September 1, 2011
Valencia, CA — Six Flags Magic Mountain will yet again get record-book writers busy with the introduction of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom in 2012. The all-new vertical drop ride will be attached to both sides of the iconic 40-story Superman: Escape from Krypton roller coaster tower and become the world's tallest vertical drop ride.
Riders will be seated in floorless gondolas on one of two vertical tracks flanking each side of the Superman roller coaster tower. Passengers will be pulled to the drop and experience a brief pause, before plummeting 400-feet back to the earth. During the five-second freefall the gondola will each an amazing 85 miles-per-hour and then be stopped by a state-of-the-art magnetic braking system that halts the descent just feet from the ground.
"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in delivering world-class thrills, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is proud to be at the head of the pack, offering guests the biggest and the best," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "We are excited to add another world record to our collection of record-breaking, first-on-the-planet attractions."
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom will offer riders incredible views of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the surrounding area as they rise to the top of the tallest vertical drop ride ever built.
Each gondola will seat eight passengers abreast. The minimum height for this attraction will be 48-inches.
Intamin AG of Switzerland is designing and manufacturing the ride that will open for summer 2012.
"Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to deliver powerful thrills to our guests year after year," said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is a tremendous addition and brings a new dimension of excitement to the park's already remarkable collection of thrill rides."
Superman: Escape from Krypton opened as Superman The Escape in 1997. The twin track roller coaster was renamed and upgraded with new trains that were reversed in the direction they face in 2011. Now for 2012, this incredible new thrill ride will be attached to the existing steel structure making for yet another thrilling, record-breaking experience.
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We rode this yesterday, expecting huge queues since it had only opened three days earlier. From entry to exit took 45 minutes. The inside queuing area is well themed and the ride ops let groups of about 30 through every seven minutes. The best part is they have a single rider lane outside the main area! Great idea.
The ride is very fast and smooth, seats are a little unusual though, not sure about the width between the restraint bars.
Ride ops are very efficient at getting people on and off. Dreamworld Australia could learn a thing or two here.
The drop is awesome, just relax! Identical to Dreamworlds Giant Drop, but a few feet taller.
Give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised. Well done, Six Flags Magic Mountain! A worthy addition.