Superman Escape

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Superman Escape
Superman Escape logo.png
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Warner Bros. Movie World
Coordinates 27°54′28.7″S 153°18′45″E / 27.907972°S 153.31250°E / -27.907972; 153.31250Coordinates: 27°54′28.7″S 153°18′45″E / 27.907972°S 153.31250°E / -27.907972; 153.31250
Status Operating
Opening date 26 December 2005 (2005-12-26)
Cost A$16,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Accelerator Coaster
Track layout Custom
Lift/launch system Hydraulic Launch
Height 40 m (130 ft)
Drop 40 m (130 ft)
Length 760 m (2,490 ft)
Speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:40
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 820 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 2 seconds
G-force 4.2
Height restriction 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains 2 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Maximum Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Fast Track available in selected peak seasons
Superman Escape at RCDB
Pictures of Superman Escape at RCDB

Superman Escape is an Intamin Accelerator Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1] The ride opened on Boxing Day (26 December), 2005.[2] It is the fourth roller coaster in the theme park. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in two seconds.[3]

History[edit]

Construction and Opening[edit]

By June 2005, construction was well under-way for Superman Escape with the area cleared ready for the ride. The ride caused the removal of the Movie Magic Special Effects Show and the Looney Tunes Musical Revue (the latter of which was relocated to the Show Stage). By August 2005, the launch track was constructed in addition to supports for the ride's first element, a top hat. At this time 43 pieces of track still remained to be constructed. During August the top hat was constructed as well as the first of two camel humps. By mid September the second camel hump was constructed. With the roller coaster's construction completed in October, the focus turned to theming and landscaping before the ride's official opening on 26 December 2005.[4]

Marketing[edit]

During construction the ride was heavily marketed in print, television, radio, online, in-park and outdoor advertising. Warner Bros. Movie World launched teaser campaign entitled 01002. This line referred to the launch: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2 seconds. A competition was run to determine who could decipher this code first.[5][6] In-park advertising consisted of banners which read "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Launching December 2005.".[7]

Characteristics[edit]

One of Superman Escape's trains exiting the mid-course tunnel.

Superman Escape is an Accelerator Coaster manufactured by Intamin, a Swiss roller coaster firm. As with all Accelerator Coasters, the ride features a hydraulic launch.[8]

Trains[edit]

In peak periods, Superman Escape operates with two trains. A single train features five cars, each seating riders in two rows of two.[3] The trains are of an open design and feature over the shoulder restraints.[8] When operating with both trains, the ride's capacity is 820 riders per hour.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Superman Escape features 760 metres (2,490 ft) of track.[2] The initial launch sees riders accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62 mph) in 2 seconds.[3] The ride reaches a height of 40 metres (130 ft) with riders experiencing 4.2 times the force of gravity.[3] A single cycle of the AU$16 million ride takes approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds.[2]

Theme[edit]

As the name suggests, Superman Escape is themed after DC Comics' Superman character. The ride is located within a superhero hub at Warner Bros. Movie World which encompasses a variety of rides including Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy, Batwing Spaceshot, Green Lantern Coaster, and Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.[9] The theming in the show building prior to Superman Escape's launch was developed by local Gold Coast firm, FX Illusions.[10][11][12][13]

Ride experience[edit]

An overview of Superman Escape from inside the ride's footprint.

The ride starts in a MRT (Metropolis Rapid Transit) subway station. Warnings of tremors make it essential to move to the next station. This move is done via a typical tire drive system. Many special effects follow such as gas mains bursting, a pumping station blowing resulting in a flood and collapsing walls.[3] Then a blue streak is seen followed by Superman saying "Don't worry folks, there is only one way out of this mess, head back, I'll get you out of here. Fast. Superman fast." This line is followed by the main 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) launch. The train launches up the ride's top hat, followed by a heavily banked turn to the right. The train then speeds up and over the first camel hump before briefly entering the second story of the ride's station building for a sharp left hand turn. Upon exiting the building riders enter the second camel hump, which creates a headchopper effect with the first. The third banked turn wraps in parallel to the first, but crosses over it and into the brake run. At this point riders will hear John Williams' famous score from Superman.[14] There is a gift shop after the ride where people can buy Superman merchandise and on-ride photos.

Awards[edit]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[15]
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 16 35 29 No poll 21

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SUPERMAN Escape". Warner Bros. Movie World. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Superman Escape (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Marden, Duane. "Superman Escape  (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Richard (2005). "Superman Escape - Construction Timeline". Web Archive. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "021002". Parkz. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Superman Escape". Archived from the original on 2 March 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Richard. "Superman Escape Construction Update". Parkz. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Accelerator Coaster without Inversions". Intamin Worldwide. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Ardern, Lucy (11 March 2012). "Superhero 'hub' coming to Coast". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Superman Escape - Earthquake (17 images)". FX Illusions. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Superman Escape - Steampipes (6 images)". FX Illusions. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Superman Escape - Cars (12 images)". FX Illusions. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Contact Us". FX Illusions. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  14. ^ McClelland, Tim (30 January 2009). "Superman Escape POV Full - INCLUDING PRE-RIDE SECTION!". YouTube. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 

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