June 21, 2013
Six Flags Magic Mountain Launches World's Tallest and Fastest Looping Coaster - FULL THROTTLE
Immersive new area includes day and nighttime entertainment, along with new retail store and two dining areas
FULL THROTTLE, the world's tallest and fastest looping coaster was introduced at Six Flags Magic Mountain today, bringing the Valencia theme park's coaster count to a world - record 18 coasters. The new triple-launch coaster takes the coaster experience to the next level as riders face a first-ever launch up and over a "Top Hat" that traces the outside of the world-record loop, towering 160 feet - plus a zero to 70 mile-per-hour acceleration on two forward launches and one backward launch into and out of a tunnel. FULL THROTTLE is located near the front of the park in a newly themed, immersive five-acre area that includes day and nighttime entertainment, two new food locations and new shopping area.
"We are excited to add another world-record coaster to our existing collection of record-breaking attractions," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain park president. "Six Flags is regarded as the industry leader in thrill ride innovation, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world, is proud to build on our status as the Thrill Capital of the World. Guests can now ride the most anticipated new coaster of the summer, and also feel the energy and exhilaration of a Full Throttle lifestyle with our new entertainment experience."
To begin their journey through the park's distinct mountainous terrain, riders are loaded onto sleek black and silver trains, sitting two abreast, and are suddenly accelerated from zero to 70 miles-per-hour in the first of three launches, experiencing their first inversion and thrill of navigating inside a world-record 160-foot tall loop. Riders then soar along the terrain-hugging track before they enter into a high-banked curve to the right and then to the left as they approach the second inversion - a Dive Loop that drops them rapidly into a tunnel. While in the tunnel, the train is dramatically decelerated and stopped, only to be suddenly launched backward up to the high point of the Dive Loop. After a momentary pause, the train drops and is magnetically launched a third time, racing out of the tunnel and through a high G-turn to the left. Riders then race up and over a "Top Hat" that traces the outside of the world record loop, where riders will experience significant air time and a breath-taking view of the park before dropping down rapidly, decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn left into the station.
FULL THROTTLE is the perfect addition to the park's coaster collection, joining other adrenaline-pumping coasters, including Tatsu - the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster in the world, X2 - the world's first and only 5th dimensional coaster, Apocalypse - the next generation of wooden coasters and Goliath - the "giant among giants" mega coaster.