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Superman: Escape From Krypton

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
Type Steel - Launched - Twin - Shuttle
Model / product Reverse Freefall Coaster
Riders per train 12
Propulsion LSM launch
Height415 feet
Drop328.1 feet
Top speed100 mph
Length1235 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop90°
Duration0:28
G-force4.5 g
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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.[2] 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 in 2019, it is now the only Reverse Freefall Coaster still operating.

Like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, a drop tower is attached to the coaster.

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

As of 2013, Superman: Escape from Krypton has the third-tallest structure, the fifth-fastest speed and the third-longest drop of any roller coaster in the world.

History[edit | edit source]

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, passing Desperado at Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino and Steel Phantom at Kennywood, which reached speeds of 80 miles per hour. The ride was designed by Intamin.

Superman: The Escape was originally going to open in 1996, but the coaster suffered problems with the launch system. For this, it was delayed until 1997.

In June 2004, Superman: The Escape's seat belts were modified because of an incident on the Superman: Ride of Steel roller coaster 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.

In 2010, Six Flags announced that it would be updating the ride for the 2011 season but there would be no Bizarro theme. The cars were be reversed and the track repainted to blue, red, and yellow. The name was changed from "Superman: The Escape" to "Superman: Escape From Krypton". 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. Superman: Escape From Krypton reopened when Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom opened on June 30, 2012.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

It 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.

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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