Six Flags Magic Mountain, the park constantly competing with Cedar Point to be the “coaster capital of the world,” announced its new-for-2012 attraction this morning, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. The Drop of Doom will be a custom-designed INTAMIN drop tower, standing 400-feet tall alongside Superman: Escape from Krypton.
Named after one of DC Comics most evil super-villians, and Superman’s arch enemy, the Drop of Doom will actually reside on the side of the tower that Superman: Escape from Krypton rides up. The ride will feature floorless gondolas that will haul eight guests up (one-on-each side) the sides of Superman’s tower. Upon reaching the top, the cars will hold for just a few brief seconds before being released and plummeting down to earth at nearly 85 mph, inducing five seconds of pure freefall and weightlessness. At 400-feet tall, it will stand as the world’s tallest freefall ride.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President Bonnie Rabjohn stated in the park’s press release, “We are excited to add another world record to our collection of record-breaking, first-on-the-planet attractions.” Though the park boasts that Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom will change the face of the park’s skyline, technically, it won’t, given that the ride will be on the side of the existing tower that Superman already utilizes.
Just this past year, the park overhauled its Superman coaster, giving it new trains, new paint, and turning the trains backwards (or at least one train), turning it from Superman: The Escape into Superman: Escape from Krypton. Along with that, the park finally opened Road Runner Express, a kiddie coaster which formerly operated at the SBNO Six Flags New Orleans. The park also opened another new coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight, an Intamin ZacSpin coaster, which officially gave Six Flags Magic Mountain the “coaster capital of the world” crown, having the most coasters at 18.
Next year, the park will be relinquishing its hold on that title and have to settle for a tie once again with Cedar Point, as Six Flags Magic Mountain has already announced that its Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster, Déjà vu, will be leaving the park. Déjà vu will be heading to Six Flags New England next year, but further details about that move can be found in another announcement.
Despite losing its coaster crown to a tie, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to up the ante on its selection of thrill rides, upping it to 400 feet that is. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is sure to give guests some amazing panoramic views along with its five seconds of airtime and extreme thrills.