New Roller Coaster Open at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights — Video
SEASIDE HEIGHTS — Years after Superstorm Sandy swept the iconic Jet Star roller coaster into the Atlantic Ocean, Casino Pier on Saturday opened its new Hydrus ride to the public.
The Hydrus has a 72-foot vertical lift and 97-degree drops, 1,050 feet of track, a vertical loop, an Immelman turn and a heartline roll.
And that, the amusement park hopes, will all add up to many screams of delight.
Admission for the ride is 10 credits, which are worth $10. Riders have to be at least 4 feet tall.
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Construction on the new ride began in January after the park acquired more land. Casino Pier also has a new Ferris wheel this summer.
The ride was unveiled nearly five years since the storm wrecked the Jersey Shore and comes as the borough makes a new effort to attract families and tourists who may have been turned off by images they saw on reality-TV shows like "The Jersey Shore."
The borough is promoting weekly free movies on the beach from July 4 through August, the Jersey Shore Music Festival on May 19 to 21, and Family Fun Nights on the beach starting July 2.