Friday, July 27, 2007

El Toro at Six Flags


Today we went with a group of friends to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. It was a quality day and we all had a great time at the water park.

After our time at Hurricane Harbor, we decided to spend the rest of the evening at the regular Six Flags Great Adventure, so we headed across the parking lot and went in.

I'd completely forgotten about El Toro, their newest coaster. It's the steepest wooden coaster in the world, with an initial drop of 80 degrees or something crazy like that.

So we headed straight over to it. The line looked long, but it went pretty quickly. Oh, quick tangent...as we were standing in line, the coaster kept going next to us and we would watch as the people sped by. Just before we got on, we saw the coaster go down the first drop and up again when suddenly, a water bottle appeared in the sky. Someone on the ride had let it go right at the top of the hill (intentionally or accidentally, we don't know). At first we thought it was empty, but then it started to drop...quickly...right toward us.

It flew out of the sky and dropped like a rock and landed literally two feet from where we were standing. And it hit hard. It would have done some damage if it had hit someone. It was scary as it dropped, but we thought it was pretty cool after the fact.

Anyway, we got onto the ride and were excidedly anticipating it as we began up the hill. As the car was going up, we looked at the drop that awaited us...geeze, it looked steep; almost straight down. The car created the top and made the turn toward the drop. And down we went. It was so steep that I almost felt like we were going to tip over backwards. And it kept going down! The ride was incredible. A wooden roller coaster that went up and down and banked as much as that one did see few and far between.

And just when I thought it was over, we turned and went into an incredible banking, turning, twisting complex that was just icing on the cake.

I can honestly say it's now the best coaster in the park and its certainly up in my top five. Definitely go ride it. Immediately. :-)

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