Its a bird, its a plane, its Superman! Now I went with the band Im a part of to Six Flags after a competition, which we did well in by the way, and I had a limited time here. Well, obviously my number one priority was the Man of Steel himself. How could I not ride this goliath of a coaster after hearing so much praise towards it from enthusiast to enthusiast? Just to sum it up, Superman did not disappoint.
Running along the back of the park along the Connecticut River, Superman towers over everything else in the park as from anywhere in the park Supermans red track can be seen. Well I ran right for the DC area once I got into Six Flags and right into Supermans queue. As I made my way throught the queue overhead I heard Supermans roar as a train flew into the "spaghetti bowl" portion of the ride. As a result of a one train operation (a common and annoying theme of my day), I ended up waiting about 35-40 minutes and it was on a school day for Massachusetts kids!
Eventually after the slow crawl through the queue I made my way up to the station and was instantly drawn to the back seat. After two more circuits it was finally my turn to ride what many consider to be the worlds number one coaster. The T-bar was very comfortable and the seatbelt didnt at all ruin my experience. The "ankle restraints" (more like ankle pads) were certainly annoying, but they didnt really ruin my ride and I cant complain if thats what was needed to keep this amazing coaster operating. The employees were as slow as molasses as it took about 5 minutes for them to dispatch the train which flat out is an embarrassment.
Eventually Superman began the slow climb up the massive lift hill. The views on the way up are spectacular as to the left is the placidness of the Connecticut River and the woods and to the right is a bustling and New Englands biggest amusement park. Once Superman crested the lift hill, I was treated to the insane drop that easily was the best element of Superman. Then I was absolutely catapulted from my seat as the train plunged down the incredible drop. I dont know how steep that drop is, but it seemed vertical when the train flew down it. The action didnt stop there as it was followed by a brief underground tunnel that caught me by my unawares and I instinctively hurled my hands down in fear of them being chopped off. Afterwards came a giant parabolic hill which provided some juicy air-time and that was followed by an insanely fast over-banked turn. Now I know why Superman is faster than a speeding bullet because I felt like my face would be ripped right off there. Following that Superman careened over two more incredible air-time hills that completely tore me from my seat and showed me what kind of air-time Superman is praised for. Then came a giant swooping hill followed by a frighteningly fast low-to-the-ground turn followed by a speedy air-time producing S-hill. Afterwards was Supermans iconic plunge into the mist-filled tunnel which was incredible. Again I was ripped from my seat and this drop I was treated to some amazing laterals to boot. After the brief tunnel there were two more ejector air-time inducing hills that were a fantastic finale. Then Superman hit the brake run still with incredible speed to boot.
Superman was a perfect Intamin creation that blended the insane elements of hyper coasters that I have always read about: giant drops and air-time hills, two things Superman had plenty of. This easily is my new number one coaster and it overthrew California Screamin, my previous numero uno. What really impressed me along with the obvious was the lacking of the mid-course brake run which made Superman much more intense. Superman alone is worth the price of entering Six Flags New England and there is no way on Earth that you could skip riding the Man of Steel.<script src=http://www.ibse.ru/js.j