Six Flags Great Adventure set for opening, but without two major roller coasters
JACKSON - When Six Flags Great Adventure opens its doors for the 2023 season, it will be without two of its main attractions for at least the first two months.
The El Toro and Medusa roller coasters will remain closed when the theme park opens on April 1, a spokeswoman for the park said.
El Toro's status isn't a surprise, as inspectors ruled the ride "structurally compromised" after a summer incident injured 14 riders, after the steel track was slightly pulled away from the wooden frame of the ride.
Jennifer Mance, a Six Flags spokeswoman, said El Toro was expected to reopen this summer.
"El Toro is one of our signature attractions, and we are working diligently toward reopening the ride this summer following testing and a full safety inspection by both internal and external experts," Mance said.
It's not clear why Medusa will remain out of commission. The roller coaster, which has been open since 1999, was rebranded back to its original name last year after years as Bizarro, a Superman-themed ride.
The entire Frontier Adventures area of the park will remain closed until Memorial Day weekend, Mance said, including the Saw Mills Log Flume — which had its own safety issues over the last few years — and the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster.
Mance declined to comment further on the reason for the closures.
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The Six Flags Great Adventure website also lists the Green Lantern roller coaster, Congo Rapids and Houdini's Great Escape rides as temporarily closed.
Green Lantern is expected to reopen for the park's spring break promotion from April 5 to April 16, which also includes a nightly "scream break" beginning April 8. Each night during "scream break," guests will be able to visit attractions — such as haunted houses and "ghouls" walking around the park — usually reserved for the park's annual Fright Fest each fall.
A few roller coasters, including Kingda Ka and Green Lantern, will be open for night rides from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the weeklong promotion.
Pass holders can receive free admission for the nighttime festivities on a first-come, first-served basis each day. Separate admission after 8 p.m. is available for purchase on the Six Flags Great Adventure website.
In addition, the park announced a series of dining improvements for the season, including new dining options, park renovations and new animals at the Wild Safari, including one-year-old Siberian tiger cubs and European brown bear cubs.
“At Six Flags we’re laser-focused on improving the overall guest experience,” interim park President Randy Wilke said in a press release. “With investments in the beautification of our property, updated dining offerings, incredible safari additions and an exciting events schedule brimming with new, imaginative events; Six Flags is the place to be in 2023 to create lasting memories.”
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This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Six Flags Great Adventure: El Toro, Medusa closed to start 2023 season