JACKSON, New Jersey (PIX11)– Just days before Six Flags opens its doors to the public on April 12, workers put the final track piece into place to complete the world’s tallest drop ride — the terrifying 41-story Zumanjaro.
After months of building Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, Six Flags announced they finished it on April 1. The drop ride is expected to open at Six Flags Great Adventure on Memorial Day Weekend, according to the amusement park.
“Today is special because we not only broke the world record by topping off the world’s tallest drop ride, but also because we battled through some incredibly adverse weather conditions. We had the coldest and snowiest winter that any of us can remember,” John Fitzgerald, park president at Six Flags Great Adventure, said on April 1 in a press release. “We appreciate the hard work by Shamrock Construction and the rest of the construction team in overcoming those conditions and getting the job done,” he added. “You would not believe how windy it can get up there in a snow storm.”
The Six Flags website says the safari themed attraction will catapult riders 415 feet into the air in approximately 30 seconds and will pause to show an aerial view of the park before dropping down at 90 miles per hour. In addition, patrons who wait in line can see the all-new animal area, where they can see native African Anubis baboons interact.
In order to make room for the Zumanjaro, Six Flags discarded the classic wooden roller coaster Rolling Thunder in September.