Credit where it's due, Six Flags Great Adventure - you kept us all guessing for two weeks and I don't think many saw this one coming.

Ocean County's own world famous theme park will pay tribute to a hometown legend in 2020 with a new coaster set to break records - The Jersey Devil Coaster.

Great Adventure had scores of people guessing for two weeks as they let clues out across their social media about what would be coming.

Taking cues from the many comic book themed rides already populating the park, most people figured that the big reveal would be a ride named after another famous comic hero or villain.

Instead of going in the direction of what many thought was going to be the obvious route, Great Adventure instead is creating a coaster that puts Jersey pride on display for the whole world to see.

To get coaster fans excited (and maybe a little spooked), here's how they're teasing the foreboding ride:

Legend says the Jersey Devil has haunted the Pine Barrens for centuries, soaring stealthily through the woods in the dark of night before attacking its prey. Modern-day folklore even places this beast near the theme park’s Great Lake, with its menacing, curled horns manifesting under a full moon.

Here are some of the key facts for the Jersey Devil Coaster:

  • 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
  • Three intense elements including a steep 87-degree first drop, raven dive and overbank cutback
  • Two dramatic inversions including a 180-degree stall and zero-gravity roll.

And here's the concept art:

Jersey Devil Coaster concept art (courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure)
Jersey Devil Coaster concept art (courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure)

As they like to do, the Great Adventure team is breaking more records with the Jersey Devil, touting it as, "the tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster"

Situated on the lake near Congo Rapids, construction on the coaster is expected to take about a year, with a summer 2020 ribbon cutting on the schedule.

We'll of course keep you updated on Six Flags Great Adventure's upcoming Jersey Devil Coaster as progress reports come out!




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