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Six Flags Magic Mountain to reach 18 roller coasters in 2011

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Published: October 14, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Six Flags Magic Mountain has surprised us today with the addition/refurbishment of not one new coaster next year but three new and rebuilt coasters.

Superman: Escape will now be called Superman: Escape From Krypton. It will get a newly refurbished station, painted with blue and red supports and yellow track, and new cars that will travel backwards. From the video, it looks like it may finally go 100 mph and 410 ft once again.

"Kids Coaster" (formerly announced as Mr. Six's Dance Coaster) will be a Vekoma kiddie coaster from the former Six Flags New Orleans.

And as the biggest surprise, Six Flags Magic Mountain will open "Green Lantern", the first Intamin ZacSpin in the United States. It will feature green track and black supports and will most likely have the level of theming in comparison to Batman: The Ride and Riddler's Revenge.

Six Flags Magic Mountain has followed through with their rumored "Project 18" and will once again reign as coaster capital of the world with 18 roller coasters, what will be the most roller coasters in a single park.

Here is the video released:







Readers' Opinions

From Mike Gallagher on October 14, 2010 at 2:23 PM
I've never been to SFMM, but that Green Lantern sure beats the one my home park (SFGAdv) is getting next season. I've seen pictures of a ride called a "Screaming Squirrel," and this Green Lantern appear to share DNA with that. I think it looks really neat, and wish one of the East Coast parks I frequent would make that investment (Hello, Dorney! Anyone home?)

However it looks like..for the first few months anyway..it'll be a capacity nightmare.

From Formula 40 on October 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM
Bout time they re-upped the Superma coaster. Anyone else think Green Lantern is a little too similiar to X2? Imo it does...
From Nick Markham on October 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM
It is not exactly the same kind of experience as X2. It may seem similar to one who has not ridden X2 before, but it is different. Maybe not as big as X2, but it will surely be a nice addition (however I still think the Green Lantern going into SFGAdv is better unlike a previous post).

Anyway, this is a nice surprise for me, as I am planning a trip to California for 2012 even before this came out for Disneyland, and now it looks like I have to add SFMM to the itinerary!

From Mike Gallagher on October 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM
Nick, don't get me wrong. I rode Chang, it's the only stand-up I ever really liked (not a big fan of them,) and I'm looking forward to riding it again in '11..bought my Season Pass at the park Monday between Toro sessions :)

But MM's Green Lantern would be a totally new coaster experience for me, and that's why I'd rather have something like that.

From 99.185.231.202 on October 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM
Two major players have lost their crown recently: Universal trumped Disney with Harry Potter, and Six Flags has now trumped Cedar Fair with 18 coasters in '11.

I can't wait to see how the two companies respond!

Also, kudos to SFMM for moving forward with yet another unique coaster experience!

From M. Ryan Traylor on October 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM
First of all, none of these attractions are being built in the parking lot!!!!

Can they please do something about the deafening sound from Superman for guests as they walk underneath the ride?

And it looks like Green Lantern will occupy the space that was formerly Freefall. Perfect way to use that space. But the queue and wait times are going to be hell for that ride. I foresee Deja Vu times. Low capacity and the track isn't long enough for many cars.

Kid coaster? Give me a break. What a waste to regain the "18" spot. And they're not building it in the kid area. It's being built in probably the furthest point from the kids area.

I know something else they should build. Remove the staircase to the top of the mountain that goes by Tatsu and install an escalator. Your going to need that to get all the guests up to Superman.

This also will increase wait times for a personal favorite, Ninja, as guests will realize there is another coaster on the peak besides Superman.

From 75.89.232.35 on October 14, 2010 at 8:17 PM
Six Flags are getting serious about adding some new coasters for 2011. They are also adding a new coaster (Euro fighter?) at the Six Flags over Goergia park and it also will take up space left from taking out a former free fall ride.
From James Koehl on October 15, 2010 at 2:53 AM
Maybe this will get Cedar Fair off its corporate butt and give Cedar Point another two coasters to take back the title!
From Derek Potter on October 15, 2010 at 5:53 AM
I don't think that the coaster crown means a whole lot anymore. 10 or 15 years ago it might have, but I think people want quality over quantity, and capacity over long lines. At least when Cedar Point builds a coaster it's always a really good one. Besides, the three new coaster thing is a touch misleading. They are repainting 14 year old Superman and turning some cars around. It's not a new coaster. A nice overhaul, but not a new coaster. The second one is a kiddie coaster salvaged from another park. The new Riddler coaster looks pretty neat though. Looks like a long line waiting to happen, but it does look neat.

Nice to see them putting some money into Magic Mountain. One wonders though if they learned anything from the massive screw up job that previous Six Flags brass did. Spending all their money on coasters is one of the things that got them in trouble in the first place.

From 75.89.232.35 on October 15, 2010 at 10:52 PM
I do agree that quality is better than quantity sometimes.
From 84.56.118.66 on October 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM
How expensive are those coasters on average? Id guess max 20 million, probably closer to 10 million. Or in other words, 1-3 bigger Disney or Universal attractions.
From Steph Ramos on October 17, 2010 at 7:20 PM
Wow...if possible, my local Six Flags just got cooler...
I mean, I HAD been hearing a lot of rumors about the Superman ride since it closed for the season back in early June....but I didn't think the change was going to be THIS massive!! 0.0
Anyway....I'm liking the turn this park is taking...back to the good old days when the rides were the reason any of us bothered to make the 45 minute drive up to "The Mountain", as we so lovingly nicknamed it...:)
Nowadays, its all about milking the family angle...which is nice and all if you're a business out for profit and are trying to tap into a segment of the population with a lot of money to spend...
But what about the rest of us? What about us single people? You know...the teens, couples WITHOUT kids, your general college aged group of people...you know, your original fanbase? We've been feeling a little neglected Six Flags!! Practically the only thing that gets us up there anymore is your annual Fright Fest celebrations...and that's only because we know no self respecting parent would DARE bring their little kids to those sorts of events!!
Anyway...thanks for taking us coaster-junkies back into consideration...consider your 2011 season pass bought from me already...:)

-Steph

P.S- Ok...I admit the Green Lantern ride looks wicked cool, but didn't you guys have a similar ride at the park back in the 90's? I believe it was called 'Flashback' when it operated at the park and closed down in early 2003....honestly looking at the specks for this ride it looks eeriy similar...

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