Thrill seekers will finally have the opportunity to experience "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom" this weekend when the 400-foot-drop tower ride officially opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.
The ride was scheduled to open to the public last weekend but had to be pushed back after park officials said testing was taking longer than anticipated.
"Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom" consists of two free fall drop attractions, with each mounted to a lateral flank of the popular "Superman: Escape From Krypton" ride structure.
Fearless riders are seated inside floorless gondolas before being pulled 400 feet to the top of the tower. After a brief pause, the gondolas are released and dropped at speeds of up to 85 miles-per-hour. After five seconds of freefall, the gondola is stopped by a sophisticated magnetic braking system just a few feet from the ground.
"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in delivering world-class thrills, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is proud to be at the head of the pack, offering guests the biggest and the best," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "We are excited to add another world record to our collection of record-breaking, first-on-the-planet attractions."
Changing Magic Mountain's legendary skyline, "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom" offers riders breathtaking panoramic views as they are lifted to the top of the tallest vertical drop ride ever built. Sitting eight abreast, riders will plummet 40 stories at an extreme speed before coming to a stop, all while the "Superman: Escape from Krypton" cars are blasted to the top of the same structure.
"Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to deliver powerful thrills to our guests year after year," said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. "'Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom' is a tremendous addition and brings a new dimension of excitement to the park's already remarkable collection of thrill rides."
As an added thrill, when both the "Superman: Escape From Krypton" and "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom" operate simultaneously, the steel framework tower that supports both rides is likely to sway as much as 2 feet side to side.
For more information on "Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom" or Six Flags Magic Mountain, visit SixFlags.com/MagicMountain.