Kong- There Is No Escape

With the recent Stealth article, and the removal of both Deja Vu and Invertigo we held a poll on the remaining Vekomas in CA. Kong came out pretty strong, and since there are different views on this SLC, we are giving our honest ride review.

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Kong is a Vekoma SLC that once stood in Opryland USA as Hangman. Kong came to the Vallejo theme-park in 1998 after Premier Parks bought the park, and wanted to transform the Marine-Park into a theme-park. Together wit the park’s boomerang, Kong started it’s operations in may of 1998. The entrance was located next to the Dolphin Harbor stadium, and the parking lot used to be at the now Oasis plaza. Continue reading “Kong- There Is No Escape”

Batman @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

This is our Batman The Ride Off-Ride video.

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Batman The Ride is located in DC Universe in Six Flags Magic Mountain
Batman The Ride has;
Length: 2,700 ft
Height: 105 ft
Inversions: 5
Speed: 50 mph
Duration: 2:00
G-Force: 4

 

Quick Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain 8/6/13

California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check it out again. We were there for a pretty short period of time, so we couldn’t cover the entire park. We got most though!

As soon as we arrived (5PM), we noticed that the Full Throttle line was LONG, but then we took a closer look, and the new switchback system made the line look longer, but a whole lot shorter. Also, until around 8PM, the park stopped the line under the screen, and had smaller groups of people walking up the ramp to the station. We honestly believe that’s a very good idea! Now the screen and canvas come to good use, even if there are shorter lines!20130806_170621

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Uniqueness

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a rather unique and different park in the Six Flags chain. SFDK is America’s only wildlife, marine life, and wild-rides amusement park. Anyone  who has visited this park knows how uniquely the park is set up. All the big rollercoasters are distributed over two big plazas, and the extreme flat-rides are spread through the park. Random stadiums are located throughout the park, and the zoo area and marine life area are located on the back side of the park next to the lake. The park has an amazing line-up of shows in which they work together with world class entertainment companies. Most of the shows are extremely educational and will teach rather that entertain you with animals performing tricks, but more on that later. The animals in both the habitats in the zoo, and in the walk-through or interaction exhibits are really well taken care off, and there seems to be an experienced and well trained staff that does so. 

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Tatsu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

Our off-ride of Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain!

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Tatsu is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Flying Coaster. Tatsu came to the park in 2006 and is still a fan-favorite with long lines. “Tatsu” is Japanese for “Flying Beast”.

Tatsu stats;
Length:        3,602 ft
Height:        170 ft
Drop:          111 ft
Inversions:  4
Speed:         62 mph
Elements:
– 103 ft tall Corkscrew
– 96 ft tall Zero-G Roll
– 80 ft tall Horseshoe
– 124 ft tall Pretzel Loop
– In-Line Twist

Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13

California Coaster Kings was at Six Flags Magic Mountain to do their first (of many) regular park updates. In the future California Coaster Kings will visit Six Flags Magic Mountain weekly to give you up-to-date information of what’s going on at ‘The Thrill Capital of the World’!

We noticed last week that Full Throttle Plaza’s lasers got nice weather proof bubbles around them. We hope that this means that the Full Throttle Plaza will also be lit up nice during the off-season. We noticed that Live It Up by Airbourne is being played in the plaza now too. We expect this plaza to be fully used for Fright Fest, during that time of the year weather can be pretty unpredictable. It seems like the lasers are in fact permanent!  Continue reading “Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13”

Let the War Begin

Insane Coaster Wars is a television show, produced by the Travel Channel, that first aired in July of 2012.  Each episode shows four coasters, each with something in common like, extreme heights, speed demons, etc.  After riders ride the rides, they are offered the chance to rate the coasters features, like inversions, first drop, etc.  Whichever coaster has the highest score wins for the episode.  Recently, when we have visited Magic Mountain we have seen Travel Channel shooting episodes for their 3rd season at Full Throttle and Goliath.

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In season 1, Medusa of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom appeared in the pilot, themed G-Force Giants, but unfortunately Apollo’s Chariot from Busch Gardens Virgina beat it out.

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In the episode titled Speed Demons, Xcelerator of Knott’s Berry Farm appeared but lost to Top Thrill Dragster of Cedar Point.

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In the 2nd season premier, Tatsu appeared in the Worlds Tallest episode, but lost to Formula Rossa.

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X2 won the 6th episode of the second season titled upside down under, beating out Superman Escape of Australia, iSpeed of Italy, and X-Flight of Six Flags Great America.

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In season 3, as well as Full Throttle, and Goliath, it is predicted that Superman: Ultimate Flight of Discovery Kingdom will make an appearance.

 

Goldrusher @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

A short Off-ride video of Goldrusher at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride is the oldest Roller Coaster in the park and opened with the park in May of 1971.

Goldrusher stats:
Length: 2,590 ft
Height: 70 ft
Inversions: 0
Speed: 35 mph
Duration: 2:30
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This Show May Make You De’ Illusional

Michael Turco is an American magician, illusionist, and entertainer.  He began practicing magic growing up in New Jersey and doing shows in Atlantic City.  He began performing these shows in Middle School, doing simple card tricks, and just progressed from there.  In 2007, Turco began doing Magic Shows for The Welcome Home Troops Red Carpet Show, for which he still preforms today.  In 2011, Turco performed in the 6th season of America’s Got Talent.

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He has done 2 magic shows in Vegas, 1 at Planet Hollywood, and 1 at Bally’s Hotel, and now has the headline show at the Magic Moments Theater at Six Flags Magic Mountain called De’ Illusions.  This show features, magic, as well as current music by artists such as Adele, Taylor Sift, One Direction, and Fall Out Boy, and choreographed dancing.

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The show opens with dancers coming and pushing some sort of machine onto the stage, that they show is empty. They then close up to empty box of the machine and begin to spin the box, then open the box to reveal Turco.  He then has three hollow pyramid shaped platforms wheeled onto the stage where he holds a blanket over each, and when the blanket is dropped, there are 4 magician’s assistant girls that appear, in the once empty platforms.  There is then a cylinder on stage, that is halved by a piece of steel, that Turco has an audience member come and bang on with a hammer to make sure that it is solid.  He then seals an assistant on one side with a sheet, and gets in the other side.  He then seems to pull the shadow of his assistant into the middle, then pulls her out on the other side.

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The act displayed above.

 

He then asks for a dollar from the audience, and makes it disappear in his palm along with a handkerchief, then makes the dollar reappear in his palm and pulls the handkerchief out of the center of the dollar.  He then does a series of tricks using sharp objects.  First, a small 1 unit by 1 unit by 1 unit cube, is unfolded to human size so an assistant can get in.  The box is then refolded to its original size, and stabbed with three machetes.  The machetes are taken out, and the box is unfolded to reveal the assistant unscathed.  He then places an assistant into a human silhouette, in which the assistant puts both of her hands and one foot into slots in the silhouette box.  The box is then turned on its side, and 8 large razor blades are inserted into the box, and then the box is separated into 8 parts.  The box is put back together, the blades are removed, and then the assistant is removed from the box unharmed. The next trick discusses Stephen Hawkins theory of different dimensions.  Turco gets into 2 octagonal frames covered by sheets that he pushes through, making the shape of his body in the sheets.  he then slowly turns to just a 2 dimensional shadow, and then back into his three dimensional self.  For the finale, a seesaw like structure is wheeled onto the stage.  Turco climbs into a box on one side , which the assistants wheel around, until they drop it on sharp spikes.  The box is then opened to reveal no Turco.  He then appears at the top row of the theater, waving a checkered flag.  At the end of the show as people are exiting,  he shakes hands with the audience and sells a book of his tricks to any customers.  Although these tricks may seem unbelievable, they do happen, and you must see this show next time you are at the park.  It plays Thursday through Sunday (through August 11th), at different times, but the times are usually 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. (There are a maximum of 3 shows a day)

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Flashback

For our 5th Throwback Thursday, we are looking at Flashback.

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Flashback was the blue Space Diver from Intamin that wasn’t all too popular. Flashback was located next to Hurricane Harbor and next to Bugs Bunny Land in Six Flags Magic Mountain. The Flashback was generally closed from May to September when the adjacent water park was open. This was because the noise coming from Flashback distracted life-guards, and wasn’t appealing to the waterpark guests. Even outside of these times Flashback’s operation was very sparse. Since the waterpark’s 2003/2004 off-season, the Flashback never operated. It was demolished in mid-December 2007. Meaning that many may remember the ride, but only few have ridden it.

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Flashback started it’s life at Six Flags Great America as Z-force where it was pretty popular, and to keep the ride popular, Six Flags moved Z-force to Six Flags Over Georgia. After somewhat success there, the corporation decided to move it once again, but this time without much success.

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Flashback had 3 trains with 5 cars per train. Where riders were arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train. (capacity; 1100 riders p/hour) The complaint was often that the restraints hurt, by the time Flashback operated at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the trains had restraints similar to the ones on the park’s Revolution. Due to the constant dives to the side, these restraints ended up hurting most of the riders.

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Flashback had a track-length of 1900 ft. and stood 86 ft. tall. The blue with white Space Diver had NO inversions eventhough it seemed like it, they were all side-dives. The ride reached a maximum speed of 35 mph, making it a ride that actually took 1:30min to complete the relatively short track length.

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Dining Pass

On January 16, 2013, Six Flags introduced the offer of a season dining pass.  This pass would allow holders to eat 2 meals a day at the park for every visit.  The pass costs $99.99, plus an extra $25 if you want to add hurricane harbor (this doesn’t include tax). The prices are going up soon so if you’re interested purchase one as soon as possible. The pass offers a variety of meal choices at select restaurants such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, etc.  The following will provide you with descriptions of the restaurants, what meals come with the dining pass, as well as the location of the restaurant in the park.
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Katy’s Kettle is located at the base of Samurai, across from Tatsu, and next to the Roarin’ Rapids.  They are known for their grilled cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and turkey legs, which are barbequed right outside the restaurant.  They offer either a hamburger or hot dog with fries, or the six flags strip basket, which contains 4 chicken strips and fries. The food here is okay, but the lines at this restaurant make the food not worth the wait. Therefore there are better restaurants in the park that offer dining pass meals.
Totally Kickin’ Chicken Boneless Wings is located in Cyclone Bay, across from Apocalypse and next to Sling Shot.  The restaurant offers boneless wings in your choice of buffalo, barbeque, or teriyaki sauce and your choice of fries or a salad.  They also offer the six flags strip basket.  The dining pass holders are offered an order of wings with fries, or the strips basket.  The lines seem to be short here, and other than the usual theme-park fries, their chicken is actually really good.
The Waterfront is located between Cyclone Bay and The Movie District, across from Gold Rusher.  The waterfront has many choices, such as burgers, chicken strips, and pizza, which comes from Famous Famiglia Pizzaria.  The dinig pass offers holder, a cheeseburger meal, strips basket, or a slice of pizza with 2 pieces of cheese bread. The meals here are as well as KK, not the greatest, and you could get more and better quality food at other food locations.
JB’s Barbeque features classic Texas Style Barbeque with classics such as tri tip, barbequed salmon, and fall off the bone ribs.  The restaurant is located in the movie distrrice, next to Riddler’s Revenge and Tidal Wave.  The dining pass offers eater’s a tri tip, pulled pork, barbequed chicken sandwiches, or a barbequed chicken salad. This food location gets busy in the afternoon, but at night we advise you to check this place out, since the food is good quality, and there are no lines at night.
Johnny Rocket’s is the all American burger and shake shack that everybody knows and loves.  It is located right outside DC Universe, across from the Colossus County Fair games area of the park.  Dining pass holders are offered either a rocket single meal, or a strips basket. Although it is Johnny Rockets, the food here tends to be lower quality than the actual Johnny Rockets outside of the park, if there are long lines at this food location we advise you to chose another place to eat.
Food Etc. is a fully air conditioned food court area located next to Goliath in Pirate Cove.  It features four restaurants, one that is Mexican offering tacos and nachos, one that is Japanese offering sushi, one that is english offering fish and chips, and an ice cream stand.  It is also the only place in the park that sells alcohol, offering beer at the fish and chips section.  Dining pass holders can get chicken tacos, nachos, chicken and cheese quesodillas, chicken salads, or a fish and chips meal. We personally believe that this is one of the best locations to get food at, since the meals at the mexican place are a really good value, and there is lots of indoor seating with AC, and TV monitors hung everywhere. When seated next to a window you have a great view on the Superman structure. This is also a great place to go eat with a bigger group of people since there is something to eat for everyonne, and there is an additional fries stand outside the building that offers all kinds of fries, and chicken baskets.
Wascal’s is known as America’s finest fast food, and is named Wascal’s in honor of the Looney Tune’s character Elmer Fudd, who cannot pronounce an R sound so instead says it with a W sound.  The restaurant is located just outside of the parks kiddy area Bugs Bunny Land.  Dining Pass owners are offered a cheeseburger meal, a western bacon cheeseburger meal containing onion rings and barbeque sauce on the burger, or a strips basket. This food location has improved over the years, and the Bacon Cheeseburger is a nice meal to try out since it comes with many additional elements that aren’t offered on the dining pass else where in the park. Lines usually move fast at this food location.
Teen Titan’s Pizza is the pizza restaurant located in DC Universe this restaurant offers the same pizza deal for the DP as Waterfront, where you can chose out of 2 kinds of pizza with 2 slices of cheesebread. The portions are rather small so we advise you to check out other places when you’re a bigger eater.
The dining pass meals do NOT come with a drink, so we advise you to purchase a souvenir cup where you can get free refills on the day of purchase, and pay $0.99 per refill after that. Or you can purchase an all-you-can-drink wristband for $4.00 (doesn’t include tax)
The dining pass lunch hours are from 12.30PM until 3.30PM, and dinner hours are from 4.30PM until 7.30 PM.
To purchase a dining pass online, click here.

X2

Welcome to our FIRST Ride Review. What other ride than the world famous X2 could we start of with…

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After making the walk past Six Flags Plaza, riders make their way up to the Baja Ridge section of the park.  This area houses Revolution, Viper as well as the famous X2.  To enter the line you must pass over a bridge that crosses over the walkway that leads up to top section of Baja Ridge, viewing X2 and Viper staring back at you.  The first part of the line are switchbacks, that go through a tree covered shaded area, with signs asking if you are type A or type X.  After the first set of switchbacks, the trees open up to show Viper’s batwing on the right, and X2’s lift hill on the left.  After the second set of switchbacks, you are separated to either the left or right side of the station.  The left side has a ramp that leads up to the station, from which you can see some of the park.  The right side features a more shaded stairwell that faces out to the valet-parking lot, and the general parking lot entrance.  Once riders enter the station, they are greeted by a large screen showing what seems to be a magma covered waste land that X2 has grown from.  It also features signs that boast 4 of the rides slogans “Behold the Thunder” “Here You Stand, a Gladiator in the Coliseum of Thrill” “Total Sensory Deformation” and “Closing Your Eyes Won’t Make it Go Away”.  Once seated in the 20 ft. wide train, you hear voices whispering the rides name, followed by a louder voice asking if “everybody is in” and then that the “ceremony is about to begin”.  The rides seat stabilizers release, and and the seats slowly move until riders are on their backs.  Then the ride exits the station to a loud bell noise.  Turning a corner from the station towards the lift hill, the classic jazz song “it had to be” you performed by Frank Sinatra.  Once heading up the lift hill backwards, the seats rotate more upright and riders get a panoramic view of the park.  The original song breaks away and gives way to an instrumental version of enter sandman by Metallica, with lines such as “are you ready” “the truth you can’t handle the truth” from Jack Nicholson’s character in a few good men, and “who’s idea was this”.  There is then a countdown followed by go go go go go, then nothing but a heart beat three time.  The the music kicks in with lyrics from Aerosmith’s love in an elevator as riders go over the first small hill and then up and over the edge of an 88.5 degree hill flipping the riders’ seats head over heals into a monster Raven Turn.  The ride then dives back to earth, passing a camera, then flipping the seats 360’degrees once again while experiencing 0 G’s in a camelback, into an overbank turn.  The ride then hits a Lie to Fly turn, flipping the seats from an inverted position to a laying position whilst the track turns upright as well, this is turning riders backwards again to see the rides fire effect coming right at them.  The ride then hits another smaller Raven Turn, to end in the station, where it finishes by stating that the ride was “one world crazy insane experience just like jeckyle and hyde you know”.

The fire blasts into the faces of the riders as they approach the second Raven Turn
The fire blasts into the faces of the riders as they approach the second Raven Turn

The ride offers a unique experience that is totally worth the lines the ride normally has. The best time to visit X2 is around 2-4 PM. It seems that most guests have found their way to the other side of the park, and the lines can get really short, even on busy days, to a wait of a bout 20-25 minutes. X2 is crowded and has crazy lines for the first 2-3 hours of operation, and the last 2 hours ofoperation. The first hours of its operation, people try running to X2 first thing, because they want to avoid the lines for this immensly popular ride, this ends up causing long lines, because most guests think the excact same. If you are entering the park 15 min or later after opening we advise you to not even try, and wait until 2-3PM. X2 has long lines in the evening due to the ride’s special effects (mainly the Flame Throwers) being very popular in the dark, and the ride offers a totally different experience at night. When you visit in the winter, lines may seem short, but can be awfully long since Six Flags Magic Mountain often only runs 1 train in the winter while the other trains are getting refurbished.

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X2’s pre-drop is a small bump before the actual big drop. This scares many first-timers since they think that it’s the actual drop, but the opposite is true, riders go up, and the seats rotate having all riders face the ground while they are in free fall, until the seats rotate, and you are suddenly laying on your back, sky rocketing upwards into the giant Raven Turn.

After the little pre-drop, riders face the ground far beneath them while starting the big drop.
After the little pre-drop, riders face the ground far beneath them while starting the big drop.

In this Raven Turn the riders are on the inside of “Half Loop” looking element, as where at the last Raven Turn they swing on the outside. When riders past the photo cameras they will experience a short period of weightlessness while rotating 360′ degrees backwards to then enjoy the view of the park before swinging around the corner where you will see the massive structure that you will be chasing by next. The Fly to Lie turn is a movement that leaves every one confused. You start hanging with the track above, then you end up on the opposite side with the track below, whilst on the opposite position of the train. Then the last Raven Turn is a little rough, and was designed to be the intense ending, and it definetly is. When seated on the outside of the trains on X2, your ride experience will be a bit more rough, and a little more extreme, as where the inside seats offer a more smooth ride. So we advise first-timers or smaller passengers to ride the inside seats on X2. If you are a larger guest, we advise you to ride in the outside seat since there tends to be more room, for a comfortable ride.

Here you'll see both Raven Turns, notice one has the track+ riders on the inside of the "Half Loop" structure, and the other one, the small one, on the outside.
Here you’ll see both Raven Turns, notice one has the track+ riders on the inside of the “Half Loop” structure, and the other one, the small one, on the outside.

X2, together with Tatsu and Full Throttle, is the park’s most popular rollercoaster, and you shouldnt be surprised that when you leave the park an hour after closing, you’ll still see it run as you drive by. X2 is located on the side where all cars arrive for either drop off or parking, and you can’t do anything but stare at the super structure that delivers thrills for the real thrill seekers. The red and black giant started its life as X, the world’s fist 4D coaster, and closed without warning or announcements in 2007. The park announced it would become X2 for the 2008 season adding all kinds of effects, installing new trains, and a repaint. The Fog-effects are no longer in use, but it doesn’t affect the ride experience much at all.

This is the unique Fly to Lie turn as described above.
This is the unique Fly to Lie turn as described above. This is the last movement before the Flame Throwers blast fire!

If you have a chance to ride X2, do not be afraid as it is said to be more of a unique experience rather than ultra-extreme. And these rides are very rare, so unless you travel to Japan or China very often, you won’t experience anything else like it. For the shortest wait and the optimal experience at SFMM, please see the part above describing the lines. X2 is the world’s only 5D coaster (named that way because of effects such as audio and fire), and is definetly a ride YOU need to experience.

 

Zonga- SERIOUSLY Twisted!

Our fourth Throwback Thursday is Zonga.

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Zonga started it’s life as Thriller at Gröna Lund. It was originally purchased by German showman Oscar Bruch.  It debuted as the Thriller on May 17th, 1986 at the fairground in Freiburg, Germany.  For the next 11 years it mostly traveled the German fair circuit before coming to Six Flags AstroWorld. It started operating in SF Astroworld in 1998, and operated for about 2 years. After that, it stood there (SBNO) non-operative for another 2 years. It then got moved to Six Flags Marine World (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). When the Thriller was moved from Six Flags Astroworld to Six Flags Marine World, some track modifications were made by Premier Rides.  The most significant was increasing the elevation of the first two loops.  The affect of this change would be reducing the Thriller’s top speed and lowering the g-forces during the first two loops. Zonga is Swahili for “coil” or “loop”. (source rcdb.com)

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Zonga started it’s operations in the Vallejo themepark in April of 2003, and operated for about 2 years, it then stood there SBNO for 2 years, until it got removed to make room for the new Tony Hawk’s Big Spin roller coaster. Zonga was then sent to Isla San Marcos Parque Temático. The ride started operating here in 2008 under the name Tsunami.

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Zonga was a Schwarzkopf designed by the world famous Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH. Zonga was 115 ft. tall, and had a 98 ft. tall drop with a max. angle of 70’degrees. Zonga had a lenght of 3,675 ft, in which it had 4 inversions, and reached speeds upto 54 MPH. Zonga’s 4 loops, were not all perfect vertical loops, making this ride so unique. The first loop was 91.5 ft tall, the second was 80.6 ft tall, the third was 56 ft tall, and the fourth was 48 ft tall. Zonga had 5 cars per train(riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train), with a max. capacity of 720 riders per hour.

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Velocetron, uuhm, we meant Superman The Escape

Superman The Escape opened as world’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster. Superman The Escape was the first ride ever to exceed the 100 MPH mark. But what most people don’t know is that there were totally different plans for the ride first. The park had plans to create a ride named ‘Velocetron’. There is not much known about this plan, since the ride was going to be about the same, except for the theming. There are some pictures out there from the ride ideas such as this one.

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The ride turned out to become Superman The Escape, which was made by Intamin, and was originally intended to open in 1996. Due to problems, it was never open to the public until the 1997 season.  There was a preview for season pass holders in the fall of 1996. Superman The Escape was gray/white and is/was a shuttle coaster. Superman The Escape is/was 1,235 ft long, 415 ft tall, has a 328.1 ft drop, has a max. of 4.5 G’s, and reaches the speed of 100 MPH in less than 7 seconds. Superman The Escape used to reach the top of the tower in the beginning of the operations, but it slowely ended up reaching only half the tower.

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Superman The Escape was the fastest rollercoaster in the world until 2001, when Dodonpa opened in Fuyi-Q-highland. Superman The Escape was world’s tallest coaster until 2003, when Top Thrill Dragster Opened in 2003. Superman (now Superman: Escape From Krypton) is still in the top 3 tallest rollercoasters in the world. In 2010, the ride closed without any given reason, and rumors had it that it would get transformed to Bizarro, but that was untrue. For the 2011 season, Superman The Escape was transformed into Superman: Escape from Krypton. The most significant change was positioning riders to face backwards so they now look towards the ground rather than the sky on the vertical track.

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Superman: Escape From Krypton has been painted red, blue, and yellow, and now reaches the top of the tower most of the time. The ride ran smooth for about a year, but Superman: Escape from Krypton closed again on February 5, 2012 to prepare for the new 2012 attraction Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Two drop towers, also built by Intamin, were integrated into the existing sides of Superman: Escape from Krypton’s structure. The ride reopened when construction was finished on July 7, 2012. The ride’s harnasses for the outsides seats got replaced as well during this time. 

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At the entrance to the ride, the Superman “S” shield is imprinted and now painted onto the ground. The entrance area and queue are modeled after the Fortress of Solitude, Superman’s headquarters. The station is lit green, modeled as Krypton, the planet that is full of Kryptonite rock that can take away Superman’s powers. Inside is a crystalline-looking environment which recreates Superman’s fortress in the Arctic. If the Velocetron name had been chosen, the queue and station would have had ancient ruins and a giant laser. (as seen in the picture)

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Superman: Escape From Krypton offers a unique ride which only takes about 28 seconds, with a perfect mix of G’s and a great amount of weightlessness/airtime. If you happen to be around, or have never been on it before make sure to check it out since it’s a fun ride experience, and lines are mild in the mornings and evenings.