Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
Casino Pier on the Jersey Shore opened Hydrus, the seaside resort’s Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter that replaces the infamous Star Jet coaster that ended up in the Atlantic Ocean following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It features a 72 foot (23m) tall vertical lift hill, a 97° beyond vertical drop, three inversions and a top speed of 45 mph (72.5 km/h). Click the headline for more information
Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Six Flags Great Adventure announced that Zumanjaro, the world’s tallest and fastest drop tower, will become Drop of Doom VR for a limited time. Beginning May 5th, riders will have the option of battling giant spiders high above massive city skyscrapers in a fully-integrated virtual reality experience on the 415 foot (126m) tall free fall tower.
Park guests will become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders during the interactive ride that features a vertical ascent while teetering off the edge of a helicopter. A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body, is followed by a 10-second plunge at speeds up to 90 mph (145 km/h) that concludes in a final showdown with the giant spider. Click the headline for more information
Ocean City, New Jersey, USA
GaleForce, the beleaguered S&S triple launch coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove on the Jersey Shore that was originally scheduled to open last year, has received a new train that features many improvements over its predecessor. The new train makes for a smoother ride thanks to the removal of the stadium style seating, relocation of the rear axle and a pivot joint between rows 2 and 3 that allows the third row to move independently from the front two.
Other improvements include larger wheels and a straight through rear axle that replaced the old one that worked off a central pivot point and caused the rear seats to bounce. Click the headline for more information