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More detail in Six Flags' confirmation of Magic Mountain's Green Lantern roller coaster

Published: October 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Six Flags Magic Mountain today made official the news that Theme Park Insider reader Nick Markham reported here last week: that the Valencia, California amusement park would add two roller coasters next year and renovate a third, giving the park a record-setting 18 coasters.

Magic Mountain also released some additional detail about the biggest of the two new coasters, the Intamin ZacSpin called Green Lantern.

Green Lantern roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Reaching far beyond traditional thrills, the DC Comics Super Hero GREEN LANTERN will focus the might of his Power Ring and take the coaster riding experience to another galaxy with the GREEN LANTERN coaster. Fearless riders will brave a never-been-done-before completely VERTICAL zigzag pattern sitting in eight-person vehicles, four abreast and back-to-back, each rotating independently. The two-minute thrill begins with riders going up the 107-foot lift hill before spinning their way down through 825-feet of twisted vertical track, featuring three, 360-degree head-over-heel spins. The GREEN LANTERN coaster will be located in the newly themed section of the park.

From the earlier released video, it looked as if Green Lantern were going into the Gotham City Backlot section of the park. Today's release is the first I've heard of a newly themed land.

The release also notes that the ride's debut next spring is timed to support the debut of the new Green Lantern movie, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. (The film releases on June 17, 2011.)

Six Flags also announced today that the as-yet-unnamed Vekoma kids coaster it is transferring from the defunct Six Flags New Orleans will be installed next to Bugs Bunny Land, instead of over by Deja Vu, as previously rumored.

The newly revamped coaster will be the park's Superman launch coaster. For more on that ride, see Nick's report.

Replies (10)

M. Ryan Traylor

Published: October 20, 2010 at 10:49 AM

New themed land? Comicsland? I guess with Green Lantern sitting over there, they can't call it Gotham anymore.

Any bets that the current dirt hole in the ground near Deja Vu for the kids coaster will not be landscaped properly? Just wondering where in the kids area they are going to put this coaster. I know there is old water slides behind Yosemite Falls, but that is going to bury the ride. Flashback area with a long queue?

Nick Markham

Published: October 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I am event more excited about the new Green Lantern after hearing its specification and the fact it is getting its own themed land! Also, glad they are putting the kids coaster in the kids area.
Anthony Murphy

Published: October 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM

SFGA was supposed to get a Green Lantern Roller Coaster, but it was a stand up. They expanded Hurricane Harbor instead. Wish we could get this coaster. Perhaps in 2012
Steph Ramos

Published: October 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Oh themed land? This can't be good....only makes you wonder what preexsisting rides/stores are they going gut out in order to put this new expansion in...hope it isn't anything too important...
As for the Kid Coaster...I heard they're taking out Sierra Falls to put it up in its place, which kinda sucks cause' that was a pretty kool ride! It kinda didn't really go with the territory though...seemed more like something that belonged in Hurrican Harbor...maybe they'll consider rebuilding it in the adjecent park?
Nick Markham

Published: October 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

^Don't worry about that, if you watch the video as I did a second time, you can see that this coaster is actually going into the area (I believe) where the kids coaster was going, or at least it looks like it will be in between Terminator and Riddler.
Mike Gallagher

Published: October 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Anthony, maybe you know this already, but that Stand-Up Green Lantern SFGA didn't get is coming here to GAdv instead. I'll look forward to it, even though I don't really like stand-ups. As Chang in Kentucky Kingdom, it was the only stand-up I had any love for...but I only got to ride it twice there. I think I'll get more at GAdv, although the lines will be long, because every one wants to go on the "NEW" ride...
M. Ryan Traylor

Published: October 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

SFMM Green Lantern coaster looks to take the area that was Freefall.
Joshua Counsil

Published: October 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I like the cart design, though I can see those blades causing drag problems during lateral movements.
David Sutter

Published: October 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Actually Anthony the rides already on porperty and footting pored. So yea its happing at GA for sure. ANd Oh BTW this is that rides secound trip to Great Adventure. It started out a Magic Mountain and then moved to Great Adventure as Schockwave. It was near the Merry go Round. Then it went off to Astro World as Batman the ride... And then to K.K. and now back to Great Adventure again. Its a slow load and takes forever.
Mike Gallagher

Published: October 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

David, I'd be curious to know where you got your information. I may not know everything about roller coasters, but I know a lot. And I'm 99.99 percent sure that the coaster arriving at GAdv next season as Green Lantern was never at the park as Shockwave. Yes, Shockwave was a stand-up coaster, but it was nothing like Chang/Lantern. It was similar to the one that still resides at Kings Dominion under that name.

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