World's Tallest Drop Ride Coming to NJ

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    This photo supplied by Six Flags Great Adventure shows the new Zumanjero ride.

    An amusement park in New Jersey says it will build the world's tallest drop ride.

    Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson says Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom will hoist riders 415 feet in the air and drop them at 90 mph back to the ground. Adding to the thrill factor: The ride is attached to the park's Kingda Ka roller coaster and will hurl riders at speeds up to 128 mph.

    The ride is scheduled to open in 2014.

    Three 41-story towers will be built on the face of the roller coaster. Each tower will feature a gondola for eight riders.

    The ride is so high that on a clear day, the skyscrapers of Philadelphia -- about 52 miles away -- will be visible from the top.

    Meanwhile, the park says this is the last season for its wooden Rolling Thunder roller coaster. The park says technology has surpassed the dual track coaster, which opened in 1979.

    "Zumanjaro pushes thrills to heights never imagined when Great Adventure first opened in 1974,” said park historian and author Harry Applegate in a press release. “You could stack the tallest major attractions from Great Adventure's opening season on top of one another, including the Big Wheel, Log Flume, Runaway Train and Skyride, and you would still be more than 50 feet shy of Zumanjaro."

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