If you think your roller coaster resume is impressive, you’re about to have a new heavy hitter to add to your list. Any self-respecting coaster aficionado needs to have ridden the tallest, fastest, longest in the world, and that’s exactly what the Jersey Devil Coaster will be in the summer of 2020. Coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, the single-track coaster will be 13 stories high, 3,000 feet long, with speeds topping out at 58 mph. It will feature four trains with 12 seats each, drops as low as 87 degrees, and inclines as high as 130 feet. There will also be special elements like two inversions with a 180 degree stall and zero-gravity roll.
In an official statement, Six Flags Great Adventure said, “We are thrilled to expand our unrivaled collection [of roller coasters] with the Jersey Devil Coaster. Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrens for more than 200 years, and this iconic piece of New Jersey history inspired the design for this monstrous scream machine.”
The legendary Jersey Devil creature is said to make its home in the Pine Barrens on the outskirts of the amusement park. The myth paints the creature as a kangaroo with a goat-like head and cloven hooves, which was the 13th child of a woman in the Pine Barrens. According to the story, when she learned she was pregnant the mother shouted, “Let this one be the devil,” and sure enough, the baby immediately transformed into the Jersey Devil.