Six Flags Magic Mountain's new Green Lantern: First Flight rollercoaster will open to the public on Friday, July 1, 2011, helping the park regain its crown as the "coaster capital of the world".
The debut of the first Intamin ZacSpin ride in North America will take the total number of coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain to 18, more than any other theme park in the world. The ride is an identical clone of the Insane rollercoaster at Sweden's Gröna Lund Tivoli, and is themed around the recently-released Green Lantern movie.
Theme Park Tourist attended Green Lantern: First Flight's media day on June 30, and an in-depth review will be posted to the site during the next few days. The park has released official video footage of the ride in action, which is embedded below.
Green Lantern: First Flight derives its name from a DC Comic strip that tells the tale of a group of intergalactic peacekeepers, upon which the movie is based. The ride's trains are suspended outside of the track, and can rotate independently. Half of the guests face forwards and half backwards, with their positions changing during the ride. The amount of rotation and swinging of the vehicles are dependent on the train's load distribution, meaning that the ride experience will never be predictable.
The park's president, Bonnie Rabjohn, said of Green Lantern's opening day: "As the park's history-making roller coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight is the perfect complement to our coaster dynasty. With this addition, Six Flags Magic Mountain now has the most comprehensive collection of thrilling rollercoasters anywhere in the world."
Six Flags Magic Mountain is celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2011, and is opening three new rollercoaster experiences to celebrate. In addition to Green Lantern: First Flight, the park has already opened the updated Superman: Escape From Krypton, which was recently reviewed by TPT. The other addition is Road Runner Express, a Vekoma Junior Coaster that has been relocated from the closed Six Flags New Orleans park.
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