The hills of El Toro and Kingda Ka.
The two renowned Intamin creations at the park, Kingda Ka and El Toro.
The ride is consistently ranked among the top wooden coasters in the world, and is famous for its fast pacing and aggressive airtime.
El Toro combines the best aspects of 'out and back', and 'twister' style wooden coasters.
The ride is incredibly smooth. Track segments are made of pre laminated and pre curved segments of wood, produced in a factory, and delivered to site. This reduces some of the margin of error that comes with traditionally hand built wooden coasters.
The final part of the ride is a high speed slalom of back to back turns.
The hill passes over the structure of the now demolished "Rolling Thunder" wooden coaster.
A powerful, sharp airtime hill that pulls around -1.6g.
Banking around after the speed hill, the train speed towards the most aggressive moment on the ride....
On the return trip the train passes over a "speed hill", a sort of long, low, drawn out airtime hill taken at high speed. The hill passes under the structure of the ride, providing some near misses with crossbeams overhead.
An upward banked turn, and drop, follows the turnaround.
A banked drop forms the turnaround.
The first two airtime hills.
Following the first drop is an airtime hill...
Reaching maximum speed.
The ride gets cracking with a steep, airtime filled 76 degree, 54m drop.
Unlike most wooden coasters, a cable lift hill is employed. The train hooks on, and and is smoothly and quietly hauled to the top.
Ready to depart.
Each car seats 6 riders, with each row slightly elevated above the one in front to improve the view. A simple lap bar and seatbelt holds riders in.