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Superman: Escape From Krypton Hits 104 MPH With Riders!

By on 02/19/2011

Today was the first day of a “Sneak Peek” technical rehearsal that Six Flags Magic Mountain is conducting of Superman: Escape from Krypton. An invitation was sent out to all Season Pass holders on Wednesday inviting them to come to the park February 19-21 to be one of the very first people to experience the completely refurbished ride. In addition to the new name, the ride has also received an absolutely stunning paint job and new cars that now transport the riders backwards. During testing over the past several weeks, the new cars have been seen going all the way to the top of the tower, something that hasn’t occurred in many years. Even with live passengers today, it was still going all the way to the top. This photo was taken last week using water dummies, but it shows how high the cars now get. Those two red rails just above the car are the emergency brakes to prevent it from going too high:

Park management stated today that the new Superman has been clocked at 104 M.P.H. with it’s new configuration. That’s slightly faster than its previous speed of 100 M.P.H., but it’s not quite enough of an improvement to increase its ranking on the Roller Coaster Database list of the fastest roller coasters in the world. However, it should allow it to claim the fifth spot all by itself. It current shares that ranking with its sister ride Tower of Terror II at Dreamworld in Australia.

Due to intermittent rains in the area today, crowds in the park were lighter than normal and they also weren’t able to get quite as many test runs in as they had planned. However, the riders that were lucky enough to experience the ride said it was fantastic. The restraints on the outside seats to keep riders arms within the car weren’t nearly as bad as people thought they were going to be. Riders also said there was much more anxiety on the ride than before because you aren’t quite sure when it is going to go vertical. Everyone seems to agree that this ride has definitely been given new life and should be a very popular ride once again.

3 Comments

  1. BK

    02/20/2011 at 7:16 pm

    So is it officially opening the weekend of February 26th, or was this just a promotion to season ticket holders and subsequently a cruel teaser to those who aren’t?

    • admin

      02/20/2011 at 11:02 pm

      I don’t believe they’ve announced an official opening date for this ride just yet. They are holding a technical rehearsal this weekend for season pass holders, weather permitting. They are shooting commercials on it this coming Thursday and then more technical rehearsals next weekend for their Facebook fans. You can check out their Facebook page to get the details on that. The rumors I’m hearing for the grand opening is March 19th, but those are just rumors.

  2. Ryan O

    02/21/2011 at 7:21 am

    I’m going to go ride it today! I’m sure it will be an awesome ride. Great move by Six Flags to refurb Superman.

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