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Live From Lex Luthor Media Preview

By on 07/06/2012

I arrived at Six Flags Magic Mountain at 4:30 am this morning as part of the ACE contingency asked to come fill the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom seats for the morning newscasts. These are various live shots leading up to the main media event at 11:00 am.

It was very dark and foggy when we first arrived:


The sun hasn’t even come out and the news media is already setup and rolling tape:


I just got off my ninth ride. I shared a gondola with Tim Burkhart who was doing a live, on-ride tv interview:


Stickers that say Six Flags have been added to the restraints. I suspect they won’t last long:


Confirmed – with one large cable drum, both sides will always go up together. Well, at least the catch cars:


I just took my 13th ride. Still loving it:


Getting ready for the main media event to start:


Inside the LexCorp (i.e. queue) building:



  1. Adam

    07/06/2012 at 10:21 am

    I have to ask. Is it fun, scary as hell, a mixture of both? I’ll admit I was hesitant watching the animations, and once I saw the new restraints I was pretty much saying hell no to riding it.


      07/06/2012 at 10:32 am

      What restraints??? haha!

    • Kurt

      07/06/2012 at 10:37 am

      I thinks it’s a blast! A little scary at first, due to the height, but it’s really fun. I’ve been on it 14 times so far and was selected to be on the ceremonial first drop.


        07/06/2012 at 10:44 am


  2. Evan

    07/06/2012 at 10:38 am

    Hey Kurt!

    Do the lap bars hurt at all? Because these are very similar to Sky Rush’s Lapbars.

    • Kurt

      07/06/2012 at 6:37 pm

      Absolutely not. No discomfort at all. I like them a lot.

  3. mike

    07/06/2012 at 10:50 am

    Just watched my DVR as was to early for me to wake up but we saw you riding on the 7:25 shot of KTLA live feed … looked like you enjoyed and with no hands…. way to go Kurt!

  4. joe miranda

    07/06/2012 at 11:17 am

    I just finished the Media Day Event! It looks hecka beast!!! I wish i was there. ūüôĀ

  5. Myles

    07/06/2012 at 11:25 am

    I found it so epic how they had the gondolas wait until Superman got to the top and they both dropped at the same time! I can’t wait for tomorrow

  6. Jeff Wesson

    07/06/2012 at 11:33 am

    Hey Kurt, watched the 11:00am simulcast, and you were on camera the whole time!

    • Kurt

      07/06/2012 at 6:59 pm

      That’s cool…wish I could have recorded it somehow.

  7. Will P.

    07/06/2012 at 2:51 pm

    Congrats Kurt, what an Honor, and this should show how hard work can pay off. Well deserved, and glad you got to share in the action, as you have dedicated your time,effort, gas, and covered more of this ride, than any other source I have seen, or heard of.

    I just saw you commented how the ride was, so I wont even ask, but I must ask, is it scariest sitting on the ends and how was the view from 390+ feet? Cant wait to ride. Thanks for everything and all your updates. Look foward to more of these updates again, especially for the New ride in 2013.

    • Kurt

      07/06/2012 at 7:03 pm

      I actually preferred the ends. I experienced all four of them today. They provide a much better view than being in the middle. The one on the side with the Superman track facing the park entrance is my absolute favorite seat.

  8. Rory L. Aronsky

    07/06/2012 at 5:03 pm

    Congrats, Kurt! That was a wonderfully well-deserved honor for you. And it was a fun event, what with one of the Los Angeles Kings players there, and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor from “Smallville”) beginning his speech with revealing the step stool Bonnie Rabjohn needed to be as tall as the podium, and also saying, “Yes, I have hair.” Loved it!

  9. caleb

    07/06/2012 at 11:00 pm

    friggin awesome! Riding it in the wee hours must have been spectacular.

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