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Superman Testing Old Cars Today At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 01/22/2011

There has been lots of speculation lately about the refurbished Superman: Escape from Krypton that will re-open on March 19th at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Are there two new rear-facing cars that will race each other? Will they swap out one of the new cars for one of the forward-facing old cars after a couple of months? Is there only one new car that will be pitted against one of the old cars? Lots of questions but very few answers at this time. I was at the park today and caught some pictures that might surprise a few people.

As I was walking through the park today, I couldn’t help but hear the roar of a car shooting up the track. Hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the new rear-facing cars being tested, I turned on my camera and barely caught this photo of it on its way back down:

It happened so fast that I thought they had finally applied some decals to the new cars. But when I looked at the picture, I quickly realized it was one of the old cars. I waited for several more minutes and caught another test run up the right-hand track:

Yup…definitely the old car. I took up position on the other side of the track and waited for another test run to get a close-up:

I didn’t quite get it at the height of the run, but it was clearly making it all the way up into the red zone on the freshly painted track. There are a lot of people getting excited about the prospect of the cars once again getting that high on the track. However, you must keep in mind that this is purely testing and there is no weight in that car. They may just be pushing it to its limit right now to see if it can hold up, but may dial it back a bit later. When they open it back up to the general public in March, and it’s filled with 15 funnel cake-loving coaster enthusiasts, it may not go anywhere near that high.

Six Flags Magic Mountain has already posted some Facebook videos of the testing of the new rear-facing cars, one of them with people on-board. Those videos show the testing being done on the left track. Today’s tests with the old car were being done on the right track. This gives quite a bit of credibility to those who are saying that there is only one new car and that the ride will re-open with one new rear-facing car and one old forward-facing car. Only time will tell if they are right, but with the testing that we are seeing, they may be right. What do you think?


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  2. Ryan

    12/14/2012 at 10:15 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO excited!! I was really sad when I found out that they made it that BOTH cars were backwards on the new updated Superman. But now that I see this… there is hope that one will be forward (like the good old times) and the other backward!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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