Could you handle sitting 400 feet in the air with nothing below your feet but air? Riders are now able to experience this at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where the park has broken yet another record.
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the first drop tower to bring its riders to 400 feet. The ride allows riders to freefall back to Earth, bringing their top speeds up to 85 miles per hour.
“We are excited to add another world-record ride to our existing collection of
record-breaking attractions,” Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President, said in the park’s official press release. “Six Flags is known as the industry leader in introducing innovative thrills and attractions, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, with more one-of-a-kind rides and attractions than any other theme park on the planet, is proud to expand our status as the Thrill Capital of the World.”
Six Flags takes the superhero theme to a whole new level, because this drop tower doesn’t just stand alone. Lex Luthor is attached to Superman: Escape from Krypton, playing on the idea of Lex Luthor stealing power from Superman and allowing Superman riders to battle it out in the sky with the Lex Luthor riders.
The themeing doesn’t stop there. To ride Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, riders must first enter LexCorp, Lex Luthor’s facade company for his evil schemes. As they wait to board, they can view Lex Luthor’s famed suit that he wears when fighting Superman.
For the premiere of the ride, Six Flags hosted Michael Rosenbaum, an actor who played Lex Luthor on CW’s television series Smallville for ten years.
“When they told me about the ride I was excited, you never have a villain ride, it’s always Superman or Flash or some super hero,” Rosenbaum told SVCnew.com, a Santa Clarita news site. “On my way (to Magic Mountain) I told my brother that I was nervous. He asked why and I told him it’s a 400-foot drop and we are going to be the guinea pigs. Yet after I went on it a few times I just wanted to go on more and more.”
From reports, it would seem that many riders share Rosenbaum’s enjoyment of the ride. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is now open at Six Flags Magic Mountain.