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February 22, 2000

Six Flags Continues Expansion At Fiesta Texas

San Antonio, TX -- Six Flags Fiesta Texas is continuing its multi-million dollar expansion with exciting additions for the new millennium. Topping the charts for 2000 is Superman Krypton Coaster, the only floorless coaster in the South. If 4,025 feet of steel track sounds tempting, then you are ready to experience the Superman coaster based on DC Comic's most famous superhero.

Combining traditional roller coaster technology (train rides on top of the tracks) and a unique train design, Bollinger & Mabillard of Switzerland have designed an exquisite thrill ride. Each row seats four passengers across on open-air, pedestal-like seats with shoulder harnesses and nothing around them. Unusually, riders feet dangle above the track which creates the sensation of a flying chair.

The Superman Krypton Coaster will initially take you up a 168-foot lift hill (nearly 16 stories) and in an instant you will plummet at the rate of 70 mph as you careen alongside and dramatically supercede the quarry walls twice. When the thrills begin, you will burst through an overwhelmingly large 114-foot vertical loop, leading into a 96-foot dive loop and followed by an intense heartline camelback creating the effect of zero-gravity. In your weightless state you will be suctioned into a cobra roll (two inversions) at 78-feet above the ground. Next you will drop straight down, rush into a sharp turn and plunge down once again into a 90-degree accelerated helix. You will experience a sharp turn and finally arrive back in the station.

Superman Krypton Coaster will last three minutes and twenty seconds, three times as long as the average coaster. Faster than a speeding bullet, red and blue in color; It's a bird, It's a plane, It's Superman! and you will not soon forget this ride!

Superman will inevitably be a fabulous addition to the already diverse and spectacular coaster line-up at Fiesta Texas including the already popular LIM-accelerated Poltergeist, forward-and-backward Boomerang, classic wooden Rattler and Road Runner Express coasters.

Consisting of three 32-passenger trains, Superman will have the ability to accommodate 1,600 passengers per hour, which defines it as the highest capacity ride at Fiesta Texas.

Coming this spring, Superman Krypton Coaster will represent a capital investment totaling more than Poltergeist, Boomerang and Scream combined at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

Superman Krypton Coaster Facts

Type of coaster: Multielement Floorless

Designer: Bolliger and Mabillard of Switzerland

Height: 168 feet

Top speed: 70 mph

Track length: 4,025 feet

Inversions: Six (114-foot Vertical Loop, 96-foot Dive Loop, Zero-G Heartline Roll, Cobra Roll (two inversions), Barrel Roll)

Ride Time: 3 minutes, 20 seconds

Trains: 3 - 32 Passenger Floorless Trains