Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

Posted Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Another one for the history books, Six Flags Magic Mountain, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, announced today the world’s tallest vertical drop ride, LEX LUTHOR: Drop of Doom, will make its debut for the 2012 season. Named after one of DC Comics’ most dangerously intelligent super-villains and Superman’s greatest enemy, LEX LUTHOR: Drop of Doom will be an engineering phenomenon, attached to both sides of the iconic SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton tower. Soaring at a sky-scraping 400 feet, LEX LUTHOR: Drop of Doom is slated for a spring 2012 launch.

Fearless riders will be seated inside floorless gondolas on two vertical tracks flanking each side of the SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton tower. Passengers on the gondolas will be pulled to the top of the tower, experience a brief pause before being released and dropped at speeds of up to 85 miles-per-hour. After five seconds of freefall, the gondola will be 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 will offer 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.”

LEX LUTHOR: Drop of Doom is being manufactured exclusively for Six Flags Magic Mountain by Intamin AG of Switzerland.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:52 PM

So higher than what? Sea level? Because I think Elitch Gardens has everyone beat with their sidewalks ride.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:53 PM
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Thursday, April 5, 2012 2:09 PM

The park in Nepal is higher than any amusement ride save for the "vomit comet".

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Monday, August 20, 2012 4:13 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Marineland includes the topography of the land to get that number. Note they say the world's highest rather than tallest. (and even that's incorrect)

It's just Power Tower-sized S&S tower on top of a hill that stands 150 feet over the rest of the park.

I was there about a month ago. That is a brutal hill to climb to get to the ride. It's probably the highest above the natural grade of a park. Not counting Stratosphere (you can take the elevator to that one). I climbed that hill in 100+ degree temps. I got all the way up there only to find there's no water fountain. The only concession stand up there is closed and the gift shop has no beverages for sale. I'm amazed no one died that day, or any other day for that matter. I'm not in the best of shape, but wow.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 5:25 PM

Never understood the thought process behind installing a single ride atop a large mountain that necessitates a 5 minute hike to access. And people thought the Arrow shuttle loops were bad...

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Monday, August 20, 2012 9:34 PM

I wouldn't even try to get away with a bonehead move like that in RCT...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:05 AM

Nevermind (thought you were talking about SFMM)

Last edited by Alexatucla, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:06 AM
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