JACKSON, N.J., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In 2006, thrill seekers
at the World's largest regional theme park will challenge El Toro, an
enormous, new wooden roller coaster under construction at Six Flags Great
Adventure. The thrill ride, which incorporates the most daring features of the
world's best wooden roller coasters combined with the smooth speed of a steel
coaster, will be the star of a vibrant, newly-themed area of the park, Plaza
del Carnaval. Just around the corner, families with young children will
explore exciting, pint-sized adventures in the all-new Bugs Bunny(TM) National
Park kids' area, featuring new rides and attractions designed just for them.
Both new areas, including monstrous El Toro, are set to open next season.
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"Classic design meets state-of-the-art thrills with our spectacular, new
wooden roller coaster," said Rick McCurley, the park's vice president and
general manager. "As part of our multi-year expansion to a family destination,
this massive coaster adventure will anchor a colorful, newly-themed area
evoking the lively energy of Spanish-speaking regions of the world."
El Toro's unique design, inspired by the agility and strength of the brave
Matadors, features a hybrid design including a classic "out and back" track
with four fast-charging drops, multiple highly-banked turns and a beastly
"twister" finale. El Toro will also deliver nine "airtime" opportunities,
giving riders the highly-sought thrill ride sensation of weightlessness.
At 181 feet tall, reaching 70 mph, El Toro will rank among the tallest and
fastest wooden roller coasters in the world. Its 4,400 feet of mountainous
track includes records for second tallest, fastest and longest drop of all
wooden coasters in America and features the world's steepest drop on a wooden
roller coaster, 76 white-knuckled degrees.
El Toro will anchor the colorful and lively Plaza del Carnaval section
along a scenic waterway. This newly-themed area will feature La Cocina
restaurant offering authentic Mexican fare, plus an open-air, marketplace-
style retail shop and a new, themed family ride. Plaza del Carnaval will also
include one of the world's rare, classic dual-track wooden roller coasters,
Rolling Thunder, introduced in 1979.
Just around the corner, parents and their young children will explore 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, will join Looney Tunes Seaport and Balin's Jungleland as the park's
third section devoted to the youngest thrill seekers. Families will enjoy the
great outdoors with new rides, an interactive water play feature, plus a
lakeside theater with a high-spirited show for kids and a snack bar with lots
of sweet treats.
"Moms and dads told us their kids love the new Balin's Jungleland area
this season, and they want more," McCurley said. "We listened, and with nearly
25 rides specially-designed for kids 54 inches and under, dozens of rides for
tweens and teens, and the world's ultimate coaster collection, Six Flags Great
Adventure will be the perfect way to enjoy playtime together in 2006."
The new Bugs Bunny National Park, and Plaza del Carnaval featuring El
Toro, are slated for a spring 2006 opening. Guests can take a virtual ride on
El Toro and receive up-to-the-minute news throughout the park's winter
construction project on http://www.sixflags.com.
For more information, call (732) 928-1821 or visit Six Flags Great
Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor on the Web at
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. (NYSE: PKS) is the world's largest regional theme park
company. Through its subsidiaries, it owns and operates a total of 30 parks in
North America. Six Flags parks serve 34 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas
in the United States. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly held corporation with
corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The Company's stock
trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS.
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