Ranging from the world’s tallest coaster, one of the world’s best wooden coasters, or even some of the park’s unique indoor attractions, there’s so many amazing rides at Six Flags Great Adventure. While I definitely recommend trying to ride as many different attractions as possible, I have a list of the must-do attractions at the park, these are the signature rides that you should prioritize over some of the other attractions in the park. If it was my first time visiting Great Adventure, these would be the rides I would want to go on most!
128 mph. 465 feet. 3,000+ feet of track. All in less than 30 seconds… that’s Kingda Ka. As the world’s tallest coaster and America’s fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. You will be launched from 0-128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. The launch utilizes hydraulic technology; hydraulic fluid and nitrogen gas are compressed to release a massive amount of pressure, blasting the train to the ride’s top speed (pretty cool, right!). Kingda Ka is one of the most intense roller coasters anywhere, so make sure to give it a ride!
Justice League: Battle For Metropolis
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is an indoor shooting dark ride. The ride uses a combination of physical effects, screens, and movement from the ride vehicles to create an immersive setting – you feel like you’re flying through a city trying to defeat Lex Luthor! You will actually be given 3D glasses which increase the immersion and uniqueness of the ride. There are also blasters mountain to the ride vehicles, so you’re actually competing with the other people in your vehicle to get the highest score. This is the only ride like it at Great Adventure, and the only ride with a competition aspect to it!
Wonder Woman: Lasso Of Truth
Even though it isn’t a roller coaster, Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth features one of the most intense, thrilling experiences in the park! You will reach speeds of 75 mph and a max height of 170 feet! The ride is essentially a giant pendulum, and will swing back and forth, even beyond 90°! Although riders have an over-the-shoulder restraint and seat belt, you will feel exposed when experiencing the shear force and speed of the attraction! Not only does the ride swing back and forth, but the gondola actually rotates, so your view will change as the ride continues. Wonder Woman is definitely a must-ride because it is very different from the park’s many roller coasters and indoor rides.
Opening in 2021, Jersey Devil is the tallest, longest, and fastest single rail coaster! Jersey Devil’s demonic layout features an 87° drop, 3,000 feet of track, 3 inversions, and more! Unlike the other coasters in the park, which feature 2 or 4 across seating in each row, Jersey Devil features 1-across, meaning you have the row to yourself. Since the ride features the unique monorail design, the trains contour around the track (you actually straddle the track, placing one leg on each side of it). This unique riding position, demonically-twisted layout, and single-rail design make Jersey Devil a must-do coaster.
Nitro is one of (if not the most) popular rides at the park, and for good reason! Featuring an 80mph top speed, over 5,000 feet of track, and 215 foot drop, what’s not to love! Nitro also has extremely comfortable trains, featuring the legendary “clamshell” lap bar design. These trains help you feel the ride’s many “air-time” moments because of the exposed nature of the lap-bar design. Starting with a massive 200+ foot drop, Nitro stays high off the ground, soaring over massive camelback hills and quick turns! Unlike some rides that feature one large drop, and then close-to-the-ground moments, Nitro features mostly large elements, letting riders feel like they are high above the ground for a majority of the ride. Nitro is an absolute must-do attraction at the park, as it’s smooth, thrilling, fast, and it has a very long duration!
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom
Standing at a whopping 415 feet, and reaching 90 mph, Zumanjaro is the world’s tallest and fastest drop tower! The ride is built onto the structure of Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest coaster. So you might be wondering why Great Adventure would build a second ride onto Kingda Ka. Well, a drop tower is different than a roller coaster. A drop tower functions similar to an elevator. A cable lifts a gondola to the top of the tower, but rather than dropping at a slow speed like an elevator, the gondola unlatches from the lift mechanism, causing total freefall. You feel as though you literally stepped off the side of Kingda Ka and are freefalling towards the ground – it’s awesome. Unlike some other drop towers that feature over-the-shoulder restrains, Zumanjaro features a very nonrestrictive lap bar adding to the excitement (or fear)! As the ride is over 400 feet tall, and has a slow climb to the top, the views from the attraction are outstanding. You can see all of Great Adventure and miles into the distance. Zumanjaro is already must-do attraction because of its record status, but also because of the thrilling ride experience!
El Toro is my personal favorite coaster in the park, and one of my favorite rides out of any park. Featuring insane “air-time” and very intense turns, El Toro is a must-do attraction at Great Adventure. It is one of the tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden coasters (and trust me, you’ll know that by the end of the ride)! “El Toro” is Spanish for “The Bull.” and the ride really does feel like you are trying to tame a wild bull! Most wooden coasters, even newer ones, feature technology that’s been around since the mid-1900s. They use a chain to bring the coaster to the top of its largest hill, then feature layouts with minimal banking on turns and often less ejector (the very sudden type of) airtime compared to their steel counterparts. They also tend to be much shorter than steel coasters, most wooden coaster are under 150 feet. But El Toro is different, it uses a special pre-fabricated track technology that allows the coaster to feature insane airtime and banking like what’s found on modern steel roller coasters. The ride features a height of 181 feet and a max speed of 70 mph, which is very unique for a wooden coaster. When visiting Great Adventure, don’t miss El Toro, it’s a perfect example of what a crazy roller coaster can be!
Superman Ultimate Flight
If you don’t visit Great Adventure often, or it’s your first visit, definitely ride Superman! While this isn’t my favorite coaster in the park, it features an extremely unique flying ride position. You will actually ride face-down, with the stomach facing the ground. This sensation is very different from any other coaster in the park. If you are short on time, or have ridden Superman before, you may want to prioritize the other, better coasters in the park. But still, the ride is very smooth and features an insane “pretzel-loop” maneuver (the loop like a pretzel from off-ride). Superman Ultimate Flight is worth riding if you have the time, but don’t but this at the top of your list, simply because other coasters in the park are better, more repeatable rides.
Here are three other attractions you should ride, they just are not as unique or noteworthy as the rides above.
- Batman: The Ride – this attractions features hanging (inverted) seating, you will be dangling under the track, compared to sitting above it like on most other coasters. Batman is also very intense and smooth, so give it a ride!
- Houdini’s Great Escape – this is one of Great Adventure’s indoor rides. I won’t spoil this attraction, just know it features a very cool illusion and pre-show element. The ride is an indoor themed attraction with sound, lights, and show elements. It feels familiar to the famous “stretching room” in Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. I will not be providing any more info, as to keep the experience a surprise. Give this ride a try, it isn’t very thrilling, but it sure is unique and quirky. Just don’t research this attraction before riding, so you don’t spoil the experience.
- Joker – opening in 2016, Joker is one of the newest coasters at the park. It feels unique 4D trains (in coaster-lingo this means they can flip on a vertical axis, even if the track is not inverting). The ride features a different experience each time due to the randomized nature of the flipping and an always-thrilling experience. If you get nauseous or experience motion sickness after rides, Joker may not be for you, but definitely consider riding, as it sure is unique!
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