JACKSON—Six Flags Great Adventure announced Monday that El Toro received the 2012 Golden Ticket Award for the World’s Best Wooden Roller Coaster, and Nitro placed third in the World’s Best Steel Roller Coaster category for the sixth consecutive year. The Golden Ticket Awards, hosted by Amusement Today magazine, annually honors the best theme parks, rides and attractions in the world as voted by a panel of industry experts and park enthusiasts. The 15th annual awards were held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and presented Sept. 8.
This is El Toro’s first Golden Ticket win in its six-year history, adding to a third-place finish in 2011. El Toro was designed by the Switzerland-based Intamin and debuted in 2006. It is known for its marriage of the smooth height, speed and technology of a steel coaster, while keeping to its classic, wooden coaster roots. El Toro was also recently voted No. 1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the 2011 Internet Coaster Poll.
“The Golden Ticket award is an excellent recognition for the park and El Toro,” said Six Flags Great Adventure Park President John Fitzgerald. “It is without question the best wood coaster in the world.”
El Toro’s “out-and-back hybrid” style was inspired by the agility and strength of the brave matadors. Its 4,400 feet of track begins with a 188-foot lift hill before plummeting riders down a 176-foot drop at a white-knuckled 76 degrees. The coaster continues with fast-charging, classic “out-and-back” drops at speeds reaching 70 mph before the “twister” side takes over with a finale of multiple highly-banked curves. El Toro offers a total of nine moments of “airtime” where riders experience the coveted sensation of weightlessness.
Nitro is a 230-foot-tall, steel mega coaster. It features more than a mile of extreme hills, curves and seven “airtime”-producing camelbacks while reaching a top speed of 80 mph. Designed by the Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, Nitro has been thrilling more than a million riders each year since its inception in 2001.
El Toro, Nitro and the park’s line-up of world-class rides will thrill riders through Six Flags Great Adventure’s 21st annual Fright Fest Halloween event ending Oct. 28.