Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces Superman: Ultimate Flight

Posted Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:34 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

The familiar refrain, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!” will become part of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s lexicon with the official announcement today of the park’s exciting new roller coaster, SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight. The ride, created in a partnership between Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, is slated to open in spring 2012.

This one-of-a-kind super launch coaster features the tallest inversion west of the Mississippi and will rank alongside the tallest coaster inversions in the world. At 150 feet high, riders will experience lightning speeds of 62 miles per hour, with two upside-down twists and two vertical rolls over a track length of 863 feet.

“We’re excited to bring this caliber of ride to Discovery Kingdom,” said Dale Kaetzel, Park President. “Since we opened our super coaster Medusa in 2000, the public has been waiting for a ride to match that intensity. We believe that SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight will satisfy even the most fearless thrill-seeker, and then some.”

As Discovery Kingdom’s first DC Comics-themed ride, the new addition is the perfect complement to the park’s unique collection of marine life, wildlife and wild rides. Thrill rides include the aforementioned Medusa, along with Kong, Roar, Vertical Velocity and Boomerang, and SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight’s addition solidifies Discovery Kingdom’s standing as Northern California’s best place to experience thrills of all kinds.

Brightly painted in Superman’s colors -- vibrant blue, red and yellow -- the steel coaster will be visible from Highway 37 and beyond from its location on the eastern side of the park. Construction on SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight will begin in early 2012.

SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight is being manufactured for Six Flags Six Flags Discovery Kingdom by Premier Rides.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 1:27 PM

This coaster looks pretty sweet even though it is replacing another existing coaster at the park. I wonder where Big Spin will wind up...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 1:37 PM

Nice to see Premier getting more work. From the video, it looks like a winner. It's like they cross-bred a Maurer Sohne Skyloop and Intamin Impulse, and then tacked on the non-inverting loop from Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at the end. Probably going to be some nice positive forces throughout that loop and pullout.

Last edited by BullGuy, Thursday, September 1, 2011 1:37 PM
Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:08 PM

Looks like fun, but also looks like a capacity nightmare. Wonder if there is something in place to prevent the ride from getting stuck in the non-inverting loop (looks especially possible during the backwards launch).

Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:45 PM

I've never riden one of the Maurer Sohne Skyloops, but to me they look a bit clunky in design. This Premier ride looks like they got it all figured out. Looks sweet.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:58 PM

This ride made me think of the Mr. Freeze rides Premier made over a decade ago. Looks very unique. I hope they can pull it off without running into any weird issues due to the brakes on top and the jojo roll.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:40 PM

Good to see Anton's Pretzel loop, but good lord what a capacity nightmare!

Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:50 PM

Is this the first ride with a DC Comics lincence at Discovery Kingdom?

Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:54 PM

James Whitmore said:
Is this the first ride with a DC Comics lincence at Discovery Kingdom?

From the article: "As Discovery Kingdom’s first DC Comics-themed ride, "

Looks like it.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:00 PM

Thanks. Too many announcements today to read 'em all word for word. Or maybe I'm lazy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:31 PM

James Whitmore said:
I've never ridden one of the Maurer Sohne Skyloops, but to me they look a bit clunky in design.

The biggest thing I don't like about them is the slow vertical lift. I have yet to find a vertical lift that I enjoy. Also, the MS's do not have brakes. You fly through the station and then they catch you with the chain and lower you back down into the station. When it "catches" the car, you get a pretty good jolt.

I'm excited to try this one out since it has the launch/mag brakes which will eliminate my vertical lift discomfort and the sudden jolt at the end.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:18 PM

Love the originality but again I have to ask, low capacity to force people into buying Qbots? The train holds 12 riders, if they are lucky to get 30 launches on hour that is 360 pph capacity...sheesh!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:21 PM

Six Flags owes either Gonchar or I a royalty on this ride. One of us designed something like this along time ago on the ride exchange that used to be on this site for RCT 3

Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:35 PM

That was the first thing I thought about, RCT, LOL.

And even the new X Flight has an RCT-esq layout.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:38 PM

^^^I don't think they intentionally build low capacity rides to encourage q-bot sales. That said, I also don't think they had capacity as a high priority in choosing the rides that they built (which I think they should have).

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:20 PM

this is what happens when Superman eats too much and is FAT

UP UP AN AWA........ UGH!!!!1!!

"let's try that again"


"OY one moar time clark..."


"whew! let me catch my super breath. (smells like in n out)"

ok time for a rooooooooooll



(returns to in n out parking lot)

I'm sorry this doesn't really look like a well thought out concept :/

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:22 PM

Seriously? How does this not look well thought out? I mean, they did what all of us have already thought about doing - they connected an Impulse coaster at the top!

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:25 PM

Because, Josh, Premier has done nothing but built non-thought out rides. Which is why all of them suck.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:29 PM

I forgot about that. You, sir, are correct.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:30 PM

P.S., can't wait to get my 2nd Mr. Freeze credit this weekend.


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