|Watch the on-ride POV|
|Entrance to Green Lantern|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Stand-Up|
|Riders per train||28|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||63 mph|
Green Lantern is a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. It was relocated from Kentucky Kingdom where it operated as Chang from 1997 to 2009. The ride was repainted green to go with the new theme. However, the vertical loop was left yellow.
Chang (1997 - 2009)
The ride was initially constructed at Kentucky Kingdom by Martin & Vleminckx. When Chang opened on April 4, 1997, it set the record for this type of roller coaster in height, drop, speed, length, and number of inversions. All of these records were formerly held by Mantis at Cedar Point and were later broken by Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride was removed in 2009. The "Chang" sign was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum. This was originally for a new waterpark region named Bonzai Beach, but these plans were cancelled when Six Flags announced plans to dispose of its Kentucky Kingdom property in 2010. When Kentucky Kingdom reopened in 2014, the new owners did build a waterpark expansion on the former Chang site.
Green Lantern (2011 - Present)
Shortly after the closure of Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, parts of Chang arrived at Six Flags Great America. The ride was originally scheduled to open here, but those plans never came into fruition. On September 16, 2010, it was announced that Chang would be relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure for the 2011 season. It replaced Great American Scream Machine, an Arrow Mega-Looper, which was torn down in 2010. The ride was rethemed to the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). It was repainted and given a new loading station. Green Lantern opened on May 25, 2011.
The storyline of the ride was intended to tie into the Green Lantern film releasing that year, and had the guests confronting Parallax, who in DC Comics is a giant, monstrous parasite that can feed on fear and once possessed Hal Jordan. Because of this, the loop was left its original yellow, for riders were supposed to "fear" the loop.
Green Lantern features a similar, but not identical layout to that of Mantis and Riddler's Revenge. The ride drops 144 feet into the former largest vertical loop in the world. Next, the ride goes into a series of elements including a dive loop, a diving turnaround, and an inclined loop. At this point, the ride travels through the mid-course brake-run. The second half of the ride features low-to-the-ground curves, and two corkscrews.
Six Flags Great Adventure
The first storyboard
The second storyboard
The third storyboard
The fourth storyboard
The fifth storyboard
The sixth storyboard
The jet in the queue line
The dive loop
The inclined loop
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Tallest vertical loop|
April 4, 1997 - April 4, 1998
|Tallest vertical loop
April 4, 1997 - April 4, 1998
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