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Green Lantern: First Flight Media Day At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on June 30, 2011

After months of anticipation, the Green Lantern: First Flight roller coaster was finally revealed during a press event today at Six Flags Magic Mountain. This is Magic Mountain’s 18th roller coaster, allowing it to recapture the title of Roller Coaster Capital of the World. No other theme park in the world has as many roller coasters than Six Flags Magic Mountain. As you can see in the following photos, they put on a great event today to welcome it into the family.

Yup…looks like I’m in the right place:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

We parked next to the employee parking lot on the far side of the park. We were then led down a service access road, behind Scream and next to the maintenance buildings. We entered the park through an access gate in front of Colossus and walked up to the plaza in front of the arch. The entire arch and entry to the area had been blocked by giant curtains in Superman’s colors: red, blue, and yellow. Unfortunately, they were more like giant sails catching the wind and the employees had a hard time keeping them closed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

After a dramatic announcement to build anticipation, the curtains were pulled back and the finished arch was revealed, along with some well known DC Comics characters:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

The new arch looks absolutely stunning and is a complete departure from the dark and drab treatment it got as part of the Gotham City Backlot. The vibrant colors, the 3-D elements, and the representation of the DC Comics themselves really lets you know that you are now entering the DC Universe. We then followed the superheros to the Green Lantern ride where the podium had been setup and was waiting:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

Bonnie Rabjohn, the Park President of both Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, got up and said a few words about the park, the ride, and the people that worked hard to make it happen:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

Bonnie then introduced the head writer and Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics, Geoff Johns, who is very involved with writing for Superman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. Johns said how pleased he was with the new Green Lantern roller coaster, and DC Universe in general, saying that everything in the area was relevant and true to the DC Universe:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

The next guest of honor was the man himself, the Green Lantern. With a little help from the audience (Mr. Lantern forgot a couple of the words), everyone recited the Green Lantern oath to “power up” the ride. With a burst of fireworks, the first official car was sent up the lift hill:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

As the car traversed the track, confetti rained down on the crowd:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

We were then all invited to experience the ride ourselves. Fortunately, I was right in front and was one of the first people in. After I rounded the switchbacks and was about to enter the building, I looked back at the entrance and saw this:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

I took this picture at the gate, as the next person in line. They were running four cars in total; one being loaded, one being unloaded, one stacked, and one on the track. Each car holds eight people; two facing forward and two facing backwards, mirrored on both sides of the track. They were only loading us on this side of the car, as I believe the other side was being used for camera mounts for POV filming. The girls on the far car had just been loaded and were being cleared for launch. The car in the foreground had just been unloaded at the same time and will be advanced to the loading position for me to get on as the next car moves in to be unloaded. You will notice the green plastic arm guards on the outside seat. This is where I sat and it really wasn’t an issue for me. There is literally only a matter of inches of clearance between the car and the roof of the queue house as the car descends down the final drop. Without the arm guards, there would no doubt be some pretty serious injuries, so I’m glad they are there. It does not detract from the ride at all. The third car is sitting in the stacked position just behind the metal wall on the right of this shot:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

It was a very intense ride, as I had never experienced a ZacSpin coaster before. Me and the guy next to me were probably twice the size of the kids behind us, so we were leaning forward in our seats even as we were sitting still. We were looking almost straight down as we were ascending the lift hill. That made for some pretty intense spinning action as we navigated the track. While I really like the style of these over-the-shoulder restraints, I found them to be very hard. Because we were leaning forward so much, our bodies were constantly being thrust forward and into the harnesses, especially on the drops. I only rode once and the front part of my shoulders are still mildly sore several hours later. However, I really liked the ride and look forward to riding it over and over again.

Here is a shot of the lift hill right as it exits the queue house. The ride does seem quite a bit bigger as you get up close and personal with it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

Green Lantern is a ZacSpin roller coaster, designed by Imtamin AG, and it is the only one of its kind in the United States. It’s considered a 4th dimensional coaster, but unlike its cousin X2, also a 4th dimensional coaster on the other side of the park, these cars rotate freely. Gravity and the distribution of the rider’s weight will cause a different rotation pattern on almost every single ride. You really never know what you’re going to get:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Southern California. You couldn’t ask for better weather than this when launching a new roller coaster. OK, I guess it could have been a bit cooler, but I’m not complaining:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

Check out all those brakes on the final drop back into the loading station. Look how close the track is to the roof opening, and then imagine the how far the cars stick out each side of the track. I wasn’t kidding when I said there was mere inches clearance. After our ride, we were sitting in the stacked position for quite awhile and all of a sudden the fourth car dropped in from above. We were facing backwards and it scared the crap out of me. Fortunately, the ride was designed to hold all four cars in the loading station so we were obviously fine:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

The park has a total of five cars for this ride and I just happened to notice the fifth one sitting on a rack just underneath the loading station. No arm guards…..yet:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

You would never know that this was once Lecter’s Slaughterhouse. They have done an absolutely fantastic job on the theming of this ride;

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

This is the giant Green Lantern in the front of the ride:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

The queue entrance is themed to Ferris Aircraft, very well known in the Green Lantern world:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

In addition to the well planned theming, the landscaping around the area is absolutely gorgeous. This is what you get to look at as you’re waiting in line:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

Here’s the main queuing area before you get to the queue house. TV and shade, not too bad. Let’s hope the misters don’t leak like a sieve:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

When I lived up in the Mojave Desert, not far from Edward’s Air Force Base, a “plane on a stick” was a common sight. Here is a miniature version of Hal’s fighter jet:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Green Lantern: First Flight

While the entire DC Universe was opened up today, this post only covered Green Lantern. I took way too many pictures to include them all in one post. Please check back tomorrow for another post with all of the other changes in the new DC Universe.

14 Comments

  1. Brian

    06/30/2011 at 8:24 pm

    We missed it opening by just a month. I can’t wait to get back out there to ride it!

  2. Josh

    06/30/2011 at 9:15 pm

    Are there lockers on this ride? Or do they just have cubbies by the station? Great pictures as always!

    • admin

      06/30/2011 at 10:09 pm

      No lockers or cubbies. When riders were asking where they could put their stuff, the ride ops were telling them to just leave it on the ground of the loading station, but they wouldn’t be responsible for it. You can see a couple things on the ground in the picture of the loading station. I think the closest lockers are at the entrance to Batman: The Ride.

    • Evan

      06/30/2011 at 10:11 pm

      great question btw.

  3. Ryan O

    07/01/2011 at 8:26 am

    Very nice report, thanks! I’m looking forward to riding it in a few hours!

    • admin

      07/01/2011 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you for reading it.

  4. JIMMY TOVAR

    07/01/2011 at 11:29 am

    I’m a little disappointed about the arm guards. I’m a thrill seeker and love to have a choice of either to have my hands up and feel like I”m flying, than to no choice. When I first rode X2 I had my hands up all the time and it was an amazing experience. If there literally is inches of clearance…sounds like someone didn’t think ahead. I’ll have to ride and see.

  5. JIMMY TOVAR

    07/01/2011 at 11:34 am

    By the way, thanks for the updates coaster guy,….the pics are truly amazing and love the new D C Universe arch….!

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  7. Justin

    07/05/2011 at 10:38 am

    Great pictures of the ride! Love the overview & detail pictures.

  8. JM

    08/12/2011 at 6:46 pm

    I rode this ride yesterday and hated it. I am a well-coastered Magic Mountain fan, and have been on everything in the park. Heck, I even worked there 18 years ago. This ride looked cool, and I was so excited to ride it, until we watched the ending brake from the line. It looked like folks were getting jerked to a halt, which is normal for all the rides, but this was jerking them- no matter how they happened to be spun at the time. It scared me enough to not want to ride it, but of course I rode it anyway (I couldn’t chicken out!!!).

    I happened to be one of those unlucky folks I saw who had the unfortunate experience of being jerked to a halt from a ground facing position (as in, I was face down, staring at the ground below). When the ride came to a stop, my neck was killing me, but then I noticed I was having a hard time swallowing. I was also very dizzy. I took some asprin, and toughed out the rest of the day.

    Today I am still having a hard time swallowing, I can do it- but it hurts. Not in a “I screamed all day” kind of way, but in a way that makes me think I will be headed to the doctor in the morning if I am still in pain, to get an xray.

    I will never ride that again, and am pretty disappointed. Something that I appreciate about their newer rides, is that for all the intensity they pack into your frightening adventure, they are as smooth as can be. This one is a HUGE exception, as it wasn’t just the ending that was jerky, it had a few other painful spots as well. Take care.

  9. Eric

    11/19/2011 at 2:43 am

    I was at media day for Green Lantern. The people in my group got two rides. We discovered that this ride is more intense than it looks, and it can take you by surprise. While many other coasters at Magic Mountain can be ridden many times in a row, this one…not so much. You really need a break because of the strange forces it puts on you.

  10. Mike

    01/03/2012 at 9:01 pm

    I could ride any ride at Magic Mountain several times in a row on any given visit… except for this ride. The accelerations are intense and the stop at the end is much too abrupt. After 5 days I still have a sore back. This ride is much better suited for people under 6′ tall as you will have very little head & neck support if you are too tall. Suggestion… why not add hint of linear braking on some of the drops and make the ride spin more? – might even add a couple of extra seconds of ride time. In the meantime, I think I’ll just stick with X2.

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