets, operating calendars and
park news, log on to http://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
Six Flags Great Adventure theme park, Six Flags Wild Safari animal
park, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park are located in Jackson,
N.J. The parks comprise America's largest regional family entertainment
complex. The combined 2,200-acre facility, located midway between
Philadelphia and New York City, is part of Six Flags, Inc.
Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company.
Founded in 1961, Six Flags is celebrating its 45th Anniversary in 2006. Six
Flags, Inc. (NYSE: SIX) is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in
New York City.
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English- language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic
characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC
Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television
series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences
of all ages for generations. DC Comics' Web site is located at
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