Six Flags Great Adventure will reopen its El Toro roller coaster on June 17, 10 months after an accident that sent five riders to the hospital.
The incident led to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) determining that several of the 181-foot-tall coaster’s supports were “structurally compromised.” It was the second safety problem on El Toro in as many seasons, following a partial derailment in June 2021 that closed the ride for the rest of the year.
If you’ve visited Great Adventure this season, you have seen portions of El Toro’s track being replaced and continued test runs of the coaster.
I’m hitting up Great Adventure tomorrow morning to hopefully get on El Toro! 🤞🏽 it opens! If not, I’ll just make another video about bolts! pic.twitter.com/uKB29ErLnE
— ElToroRyan (@ElToroRyan) June 15, 2023
DCA spokesperson Tammori Petty-Dixon told Theme Park Tribune that El Toro was permitted for operation on Wednesday, June 14, following the completion of repairs and multiple inspections by the department’s staff.
Great Adventure is giving season passholders and Six Flags members the first chance to ride the reopened El Toro. Those exclusive ride times will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on both Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.
Just as one headliner at Great Adventure is reopening, another has gone down.
Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster, has been shut down since June 5 over what Dixon told NJ.com was “mechanical failure of a component of the launch system.” No injuries were reported.
Great Adventure spokesperson Staci Wheeler said to NJ.com that Kingda Ka “will reopen soon after its state inspection which is scheduled to happen following this weekend and the Juneteenth holiday on Monday.”