GURNEE, Ill., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- For centuries, man has dreamed of
flying high and soaring like a Super Hero high above the world below. That
dream is now reality. Preparing for its 28th season of delivering unique
thrills and entertainment, Six Flags Great America today announces a new
thrill that is unlike any other in the Midwest.
Soaring in the Spring of 2003, SUPERMAN - Ultimate Flight is the newest
generation of roller coaster -- providing an unparalleled flying experience
for all that embark on its journey. Based on the DC Comics Super Hero,
SUPERMAN, the World's Greatest Super Hero and a timeless America icon,
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT's phenomenal airborne experience will give everyone
the opportunity to soar like a Super Hero and fly freely like never before.
"The name SUPERMAN evokes images of freedom and breathtaking flying
adventure," said Jim Wintrode, Six Flags Great America's general manager.
"SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT combines the world's best roller coaster
technology with man's desire to fly through the air, making it the most unique
ride to come to this area of the country."
The adventure begins the moment passengers board the sleek and colorful,
32-seat train sitting four abreast. The unique seats of this coaster tilt
riders face-first into a flying position before they leave the station, so
that everyone is suspended horizontally from the track above. The anticipation
builds as passengers, secured by specially designed over-the-shoulder
harnesses and lap bars, climb the 109-foot lift hill with nothing but a bird's
eye view below. With arms stretched forward and feet trailing behind,
passengers on SUPERMAN - Ultimate Flight fly freely like never before. For
almost three minutes, riders sail through sharp dives, high banked curves and
spirals uniquely designed to enhance this flying experience. The coaster's
track is barely visible as riders are transported from a theme park attraction
to the imaginative and limitless experience that comes from soaring through
the sky, creating an experience that no one will ever forget.
The signature feature of SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT comes as riders sail
through the first-ever, pretzel-shaped inverted loop, climbing to the top of
the large looping figure and diving into a curve which brings them amazingly
close to the ground, amplifying the sensational feeling of flying.
Rounding out the flight is a surprising 360-degree in-line roll just
before the train enters the station, turning average coaster enthusiasts into
high-flying Super Heroes.
"SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT's innovative design system and state-of-the-
art technology make it a must ride for every theme park enthusiast," said
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT's remarkable flight pattern covers more than
2,798-feet, with two sleek trains soaring over virtually invisible track at
speeds greater than 50 mph.
"Our guests expect the best in thrills and entertainment. SUPERMAN -
ULTIMATE FLIGHT perfectly compliments the park's vast and varied coaster
collection," added Wintrode.
Six Flags Great America will now boast twelve wide-ranging roller coaster
thrills, including intensely tall and fast, suspended looping, boomerang,
wooden, launching and even child-size thrills. The addition of SUPERMAN -
ULTIMATE FLIGHT enhances the coaster package, now offering guests the ability
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT will be the park's fourth coaster designed by
Swiss engineers Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, considered by many as
the industry's premier roller coaster manufacturers. Bolliger and Mabillard's
other three Six Flags Great America coasters - Iron Wolf, Raging Bull and
BATMAN THE RIDE - consistently rank among the park's most popular rides.
For more park information, call 847-249-2133 or visit Six Flags Great
America on the web at sixflags.com.
Six Flags, Inc. (NYSE: PKS) is the world's largest regional theme park
company with a total of 39 parks in North America, Europe and Latin America.
Six Flags parks serve 35 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United
States. Six Flags is a publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New
York City and Oklahoma City. The Company's stock trades on the NYSE under the
symbol: PKS. American Online keyword: Six Flags.
Six Flags and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks,
Inc., (R), (TM) & (C) 2003. BATMAN, SUPERMAN and all related characters are
trademarks of and (C) of DC Comics. (s03)
SOURCE Six Flags Great America