Skull Mountain

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Skull Mountain
Skull Mountain.jpg
Skull Mountain's exterior
Six Flags Great Adventure
Park section Lakefront
Coordinates 40°08′4.73″N 74°26′30.99″W / 40.1346472°N 74.4419417°W / 40.1346472; -74.4419417Coordinates: 40°08′4.73″N 74°26′30.99″W / 40.1346472°N 74.4419417°W / 40.1346472; -74.4419417
Status Operating
Opening date June 3, 1996 (1996-06-03)
General statistics
Type Steel – Enclosed
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Virtual Reality/Indoor/Family Roller Coaster
Track layout steel twister
Lift/launch system Drive tire lift hill
Height 40.5 ft (12.3 m)
Drop 37 ft (11 m)
Length 1,377 ft (420 m)
Speed 33 mph (53 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:24
Capacity 1596[1] riders per hour
G-force 2.3
Height restriction 44 in (112 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
Skull Mountain at RCDB
Pictures of Skull Mountain at RCDB

Skull Mountain is an enclosed roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

Ride experience[edit]

After ascending the first lift hill, the train travels around the front facade of the enclosure to ascend the second lift hill. The first drop is the ride's only steep drop, while the rest of the ride contains three horizontal helices.

The building is punctuated by strobe lights, and sound effects play over a tribal or heavy metal music score.[2] Occasionally, ride operators will operate Skull Mountain with the interior lights illuminated. On hot summer days, the park turns on the ride's exterior waterfall, which falls from the exterior skull's eyes. It pours down into the water below, wetting guests in the ride's queue.

While most of the park's coasters (except Kingda Ka) will operate in light rain, Skull Mountain remains open during thunderstorms, since it is enclosed. It will be closed only if the thunderstorm is severe.[3]

History[edit]

Skull Mountain was opened in 1996 and is one of three roller coasters at the park with a 44-inch (1,100 mm) height requirement. Since 2012, this height requirement requires a child to be accompanied by an adult. To ride alone, you must be 48-inch (1,200 mm). The top height of the ride is 41.5 feet (12.6 m).

A flume boat ride of the same name, Skull Mountain at Six Flags America near Baltimore, MD, closed in July 2011 to make room for Apocalypse.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skull Mountain at Six Flags Great Adventure". Great Adventure History. 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Skull Mountain". Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "10 Man-Made Skull Rocks, Mountains & Islands". EpicMoron. 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Six Flags America Prepares Final Voyage For Skull Mountain". 9 June 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.