July 5, 2001
Agawam, MA -- Superman-Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England has been named the "Best Roller Coaster on the Planet," for the second year in a row, by Park World Magazine in its June issue. The announcement was made by Park World's North American Editor and roller coaster enthusiast and historian Paul Ruben.
"We are thrilled to earn this distinction as Park World's Number 1 coaster for the second straight year," says Tim Black, general manager of Six Flags New England. "The Park World ranking reinforces our belief that we offer our guests the ultimate coaster experience on Superman-Ride of Steel."
The annual ranking is determined through extensive onsite research by Ruben, who travels the world seeking the ultimate thrill. "Superman-Ride of Steel interacts repeatedly with onlookers, flying above, around, and beneath them. It combines high speed, tunnels, darting turns, and so much air time that seats are superfluous," says Ruben.
In honor of being awarded the distinction of the "Best Roller Coaster on the Planet" for a second year, Six Flags New England invites guests to come to the park July 16th for a Superman celebration. The first 1,000 visitors that come to the park dressed "as Superman" that day at 9:00 a.m. will receive free, full-day admission to Six Flags and Island Kingdom Water Park, plus exclusive ride time on the Superman-Ride of Steel until 10:00 a.m (riders must be 54" in height or over to ride). A Grand Prize of a "Super-Bag" full of Superman memorabilia will be awarded for the most authentic costume. To be considered for the contest and admitted to the exclusive event guests must wear red and blue, a big "S" on their chest and a cape.
Superman-Ride of Steel is the tallest roller coaster on the East Coast -- taller than the Statue of Liberty-featuring a 221-foot drop, 13 feet of which is provided by an underground tunnel, almost 10 seconds of weightlessness and over one mile of track at up to speeds reaching 70 mph at certain points.
New at Six Flags in 2001 is Tiny Timber Town, a new themed children's area featuring five kids rides, a tea cup ride and an interactive Tree House. Island Kingdom, New England's largest and most thrilling water park is open for guests to cool off and have fun as well. General Admission to Six Flags New England (which includes admission to Island Kingdom) is $38.99, (over 48" in), Junior Admission is $19.49 (36- 48" in height), and 36" in height and under are FREE. A Season Pass allows unlimited visits to the park throughout the season. Season passes are $59.99 each and $54.99 each when purchasing four or more.