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Valencia, Calif., USA /PRNewswire/ — Six Flags Magic Mountain, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, today launched their next generation of thrills with the debut of the new ride experience, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton. Taking the record-breaking 100-mph-in-seven-seconds feature and elevating it to the next level of extreme by reversing the direction of the vehicles and sending riders shooting backwards up 41-stories into the sky, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton leaves riders hanging for several seconds of weightlessness before they plummet back to earth … face first!
Unlike traditional coasters, SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton blasts riders at 100 mph backwards in newly-designed sleek cars on a dual track that spans 900 feet and looms 415 feet in the air, forming a gigantic “L” shaped superstructure that has been repainted a vibrant blue and red with a yellow track, and branded with a giant Superman “S” shield at the top that can been seen miles away. SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton opens to the public on Saturday, March 19.
SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton is a reconfiguration of the park’s SUPERMAN The Escape ride, which opened in 1995. “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,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President.
Themed to the legend of one of DC Comic’s greatest super heroes, Superman, the adventure begins moments before the destruction of Superman’s home world, Krypton, located high atop the park’s mountain ridge. Riders begin their journey in 14-passenger vehicles aerodynamically designed for intense speed. State-of-the-art electro-magnetic motors blast the five-ton vehicles out of Krypton backwards, accelerating from 0 to 100 mph in seven seconds. Riders will experience several seconds of weightlessness at the peak of the 41-story-tall tower and then slowly begin the descent back to Krypton. As the sleek vehicles freefall straight down the skyscraper, they will once again enter the 100 mph speed zone before safely returning to earth.
“Six Flags Magic Mountain has taken one of their most popular coasters and transformed it, delivering a whole new dimension of extreme experiences,” stated Steve Berto, ACE [American Coaster Enthusiasts] Southern California Regional Representative.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Six Flags Over Texas, the company’s flagship location, is celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2011.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine and Fables, is a creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.
SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.