Six Flags Magic Mountain claims coaster crown with 18th roller coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight
Written by Robert Niles
Six Flags Magic Mountain this morning reclaimed the title of "America's Coaster Capital" with the opening of its record 18th roller coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight.Tweet
Green Lantern is the first Intamin ZacSpin coaster in the United States, with dual cars of four seats mounted on either side of a zig-zagging vertical track. The seats spin up in a 360-degree revolution "up to three" times. Why "up to"? That's because the weight distribution on the cars seems to affect the spinning motion on the trains. The boy I rode with reported that on his first ride, he didn't go heels over head at all.
But on our ride? We did. Oh, yes, we did.
At first glance, I thought the rather small, 825-foot-long Green Lantern looked like "X2 Junior," a condensed version of the park's other coaster that features spinning side-mounted seats. But after riding, I'm calling Green Lantern "X2: Super Concentrated" instead. This is an intense ride experience especially on its final two turns.
Green Lantern feels nothing like the free flight and airtime of a traditional, horizontal roller coaster. No, this ride makes you feel more like a ball bearing falling down a Pachinko machine. The speed increases as you zig-zag down the ride, culminating in two whip-quick flips before you dive into the station. At a couple ticks under a minute, what Green Lantern lacks in length, it makes up for with intensity.
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