Six Flags is famous for their wild rollercoasters, and that was a great contrast to Disneyland and Universal studios earlier on our Los Angeles adventure.
Here is a few of the highlights from our visit in Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, California:
X2: A 2 minutes ride, a lot longer than I am used to from home. It’s the first of its kind, as the seats are turning and twister. You start of lying on your back going backwards, and once you drop the first time you sit up straight looking at the rail. You tend to have a good feeling about what is coming, and then it turns out to be wrong. This was our first ride, and by far the best ride ever! We weren’t just at a casual “wooo!” but more like “WOOOAAAAHAHAHAHA!!!” all the way.
Top speed: 122 km/h (75 mph)
Drop: 66 m (127 feet)
Roar Rapids: This was a classic rafting ride. The signs here did not just say “risk of getting wet”. This one said ”you will get wet, probably soaked on this ride”. And they sure kept their promise.
Drop of Doom: The most intense and fearsome machine I have ever place myself in. It is a free fall tower, but of ridiculous American proportions. You are lifted slowly, and after 40-50 meters you can see most of the park and the surrounding dessert. You keep going up and up, and stop a few times, only to find out there is more above. After a few stops you are at the top waiting anxiously, while the entire structure is shaking, from the Superman rollercoaster riding up the same tower with 160 km/h (100 mph). Finally you fall 120 m (394ft) in free fall accelerating to 137 km/h (85 mph). It was the he fall tower in the world until 2014, when Six Flags New Jersey beat it with additional 6 meters (20ft).
Once it was over, it w as actually pretty cool!
Top speed: 137 km/h (85 mph)
Drop: 120 meters (394ft)
Duration: 5 Seconds (Free fall)
Superman: I think I was this one on Discovery Channel a few years back. It is famous, and we were really excited all the way through the 60 minute queue. It is a simple ride, but that doesn’t mean it is not a beast! Are you ready? Three… Tswuuush and you are off backwards for 7 seconds while accelerating to a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph), before being sent straight up for 100 meters (328 ft), hanging there weightless for a moment and then falling vertically and return to the beginning – this time forwards. Superman was the fastest rollercoaster from 1997-2011, but is now only number 5.
Top Speed: 160,9 km/h (100 mph)
Acceleration: 0-160,9 km/h in 7 seconds.
Drop: 100 m (328 ft)
Viper: This one is really not as wild and crazy as many of the others, even though I think it had the record for the fastest and highest “looping roller coaster”. Never the less it is still pretty fast, and with 7 inversions of full and half loops and rolls it is lots of fun. The two loops right after each other is relatively sharp, so you can actually feel the G-forces pushing you down in the car even when you are upside down.
Top speed: 110 km/h (68 mph)
Drop: 52 meters (170 ft)
Goliath: This rollercoaster is a bit different, as it does not have sharp turns, steep drops, loops or anything like that. Everything just goes on for a long time, even from the beginning when you are taken up to 72 meters (236 ft) before been sent down to 6 meters below the ground. Because it is not quite vertical, the decent last for a long time while the speed just keeps increasing all the way down. A long ride with plenty of huge turns and lots of speed.
Top Speed: 137 km/h (85 mph)
Drop: 78 meters (255 ft)
The Riddler’s Revenge: The Riddler is the first stand-up roller coaster I have tried, and I expected it to be a bit overrated. But it is actually a completely different experience when standing up, even though you still have kind of a seat. When standing up you feel the G-forces a lot better especially in your legs, and the extra height makes you feel hurled a bit more in the corners.
Top Speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
Drop: 45 meters (147 ft)