November 17, 2005
Valencia, CA -- Los Angeles theme park Six Flags Magic Mountain today announced that it will celebrate its 35th anniversary next year with the addition of Tatsu, a new "Flying" roller coaster. This new "flying beast" will according to Six Flags, fly into the record books as the world's tallest, fastest, longest flying coaster when it opens in Spring 2006.
This unique "Flying" roller coaster places riders into a flying position before sending them on a never-before-done flight pattern. Tatsu's track will trace its way up, down, over and through Magic Mountain's distinct mountainous terrain.
Tatsu will take the riding experience to the next generation, according to Six Flags.
"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills. And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack always adding the biggest and the best," said Del Holland, vice president and general manager of Six Flags California. "There's no better way to commemorate the Park's 35th anniversary than to continue to live up to our reputation - give our guests a stunning one-of-a-kind ride experience only Six Flags can deliver!"
While aboard the wings of Tatsu, riders will fly at speeds in excess of 62 mph through a series of plunges that Six Flags says will create the "butterflies-in-your-stomach" feeling. Tatsu will also feature huge sweeping spirals, stomach wrenching loops, sharp dives and high-speed banked curves all designed to enhance the sensation of flight.
A total of 3,602 feet of red, orange and yellow steel track will be intertwined through the mountainside. Much of it will be barely visible as it will be hidden in the mountain's lush landscape.
The flying coaster's three and half-minute flight faces a dramatic 263-foot change in elevation from its highest peak of 170-feet. Also, Tatsu's flight spans over four separate areas of the park.
When Tatsu debuts next Spring it will be Six Flags Magic Mountain's 17th roller coaster and one of the largest capital investments at the park in recent years.
Swiss coaster designers, Bolliger & Mabillard, known for building the industry's best roller coasters, have custom designed Tatsu for Six Flags. Tatsu will be the park's fourth roller coaster by Bolliger & Mabillard.
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