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Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
Jackson, New Jersey
Twister, a long ride flipping guests head over heels in front of Kindga Ka coaster and a blue sky
 
 

Twister

Go For an Epic-Scale Spin on this Unpredictable Up-Ender.

This strangely epic-looking behemoth made entirely of rustic wood has only one purpose: to disorient you! Climb onto a classic seated top-spinner, which doesn’t look like any classic you’ve ever seen. Carved from wood, The Twister is both ancient, and sent from the future. Either way, you’re going to flip over its relentless, high altitude spin action.
 
About 40 riders pile on to a giant gondola platform of seats, mounted between two enormous, powerful arms. Those epic wooden arms will haul the entire platform and everyone on it 50 feet into the air. The only problem is, the platform you’re all sitting on is attached to the lifts with rotating hinges, and they pivot at will. When the momentum demands it, prepare to hinge forward, down, and around. You’ll flip end-over-end seven times, and you’ll take 4 Gs while you’re doing it.
 
Round and round the enormous arms spin the gondola, and then without warning, whoosh, you’re spun like a pendulum. Spin backwards and forward, suddenly and without warning. The flips are utterly unpredictable and no two rides are ever the same. Because nobody knows when the seats are going to fly into their next 360° flip, just waiting for the next spin is the most nerve-wracking part—or the best part, depending on how you look at it. Big crowds form at The Twister’s base for the ultimate spectator sport, waiting and cheering for those 360s. The anticipation makes for quite a show, unless you’re brave enough to ride—and then you are the show!

If you want to know the real reason why selfie sticks were banned from park property, you’re not going to find it on the website.

Urban legend has it that the incident happened during Cheerfest 2014. Everywhere you looked that day there were clouds of hairspray, big bows, glittery stickers and the echoes of “Ready? Okay!” The Rutherford Rockets, with their competition time not for another four hours, decided to head out into the park to pass the time.

They had ridden Nitro, El Toro and Kingda Ka when cheer captain Lacey had the big idea of doing a selfie contest to see who could get the best on-ride picture. Despite the park’s strict no-loose-articles policy, all twelve girls piled on the Twister and kept their selfie sticks hidden until the ride had been checked and cleared for operation. When the ride reached its peak the girls whipped out their selfie sticks in preparation for the intense sequence of flips they had observed while waiting in line. Much to their surprise the ride operator initiated a new ride sequence, catching the girls off guard. As the ride began its cycle all twelve girls were impaled by their selfie sticks. As Twister continued its tumultuous tumble through the air, blood began to splatter the guests watching in horror down below.

Supposedly security officers rushed to confiscate all cell phones, cameras and recording devices to be sure that the grizzly scene was never went viral and stayed out of the press. However, rumor has it that the harnesses are now painted crimson red because no matter how hard the clean-up crew scrubbed they could never fully remove the blood spatter from the foam. If you ask team members about the tale, they will always discount it as an urban legend, much like the Stuntman’s Freefall scalping story. But true or not, better to play it safe – who would want their obituary reading “death by selfie stick?”

Minimum height requirement: 54″ to ride

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The Twister
Thrill Level
Max

Minimum Height

54"
77" maximum
Location in Park: 

Boardwalk

THE FLASH Pass

Available
Goes Upside Down

This attraction is sponsored by Twix

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