New Superman roller coaster stalls on top of ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012 10:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Twelve riders spent more than an hour Sunday stuck atop a new roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, suspended 15 stories in the air until park workers were able to bring them back to earth.

Read more and see video from The San Francisco Chronicle and KCBS/San Francisco.

Monday, July 30, 2012 10:40 AM

I can't imagine how that would have happened. Was it just a case of perfect balance, like TTD's stalls?

Monday, July 30, 2012 10:57 AM

Maybe they need a little maintenance platform up there, so they can give it a push if necessary.

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:15 AM

Man, that's gotta suck for capacity. ;)

Is the upper straightaway not angled slightly downward to ensure the train keeps moving?

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:16 AM

I've said it before; never say never. I've heard people say trains can't stall here or there, trains can't stop in loops, etc. But then you get these stories and it reminds you that anything is possible.

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:21 AM

A park spokesman, Nancy Chan is quoted as saying "“If (a ride) stops, it usually detects something and it stops for safety reasons,”

I think Ms. Chan needs to be taught the difference between a block brake and a mechanical malfunction.

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:27 AM

I would think it if were as simple as a stall they could have just pushed it once they got the platform up to the car. If so, perhaps the ride would just valley somewhere else?

Monday, July 30, 2012 12:47 PM

I'm not sure I understand why a ride like this would need a blocking system at all. It's not like it's going to be running more than one train!

Monday, July 30, 2012 1:43 PM

If they had Allstate they'd be protected from mayhem like this.

Monday, July 30, 2012 2:52 PM

I'll stop short of accusing you of thievery, Amnesiac...but that exact sentence..verbatim..appeared in the comments from Yahoo! users on the story. Do you have an alibi?

Monday, July 30, 2012 3:09 PM

It doesn't have a blocking system, RB. That's the point. It does have a magnetic brake just after the barrel roll before the big drop but that doesn't appear to be where this happened.

Monday, July 30, 2012 4:53 PM

It wouldn't valley anywhere else, as far as I know. Obviously, if you push it backwards, the only place for it to stop is in the station. If you push it forwards, I'm pretty sure it would complete the course as it doesn't come into the heartline roll with much speed. In fact, there IS a magnetic brake there (right before the roll) to make sure the train doesn't hit the roll going too fast, but I was looking at it when I was there and I'm *pretty* sure it only engages after the train clears the crest.

Monday, July 30, 2012 8:02 PM

Is it possible to plagiarize a post from Yahoo? It would seem to me that's akin to stealing dryer lint...

Monday, July 30, 2012 9:47 PM

It amazes me just how much this "story" has been blown out of proportion in the local news. Would it suck to be up there 2 hours? Of course. Was there any serious danger to the riders? I don't think so. Ugh. Ok...I'm done. Thanks for listening.

Monday, July 30, 2012 10:41 PM

Wellll...I guess heat exhaustion, heat stroke, severe sunburn, and dehydration could all be issues to a degree, but I know what you mean. Do they think the ride is just going to spontaneously combust or something? Or, oh, the train could *gasp* fall down the hill. Don't quite get the hysterics myself.

Of course, if I got stuck that high off the ground for two hours, the resultant hissy fit would be epic. Not a fan of heights, especially when in conjunction with no clue as to what has malfunctioned.

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:07 PM

Not sure how long it was after they got stuck, but the were brought up water when the crane came up.

I guess I'm just a fan of having a good story to tell later, so that's how I'd view being stuck up there that long. :D

Monday, July 30, 2012 11:35 PM

Just my luck, I'd have to pee really bad.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:06 AM

"Oh, I'm up? Good. I bet I hold it through a quick lap on this thing. What could go wrong?"

Last edited by sirloindude, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:06 AM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:12 AM

I just hope no one ate a burrito before they got on the ride.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:52 AM

I love how the news made it sound like it was such a big deal. This type of thing happens all the time on all rides.

I know people have asked me before why coasters break down and I tell them it is like your smartphone or computer. It usually works but every once and a while it freezes or stops working.


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