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El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Plaza Del Carnaval

Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Jun 12, 2006

181 feet

4400 feet

Maximum speed:
70 mph


Wooden Coaster

Minimum height:
48 inches

Opened in 2006, El Toro featured the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world at the time - an intimidating 76 degrees. It is one of the tallest and fastest rides of its type in the world, hitting a top speed of 70 miles per hour at the base of its 176-foot first drop. Uniquely, a cable lift is used in preference to a chain lift to get to the top of this hill.

Dominating the Plaza Del Carnival area of Six Flags Great Adventure, El Toro features a lengthy 4,400-foot circuit. It is renowned among coaster enthusiasts for the extreme amounts of "airtime" that it offers, and frequently places highly in "world's best coaster" polls. However, due to its restrictive restraints, larger guests may have trouble fitting into its cars.

Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for El Toro. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.

Photos of El Toro

Reviews of El Toro:

The Greatest Coaster of All Time (and space)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Sunday, January 26, 2014 05:45

In my opinion, the greatest roller coaster ever built. It's better than Voyage, better than Millennium Force, better than Maverick, better than Bizarro, better than Boulder Dash, just better than anything beyond ALL belief. Incredible, and I mean INCREDIBLE...

You will be absolutely blown away by everything about it. You will be completely awe-struck by its first drop, the subsequent airtime hills following, the turnaround, the twister section, its insane smoothness, and everything else. It left me saying,'This is the absolute perfection of all roller coasters ever built. Thank you Intamin AG and Werner Stengel for collectively bringing this quintessential roller coaster into the world.'

It does everything a wooden coaster should do. And more'
Submitted by sirusstest
on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 12:29

Having ridden over 250 coaster across the world, I can safely say El Toro is the best out of the lot. The coaster reaches speeds of over 70mph which, quite frankly, is ridiculous for a woodie. With the new-style of Intamin pre-fab track, the stereotypical roughness of the classic coaster is completely out of the equation and is replaced with a silky smooth ride.

That's not to say this bull likes to play it safe; it's a wild ride from start to finish. The airtime is what the coaster enthusiasts crave, and this beast delivers in a way no other coaster can. Airtime hill after airtime hill, the "ejector" air felt is spectacular. And the twisty finale ensures riders experience the impact of a raging bull to the full.

For thrills and bringing the woodie into a modern day world without loosing its classic touch, El Toro is as good as it gets.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:51

El Toro is an absolutely brilliant coaster, with ridiculous amounts of airtime! The ride starts out with you leaving the station and starting the lift hill, at first, the lift is slow, like a normal lift, then it suddenly speeds up, almost like a launch. Once at the top, you turn a corner and get thrown down a steep drop forcing you out of your seat, with only a lapbar. What's scary is that the whole structure is made out of wood.

You then ride through two more ridiculous airtime hills, around bends, under head choppers and then when you think it must be over, the train starts slaloming from side to side at floor level, very fast. then over a couple more small airtime hills and you are done. It is an amazing ride that you cannot miss if you go. It is one of the best rollercoasters in. the. world.


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