On most roller-coasters, no matter how crazy the ride gets, you have the comforting sense of a steel track above or below you. Not so with the new "Total Mayhem" coaster unveiled Thursday by amusement park Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.
The ride, which is set to open in the spring of 2016, has passengers suspended in what the park describes as "wing seats" set out over the side of the track.
"After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, this 4D, free-fly coaster will wreak havoc as riders flip head over heels at least six times along the weightless journey," the company said in a statement. "The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below -- just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them."
Another interesting component of the ride is that it's set in a single horizontal plane and is devoid of the sideways loops and curves common in other coasters. The company also says there are "two beyond 90-degree 'raven' drops that will give riders the sensation of free falling."
No wonder they put the seats off to the side. This way, they ensure their tracks will stay clean from any "churned up" lunches.