Superman: Escape From Krypton

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Superman: Escape From Krypton
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Operating since March 15, 1997
Cost $20,000,000 USD
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Reverse Freefall Coaster
Type Steel - Launched - Twin - Shuttle
Riders per train 12
Propulsion LSM launch
Height 415 feet
Drop 328.1 feet
Top speed 100 mph
Length 1235 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 90°
Duration 0:28
G-Force 4.5
HELP
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Superman: Escape From Krypton (formerly known as Superman: The Escape) is an Intamin launched shuttle roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA.[1] It is one of only two reverse freefall coasters built by Intamin. Superman: Escape from Krypton was the first coaster to be themed to Superman.

The coaster was tied for the fastest with Tower of Terror II, a similar roller coaster which opened two months earlier at Dreamworld in Australia. These two coasters were the first to utilize LSM technology to propel vehicles to top speed. With the closure of Tower of Terror II in November 2019, it is now the only Reverse Freefall Coaster still operating.[2]

Like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, a drop tower is attached to the coaster. However, Superman: Escape From Krypton's drop tower, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is attached to the back of the coaster, while the drop tower on Kingda Ka is beneath the ride. Therefore, Kingda Ka and its drop tower, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom cannot run at the same time.

The launch and brake systems were provided by IntraSys GmbH.[3]

Superman: Escape from Krypton has one of the tallest structures, the sixth-fastest speed, and one of the longest drops on any roller coaster in the world.

History

Superman: Escape From Krypton when it was originally Superman: The Escape.

While in the planning stages, the ride was going to be named Velocetron and themed as The Man of Steel. The ride was announced on January 5, 1996 as Superman: The Escape, breaking records as the first roller coaster to reach 100 miles per hour, surpassing Desperado at Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino and Steel Phantom at Kennywood, both of which reached speeds of 80 miles per hour. The ride would be a prototype Reverse Freefall Coaster designed by Intamin. Construction had begun before the announcement in late 1995.[4]

Superman: The Escape was originally going to open on June 1, 1996, but the coaster suffered problems with the launch system.[5][6] For this, the opening was delayed to March 15, 1997.[7]

Superman: The Escape was closed in early 1999 for repairs. New brake fins were installed on the ride vehicles. In February, one of the tracks resumed operation. The ride was in fully operational mode by March 22.[8]

In June 2004, Superman: The Escape's seat belts were modified because of an incident on Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England. California State Regulators asked the park to make modifications to the rides' restraint systems to prevent a similar incident in the future.[9]

In 2010, Six Flags announced that they would be updating the ride for the 2011 season. The new cars from Intamin could run either forwards or backwards, however, the park decided to run both backwards. The track was repainted to blue, red, and yellow and the ride's name was changed from "Superman: The Escape" to "Superman: Escape From Krypton".[10] It then reopened on March 19, 2011.[11]

During the 2021 season, the car on the left track was turned to face forwards as in the original ride. This allowed riders to experience the coaster both forwards and backwards.

Superman: Escape From Krypton closed on February 5, 2012 to start construction on Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, two drop towers themed after Superman's archenemy. It reopened when Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom opened on July 7, 2012.[12]

Design

Elements

The ride uses Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) to propel the cars to the 100 mph top speed in seven seconds. Viewed from the side, Superman's shape resembles a giant "L" shape. The ride was most likely themed after Kal-El's exile to Earth, where he will become Superman, in a rocket as his home planet of Krypton blows up.

Riders experience 6.5 seconds of airtime.[13]

In video games

  • An Intamin Reverse Freefall coaster is available for building on sim game Planet Coaster dubbed In-Descent. The default colors match Superman: Escape from Krypton's. It is also featured in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 as the Reverse Freefall Coaster.

Images

References

  1. Six Flags Magic Mountain website information
  2. "The thrill is over as Dreamworld Tower of Terror II ride to close". https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/the-thrill-is-over-as-dreamworld-tower-of-terror-ii-ride-to-close-20191024-p533pq.html. 
  3. IntraSys webste
  4. "‘Superman’ Ride Boasts Super Speed". https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1996-01-05-me-21259-story.html. 
  5. "It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! No, It’s A Ride! Superman The Escape Promises To Break 100 Mph Barrier". https://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/may/15/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-no-its-a-ride-superman-the/. 
  6. "'Superman' Ride Still Grounded". https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1996-08-17-me-34985-story.html. 
  7. "It’s . . . Superman: It was...". https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1997-02-28-mn-33303-story.html. 
  8. Superman The Escape Returns To Full Operation - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  9. Two Roller Coasters Closed For Restraint Modifications - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  10. "Six Flags Magic Mountain to run Superman coaster backward". https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2010-oct-19-la-trb-superman-six-flags-magic-mountain-20101019-story.html. 
  11. "Six Flags Magic Mountain opens Superman: Escape from Krypton ride March 19". https://www.inparkmagazine.com/six-flags-magic-mountain-opens-superman-escape-from-krypton-ride-march-19/. 
  12. "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom Debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain". https://www.watcherswatch.com/lex-luthor-drop-of-doom-70720123. 
  13. Superman The Escape - Ultimate Rollercoaster

External links

Tallest roller coaster
March 1997 - May 2003
Preceded by
Tower of Terror
Tallest roller coaster
March 1997 - May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster
Tallest roller coaster drop
tied with
Tower of Terror

March 1997 - May 2003
Preceded by
Fujiyama
Tallest roller coaster drop
tied with
Tower of Terror

March 1997 - May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster
Fastest roller coaster
tied with
Tower of Terror

March 1997 - December 2001
Preceded by
Fujiyama
Fastest roller coaster
tied with
Tower of Terror

March 1997 - December 2001
Succeeded by
Dodonpa
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