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Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom concept art

Six Flags Magic Mountain will open its record-breaking new drop tower ride, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The ride was originally due to open a week earlier, but fans of the park have been made to wait until the height of the summer season to experience it. The attraction will be the world's tallest and fastest drop tower, with riders plunging towards the ground at 85 miles per hour from a height of some 415 feet.

Guests will be seated in floorless gondolas that travel up and down two separate vertical tracks, which are attached to the sides of the Superman: Escape from Krypton rollercoaster. They are lifted to the top of these, where they can take in views of Six Flags Magic Mountain before freefalling for 5 seconds towards the ground below.

Queues for Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom are likely to be very long during its debut season. The ride features an an ascension time of 95 seconds and can carry only 16 riders at a time, giving it a theoretical, best-case-scenario capacity of just 550 riders per hour. For comparison, the park’s Tatsu flying roller coaster (a notoriously slow loader) has a theoretical capacity of 1600 riders per hour.

You can found out more about the Six Flags Magic Mountain's latest addition in our in-depth Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom preview.

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