The Zumanjaro Drop of Doom is an ambitious 415ft drop tower ride which, when built, will be the world’s tallest. A New Jersey based company is planning to build the ride for the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, in 2014.
The ascent to the massive 41-story tower is on an eight-person gondola, which visitors are strapped into for the 30 seconds it takes to reach the top of the tower. There is then a brief pause while the people in the gondola enjoy a spectacular view, before being plunged vertically downwards at high speed, in just 10 seconds.
The top of the tower, just before the heart sinking descent, offers visitors a stunning view, on a clear day, of the Philadelphia skyline, 52 miles away. The ride will be attached to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Kingda Ka.
When at the peak, the gondola will be even higher than the Statue of Liberty, which is 305ft high. The new tower will surpass the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom in LA, which is 400ft.
Six Flags Park President, John Fitzgerald said: “Zumanjaro solidifies Six Flags Great Adventure’s dominance as the Northeast’s thrill capital,” he also told reporters: “You’re going to have the Kingda Ka cars racing around them at the same time. It’s really going to be fantastic. Fantastic views, but also terribly exciting.”
Park spokeswoman, Kristin Siebeneicher, agrees with her boss: “It’s definitely exciting that we are breaking a world record,” she also spoke about the fact the this is the last season for the park’s Rolling Thunder wooden roller coaster: “There are definitely guests, especially roller coaster enthusiasts, who will miss Rolling Thunder.”
The Zumanjaro Drop of Doom is expected to open in 2014.