Ninja (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Ninja
Ninja entrance sign.jpg
Ninja loading.jpg
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Samurai Summit
Coordinates 34°25′20″N 118°35′54″W / 34.42222°N 118.59833°W / 34.42222; -118.59833Coordinates: 34°25′20″N 118°35′54″W / 34.42222°N 118.59833°W / 34.42222; -118.59833
Status Operating
Opening date May 21, 1988
Cost US$6 million
General statistics
Type Steel – Suspended
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer Arrow Dynamics
Model Suspended Coaster
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 60 ft (18 m)
Length 2,700 ft (820 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:30
Max vertical angle 36°
Capacity 1,600 riders per hour
G-force 2.9
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).

Roller coaster[edit]

The coaster is located in the Samurai Summit area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. Ninja was built in 1988 as the fifth of the ten original Arrow suspended coasters. It is somewhat unusual in that it uses two lift hills — one at the beginning of the run and a second one just before the end, to return the train to station elevation.

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 The Bat 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.

Soon after Six Flags Astroworld was shut down in 2005, the trains from their suspended XLR-8 were brought to Magic Mountain to be used on Ninja.

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.

Incidents[edit]

  • On August 30, 2008, at approximately 4 p.m. PDT, 20-year-old Michael Rohrer of West Hollywood, California was struck by a coaster vehicle passing 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 airlifted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in comatose condition. He was pronounced dead on August 31, 2008 at approximately 2 a.m. PDT. Cause of death was attributed to blunt force trauma.[1][2]
  • On the evening of July 7, 2014, a pine tree fell across the coaster's track, causing the first car of the next train to derail, stranding the riders aboard. Four people were injured in the accident and two were treated in the hospital, all for minor injuries.[3][4] Twelve days after the incident, Six Flags Magic Mountain reopened the coaster on July 19, 2014.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-09-03). "Man struck by roller coaster at Magic Mountain". Los Angeles Daily News (Los Angeles Newspaper Group). Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  2. ^ The Coaster Blog (2008-08-31). "Man Struck by Roller Coaster at Six Flags". The Coaster Blog (The Coaster Blog). Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  3. ^ Robert Lopez (2014-07-07). "Magic Mountain riders rescued after Ninja roller coaster derails". LA Times. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Six Flags Magic Magic Mountain Ninja Roller-Coaster Accident: 4 Hospitalized". KABC-TV Los Angeles. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Ninja Reopens At Six Flags Magic Mountain". The Coaster Guy. 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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