Specific Type: Flying Coaster
In 2003 guests would be able to take flight in a way that they never had before at Six Flags Great Adventure. Superman: Ultimate Flight give guests the experience of flight by placing them into the flying position just like Superman. The ride, designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, was placed in a prominent position right in the front of the park. The visual appeal from the parking lot and the midway make this ride an exciting experience for the guests. Great Adventure renovated the plaza outside of the queue area to create an imposing entranceway, complete with giant emblem on the ground and a tall art deco facade. Once past the facade guests wind along a pathway under the coaster where they can read signs about Superman’s abilities, and his foes, all while getting buzzed by the trains flying overhead.
Once guest arrive in the station and choose their seats a transformation occurs. In the station the ride resembles a typical invert, but with ankle restraints. However after the train is locked and checked prepare to take flight. The seats pivot 90 degrees from vertical to horizontal and riders are now in the signature Superman flying position, and departs the station for the 106 foot tall lift hill. At the top of the the train drops and dives and curves around at 51 MPH. Once the train reaches the bottom it soars back up and enters the pretzel loop. As the train maneuvers thought this signature element it starts with a head first dive straight down towards a trench, right before it hits the bottom it flips riders onto their back with a punishing positive G sensation. The riders exit the element in almost a standing position heading back up and then it finally soars out. The train banks around to the right in a graceful turn that really makes riders feel the sensation of flight. The train then banks even harder and swerves hard to the left and then the right. The train enters an in-line-twist blind and then finally into the brake run. The train is returned to the station ready to take another group of thrill seekers on an ultimate flight.
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