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 10:35 PM

I'm gussing that Discovery Kingdom isn't the most visited park in the Six Flags family. So maybe this is a good place to put a lower capacity ride.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:12 PM

IHeartWood said:
this is what happens when Superman eats too much and is FAT

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

"let's try that again"

UP UP AND AWAAAAAA....HUFF PUFF!

"OY one moar time clark..."

UP UP AND AWAAAAAAAAY!!!!...


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

I find your post funny and entertaining, but I do have to say that rides are almost always designed before the concept, if any, is created. Therefore I think I'll let the conceptual ideas for this ride slide.

It looks like a lot of fun, in my opinion, but without talking about Q-bots, I hate the low capacity of some of these rides. Parks should want their guests walking around and buying stuff, not stuffed into a zig-zag queue all day.


Edited for space. ...and spellin' and stuff.

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:15 PM
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:25 PM

Kick The Sky said:
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

I see stuff that seems 'borrowed' from those RCT designs all the time. We had a fun core group doing some really neat stuff at the time.

The funny thing is we caught a lot of crap for our designs not being 'realistic' enough. Now a lot of it would look pretty standard.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:52 PM

I'm just sayin... sure the loop looks fun, but is this really going to go through the spins that slow? That just seems... strange.

Would make more sense to me to have one where you could launch without going backwards so you could possibly have 2 train operation.

I'm not sure how busy DK gets so no telling how long the line would be, but I couldn't even fathom waiting for Green Lantern on an average day at SFMM.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 2:51 AM

Looks fun to me. I love Premier rides.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 3:54 AM

I would think (hope!) that there would be the 2nd loading train - just like the Mr. Freeze rides.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 6:34 AM

I thought this was an X-Car. Seems I'm wrong. The capacity does look horrible!

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Friday, September 2, 2011 6:37 AM

IHeartWood said:
Would make more sense to me to have one where you could launch without going backwards so you could possibly have 2 train operation.

Exactly what I was thinking

IHeartWood said:
I'm not sure how busy DK gets so no telling how long the line would be

When I was there during the off-season last year, some rides had long queues, like the Big Spin. Seemed like the lower the capacity of the ride, he longer the wait, at that time.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 9:37 AM

Double loading station, Just like Mr.Freeze.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 10:51 AM

These are the kinds of rides CF should be building at places like Michigan's Adventure. A creative roller coaster that fits with the size of the park. This will be a hit at SFDK.

Last edited by CPcyclone, Friday, September 2, 2011 10:51 AM
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Friday, September 2, 2011 11:09 AM

Surya said:
I thought this was an X-Car. Seems I'm wrong.

I did too, right up until last night - surprised as anything that Premier is building something SO close to the Maurer-Sohne design (and I am sure M-S is about as pleased as Funtime was with the Windseeker announcements)... ;)

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Friday, September 2, 2011 11:09 PM

rollergator said:

Surya said:
I thought this was an X-Car. Seems I'm wrong.

I did too, right up until last night - surprised as anything that Premier is building something SO close to the Maurer-Sohne design (and I am sure M-S is about as pleased as Funtime was with the Windseeker announcements)... ;)

It looks to be identical to Kennywood's Sky Rocket car, also a Premier design.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 6:17 PM

(Yes, realize that am VERY late to chime in on this thread. LOL)

As a coaster fan, I am personally excited to have this ride at my home park. ...however the fact that it comes at the expense of Tony Hawk/Pandemonium is going to be a big loss to families with children who tend to love this ride.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 5:20 AM

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

Been there. Done that. Ridden both Mr. Freezes! =D

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:03 AM

I haven't ridden either one. What do I win?

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:14 AM

^One Snowy's Cone...sprinkles are extra... ;)

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