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October 19, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Superman coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain will get a makeover in spring 2011 that will send riders rocketing 100 mph straight up into the air -- backwards. Superman: Escape from Krypton will add new coaster trains that run backward instead of forward, as they have since the $20-million magnetic launch shuttle coaster opened in 1997 at the Valencia amusement park. After the ride operates for a few months, one of the cars on the twin tracks will be turned around to run forward, allowing riders to choose between both options, amusement park officials said.
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September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six Flags Magic Mountain will add a new 40-story thrill ride on June 30 themed to DC Comics villain Lex Luthor that will rank as the world's tallest and fastest drop tower. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012 The 400-foot-tall Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom will be attached to both sides of the Valencia amusement park's 415-foot-tall Superman: Escape from Krypton coaster tower. After ascending to the top of the new drop tower, Lex Luthor riders will freefall for five seconds at speeds reaching 85 miles per hour before a magnetic braking system stops the drop.
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June 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for what I've dubbed the "most anticipated new roller coaster of the summer. " Photos : Green Lantern coaster takes shape atSix Flags Magic Mountain For the second time in as many months, Six Flags Magic Mountain has pushed back the opening of the rocking and spinning Green Lantern roller coaster. It is now scheduled to make its debut July 1 after the Valencia amusement park postponed planned premieres in May and June.
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September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2012 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and live shows at the amusement park chain's 12 North American locations. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012 New Six Flags President and Chief Executive Jim Reid-Anderson said a full slate of new additions would become an annual event, promising to add a new attraction at "every Six Flags park every year. " Six Flags ' 2012 attractions include two new roller coasters, two relocated coasters, three tower rides, three water slide complexes and at least one show.
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July 6, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
My palms have been sweating for weeks in anticipation of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom , the new drop tower debuting Saturday at Six Flags Magic Mountain. > Photos: Lex Luthor drop tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain My apprehension stemmed not from the thrill ride's record-setting 400-foot height or 85 mph speed, but rather from the drop tower's relative proximity to the Superman: Escape from Krypton shuttle coaster. You see, the Lex Luthor drop tower is attached to both sides of the 415-foot-tall Superman L-shaped track, adding to the excitement of both rides.
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May 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There's a lot more than pixie dust swirling through the air at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as construction crews, earth-moving excavators and towering cranes work on several theme park rides set to debut this summer and beyond. The headliner is the $100-million Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, scheduled to open June 3 at California Adventure. The elaborate dark ride will take visitors on a family-friendly musical underwater journey based on "The Little Mermaid," the 1989 animated movie.
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November 12, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks. Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the " World of Color " water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. And 2012 promises a long list of marquee additions headed by Cars Land at DCA and Transformers at Universal Studios Hollywood in California.
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January 18, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
You're going to need a cheat sheet to keep track of all the new roller coaster names at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2011. That's not to say that Magic Mountain is actually getting five new coasters this year. The Valencia amusement park is adding only one truly new coaster. The four other coasters will be re-branded, relocated, re-themed and remade -- one of each, in fact. Confused? Well, you should be. Most of the new coaster names are the result of a cost-cutting move to strip an array of intellectual properties from Six Flags parks.
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June 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A first-of-its-kind vertical roller coaster debuting June 30 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will take riders through a pair of twists, a towering heart-line roll and a non-inverting loop. Dubbed Superman Ultimate Flight, the custom Premier Rides launched coaster at the Northern California park combines a unique blend of elements from other coasters, including Cedar Point's Wicked Twister, Universal Orlando's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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