TMNT Shellraiser

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TMNT Shellraiser
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TMNT Shellraiser track
Nickelodeon Universe
LocationNickelodeon Universe
Coordinates40°48′24″N 74°04′16″W / 40.806591°N 74.071201°W / 40.806591; -74.071201Coordinates: 40°48′24″N 74°04′16″W / 40.806591°N 74.071201°W / 40.806591; -74.071201
Opening dateOctober 25, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-25)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched – Euro-Fighter
Lift/launch systemLinear motor launch, chain lift hill
Height141 ft (43 m)
Drop138 ft (42 m)
Length3,280.8 ft (1,000.0 m)
Speed62.1 mph (99.9 km/h)
Max vertical angle121.5°
Acceleration0 to 62.1 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 2 seconds
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains6 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
TMNT Shellraiser at RCDB
Pictures of TMNT Shellraiser at RCDB

The TMNT Shellraiser is a steel indoor roller coaster at Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, within the American Dream Meadowlands shopping and entertainment complex, at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. The roller coaster is a Euro-Fighter model manufactured by Gerstlauer, and themed to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). It is the steepest roller coaster in the world with a vertical drop of 121.5 degrees. The TMNT Shellraiser has the exact same layout as Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan, the previous record holder for world's steepest roller coaster.


In September 2016, officials at the long-delayed American Dream Meadowlands shopping mall announced that the Nickelodeon Universe theme park would be built inside the mall.[1] Details about the park's coasters, including a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter with the world's steepest drop, were revealed in December 2017.[2] According to the mall's attractions director, Jeff Davis, the Euro-Fighter design was chosen because it would "break a world record [...] to claim the steepest coaster in the world", and that he "anticipate[d] up to 50 percent" of residents in the New York metropolitan area to ride the coaster.[3] Vertical construction of the attraction officially began in early 2018.[4] The names for the TMNT Shellraiser and three other coasters were first announced by Nickelodeon Universe representatives at American Coaster Enthusiasts' February 2019 "EastCoaster" summit. At that point, construction on the coaster was well underway.[5] Ride testing began in April 2019.[6]

The TMNT Shellraiser soft-opened October 25, 2019, as part of the opening of the first attractions at Nickelodeon Universe in American Dream Meadowlands.[7][8][9] The ride was temporarily closed after its soft opening because it did not have a permit to operate.[10]

Ride experience[edit]

TMNT Shellraiser is located entirely inside the structure of American Dream Meadowlands. The train leaves the station and then immediately enters a slow heartline roll. Afterward, it is propelled by linear motors from a standstill to 62.1 miles per hour (99.9 km/h) in two seconds. The train ascends from the launched track section into a 125-foot (38 m) tall corkscrew. Immediately afterward, the coaster enters a banana roll inversion, a second corkscrew, and an airtime hill. The train ascends onto a set of block brakes, slowing the train down before it makes a U-turn to the right and ascends the 141-foot (43 m) vertical chain lift hill. Once at the top, the car is held by a brake before entering the 121.5°, 138-foot (42 m) beyond-vertical drop. Once the car is released from the top of the hill, it enters a dive loop, an inline loop, and an Immelmann loop, before hitting the final brake run and returning to the station.[11][12]


TMNT Shellraiser (green track) with other coasters, including Shredder (purple track, teal supports)

TMNT Shellraiser has green track with purple and light-blue supports,[3][12] and has a total of seven inversions.[13][11][a] At the top of the lift hill, the train is held by the brake for 14 seconds before being released into the drop.[15] Riders are positioned so that they have a view of the New York City skyline in the distance.[3][15][16] A section of the building's ceiling is raised slightly to accommodate the lift hill, as well as the windows facing New York City.[16] The 121-foot (37 m) drop, at an angle of 121.5 degrees, is the steepest in the world,[15][17] beating the previous record-holder Takabisha by half a degree.[18][b]

There are six trains, each with a single car. Each car has two rows of seating, with four seats per row.[11] The trains were given a custom paint design by "a local auto body artist."[3]

The ride is themed around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting the supervillain Shredder in New York City's streets.[21]

Critical review[edit]

A writer for USA Today said, "Shellraiser was a tad rough, but a load of fun."[15] Travel + Leisure magazine said that "thrill seekers will love the scream-inducing Shellraiser."[21]


  1. ^ The Roller Coaster DataBase counts the banana roll as a single inversion. Takabisha, which contains a similar layout to TMNT Shellraiser, is listed as having seven inversions, counting the banana roll once. Steel Curtain at Kennywood, another coaster with a banana roll element, counts the banana roll twice.[14]
  2. ^ At the time of Takabisha's opening, it was the world's steepest roller coaster at 121 degrees.[19][20]


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  2. ^ Jerd, Sara (December 5, 2017). "Meadowlands megamall to house pair of world record roller coasters". nj. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "TMNT Shellraiser – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions". IAAPA. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Gerstlauer Coaster Going Vertical at Nickelodeon Universe at the American Dream". NewsPlusNotes.
  5. ^ "Here's What Roller Coasters Are Coming To American Dream [Video]". Ridgewood-Glen Rock, NJ Patch. February 13, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Pries, Allison (April 5, 2019). "American Dream mega-mall is testing its amusement park rides, Murphy says". nj. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Porpora, Tracey (October 26, 2019). "American Dream: Here's a full list of rides open at Nickelodeon Universe". silive. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Gabrielle Sorto. "Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in North America, opens this week". CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Pries, Allison (October 24, 2019). "Nickelodeon Universe rides open at American Dream. Here are 10 we know of, so far". nj. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Rimbach, Jean (October 31, 2019). "American Dream is open, but some Nickelodeon rides still don't have permits to operate". North Jersey. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "TMNT Shellraiser  (American Dream Meadowlands)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  12. ^ a b SHELLRAISER POV World Record Roller Coaster Nickelodeon Universe American Dream Mall TAKABISHA, retrieved November 10, 2019
  13. ^ Levine, Arthur (May 9, 2019). "Roller coasters with the most inversions: 12 record-breaking rides". usatoday. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Curtain". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d Levine, Arthur. "Nickelodeon Universe brings the thrills indoors at New Jersey's American Dream mall". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "American Dream mega-mall finally opening with Nickelodeon theme park and DreamWorks water park – Orange County Register". Orange County Register. October 22, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  17. ^ Vadala, Nick (October 24, 2019). "Largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere opening tomorrow in N.J." Inquirer. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  18. ^ "This state is getting the world's steepest roller coaster". Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  19. ^ Marden, Duane. "Takabisha  (Fuji-Q Highland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  20. ^ Schneider, Kate (July 11, 2011). "Ride the world's steepest roller coaster". The Australian. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Just Opened the Largest Indoor Theme Park in the Western Hemisphere". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
Preceded by World's steepest roller coaster
October 25, 2019 – present
Current holder