Superman Ultimate Flight Open!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom! The one-of-a-kind Premier launched coaster opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this weekend in the former location of Zonga, and more recently Pandemonium.

When this coaster was announced last September, I was puzzled. “Why would Six Flags put in a low capacity, low-thrill roller coaster?” Well, now I know why, because I was apparently wrong on the “low-thrill”. As described in the  NewsPlusNotes review,

The ride itself is fantastic.   The launches are quick and intense, but what really surprises is the abundance of airtime, which is enough to easily overshadow any other California ride.  Cresting over the vertical incline into the barrel roll as well as dropping off the “cliffhanger drop” offers unexpected doses of ejector airtime. The large barrel roll offers a huge thrill from the hang time you experience as you very slowly roll through.  And the base of the non-inverting loop gives some pretty decent positive Gs.

I heard some riders call it one of the best minutes on a roller coaster and many call this the most intense coasters on the west coast while ranking highly on people’s personal top 10 lists.  All in all, it’s clear the park has a real winner on their hands that deserves to be ridden by anyone who can make it to the park.

Every review I’ve read has described this as a thrill machine, and I am shocked to hear that this ride is forcing enthusiasts to rethink their Top 10 lists as they think it’s so darn fun!

GreatAmericanThrills was also at the park covering the opening of Superman Ultimate Flight, and they shot some great video of the ride with POV, interviews, offride and more. (Skip to 4:15 for the review of the ride)

This ride looks like a winner for Six Flags, and for the manufacturer Premier. This coaster joins the trending intense-compact coasters like the Intamin Zac-Spin model. This looks like a ride to influence, and finalize any coaster enthusiast’s trip to the Bay Area.

Photos by NewsPlusNotes

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Manta vs Manta

The second interpretation of the Manta coaster concept just opened at SeaWorld San Diego, and seeing as they are so different, I think it’s just about appropriate to compare them on PureCoaster. Now, I’m going to compare them in three subtopics before the poll, just so we can learn a little about these coaster cousins.

Type of Coaster:

The original Manta at SeaWorld Orlando is a flying coaster by B&M, meanwhile the new Manta at SeaWorld San Diego is a MACK launch coaster. These coasters couldn’t be more different when it comes to classification, and layout. In Orlando, you see four inversions, one of which is a gargantuan pretzel loop. On the other hand, in San Diego it’s very low to the ground with lots of tight high speed curves.

Splashdown

What is to me the most iconic thing about these coasters is the splashdown. The one in Orlando is very grand, and very showy, meanwhile the new one in San Diego is more subtle, and likewise more realistic. Both are very unique effects that have become a sort of trade mark for SeaWorld.

Trains

Seeing as they are different makes of coaster by different manufacturers, the trains for these coasters are quite different. The stylized B&M flying coaster trains in Orlando have a grand manta ray at the front of each train, plus cute smaller mantas at the front of each car, and on the MACK mega coaster trains in San Diego, they have a beautiful, gigantic manta at the front.

Personally, I think the original Manta in Orlando better mimics the sensation of being a manta, but due to height restrictions in San Diego they were forced to modify the concept, and in my opinion, they got a less than spectacular result. My vote is to the flying coaster at SeaWorld Orlando.

Photos by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast: New for 2012

Last week I posted regarding the then rumoured reversal of Mr Freeze trains. But today, that rumour was confirmed, and a trailer was released showcasing the reverse launch. Mr Freeze Reverse Blast has a planned opening of something in May, this year at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis.

Reverse Mr. Freeze for 2013?

It looks like Superman: The Escape isn’t the only coaster to be reworked by Six Flags with backwards launches, according to Screamscape, we might see the Mr. Freeze coasters launching reversed trains in 2013 season.

Recent rumours state that next year, at Six Flags St.Louis and Six Flags Over Texas, the Mr Freeze coasters will be launching trains backwards. Currently, both rides are closed, and as stated below by Screamscape, something is definitely brewing for next year.

Guests to visited SFOT over the weekend for the start of that market’s Spring Break, confirmed that not only was Mr. Freeze closed, but there was a sign at the entrance of the closed ride stating that there would be an exciting announcement coming soon.

Based on what we saw a few years ago at Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the mysterious ride closure and the sign outside the ride saying “Something BIG is happening at Superman: The Escape” plus the fact that both parks haven’t seen a brand new coaster since 2008, I think everything is right on track for us to be seeing a Mr Freeze: Reverse Blast at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in the near future

Don’t forget to voice your opinion in the comments!