Superman: Escape from Krypton reopens in 2011 with a new name, new look and brand-new trains that will face the opposite direction for an all-new experience.
This Superman themed roller coaster begins in the Fortress of Solitude, a crystalline ice-cavern high atop the park's mountain ridge. Confronted by enemy forces who have broken into the Fortress, guests escape through a special effects tunnel in 15-passenger vehicles before experiencing the thrill of a lifetime. State-of-the-art electromagnetic motors blast the aerodynamic vehicles out of the station, accelerating from zero to 100 miles-per-hour in seven seconds, before shooting straight up a 41-story tower. An unprecedented 6.5 seconds of weightlessness is experienced as riders rocket to the top and then slowly begin the terrifying backward descent. As the trains freefall backdown, they will once again reach the 100 mph speed zone, before safely returning to earth. Spanning more than 900 feet across the theme park and looming 415 feet above the ground, the dual track coaster forms a gigantic "L" shaped superstructure dramatically changing Six Flags Magic Mountain's skyline.
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Superman was the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the Northern Hemisphere when it opened in 1997.
The original trains sat three abreast in the first row only.
2011 – Superman The Escape renamed and two new trains that face backwards replace the original trains.
The slated 1996 opening was delayed a year due to problems with the state-of-the-art acceleration system.
March 15, 1997 – The much anticipated Superman The Escape debuts to the public.
Opening date: March 15, 1997
Estimated cost: $20 million
Individual car has four rows each, seating four abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 1,050 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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