Local Vibes

Six Flags Great Adventure located in Jackson, New Jersey is partnering with American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the first modern roller coaster in 1884.

ACE is the world’s largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts and on Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m., members will fill a train of El Toro, and ride simultaneously with fellow members across the country.

“Roller coasters fill us with fears, thrills, laughter and screams, but most importantly, they offer us the opportunity to make unforgettable memories with family and friends,” said Elizabeth Ringas, ACE’s communications director. “ACE is proud to take this moment to celebrate this anniversary with parks across North America during World Roller Coaster Appreciation Month.”

La Marcus Thompson’s Switchback Railway at Coney Island, a gravity-powered out-and-back ride that took its inspiration from a mining railway, is known as America’s first roller coaster. Thompson’s Switchback Railway stood where the current-day Coney Island Cyclone, celebrating its 95th anniversary later this month, still operates.

“Roller coasters allow our minds to escape the stresses of life even if for just a few moments,” Ringas added. Based on his study at Thorpe Park in England, Dr. David Lewis reported that riding roller coasters could reduce anxiety levels and increase feelings of happiness and self-confidence, enhancing the impact of the memories we make.

Click here to learn more about World Roller Coaster Appreciation Month.