Six Flags Magic Mountain, currently second to Cedar Point for the most number of coasters in a park, will take the record back in 2011 with the addition of two brand new coasters and one rethemed attraction.
The two new coasters will consist of America's first Intamin Zac-Spin, Green Lantern, and the previously delayed Mr. Six's Dance Coaster, which will debut under a different name. Green Lantern will be constructed near the existing Batman: the Ride and Riddler's Revenge coasters, and will reach a top speed of 37 mph after dropping from a height of 107 ft, as well as flipping riders through 825 ft of green and black track in two minutes. The kiddie coaster will replace the Sierra Falls water slide between Thomas Town and Bugs Bunny World.
In addition, Six Flags will revamp Superman The Escape, whose trains will soon launch backwards up the tower, and besides repainting the track blue, red and yellow, will rebrand the ride as Superman: Escape from Krypton. Riders will be able to see the station for the first time, and will reportedly be launched back up to 100 mph. And according to park officials, after the ride is opened for a few months, one of the sides will be turned forwards again as to allow riders both options.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has had 16 coasters the past few seasons, and will now reclaim the record from Cedar Point with a total of 18 coasters in 2011 as well as continue the ongoing battle. Coincidentally, the three coasters will debut in time for Six Flags Magic Mountain's 40th Anniversary as well as Six Flags Inc.'s 50th Anniversary.
Its officially "official"; Busch Gardens Africa will indeed release a brand new coaster in 2011. Dubbed Cheetah Hunt, this ride will propel riders forward with LSM technology at three separate launch zones. Also included in the expansion will be a brand new, completely immersive animal encounter exhibit, Cheetah Run.
The coaster, designed by Intamin AG, will be only the third installment by that company to feature Linear Synchronous Motors as a means of propulsion. But these magnetic boosters are needed to rocket riders up to their maximum speed of 60 mph before soaring to the top of a 110 ft hill. From that dizzying height, riders will then plummet a whopping 130 ft, thanks to one of many subterranean trenches throughout the ride.
In addition to those impressive heights and speeds, Cheetah Hunt will feature a "heartline roll" inversion, a 0-g parabolic hump, and an awesome set of s-turns nestled into the old Rhino Rally canyon. When this attraction opens next spring it will be sure to please everyone, animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. So if you're in the Tampa area next year, check out Cheetah Hunt, a new breed of speed.
Disney has finally released details about its updated Star Tours attraction, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The updated attraction will feature an all new storyline, taking place between the two Star Wars Trilogies (between Episodes III and IV), and will feature at least 54 different possible experiences to guests, creating a huge re-ride value.
An introductory video released online shows what looks to be an pre-show feature of the ride, where you are told about a “getaway package” to three different planets, including the sky city of Vespan, the Ewok forest village on Endor, and Alderaan, the “safest planet in the galaxy”…we’ll see about that.
Along with the new journey is an entirely new cast of characters and droids. These droids include Ace, you “Tour Droid” for the journey, and Aly San San, “spokesbot” for Star Tours. The Disney team felt a new pilot was required, as Rex, pilot of the original Star Tours, announces that it is his “first flight,” and the new storyline takes place earlier. Of course because of the earlier storyline, guests will be flying in the older model Starship 1000, rather than the 3000 model.
From videos released in the past, it is already known that there is a speedy pod-racing sequence on at least one of the journeys, as well as scenes taking place in Coruscant, located at the physical center of the “Star Wars” galaxy. The planet also acts as the capital of both the Galactic Empire and the New Republic at different times in the Star Wars storyline.
The new Star Tours attraction is set to open at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2011. No plans about utilizing the attraction at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, or Tokyo Disney have yet been announced.