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Luthor’s mountain thrills

Posted: July 7, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Billy Hanshaw, 17, of Canyon Country, right, reacts as a group from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley descends at 85 miles per hour in Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Friday.

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newest ride may have the word “Doom” in its name, but Santa Clarita Valley residents lucky enough to score a seat on Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom during Friday’s sneak peek were thrilled by the 400-foot plunge at 85 mph.

The ride, which is set to open to the public Saturday, sends up to 16 riders at a time 400 feet in the air before dropping them. The two vertical tracks flank the “Superman: Escape from Kryton” tower.

When the ride debuted Friday, cars from “Superman: Escape from Krypton” and the floorless gondolas of “Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom” dropped simultaneously. The simultaneous drop is meant to show the battle between Superman and his arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. Six Flags officials said.

The ride is one of several new additions to the park in the past two years.

“It’s what our guests expect, and we never rest on our laurels,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor.

Celebrities Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on the television show Smallville, and Dustin Penner, who recently re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings, were among the first to take the drop, along with several members of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

“It’s about time they name a ride after me,” Rosenbaum joked.

For local kids who attended the ride opening, the new ride was thrilling.

Ronda Chobanian of Newhall, who was at the opening with members of the Boys & Girls Club, said the ride was amazing because of the anticipation that builds while the rider ascends 400 feet.

“It’s a great ride — one of my favorites,” Chobanian said. “It’s a crazy adrenaline rush after it’s over.”

Although it’s brief, the attraction gives riders a view of the Santa Clarita Valley that they may not have seen before.

“You can see that you’re way above the mountains,” said 16-year-old Taylor Lipman of Valencia, who added that she’s a big fan of Lex Luthor. “I’ve been waiting for this for eight years.”

 

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