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Six Flags Magic Mountain opens Green Lantern: First Flight

Posted: June 30, 2011 8:50 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2011 8:50 p.m.

Madison Spell, 9, and her brother Michael, 11, of Santa Clarita, react as they ride on Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Thursday. The new ride opens to the public today at the theme park.

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A brigade of comic book and theme-park enthusiasts, as well as children from the Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, helped power up the latest addition to Six Flags Magic Mountain on Thursday as the park’s 18th roller coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight, debuted.

The preview event for the media also included the unveiling of the newly designed DC Universe section of the park based on DC Comics characters and their corresponding rides, including Green Lantern, Batman and Superman.

“It’s like almost becoming totally immersed in a comic book,” said park President Bonnie Rabjohn about the park’s new section, which she said sprang from the Gotham City section of the park created when the Batman ride debuted in 1994.

Rabjohn said great attention was paid to detail when creating the DC Universe facades so they would be authentic as possible to comic book aficionados.

The Green Lantern ride itself is the first completely vertical-pattern zig-zag roller coast featuring 360-degree spinning seats.

It’s the third roller coaster the park has introduced or reintroduced this year. In March the overhauled Superman: Escape from Krypton relaunched. The ride is said to be the fastest roller coaster in the world.

During the Memorial Day weekend, the more junior Road Runner Express roller coaster debuted.

“We have more roller coasters than any theme park on planet earth,” Rabjohn repeated a few times to the crowd of a few hundred who attended the ride’s unveiling ceremony Thursday.

On hand Geoff Johns, chief creative officer for DC Entertainment and Green Lantern comic book writer, as well as actors dressed as DC Comics characters.

The Green Lantern ride opens to the public today.



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