Four Coasters for American Dream Mega-mall
Friday, February 8, 2019
Posted by: Rus Ozana
Two rollercoasters we’ve already heard about -- and two we haven’t -- were revealed at Eastcoaster, held at Hersheypark on February 2. The thrill rides are in the works inside the massive theme park in the under-construction American Dream mega-mall in New Jersey’s Bergen County.
Representatives from Nickelodeon Universe were in attendance and unveiled the four roller coasters that will be part of the indoor theme park at the American Dream.
It was announced more than a year ago that two record-setting roller coasters would be coming to the site. But their themes and character-associations were not known until now.
The roller coaster with the record-setting steepness will be called TMNT Shellraiser (TMNT= Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle). The Eurofighter model is from Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH. It will hold the world record for the steepest plunge on a roller coaster.
A second record-setter has now been identified as The Shredder, likely named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle antagonist, Shredder. It is also a Gerstlauer model and it will hold the record for being the tallest and longest free-spinning roller coaster.
Two previously unmentioned roller coasters were also unveiled: Sandy’s Blasting Bronco is from Intamin, and Slime Streak is manufactured by Kansas-based Chance Rides. Both are less heart-pounding and more family-oriented than the record-setting roller coasters from Gerstlauer.
The 3-million-square-foot American Dream mega-mall is expected to open this spring. About 55 percent of it will be devoted to entertainment, including the 8-acre indoor Nickelodeon Universe amusement park.