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 Review of Superman the Escape @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
1 Rating Posted by: biosciking on 6/16/2005 1:36:00 AM
I was so excited to arrive at Magic Mountain and see Superman actually running. With its operational status only marginally better than that of Flashback these days, and the certainty of its future in limbo, I wasnt sure Id ever be escaping with Superman again. An Intamin reverse freefall coaster (a ride concept that never really caught on), the Superman tower is as much an icon to Magic Mountain as is the Sky Tower. The stats say this lauches from 0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds, up a 415 foot tower, delivering 6.5 seconds of weightlessness on the way back down. Im not totally convinced the ride still reaches 100 mph these days, though it is close. Even though rides today are being built with much more instantaneous acceleration, this launch is still great fun. The 90 degree turn upward is quite imposing, especially in these gigantor vehicles. As far as how far up the tower we get, Im guessing only about three-quarters of the way up. It looks a little disappointing while watching the ride, but while riding it makes no difference. You still get a really neat view of Magic Mountain tilted on its side regardless. The fall back down is great also, though you kind of have to force yourself into those 6.5 seconds of weightlessness. The last time I rode, the line seemed to be taking longer than normal, but when reaching the station I realized that it was because they were letting everyone ride twice. That was well worth it to me. All in all, I would classify Superman as an incredibly pleasant rush. It may not hold any records anymore, but it is one of the more unique, entertaining experiences at Magic Mountain, and I hope it stays that way.
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