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Ride Profile: Wonder Woman Lasso Of Truth

By on 06/03/2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Ride Type: Flat Ride
Manufacturer: Frank Hrubetz & Co.
Model/Style: Super Round-up
Year Built: 1974

In 1974, Magic Mountain was just starting its fourth year of operation and it was growing steadily. One of the new rides being introduced this year was called a Super Round-up. Manufactured by Frank Hrubetz & Company, the Super Round-up can handle 42 riders at a time and was the largest of the three Round-up models they sold before going out of business in 1992.

Each rider takes a position along the round, cage-like outer wall, which is mounted onto a spinning base. When the ride begins, the base starts to spin and pins each rider to the outside wall using centrifugal force. Once up to speed, and the riders can’t move, the base begins to tilt upwards until it reaches a 45-degree angle. After a predetermined amount of time, the base lowers back down to a horizontal position and the rise slows to a stop.

This ride is one of the oldest in the park and has experienced many different themes over the years. When it was first installed in 1974, it was called Electric Rainbow and had a very carnival-like appearance with lots of bright colors and lights. It kept that theme until 1987, at which time it was re-named to Turbo to coincide with the re-theming of that area of the park to Backstreet. In 1994, Backstreet was transformed into Gotham City Backlot for the debut of the new Batman: The Ride roller coaster. All of the surrounding attractions became very dark and grungy looking as part of the Gotham City theme. Turbo became Gordon Gearworks from 1994-98. It had a slight name change and was known as Grinder Gearworks from 1998-2010.

Prior to the 2011 season, Six Flags Magic Mountain began work on a brand new roller coaster next to Batman that would carry a Green Lantern theme. Since a Green Lantern theme wouldn’t work in a Gotham City setting, the park used the opportunity to give that entire area of the park a much needed refresh. Gotham City Backlot would become DC Universe, a very clean and brightly colored home to several of the DC Comics superheroes. Grinder Gearworks was transformed into Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth.

As the very first ride you see as you enter DC Universe, Wonder Woman makes a very favorable first impression. The ride is colorful, has a very eye-catching sign, and the entrance is clearly marked by a pair of bright yellow stripes:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

The queue line starts as soon as you enter, but you may not even need it. Depending on when you visit, this ride is often times a walk-on. However, waiting in a covered area during the hot summer months is a welcome relief from the heat:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

As with the other rides in DC Universe, there are comic book-like signs that give background information on the superhero that you can read while waiting:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

She may be a pretty Amazonian woman, but don’t get on her bad side. She sounds tough:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Her lasso is what the ride was named after. Anyone wrapped in it must tell the truth:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Once you are strapped in and the ride spins up to speed, it starts to tilt upwards:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Here you can see the massive steel arm that lifts the entire platform up while still spinning it at full speed. You’ll also notice that the only solid surface on the platform is the outer perimeter, between the yellow fence and the outside wall where you walk. Everything else is just hidden by canvas or nylon:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

You get a pretty good view of the inside as it starts to get up higher:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

For comparative reasons, here is what the ride looks like today from the midway:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

And here is what it looked like as Grinder Gearworks, just before they re-themed it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Grinder Gearworks

Now granted, the Gearworks theme was supposed to be kind of dirty and industrial looking, but 16 years had taken its toll and it definitely needed some TLC. For a real flashback, here is what the ride looked like in a 1974 postcard, just after it opened:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Electric Rainbow

12 Comments

  1. caleb

    06/03/2012 at 5:36 pm

    This ride is alright. But a crucial flat to a park that lacks so many!!

  2. Zac

    06/03/2012 at 7:51 pm

    great pictures

  3. Tom

    06/04/2012 at 6:32 am

    It may be a bit of a carnival ride, but a true classic! I’m worried they might remove this ride, as so many of the classics are disappearing these days. Remember the Spinout? Or the Bobsleds? And who can imagine a theme park without a Log Ride??? I love the big coasters, but there is something to be said for the classic, carnival-style rides too. Long live SFMM!

  4. josh

    06/04/2012 at 2:59 pm

    ^^you mean like log lammer

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  12. Rosie

    02/24/2014 at 12:47 pm

    Ugh I hate these kinds of rides, they always make me sick to my stomach and they also make my face hurt.

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