2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Six Flags Great Adventure's El Toro
Published: March 2, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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.