Superman: Escape From Krypton reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Superman: Escape From Krypton, a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
You'll launch backward from the Krypton-inspired launch station, blasting from zero to 104 miles per hour in less than seven seconds. Superman: The Escape debuted in March 2011 as an all-new rebuild of the cars and ride system for this Intamin-designed launch coaster.
Once you're sucked out of the station and down the track, momentum will carry you straight up a 415-foot tower for a moment of weightlessness before you drop, face-down at 90 degrees, back the way you came. It's pure speed back to the station, with the wind blowing 100 mph in your face.
eww! i hate this ride. once again fooled us but all they did was switch the cars around. i hate sfmm so much because cedar point stomps on them. SFMM SUCKS! - Mike Flynn
I rode this ride forward once and didn't think of it as anything phenomenal. Now I rode it backwards...TOTALLY AWESOME!! What's fun about it is that by being backwards you don't know what's coming so you're shooting down the straight track anticipating when you're going up. Then when you do all you can see is the park below you(it's impossible to move your head btw because of the force)and you get that awesome feeling in your stomach before plummeting down. I also talked to one of the ride operators in line, apparently it also goes faster now >:D - Sierra J
I haven't ridden it backwards yet but like it fwds when I rode it. Anxiously awaiting my next ride! I can't wait. - Adrienne McDonald
When Superman was going forwards, I didn't think much of it. In 2011, I had to try Superman going backwards to see if its worth the hype. I was seated in Row 4, facing the SFMM staff and the base launcher. When we launched, they just passed by me in less than a second and every thing else as well. When the "car" ascending towards the top of the tower, I couldn't believe that we were that high up. (When Superman moved forward, I couldn't see that persepctive of the ground to where we were on the tower). As the "car" went back down, we could see the ground quickly coming towards us before the "car" turned horizontal and back the the launcher base, still at around 75-100 M.P.H. I felt like I was in a wind tunnel before the "car" finally stopped at the base. Originally, I gave Superman a 6 when it was moving forwards. Now, I am giving it a 9 since we are now going backwards and a the new perspective gives the coaster seeker a chance to see what its like going down and fast. They should have done this when they first opened the ride. - D.S. Francisco
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