March 19, 2011
Valencia, CA – Starting today thrill-seekers can partake in an all-new ride experience on the newly reopened Superman roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Superman: Escape from Krypton takes the record-breaking 100 mile-per-hour coaster and elevates it to a new level by reversing the direction of the vehicles, shooting them backwards up the 41-story tower where riders experience six weightless seconds before plummeting straight back to earth, face first.
The new 14-passenger vehicles are significantly lighter and are designed so they can be launched facing forwards or backwards. Six Flags also worked with the ride's manufacturer Intamin to create a new computer control system that significantly reduced the power requirements to operate the coaster. The new Superman is faster than the previous version, reaching a top speed of more than 100 miles-per-hour in just seven seconds.
"Six Flags is known internationally as the industry leader in next generation thrills. Since it opened in 1995, Superman The Escape, has been one of the most popular thrill rides in the world," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "By redesigning the cars and turning them backwards, Superman: Escape from Krypton provides even the most daring thrill seekers a new and unique ride experience that only Six Flags Magic Mountain can deliver."
Superman photo courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain. All rights reserved.
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