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Superman: Escape from Krypton

Get your daily dose of weightlessness

Posted: March 18, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Superman: Escape from Krypton opens this Saturday at Six Flags Magic Mountain

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I suggest you get a Thrill Pass and visit Six Flags Magic Mountain every day you can - because I now believe that each day should begin with a little weightlessness. And that weightlessness can be provided by Superman: Escape from Krypton, which opens to the public this Saturday, March 19.

It really only takes a few seconds out of your day, but your body just hums all over after a ride on Superman (which I experienced during the media event this past Wednesday). Of course the effect could be caused by extreme G-forces, or maybe the adrenaline rush you get, or maybe a combination of those and weightlessness. But, in any case, a brief ride on Superman just starts the day off right.

Now the former incarnation of the thriller coaster, Superman: The Escape, offered almost all the thrills you get on the new version. The difference is that now you blast off in reverse. You have no idea where you are going until you get there. You just know that you are going there really, really fast.

This ride takes the record-breaking 100-mph-in-seven-seconds feature of the former Superman (The Escape) and elevates it to the next level of extreme by reversing the direction of the vehicles and sending riders shooting backwards up 41-stories into the sky, leaving them hanging for several seconds of weightlessness before they plummet back to earth - face first.

With newly-designed, sleeker cars on a dual track that spans 900 feet and looms 415 feet in the air, the ride has a gigantic L-shaped superstructure that has been repainted a vibrant blue and red with a yellow track, and branded with a giant Superman "S" shield at the top that can be seen miles away.

"Since it opened in 1995, Superman: The Escape has been one of the most popular thrill rides in the world," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "By redesigning the cars and turning them backwards, Superman: Escape from Krypton provides even the most daring thrill-seekers a new and unique ride experience that only Six Flags Magic Mountain can deliver."

The adventure begins moments before the destruction of Superman's home world, Krypton, located high atop the park's mountain ridge. Riders begin their journey in 14-passenger vehicles aerodynamically designed for intense speed. State-of-the-art electromagnetic motors blast the five-ton vehicles out of Krypton backwards, accelerating from 0 to 100 mph in seven seconds. Riders will experience several seconds of weightlessness at the peak of the 41-story-tall tower and then slowly begin the descent back to Krypton. As the sleek vehicles free-fall straight down the skyscraper, they will once again enter the 100 mph speed zone before safely returning to earth.

All of this takes place in a very short time so, after your daily dose of weightlessness, you can go to work, or spend the day enjoying the many other thrill rides at the park. With a $59.99 Thrill Pass, equal in price to a single day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, you can visit again and again all season without incurring any extra cost - except parking, which is free if you purchase four Thrill Passes.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. The Park is currently open weekends and will open for daily operation on March 26. For information call (661) 255-4111 or visit www.sixflags.com.

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