was Jazzland Theme Park, New Orleans (East) from 2000-2002.
Location: New Orleans East at I-10 & I-510 Intersection. Allow 30 min.+ drive from downtown or Metairie,
and longer from across the Mississippi River.
CLOSED following Hurricane Katrina 8/29/2005, probably long-term. Not likely to reopen. Batman
roller coaster was dismantled in 2006.
Some Photos of the 2000 & 2001 Seasons at Jazzland, featuring the MegaZeph.
Jazzland 2000, First Season photos.
Kid's Carnival photos.
Christmas 1999 (#1) Construction.
Construction #2, & old Zephyr photo.
1999 Construction #3, & original Zephyr photo.
Original WCC home page
The MegaZeph was designed exclusively for Jazzland for its Grand Opening in 2000. This 4,000 foot long steel-structured,
wood-track roller coaster was designed to provide the surprises of a twister-style layout in addition to the speed and "airtime"
associated with an "out and back" style of coaster.
The 110-foot lift hill provides a classic, straight
forward first drop leading into a high-speed (up to 65 mile per hour) turnaround near Jazzland's lake's edge. Mega ZephsSM
is the signature ride for Jazzland and is one of the premier wooden-track coasters in the country.
The former Pontchartrain
Beach Amusement Park, on the New Orleans Lakefront, with its long, infamous wooden Zephyr coaster, provided a portion of the
name and the incentive behind Jazzland Theme Park's wood-track MeghZeph coaster, designed as an entirely wooden coaster.
Although the MegaZeph was ordered too late to debut on-time for Jazzland's Grand Opening in 2000 as an entirely wooden coaster,
the MegaZeph opened on-time with the park, and certainly is an enjoyable ride experience with good air-time! Some work was
also done to improve one section of MegaZeph track during the middle of its first season.
1 Wooden Coaster; & 4 Steel (4th in 2002):
MegaZeph (wooden track coaster)
4 Steel Coasters:
Scream (Vekoma boomerang; relocated from Spain's Parc de Montjuic)
Muskrat Scrambler (L&T Systems wild maus)
Rail Runner (Vekoma family coaster)
Jazzland's Vekoma SLC, suspended looping coaster, was coming in 2001 & again in
2002, but the order was cancelled entirely in 2002. [See News page: Jazzland's New Coaster in Doubt, 12/16/2001 - NOLA Times-Picayune.]
Click on "NOLA" page for more on the original Zephyr, former Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park, & the operating
City Park (NOLA) Lady Bug coaster: