Imagine inner tubing down a water slide only to realize you've been riding along the back of a hissing 250-foot-long snake and are about to plunge into the gaping mouth of the fang-bearing and venom-spewing King Cobra.
With King Cobra installations already in place in Turkey and Russia, the new Hurricane Harbor water park attraction marks the United States debut of the snake-themed water slide.
Turkish-based Polin Waterparks designed the serpentine slide to look like a larger-than-life king cobra with red, black and white scales and the snake's distinctive hooded head.
The King Cobra racing slide begins with a pair of two-person inner tubes sitting side by side at the top of a 50-foot tower. After a simultaneous start, the inner tubes race down separate figure-eight paths through fog walls, hissing sounds and lighting effects.
For the finale, both inner tubes drop down a steep hill at 30 mph and back up a zero gravity wall toward the cobra's open mouth, water gushing from its fangs.
Six Flags Great Adventure will also add a 150-foot-tall Sky Screamer swing tower this summer, similar to rides recently installed at Six Flags St. Louis (Missouri) and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (California).