Monday, March 25, 2019

Six Flags Magic Mountain's Green Lantern: First Flight has Taken its Last Flight

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Over the weekend Screamscape was able to confirm with Six Flags Magic Mountain that Green Lantern: First Flight has been retired from the park's roster of attractions.

The coaster was the last of the Intamin Ball Coasters (aka ZacSpin) to be built, opening at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2011.  Before that there had been three versions of the Ball Coaster constructed, all in Europe, and those are still operating.

The Green Lantern: First Flight had a complicated history at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and didn't operate much of last year.  The ride was operated as a toned down version of what the hardware was capable of, and according to many riders that made for a surprisingly uncomfortable experience.

If you're not familiar with the ride, check out this video from Sharp Productions:

The Intamin Ball Coasters are a predecessor to S&S Worldwide's 4-D Free Spin rides, which have appeared at many Six Flags parks, but use gravity to spin the cars along the way.  The Ball Coasters feature individual cars with riders seated back to back and use a stacked-layout to create moments of inversions and thrilling forces.  If you compare the above video to this one of Insane at Grona Lund, you can see how different a ride experience the Green Lantern provided.

Now the question is will the coaster meet the scrap yard, be sold off, or perhaps even appear at another Six Flags property in the future?