El Toro “Olé, Olé, Olé…” That’s the chant you will hear as the train stretches across the station with eager riders encouraging the operator to dispatch the train – AKA The Bull. They say you have to grab a bull by the horns, but have you ever tried? 2017 served to be the best year for El Toro, which is a large wooden mega structure located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. We take references seriously; out of over 25 wooden roller coasters, 1241 riders of the bull voted El Toro as their favorite wooden coaster when compared to the rest. There was extra competition among the top four wooden roller coasters. Here are the top four wooden coasters for 2017:
- El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure; Jackson, New Jersey)
- The Phoenix (Knoebels Amusement Resort; Elysburg, Pennsylvania)
- Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce; Bristol, Connecticut)
- Voyage (Holiday World; Santa Claus, Indiana)
Each year since 1998, the Golden Ticket organization (Amusement Today) has gathered the votes of thousands from a global pool of experienced enthusiasts to determine which roller coasters are the very best. Throughout many years since the Golden Ticket Awards started, the wooden coaster category has been a very close competition.
With El Toro, you have the role of a lifetime. You are in charge of managing a bull with an intrinsic motivation to launch you out of the saddle. This brings us to the term, “Torero.” This word is Latin and derives from the root word, “matador.” Unlike the other coasters, El Toro stands out with not only the culture of a chant like “Olé, Olé, Olé” but also the follow through on a name that does have a coaster experience always ready to deliver.
When approaching El Toro, you are the Matador. Gear up for the ride of your life. Just ask our friend, Ryan, seen wearing blue in the picture above. Ryan is known for having over 350 rides on El Toro in the 2017 season. According to Ryan, “El Toro is just incredible, and my goal is 500 rides by the end of the season.” But, back to the Bull… Like as the gate of an arena opens to release a bull from its cage, you too will get that feeling if you dare to brave The Bull. Quickly making a 180-degree turn, riders quickly ascend a 181ft lift hill in less than just a couple of deep breaths. 2017 is the Year of the Bull at Six Flags Great Adventure. El Toro is scheduled to be open until the end of the fall season (October 2017) at Great Adventure. Look for the Culture, the Crowd, the Theme, the Thrill, and get your chance to experience what is known as the total package.