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Robert Niles

2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Six Flags Great Adventure's El Toro

Published: March 2, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Six Flags Great Adventure's El Toro gets today's attraction spotlight, as readers' pick for the third seed in the Best Roller Coaster bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament.

Six Flags' Great Adventure's El Toro

Built in 2006, this Intamin wooden coaster boasts a 176-foot initial drop, at steep 76 degrees - the steepest drop among wooden coasters. El Toro delivers plenty of airtime, too, with its three 100-foot-plus hills. Throw in the crushing G forces of its s-curves at the end of the ride, and you're talking a physically extreme experience. But one that riders praise for its smoothness, too.

Check out some of the comments from Theme Park Insider readers:

"Huge airtime, outrageous drops, awesome turns... the list goes on and on."

"The smoothness on this WOODEN coaster is incredible, the airtime is awesome, the drops are cool and scary, and its worth riding over and over and over again."

"This ride has the most wicked airtime I have ever experienced in my entire life. Front seat is great but if your brave enough and want the real challenge do the back seat."

Six Flags couldn't provide an official POV [on-ride point of view] video for the ride, so I instead offer this recreation from a YouTube user, made with Roller Coaster Tycoon. This is actually better than a POV video for showing you the layout of the track, even though the simulation sacrifices the airtime "jump" you get cresting the hills:

We're getting down to the big names, now. How will El Toro fare when voting begins in two weeks? Let's hear your thoughts, in the comments.

Replies (9)

James Rao

Published: March 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

El Toro looks like a monster. From what I have read, heard, and you-tubed, it appears to be the only "wooden" coaster that can give The Voyage a run for its money.
Rod Whitenack

Published: March 2, 2010 at 4:43 PM

It kind of looks like the Voyage without all the tunnel action.
Robert Niles

Published: March 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM

It's a bit shorter than The Voyage, but the steeper drops and hill layout look like more airtime to me. (Haven't ridden El Toro, so I can't say for sure.)

Any readers who've been on both care to chime in?

Stephen Landsman

Published: March 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Such extreme airtime!! It's the only woodie that made me happy that I had been stapled into my seat by the launch crew!

Published: March 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Indeed it is the only wooden coaster I've been on that gives The Voyage a run for number one. Though, personally I think The Voyage is the over-all better of the two.

El Toro has got an amazing first drop, some pretty decent "floater" air, and the incredibly intense yet smooth s-curves. But, The Voyage provides a kind of out-of-control, pushing the limit experience that builds from mid-ride all the way to the station, along with some great airtime - though not as much "float".

Rod Whitenack

Published: March 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I watched some unofficial YouTube videos, and noticed that there is a lot of steel framework built on top of the wooden superstructure, so that's likely why it's so smooth.
Lindsay Murray

Published: March 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

This is, BY FAR, my favorite wooden coaster anywhere. No, I haven't been on The Voyage (yet!) but that doesn't change the fact that El Toro is an incredibly fun and intense coaster. The first drop can only really be understood by having ridden El Toro...the whole coaster is just awesome!

Published: March 3, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I went on this ride one year ago while it was 42 degrees and rainy, and they were letting us ride El Toro non-stop.... The initial lift is really fast for a wooden coaster and that first drop... IS STEEEEEEEEEP!!! By far the best finale for any wooden coaster and by far my favorite wooden roller coaster of all time! Super Smooth, Super Fast, Super Steep, Track Variety from most wooden coasters, and just Crazy fun!!!!

Published: March 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Best ride I have ever ridden and I have been all over the country. Amazing airtime and great themeing all make for a great experience..I would recommend this ride to anyone!

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