Superman: Escape from Krypton is a launched steel shuttle roller coaster located in the Samurai Summit area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California that opened in 1997. It is similar to Tower of Terror II, which opened two months prior in Dreamworld, Australia. These two coasters were the first to utilize Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) technology to propel vehicles to top speed. The ride closed throughout the latter half of 2010 to aid in a major redevelopment and transformation into "Superman: Escape from Krypton" from "Superman: The Escape". The refurbished ride opened on March 19, 2011.
Superman: The Escape (1997-2010)
Originally known as Superman: The Escape, the ride was intended to open in 1996. However, due to a range of problems Superman: The Escape opened on March 15, 1997. At the end of July 4 weekend of 2010 Superman: The Escape ceased operations with no reason given. A sign posted in front of the ride indicated that it would reopen during the 2011 season, with hints indicating that there would be improvements made to the ride experience. A Los Angeles Times report on August 3, 2010, announced the plans for Superman: The Escape to undergo a major refurbishment before the 2011 season. After Superman: The Escape's sister ride, the Tower of Terror II at Dreamworld, underwent a major refurbishment in 2010 which entailed a new vehicle which launches backwards, speculation turned to the possibility of a similar modification to the Magic Mountain ride
Superman: Escape from Krypton
On October 14, 2010, an official video was leaked announcing several new experiences for Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2011. Six days later, Six Flags Magic Mountain officially announced the attractions. The announcement featured further information about the planned refurbishment of Superman: The Escape. As part of the refurbishment, the ride would be renamed to Superman: Escape from Krypton and would feature new backwards launching cars and a new color scheme. The upgraded ride re-opened to the public on March 19, 2011, just in time for Spring Break.
In early 2012, the coaster closed again. This time, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom was being added to the side of it. The construction was complete by the second week of May. The coaster reopened, along with Lex Luthor, on July 7, 2012.
The roller coaster has two parallel tracks. Riders are accelerated in reverse from 0 to 104 miles per hour (167 km/h) in approximately 7 seconds (about 0.65 g). The track then pitches up 90 degrees to the vertical. Riders climb this vertical section facing directly downward, before slowing and following the same path back to the start. During the entire vertical section of the ride, riders are completely weightless for about 7.5 seconds, half going up and half coming back down. The ride is known for being very loud and can be heard from many areas of the park.