Ninja (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
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|Six Flags Magic Mountain|
|Park section||Samurai Summit|
|Opening date||May 21, 1988|
|Type||Steel – Suspended|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||60 ft (18 m)|
|Drop||43 ft (13 m)|
|Length||2,700 ft (820 m)|
|Speed||55 mph (89 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||36°|
|Capacity||1,600 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||42 in (107 cm)|
|Trains||3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
Flash Pass available
Must transfer from wheelchair
|Ninja at RCDB
Pictures of Ninja at RCDB
Ninja is an Arrow Dynamics steel suspended roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It is the fastest roller coaster of its kind in the world, joint with Vortex at Canada's Wonderland, both with top speeds of 55 mph (89 km/h).
Ninja's station building previously served as the upper station for Magic Mountain's dragon tram. The tram carried passengers up and down the hillside until its closure in 1981, and its abandoned lower station can still be found near the Jetstream water ride and Ninja's final brake run.
Ninja is the only Arrow Dynamics suspended swinging coaster west of the Mississippi River. The other three suspended swinging coasters in North America (Vortex at Canada's Wonderland, Iron Dragon at Cedar Point, and Flight Deck at Kings Island) are all east of the Mississippi.
The station building is designed to resemble elements of Japanese architecture, and features several large renditions of classic Japanese woodblock prints of popular Kabuki actors of the Edo period, mostly by Tōshūsai Sharaku.
Ninja received a fresh coat of paint for the 2007 season; the ride was repainted with bright red track and white supports.
In 2008, Six Flags Magic Mountain installed a new control system for Ninja.
- On August 30, 2008 at approximately 4 PM PST, 20-year-old Michael Rohrer of West Hollywood, CA was struck by a passing coaster vehicle from overhead after he entered a restricted area below the ride by scaling two 6 foot perimeter fences to retrieve a lost hat. He was treated at the scene by park first-aid, then air-lifted to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in comatose condition. He was pronounced dead on August 31, 2008 at approximately 2 AM PST. Cause of death was attributed to blunt force trauma.