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Superman – Ride of Steel
Superman - Ride of Steel (Six Flags America) 03.JPG
Superman - Ride of Steel's final airtime hill
Six Flags America
Park section Gotham City
Coordinates 38°54′31″N 76°46′38″W / 38.9085°N 76.7771°W / 38.9085; -76.7771Coordinates: 38°54′31″N 76°46′38″W / 38.9085°N 76.7771°W / 38.9085; -76.7771
Status Operating
Opening date May 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)
Cost $12,000,000 USD
Six Flags Darien Lake
Coordinates 42°55′44″N 78°23′22″W / 42.9288°N 78.3894°W / 42.9288; -78.3894
Status Operating
Opening date May 15, 1999 (1999-05-15)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Mega Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 208 ft (63 m)
Drop 205 ft (62 m)
Length 5,400 ft (1,600 m)
Speed 73 mph (117 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:02
Max vertical angle 68°
Capacity 1100 riders per hour
Height restriction 54–76 in (137–193 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 32 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available at Six Flags America
Superman – Ride of Steel at RCDB
Pictures of Superman – Ride of Steel at RCDB

Superman – Ride of Steel is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags America in Woodmore, Maryland. Ride of Steel is an identical roller coaster located at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien, New York, which originally had the same name until the park opted to drop Superman from the title in 2006. Both hypercoasters were manufactured by Intamin and opened a year apart, beginning with the Darien Lake installation in May 1999. They are 208 feet (63 m) tall, feature a drop length of 205 feet (62 m), and reach a maximum speed of 73 mph (117 km/h). A roller coaster that opened at Six Flags New England in 2000, Superman the Ride, shares the same name, but it features a significantly different layout.

VR experience

On March 3, 2016, Six Flags announced that the ride would be one of several rides at various Six Flags parks to feature a VR system. Riders have the option of wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset, powered by Oculus to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding. It is themed to Superman saving a city from Lex Luthor's Lex Bots who are causing chaos with an anti-gravity ray. This theming will also come to the Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England.

Ride layout

Once the train has been dispatched from the station it makes a winding, 180-degree turn. The train ascends 208 feet (63 m) up the lift hill and then drops 205 feet (62 m) at an angle of 68 degrees. The train reaches the maximum speed of 73 mph (117 km/h) before entering a sharp turn and the first airtime hill. A 540-degree helix follows, in addition to another smaller airtime hill. The finale involves a 500-degree helix and several more airtime hills before reaching the brake run and returning to the station.

Elements

  • 5 airtime hills (4 airtime hills and a twisted airtime hill)
  • 2 helixes (540 degree and 500 degree)

Rankings

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 20 16 13 12 18 23 14 17 28 26 40 43 38


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