The Jersey Devil was spotted soaring through the Pine Barrens once again as the triple record-breaking Jersey Devil Coaster took its first full test run Thursday.
Engineering and maintenance experts are completing extensive testing on the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest single-rail coaster. As part of load testing, the team utilizes “water people” to simulate human weight in the roller coaster trains. A water person nicknamed “Mother Leeds” captured point-of-view footage, while drones captured the momentous occasion from above.
New Jersey legend says that Mother Leeds cursed her thirteenth child, which transformed the newborn into a snarling, flying beast that has tormented the New Jersey Pine Barrens for hundreds of years. Six Flags Great Adventure is located in the Pine Barrens, and local Jackson Township folklore places the devil at its Great Lake.
Towering 13 stories, and soaring at speeds up to 58 mph, Jersey Devil Coaster riders will fly single file through the dark and foreboding woods over 3,000 feet of track. The cutting-edge coaster will feature five intense elements including three dramatic inversions.
Key features of the Jersey Devil Coaster include:
- Four sleek trains of 12 passengers each sitting low and inline style (one rider per row) with their legs straddling either side of the monorail track;
- 3,000 feet of soaring, single-rail, I-beam track;
- Tension-building ascent up a towering, 130-foot lift hill;
- Flying at speeds up to 58 mph;
- Intense elements including a steep 87-degree first drop and overbank cutback; and
- Three dramatic inversions including a 180-degree stall, raven dive, and zero-gravity roll.
Extensive ride testing, inspections, and NJ state certification will be completed before the first passengers board the ride. The park will announce an opening date for the coaster soon.
For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure