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Jackson, NJ – 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.
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 weightlessness.
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 www.ebay.com/sixflagsnj