El Toro, meaning The Bull in Spanish, is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. It opened to the public on June 11, 2006. It was designed by Intamin of Switzerland. It had the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the World, at 76 degrees, until this record was broken by T Express in 2008 by 1 degree. It is the third tallest (188 ft; 57 m) and second fastest (70 mph; 113 km/h) wooden roller coaster in the world.
It is also the first wooden roller coaster to use a cable lift hill instead of the traditional chain lift. Because of the extreme negative g-forces (airtime) on the ride, the lap-bar restraints are very tight, causing some problems for older and larger riders.El Toro is the main attraction of the Mexican-themed section, Plaza Del Carnaval. Some of the ride's track is located in Rolling Thunder's infield. It is the steepest lifted (as opposed to launched) roller coaster in the park.
El Toro's name means "The bull" in Spanish, which is what the ride's theme is. The cars are themed as "bulls", and riders are bull riders who attempt to stay on the bull as it tries to buck and throw them off. The name is well-suited to the ride, which is filled with ejector airtime which gives the illusion that one will fly off the ride. The ride's queue is surrounded by the Southwestern-style buildings of Plaza del Carnaval, and also has abandoned "wagon wheels" and Spanish posters along a wall separating the queue from the ride.
Once the first car of the train is past the catch-car, the cable begins moving and the catch-car locks onto the first car. As soon as the entire train is on the lift, the cable accelerates to its full speed of 13.5 mph (21.7 km/h). At this speed, it takes about 15 seconds for the train to reach the top of the lift. The cable slows down slightly as the train crests the lift. The cable continues to pull the train until the entire train is over the top of the lift.
Designer: Werner Stengel
Model: Wooden Coaster (Prefabricated Track)
Track layout: Hybrid: Out and Back and Twister
Lift/launch system: Cable lift hill
Height: 181 ft (55 m)
Drop: 176 ft (54 m)
Length: 4,400 ft (1,300 m)
Speed: 70 mph (110 km/h)
Max vertical angle: 76°
Capacity: 1500 riders per hour
G-force: 4.4 Gs
Height restriction: 4 ft 0 in (122 cm)