Three New Roller Coasters for Magic Mountain in 2011
Six Flags Magic Mountain has tipped their hand via a YouTube video that touts their 2011 plans. Not only will they complete the delayed Mr. Six’s DanceCoaster, but they’re also going to reinvent Superman The Escape, and add a Green Lantern roller coaster.
Green Lantern: A Compact 4th Dimension Roller Coaster
The coaster geeks have known about the Intamin Ball Coasters (AKA ZacSpins) for years. I picked Kirnu at Linnanmäki as one of the Top 3 International Coasters of 2007. But, these compact 4th-Dimension roller coasters haven’t made it to the States until now. The only three in existence are in Spain, Sweden, and Finland.
This little disorienting ride ties into the 2011 Green Lantern feature film starring Ryan Reynolds and also falls in line with Six Flags’ habit of sharing coaster names. On the other coast, sister park Great Adventure is re-theming Chang to become their own Green Lantern coaster.
Not New, But Superman The Escape Gets An Interesting Update
As you can see in the video, Superman The Escape is getting a much needed paint job. More importantly, the cars are going to be turned around so that the launch will be experienced backwards, but the 328-foot drop back to Earth will be experienced facing forward. Superman broke down while I was in line for it, so I just missed riding it. I’ll be interested to see what people think of it when it reopens in version 2.0.
The Coaster Crown Moves from Ohio to California
Six Flags wasted no time touting that they’ll be the new undisputed Coaster Capital with more roller coasters than any other amusement park on the planet. This is pretty much a shot across the bow at the only other park to have the title in recent memory, Cedar Point. Whether the title will actually lead to an up-tick in attendance is another question. I would imagine they’ll get more long distance visitors, but are Southern Californians going to be more likely to frequent the park because it has three (really, two and a half) more roller coasters? Also, how long will it take for the park to get its new title out there? Unless they rename the park Six Flags Coaster Capital, most of the general public will likely still think of Cedar Point as that park in the Midwest with the most rides in the World.
What’s Your Take?
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