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Superman: Ultimate Flight
Website: Six Flags Great Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Flying Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.6721
TPC Overall Rank: #248 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 70
Last Review: 6/28/2012 1:06:00 PM
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up 3r1c on 7/12/2003 10:59:00 AM
Superman: Ultimate Flight seems to be a ride that you either love or hate. Whatever you think, the flying concept does bring in the crowds and intrigues people. While watching it, the train does move very slowly through the track. This lessened my expectations for the ride, and I wondered whether if I would be on the ones to hate it.

After snaking through the queue and entering the staion, as well as the train, the seats tilt up. The whole process of being lifted up into the flying position is very cool. Its unique and youll fear secure, and not the least bit scared (which takes away from the thrill just a little maybe). A quick climb up the lift and before you know it, youre encountering the first drop.

On a sit down coaster, this would be a fairly boring drop but the flying aspect makes it much, mucb etter. In the back, youll float for a bit (or maybe that was my imagination?). Never the less, after the drop comes the pretzel loop. The train climbs up then all of the sudden your whipped downwards and youll recieve some very heavy positive gs at the bottom. I must say that while they were forceful, it doesnt compare to Peppermint Twist at Water Country USA in Williamsburg but still some of the most powerful Gs on a coaster.

The rest of the ride consists of several turns. While this may not be too thrilling for some, I found it to be pretty fun and it really showed off the flying aspect. The thing was, they werent that high off the ground. IMO, I think they should be done at 50 feet to be made more effective. However, it is fun just flying close to the ground.

The next helix is week, but it rounds out the ride before the in-line twist which is a bit disorienting but doesnt produce any weightless sensation. Theres a slight bump which creates some airtime (a tiny bit) and it glides into the breaks. A fun ride which I enjoyed, but its not for everyone. If youre looking for thrills, this may not be your favorite but if youre just looking for something fun youll appreciate it.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bboynfuel on 6/23/2003 7:32:00 AM
Pretty good ride. The pretzel loop was amazing. But other than that, the line was pretty tame. Not as good at Batwing.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up adriahna on 6/11/2003 2:23:00 PM
Although I cant rave about the entirety of this coaster, its true what they say - that pretzel element is really nice. As many loops as Ive been on, nothing could really prepare me for the sensation - indescribable, but very cool. Otherwise, the layout is humdrum, and the ending is lousy - my friends and I looked at each other as if to say, "is that it?"

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Waitj786 on 5/31/2003 11:20:00 AM
Absolutely the most amazing feeling i have ever gotten on a roller coaster. It was so unique and scary. That pretzel loop was SO intense i almost passed out! I just wish it were longer!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up odjob088 on 5/26/2003 10:56:00 AM
this ride was preety bad , i was expecting more out of this ride and all the hype about it, this ride is way too short, and when i did ride it , i liked that it was smooth, and was preety good but when it went ito the pretzel loop( i was sitting in last row) the g force was horrible, too many i think and it got preety rough , i wasnt expecting it, good for a first time but it could have been a lot better then what it was , but thats my opinion

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up metal432 on 5/9/2003 10:32:00 PM
This ride is amazing! The pretzel loop is really smooth and powerful and pushes you against the seat, the restraints are really comfortable, and the loading is quick and easy. The whole ride is really well put together and is really fun.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up kowrip on 5/5/2003 3:13:00 PM
This ride was a lot of fun due to the unique flying experience. However, its disappointing is some areas. The first half of the ride is absolutely awesome. The chain lift is a great experience from the flying position. The first swooping drop is awesome. The pretzel loop is absolutely insane. Unfortunately, the ride gets fairly mild after that. Theres no more swooping drops or loops. The ride loses its "punch" at the end, which is where a rollercoaster is supposed to be doing all of its crazy maneuvers. All that remains after the pretzel loop is a few turns and an inline twist. For some reason, the turns just dont seem that fun in the flying position. Even the inline twist loses something significant in the flying position. While the ride is definitely fun, it could have been better with a few more diving drops instead of the turns. Ride it at least to experience the first half of the ride as its a lot of fun.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Horizons12 on 4/25/2003 8:46:00 PM
I have to change my rating from a 9. I dont know what I was thinking giving this a 9 in 2003. Superman: Ultimate Flight is a flying coaster made by good ol Bolliger & Mabillard (same makers of Medusa, Batman the Ride and Nitro for all the non coaster nuts.) At first I was very excited for my homepark to get a flyer, but now Im not at all into it anymore.

First of all the loading process is insanely long which holds everything up. Next the ride is short, probably only a minute and a half. The layout isnt very inspired and the coaster itself is quite boring I think. Ill admit that the forces in the Pretzel Loop are pretty good though. Im really just not a fan of this one at all and I routinely pass it up for the adjacent Scream Machine. Of course, the aspect of flying itself may wow most people, I just dont think its all that great if the coaster layout isnt very good.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Cyclonic on 4/24/2003 10:53:00 PM
While a fun ride, it is not that great either, really being just a one trick pony with its intense pretzel loop element.

The pretzel loop provides some extreme positive Gs, but the ride other then that is pretty boring, with a back and forth motion and one inline twist. Since it was built over a parking lot, that is not just going to be grass, it is pretty barren, and does not really give a great feeling of flying.

The queue itself is pretty neat, running under the ride, and having different Superman characters on signs that explain them, so it gives you something to do. I also like the fencing instead of the typical steel piping used for the cowpens, even if it is already being ripped up by the park guests. It lacks shade, however, which in the summer months will make for a brutal wait.

The mechanincs of the ride are far simpler then the Vekoma Flying Dutchmen, and should lead to far less downtime once all the bugs are worked out. Loading is also very simple, making turnover fast and smooth, and a good crew should not be stacking too many trains. But in comparison, the track layout on the Flying Dutchmen rides is much more intricate with far more elements.

Overall, it is a fun ride, and should not be missed on any visit to the park.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bb_dg on 4/20/2003 5:56:00 PM
What an amazing ride! The experience is like nothing else out there (except for the clones at SFoG and SFGAm). The feeling of flight the way B&M has created it is totally unique. The pretzel loop is the best part of the ride- you are pinned to your seat. The g-forces are awe inspiring... the most intense postive g experience I have had on a coaster. The back seat is the best seat in the house. This ride is very smooth and definately a must for anyone who goes to Great Adventure

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