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El Toro is without a doubt the best roller coaster I have ever ridden to date! Through a random chain of events I was able to make an unexpected trip to Great Adventure on a swing through Jersey last summer, and this beast was first on my list! I was lucky enough to actually snag 3 rides on this amazing coaster on a slower weekday last August. El Toro has some mammoth reviews on this site already, so theres not a whole lot I can add that hasnt been said already. The coaster itself is gorgeous, and when you first walk up to it you are amazed at its imposing structure and wooden beauty. A ride on Toro is just in another class for coasters. I sat once in the front car, then twice in the back row, and let me say the back row is a MUST! El Toros first drop is the best drop on the planet, period. The airtime in the back is shockingly strong and bordering on ridiculous! I was just ripped from my seat over each of the first 3 drops! The turnaround was cool, and then that hill over to Rolling Thunder hit me. Good lord, that was the single most extreme ejector airtime Ive ever experienced! I couldnt believe it! The finale was wickedly paced and a blast. El Toro has it all - the speed is relentless, the hills are gigantic, the ride is smooth as silk, and then theres the airtime. Even writing this I think back in awe of the power this coaster possesses, and the airtime is just mind blowing!! With this coaster, Intamin shows it can basically bench press the competition. Drive, fly, take a train, or walk for all I care, but simply find a way, ANY way to get to New Jersey and experience coaster nirvana on the shoulders of this mighty bull! El Toro is simply unbelievable, and in my view, its also unbeatable by anything else out there today.
Easily the best wooden coaster Ive been on. The first drop in the back seat was pure insanity as I was launched and I mean launched from my seat. All of the following hills also provided incredible ejector air, especially the small hill leading into the helix. Just incredible.
I usually dislike wooden coasters, but this was smooth and provided AMAZING ejector airtime more then any other coaster.Intamin, you did it again!
Date Ridden: June 2007 Times Ridden: 2 (middle of the train and 3rd from the back.)
Im not going to bore everyone with a long drawn out review. Everyone has written virtually everything possible to describe this unbelievable ride. I only got two rides in because we only had 4 hours to spend in the park. As some of you know from my other reviews, my ride partner and I took a trip up the east coast and over to ohio riding the top 10 (actually 9 since GeForce is across the pond) steel coasters in the world according to the 2006 Golden Tickets. We rode Montu in January, got Goliath at SFOG in May and were heading up the coast to ride Nitro and Great Adventure and Superman at New England. We only had 4 hours in the park since we still had a 4 hour drive to get to Superman that day. Plus with rain all morning none of the rides were operating except Batman for the first 90 minutes. However, as the rain stopped and rides begin opening up I kept listening for the air horn which sounds before ET starts operating. We were just getting off Medusa when it went off and we sprinted over to get in line. The line for the front was backed up and we had already decided we were gonna go for the first available seat toward the back and in the middle if we got two rides. We did and everything people have said about this ride is 100 percent correct. One thing that does put me in the minority however is that on both rides, neither of were STAPLED in!! We had plenty of room and the air time was unbelievable. I think the best was the drop into the twister segment. So thats about it. I wont bore you anymore saying the same stuff over and over. El Toro is a 10 if there has ever been a 10. Intamin is king of coaster builders...blah blah...etc....and so on....
Tomorrow Ill try to do a little better in the review department with Thunderhead at Dollywood.
This a awesome coaster. Really, they need more of these in the USA. (Intamin keeps making a lot outside of the US) Anyways, last time i was at SFGADV it was scheduled to be closed all day. (In my mind i was like $%&*@, since i havent ridden it before)
So around 4 pm ish, El toro opened and My friend and I headed straight towards it. And once we got in the station, we headed to the 2nd to back which surprisingly had no wait. (They need to make the el toro station so you enter in the middle) Anyways, we board the train make a turn and head up a elevator lift which got us up the 186ft or so relatively fast, before you know it were rounding another turn and heading down a steep drop into the 2nd drop which you experience a lot of ejector air time and same with the third drop, then you go up the fourth drop and twist around and head towards some small air time hill and then twist over the rolling thunder and into the s curves. What surprises me though, is how smooth el toro is throughout the entire ride, thats why this should definetely be the #1 wooden coaster in the world or at least in the top 5. Ffs, amusement today shows no love for this coaster.
(my favorite part of the ride is the s curves
Those s curves really flip you around and its fun to keep my hands up for this part as a lot of people usually put their hands down so they can hold on, and i like my hands whipping back and forth. (Quite comfortabaly by the way) and then up and a hill( Getting some air) and into the brakes. All in all, this is pretty much a perfect ride in my opinion and is a MUST for any "true" roller coaster enthusiast
El Toros by far one of the top rated wooden coasters in the world & now its my #1 favorite coaster all-time. Just gazing up at the 181 superstructures truly awe-inspiring. You go up the steep lift hill so fast (it has to be at least 8-10 m.p.h.) & all of a sudden, youre taking a fast left turn & down the 173 plunge at a sizzling 76 degrees you go. That drop was pure craziness as my butt wasnt anywhere close to the seat. I can see why the ride ops keep you stapled in as every hill I came across, I got nothing but being yanked down over each hill as that ejector air has completely taken over. I could tell the minute I saw every train went over hills without slowing down at all that it was going to be a beast. The turnaround at the end was wicked as it was taken at such a high speed, yet youve got to admire the smoothness it carries. Its even smoother than Hersheyparks Lightning Racer. Before you know it, after going through some more intense airtime hills, youre at whats probably the best ejector airtime spot in the world. Theres this hill which rips you downward towards the end before you come across a bunch of overbanked turns & helixes & the hills just crazy retarded. Ive never been on a woody thats as ferocious towards the end as it is in the beginning. In conclusion, El Toros the BEST!! Its the complete package with its intimidating height, blistering high speeds, the steepest wooden coaster drop in the world, nothing but pure ejector air, intense lateral Gs when youre by those turns & helixes, & an intense finale. It couldve been longer for the speed & height it had, but the length was good enough to give this monster a Perfect 10. The name suits it well in a way that youll wonder if you can survive from a bull charging right at you. El Toro can never be tamed no matter how many times youve been on it. Its just that wild.
El Toro is one of the best wooden roller coasters I have ever been on. First thing I noticed was the smoothness of the ride as it pulled out of the station. El Toro had to be one of the smoothest wooden coasters Ive been on so far, and being a smooth wooden coaster is a good thing in my opinion. Then it was up the lift hill, which was extremely fast. It didnt provide too much time to enjoy the view on this lift. Then it was down the first hill. Very high and steep for a wooden coaster. Then up over the next few hills. Great air-time. And just when you think El Toros out and back design is just about over, it starts twisting around in tight curves close to the ground for a final kick before returning to the station. I would have loved for this to be longer, but Id love all great coasters to be longer. Like I said before, its one of the best Ive been on. Its up there on the list with Coney Islands Cyclone, Dollywoods Thunderhead, and the Dania Beach Hurricane...
Having not been to Great Adventure for some 11 years I was unfamiliar with the parks lay out. After securing my Gold Flash pass, I briskly walked towards El Toro only to make a wrong turn at Albuquerque and end up by Kingda Ka. Rats! I found the nearest Great Adventure worker who told me to turn around and make a left. After walking for what seemed like years I turned the corner and beheld the most beautiful coaster I had ever seen. After more than a years worth of anticipation I was finally here! El Toro looks like some cartoon parody of a coaster with its exaggerated hills and curves. Ive never seen a coaster half as nice to look at. It should get a 10 on looks alone!
In true Great Adventure style the ride didnt open on time. My Gold Flash Pass got me on Ka in 5 minutes flat. Just another credit. I went back to El Toro, and jumped line to the stairs with my best friend the Q-bot. We waited for at least 20 minutes before they teased us with a few test runs, only to shut the ride down again. A few minutes later some random Jersey people left in a mild huff because "the ride is broken". Not even a minute later Six Flags workers let a group of riders onto the train to a decent amount of applause. I was finally going to get to ride this sucker! We walked up the stairs, and moved our way to the queue for the back seat. Six Flags workers promptly shut the ride down again so they could bring the second train online. A few minutes later we finally boarded the train and received our customary El Toro stapling.
The train quietly glided out of the station, and turned around into the cable lift. It rocketed up the lift hill at roughly the same pace as Maverick. I dont know if we were trimmed at the top, but the train slowed down a bit there. The view from turnaround on the lift hill is placid, and I enjoyed the brief moment of serenity before the crazy ride that was about to embark.
El Toros first drop hit me harder than any other drop before. Despite the aggressive staple job by the staff, I felt a bit like I was standing up into the drop. Millennium Force, the 4 B&M hypers, the 2 strata coasters, and the 2 Intamin hypers that Ive ridden have NOTHING on that drop. Before you have a chance to ponder the intensity of the drop, El Toro lays two of the most intense airtime hills on the planet at you. It feels something like your entire body is being shot out of a cannon over those hills. Before you have a chance to blink again, The Bull whips you around through what is perhaps its only rough spot, and then into some weaker hills. El Toros twister finale isnt its strongest point, but it does include one absurdly powerful drop. The speed and intensity of this ride are without peer in my experience. Describing a coaster as having relentless speed is a cliche in the coaster nerd world, but in this case its the absolute truth. Im not sure if Ive ever experienced anything half as intense as this ride.
That Intamin could make such a ride smooth is a testament to their coaster mastery. I only wonder what CRACK theme park operators are smoking to not install one of these rides in every park in the world. The GP loves them. Enthusiasts love them. They dont eat themselves like garden variety woodies do. Everyone wins.
El Toro is now without question my favorite ride. I look forward to getting back out to that southern Jersey swampland in the future.
I was a little put off when the ride op stapled me tightly into the seat. I mean it felt like the lap bar was bruising some ribs and some internal organs. HOWEVER.... Once this beast hit the fan and the train topped the second hill (and every hill after that) and the only thing that was holding me back from that ejector seat air time was the lap bar, I was thankful that it was snug as it was. This ride is FAST... and SMOOTH. While it is intense, it is not brutal... it is very reridable. A conventional wooden coaster of this size and speed (constant speed from the first drop to the station break run) would jolt you around so much that it would be escruciating (i.e. The Voyage)... but this "Plug and Play" design makes the ride wild, intense and extreme... but FUN!!!! First coaster that acutally "frightened" me by catching me off guard in a LONG time.
By far the most shocking wooden roller coaster Ive ever been on. Unbelievable first drop. Its G galore
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