- For the roller coaster at Walibi Holland, see Xpress: Platform 13.
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|Superman The Ride|
Formerly called Superman - Ride of Steel (2000 - 2008) Bizarro (2009 - 2015)
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Hyper|
|Model / product||Mega Coaster|
|Riders per train||34|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed77 mph
Superman The Ride (formerly known as Superman: Ride of Steel from 2000-2008 and as Bizarro from 2009-2015) is an Intamin hyper roller coaster located at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA. The ride was built by Intamin in 2000 and has just over a mile of track. Superman the Ride has won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for "Best Steel roller coaster" in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The ride formerly shared the same theme as Bizarro, a floorless roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure.
History and General Information[edit | edit source]
Superman: Ride of Steel opened at Six Flags New England in 2000. It opened around the same time as Millennium Force, the coaster it has been in an ongoing war with for the Golden Ticket Award for Best Steel roller coaster. The ride featured a 208-foot hill with a 221-foot drop into a headchopper tunnel along with many airtime hills and a mist-filled tunnel. It was praised for its airtime, smoothness, and of course the general intensity and excitement value of the ride.
In 2009, Superman was rethemed to Bizarro, the name of Superman's evil clone. The red and blue paint scheme of the ride were changed to purple and dark blue. Effects were added such as flames, building structures, open-aired "S" shields, and mist-filled tunnels. Eventually, in 2013, Bizarro changed all the fixed audio from the yellow trains by April–October. Also, in 2014, the fixed audio from the blue trains was changed entirely by April–October.
On September 3, 2015, in Six Flags' 2016 announcements video, it was announced that Bizarro would become Superman the Ride for 2016. Later, on March 3, 2016, it was announced that the revamped coaster would be one of many coasters in the Six Flags chain to utilize virtual reality headsets to enhance the experience. The coaster uses a Superman-themed film that is also used on two other coasters in the chain; Superman Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America.
Incident[edit | edit source]
On August 6, 2001 the final brakes failed to bring a train to a halt, causing it to collide with another train in the station. Nineteen people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. An investigation found that a broken PVC air hose prevented the brakes from fully engaging. These hoses were subsequently replaced with steel hoses, and the roller coaster reopened on August 18.
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Roller coasters at Six Flags New England|
|Present||Batman - The Dark Knight • Catwoman's Whip • Flashback • Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum • Goliath • Great Chase • Joker • Pandemonium • Riddler Revenge • Superman The Ride • Thunderbolt • Wicked Cyclone|
|Former||Black Widow • Cyclone • The Dark Knight Coaster • Giant Dip • Greyhound • Lightning • Little Rickie's Little Twister • Whirlwind Racer • Wild Mouse • WildCat|