Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed that it will add a stand-up rollercoaster to the park for the 2011 season, with the ride being themed around DC Comics' Green Lantern.
The coaster was previously located at Kentucky Kingdom (where it was known as Chang), before its removal by Six Flags ahead of the park's closure in January this year. Green Lantern stands at 154-feet-tall, reaches speeds of 63 miles per hour and includes a 121-foot-tall loop, a 103-foot dive loop, a 72-foot inclined loop and a double corkscrew finish.
In its New Jersey home, the Bolliger & Mabillard creation will receive a new theme based around the Green Lantern. The comic, which tells the tale of a group of intergalactic police officers, is the subject of a major motion picture set for release on June 17, 2011 and starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Six Flags Great Adventure is likely to carry out significant cross-promotional activity around the movie when the coaster opens next spring.
Chang set several world records when it opened in 1997, becoming the tallest, fastest and longest stand-up coaster in the world. Over 4000 feet in length, it will replace the Great American Scream Machine rollercoaster, which closed on July 18.
Six Flags Great Adventure has been without a stand-up coaster since the removal of Shockwave in 1992. Park president John Fitzgerald said of the new addition: "Green Lantern is guaranteed to deliver a smooth, white-knuckled adventure - but this time standing up while upside down."
Green Lantern will be the thirteenth rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure, joining the tallest, fastest coaster in the world - Kingda Ka - in the park's line-up.
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