By Joshua Cabitac – Cougar News Contributor
Six Flags Magic Mountain spent $20,000,000 to revamp the Superman: Escape From Krypton roller coaster that opened in March.
Superman now travels at a max speed of 104 mph and goes 415 ft. high. It currently ranks as the 4th fastest and 3rd tallest steel roller coaster in the world.
Superman first opened in 1997 in the Samurai Summit section of the park. It shut down after the July 4th weekend of 2010. Plans for an upgrade were announced in the fall of 2010.
Riders are placed in cars on either of the two parallel tracks. The cars have been reversed so riders will accelerate to 104 mph in 7 seconds backwards.
Riders then climb the vertical part of the “L” shaped ride. When it reaches the apex riders are shortly rendered weightless and the cars reverse direction. It then drops back down the remaining 328 ft.
The entire ride lasts 28 seconds.
“It’s probably one of the best roller coasters here,” said Paul McGuire, a ride operator at Magic Mountain. “It is definitely better than the old one. The whole experience is better.
Superman is sure to draw many thrill seekers to Magic Mountain this summer.”
The red, blue and yellow paintjob and large Superman logo that sits at the top of the structure are the main changes to the exterior of the ride. They are clearly visible miles away.
The entrance to the ride is designed as an ice fortress modeled after the “Fortress of Solitude” in the Superman comic. The bold look will either excite or scare away riders. It also displays the iconic Superman logo.
The line is equipped with air conditioning and music from the Superman movies.
“No matter how long the line is, it will be worth the wait,” said Paul McGuire. “I guarantee it.”
Also coming out this summer is Green Lantern: First Flight. It is designed after the Swedish roller coaster Insane. Riders constantly flip while traveling up to 37 mph on a zigzag track. It opens Memorial Day Weekend.
The addition of Green Lantern will make Magic Mountain’s 18th roller coaster, more than any other theme park in the country.