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Six Flags Magic Mountain recaptures coaster world record

Three new roller coasters slated for 2011

Posted: October 22, 2010 12:51 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 12:51 p.m.
 

Six Flags Magic Mountain, in celebration of 40 years of thrill ride innovation, announced an unprecedented year of capital expansions with three new roller coaster experiences slated for the Valencia theme park in 2011.

With these additions, Six Flags Magic Mountain regains the coveted "Coaster Capital of the World" crown with a total of 18 roller coasters -- more than any other theme park on the planet.

Adding to the park's "thrills for all ages" coaster dynasty are two unique coaster experiences: The Green Lantern coaster, designed for the bravest of thrill seekers, is a first-in-the-U.S. vertical track, spinning coaster; and the park's popular Superman The Escape will fly again in spring 2011 as Superman: Escape from Krypton, taking the record-breaking 100-mph-in-seven-seconds feature and elevating it to the next level of extreme by reversing the direction of the vehicles and sending riders backwards.

In addition to those two exciting rides, a new thrill-seeker-in-training coaster, designed for the entire family, will premiere as well.

"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills. And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack, offering the biggest and the best," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain park president.

"As we mark our 40th anniversary of operation, we're ready to take Southern California by storm with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world."

Reaching far beyond traditional thrills, the DC Comics Super Hero Green Lantern will focus the might of his Power Ring and take the coaster riding experience to another galaxy with the Green Lantern coaster. Fearless riders will brave a never-been-done-before, completely vertical zigzag pattern sitting in eight-person vehicles, four abreast and back-to-back, each rotating independently.

The two-minute thrill begins with riders going up the 107-foot lift hill before spinning their way down through 825-feet of twisted vertical track, featuring three, 360-degree head-over-heel spins. The Green Lantern coaster will be located in the newly themed section of the park.

Guardians of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corps is a group of intergalactic police officers charged with the protection of the universe. A Green Lantern must be someone who has the fortitude and willpower to overcome great fear. Recognized as the greatest member of the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan was the first Earthman ever inducted into the Corps. and also became a founding member of the Justice League of America. Green Lanterns are outfitted with a weapon unlike any other in existence, a ring that channels pure willpower in the form of solid green energy that can manifest any construct the bearer imagines.

First published by DC Comics in 1941, Green Lantern currently appears in more than 100 comic books distributed worldwide annually.Green Lantern  has also appeared in Warner Bros. animation, home videos and interactive games, and will star in his first feature film, "Green Lantern," from Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively slated for release June 17, 2011.

Designed and engineered exclusively for Six Flags Magic Mountain by Intamin, the Green Lantern coaster is the perfect addition to the park's coaster collection, joining other adrenaline-pumping coasters, including the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster in the world, Tatsu; the world's first and only 5th dimensional coaster, X2; the next generation of wooden coasters, Terminator® SalvationTM: The Ride; and mega coaster Goliath.

The Green Lantern coaster will make its debut in spring 2011.

"Six Flags Magic Mountain personifies the powerful thrills our parks have offered for 50 years," said Jim Reid-Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.

"The GREEN LANTERN coaster is a tremendous addition and brings a new dimension of excitement to the park's already remarkable coaster collection. In addition, we're fortunate to be able to partner with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment to bring together two powerhouse brands."

Unlike traditional coasters, Superman: Escape from Krypton will blast riders at 100 mph backwards in newly-designed, sleeker cars on a dual track that spans 900 feet and looms 415 feet in the air, forming a gigantic "L" shaped superstructure. Riders will hang face first with a birds-eye-view of the entire Santa Clarita Valley before plummeting back down to earth.

Superman: Escape from Krypton will launch in early 2011.

"Since it opened in 1995, Superman The Escape, with its prototype Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) sending riders on a 100 mph journey straight up its 41-story tower, has been one of the most popular thrill rides on the planet," said Rabjohn.

"With the redesign of the cars and turning them backwards, Superman: Escape from Krypton will take even the most daring riders on a journey to a unique and unchartered dimension of extreme that only Six Flags Magic Mountain can deliver."

For those who like milder thrills, the all-new kid's coaster is designed for the entire family. The steel coaster is 679 feet long with a 28-foot lift hill, reaching speeds up to 21 mph. A single train features eight cars where riders sit two across in a single row for a total of 16 riders for the just under one-minute ride duration. It will debut in the spring adjacent to Bugs Bunny World.

Guests can experience this epic year of thrills, the Green Lantern, Superman: Escape from Krypton and the new kid's coaster, by purchasing a 2011 Thrill Pass. On sale now, Six Flags Magic Mountain's new season pass program, Thrill Pass, is designed to bring the millions of thrill-seeking Southern California consumers the best value-priced entertainment package.

For $59.99, guests who purchase the new Thrill Pass can enjoy the Thrill Park all day, every operating day, for 15 months, from now through the end of the 2011 season with no blackout dates. Plus, as a limited time offer, guests who purchase four Thrill Passes will receive four 2011 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Season Passesfor free.

Thrill Passes can be purchased online at sixflags.com or at the park's Main Gate ticket booths.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation:
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is a leading operator of regional theme parks with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Six Flags Over Texas, the company's flagship location, was founded in 1961 and will mark its 50th anniversary season in 2011.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine and Fables, is a creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its super-heroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games.

Publishing more than 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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