Even though the calendar still says summer, Labor Day weekend traditionally brings the curtain down on the summer tourist season. As we get ready to say goodbye to the summer, at least one New Jersey amusement park has its sights set on 2015.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township says it will add to its roller coaster kingdom with the introduction of the Looping Dragon. The attraction will allow twenty riders sitting in so-called face-off seats to rocket backward and forward until the train gains enough momentum to complete a full revolution seven stories in the air. That is when the coaster kicks into high gear, completing full revolutions until its stops momentarily in the air, suspending the riders upside down, before reversing direction.
Looping Dragon will be Great Adventure’s 13th roller coaster and will be located in the park’s Golden Kingdom section, which is home to the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom and the world’s tallest and fastest coaster, Kingda Ka. The ride is expected to officially debut in late spring 2015.
Looking for ways to extend its summer tourism season into the fall, Great Adventure will also be adding to its Halloween offerings. The park will add two new indoor haunted mazes and two additional operating days to its notorious Fright Fest.
Circus Psycho, in the park’s Creepy Clown section, will debut in the fall 2015. Big Top Terror, a 3-D black light experience in which guests wear special glasses to wind their way through dark and disorienting halls is also on the docket. Fright Fest special effect expert, Tony Mandile calls the new park attraction “a coulrophobiac’s worst nightmare.” Anyone with a dire fear of clowns may want to stay away from this part of Fright Fest.
Across the park in Movietown, guests who want to be scared out of their wits can experience the terror of death row in Condemned Once. As they enter the dismal halls of this maximum security prison attraction, inmates or that is guests will have to fight to make it out alive.
Great Adventure, which opened in 1974, is owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company.