Superman The Ride

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Superman The Ride
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Six Flags New England
Location Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
Status Operating since May 5, 2000
Height restriction Between 54 inches (137 cm) and 76 inches (193 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Product Mega Coaster
Riders per train 34
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 208 feet
Drop 221 feet
Top speed 77 mph
Length 5400 feet
Inversions 0
Angle 72°
Duration 2:35
G-Force 3.6
HELP
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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 Bolliger & Mabillard floorless roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure.

History

Superman: Ride of Steel opened at Six Flags New England in 2000. It opened around the same time as Millennium Force at Cedar Point, 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.

Design

Elements

Colour scheme

Red track and blue supports, used to be purple track and blue supports when known as Bizarro.

Trains

2 trains with 9 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.

Incident

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.[1] 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.[2]

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