Superman: Krypton Coaster

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Superman: Krypton Coaster
Superman Krypton Coaster entrance.jpg
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An overview of Superman: Krypton Coaster from the ride's lift hill
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Park section Spassburg
Coordinates 29°35′43″N 98°36′36″W / 29.595150°N 98.609991°W / 29.595150; -98.609991Coordinates: 29°35′43″N 98°36′36″W / 29.595150°N 98.609991°W / 29.595150; -98.609991
Status Operating
Opening date March 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)
Cost $20 million
General statistics
Type Steel – Floorless Coaster
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Model Floorless Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 168 ft (51 m)
Drop 163 ft (50 m)
Length 4,025 ft (1,227 m)
Speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Inversions 6
Duration 2:35
Max vertical angle 58°
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
G-force 3.8
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Superman: Krypton Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of Superman: Krypton Coaster at RCDB

Superman: Krypton Coaster is a Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless Coaster at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Opened in 2000, Superman: Krypton Coaster was one of the first floorless roller coasters in the world. The well-received ride held the title for the world's tallest vertical loop (145 feet) from its opening until 2013.

History[edit]

In 1999, Six Flags Great Adventure spent $42 million on new attractions including a prototype Floorless Coaster by Bolliger & Mabillard, Medusa (later Bizarro).[1] The immediate popularity of the ride,[2] led to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and three other amusement parks to announce plans to install Floorless Coasters in 2000;[3] aside from the announcement of Superman: Krypton Coaster on November 1, 1999,[4] Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announced Medusa, Geauga Lake announced Dominator, and SeaWorld Orlando announced Kraken.[3] The $20 million Superman: Krypton Coaster was announced as part of a wider multi-million-dollar expansion of Six Flags Fiesta Texas.[5]

At the time of the ride's announcement, construction had already begun on unused land bordered by quarry walls and an irrigation pond.[5][6] The initial plans for the ride specified it would have seven inversions including a 114-foot-tall (35 m) vertical loop and a 96-foot-tall (29 m) dive loop.[6] Following the ride's announcement, the design was altered to remove the dive loop and increase the size of the vertical loop to 145 feet (44 m).[7][8] This saw Superman: Krypton Coaster obtain the record for the world's tallest vertical loop when it officially opened to the public on March 11, 2000.[7][8]

On March 6, 2010, Six Flags Fiesta Texas offered exclusive ride time on Superman: Krypton Coaster to help celebrate the ride's 10th anniversary.[9] On June 22, 2013, Superman: Krypton Coaster lost the title of having the world's tallest vertical loop since Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California opened Full Throttle which features a 160-foot-tall (49 m) vertical loop, 15 feet (4.6 m) taller than the loop on Superman: Krypton Coaster.[8][10][11][12]

Characteristics[edit]

The ride's vertical loop and mid-course helix

Statistics[edit]

The 4,025-foot-long (1,227 m) Superman: Krypton Coaster stands 168 feet (51 m) tall.[7] With a top speed of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the ride will tie with Iron Rattler as the fastest roller coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.[7][13] The ride features six inversions including a 145-foot-tall (44 m) vertical loop, a zero-g roll, a 78-foot-tall (24 m) cobra roll and two corkscrews.[7][8]

Trains[edit]

Superman: Krypton Coaster operates with three floorless trains. Each train seats 32 riders in eight rows of four. This gives the ride a theoretical hourly capacity of 1600 riders per hour.[7] The open-air trains feature seats which leave riders' legs dangling above the track. Riders are restrainted with over-the-shoulder restraints (OTSRs).[5] As the trains are floorless, the station has a retractable floor for safe boarding.[6]

Ride experience[edit]

Superman: Krypton Coaster's initial plunge over the quarry wall

After riders have boarded and the station floor is retracted, Superman: Krypton Coaster departs with a left turn out of the station. This leads directly to the 168-foot-tall (51 m) chain lift hill. At the top, the train crests the lift hill and follows a fairly level 180 degree turn to the right above the quarry wall. This leads into a 168-foot (51 m) drop off the quarry wall directly into the 145-foot-tall (44 m) vertical loop. With the quarry wall on the track's right, the train inclines to the top of the wall where it performs a helix to the right. After dropping from the quarry wall again, the train enters the zero-g roll where riders experience a feeling of weightlessness. This is followed by the 78-foot-tall (24 m) cobra roll and a mid-course brake run. The exit from the mid-course brake run banks down to the right into the two interlocking corkscrews. This leads to a final turn before the final brake run and return to the station.[7][14][15]

Reception[edit]

Prior to launch, General Manager of Six Flags Fiesta Texas John Odum stated Superman: Krypton Coaster was "the big-league ride we have really needed". He stated the design of the ride, which interacts with the quarry wall, would make a thrilling ride: "being that close to the wall there is a good sense of speed".[5] In May 2000, two months after Superman: Krypton Coaster opened, it was reported that the park was "off to a flying start" for the season.[16] Six Flags Fiesta Texas officials stated the ride proved popular in its first year of operation.[17]

In Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards, Superman: Krypton Coaster was ranked in the top 50 steel roller coasters numerous times since its opening. It peaked at position 24 in 2002,[18] before it dropped to 50 in 2008[19] and rose again to 38 in 2011.[20]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top Steel Roller Coasters
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking N/A[21] 36[22]
24[18]
25[23]
27[24]
33[25]
33[26]
36[27]
50[19]
44[28]
N/A[29]
38[20]
N/A[30]

In Mitch Hawker's worldwide Best Roller Coaster Poll, Superman: Krypton Coaster entered at position 20 in 2001 and peaked at 17 in 2004. The ride's ranking in subsequent polls is shown in the table below.[31]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best Steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[31]
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking
[nb 1]
20
20
23
17
25
63
42
42
45
48
[nb 2]
54

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No steel roller coaster poll was held in 2000.
  2. ^ No steel roller coaster poll was held in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Tim (February 1, 1999). "Six Flags Great Adventure to turn into 'superpark'". Amusement Business 111 (5): 3. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Tim (June 7, 1999). "Park attendance off to a great start for 1999". Amusement Business 111 (23): 1. 
  3. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Category = Floorless)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Late News". Amusement Business 111 (44): 3. November 1, 1999. 
  5. ^ a b c d O'Brien, Tim (November 8, 1999). "$20 Mil Floorless Coaster To Have Superman Theme At Fiesta Texas". Amusement Business 111 (45): 21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Six Flags Fiesta Texas to Build New Coaster" (Press release). Six Flags Fiesta Texas. November 1, 1999. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Marden, Duane. "Superman Krypton Coaster  (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d MacDonald, Brady (August 30, 2012). "Six Flags Magic Mountain adding Full Throttle coaster in 2013". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 10, 2010). "Superman Krypton Coaster 10th Anniversary". Facebook. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Martin, Hugo (August 30, 2012). "Six Flags Magic Mountain announces 18th coaster". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Magic Mountain Announces Next Mega-Coaster". SCVNews. August 30, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Full Throttle  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Iron Rattler  (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Superman Krypton Coaster Front Row Seat on-ride HD POV Six Flags Fiesta Texas". Coaster Force. YouTube. August 29, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Superman (HD POV) Six Flags Fiesta Texas". Sharp Productions. YouTube. June 13, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ Emmons, Natasha (May 8, 2000). "Pacific Currents". Amusement Business 112 (19): 3. 
  17. ^ Mooradian, Don (March 26, 2001). "Parks Have High Hopes For Upcoming Season". Amusement Business 113 (12): 22, 24. 
  18. ^ a b "Top 25 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2002. 
  19. ^ a b "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2011. 
  21. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2000. 
  22. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2001. 
  23. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2003. 
  24. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2005. 
  26. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2006. 
  27. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2007. 
  28. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2009. 
  29. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2010. 
  30. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters". Amusement Today. September 2012. 
  31. ^ a b Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 12 Year Results Table (1999 - 2012)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Riddler's Revenge
World's Tallest Vertical Loop
March 2000 – June 2013
Succeeded by
Full Throttle