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Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom concept art

Six Flags Magic Mountain has debuted its new Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom attraction, which is now the tallest and fastest drop tower ride in the world.

Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom was opened to the public on Saturday, July 7, 2012, a week later than originally planned. It sees riders plummet towards the ground at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour, from a height of some 415 feet. To enable this, the new ride is integrated into the existing towers of the Superman: Escape from Krypton roller coaster.

Guests are seated in floorless gondolas that travel up and down two separate vertical tracks, which are attached to each of the coaster's two towers. The ride experience can be seen in the official video footage embedded below:

Those hoping to experience Six Flags Magic Mountain's latest thrill ride should be aware that queues are likely to be very long during its debut season. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom features 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.

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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