Vipère (roller coaster)
|La Ronde (amusement park)|
|Six Flags Magic Mountain|
|Name||Green Lantern: First Flight|
|Park section||DC Universe|
|Opening date||July 1, 2011|
|Closing date||July 2017|
|Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain at RCDB|
Pictures of Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain at RCDB
|Type||Steel – 4th Dimension|
|Model||Ball Coaster – ZacSpin|
|Height||107 ft (33 m)|
|Length||825 ft (251 m)|
|Speed||37 mph (60 km/h)|
|Height restriction||52–77 in (132–196 cm)|
|Trains||5 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.|
Flash Pass available
Single rider line available
Must transfer from wheelchair
|Vipère at RCDB|
Pictures of Vipère at RCDB
Vipère is an upcoming 4th Dimension roller coaster that was previously located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California where it operated as Green Lantern: First Flight from 2011 to 2017. Manufactured by Intamin, Vipère was the first ZacSpin model in the United States and the second 4th Dimension coaster at Magic Mountain following X2 from Arrow Dynamics, which opened on January 12, 2002. Vipère is also going to be the first 4th Dimension coaster to operate in Canada. The coaster also allowed Magic Mountain to reclaim the title from Cedar Point for having the most roller coasters in the world. The coaster was closed abruptly in 2017 and remained Standing But Not Operating until Six Flags announced that the coaster will be moving to La Ronde for the 2020 season. Removal of the coaster began in late 2019.
Six Flags Magic Mountain (2011–2017)
On October 20, 2010, six days after a leaked video revealed plans for a new roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags officially confirmed that Green Lantern: First Flight would open in spring of 2011. The new coaster, a ZacSpin model from Intamin, would be the first of its kind in the United States. According to the press release, it was scheduled to be built in a "newly themed section" of the park, later revealed as DC Universe in place of Gotham City Backlot. Reports surfaced in February 2011 that portions of track had arrived on site.
After delaying the ride's opening multiple times, Six Flags eventually settled on an opening date of July 1, 2011. Park officials clarified that the delays were due to unplanned design changes to the loading station and not because of mechanical issues. Primary construction was completed in May 2011. In addition to Green Lantern's premiere on July 1, other rides in the DC Universe themed area made their debut as well, including Batman: The Ride, The Flash: Speed Force, and Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth.
The coaster had a mechanical flaw where the trains would reportedly get stuck upside down. As a solution, Green Lantern received modifications to the trains to reduce the spinning. This, however, resulted in unnatural, painful and shaky movements which caused the ride to receive negative reviews from those who experienced the coaster.  
After the deadly incident on Inferno at Terra Mítica in Benidorm, Spain on July 7, 2014, and because the two rides share several similarities, Six Flags Magic Mountain had ceased running Green Lantern: First Flight pending investigation findings from the European park. A week and a half later, Six Flags Magic Mountain reopened the coaster.
La Ronde (2020–)
In July 2017, the coaster closed unexpectedly for unknown reasons. It remained standing at the park for 2 years before Six Flags announced the coaster would not be reopening on March 24, 2019.. In July of 2019, The514LifeBlog reported that Super Manege will close and that the possibility of green Lantern moving to La Ronde was feasible.. On August 29, 2019, Six Flags announced that they will be sending the coaster “north of the border,” to Montreal, Canada where it will become Vipère at La Ronde.
Vipère is an Intamin ZacSpin roller coaster where riders zig zag along a 825-foot (251 m) track at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (60 km/h). Riders flip head over heels several times throughout the ride in a somewhat uncontrolled manner, but due to the way the ride vehicles are loaded, it sometimes didn't flip at all. The ride has the same layout as Insane at Gröna Lund in Sweden.
Vipère is similar to X2, which is a coaster at 4th Dimension roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain that opened in 2002. The difference between the two roller coasters was based on the spinning or rotation of the vehicle. On Vipère, the rotation of the vehicle is controlled by the unequal gravitational pull on different sides of the rotational axis. This uncontrolled spinning results in a different ride experience every time.
When located at Magic Mountain, Green Lantern: First Flight was themed to the DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern. Its opening was preceded by Green Lantern at Six Flags Great Adventure as well as the Green Lantern film. The ride's name also appears as a title for a DC Animated Universe film, Green Lantern: First Flight.
Each of the ride's five cars are themed to throwing-stars. The entrance of the ride was marked by a 10-foot (3.0 m)-tall lantern icon that glowed green at night. The Green Lantern battery was located at the entrance of the ride.
While the coaster was initially well liked among guests, when the coaster cars were modified, it caused the coaster to receive very negative reviews from those who experienced it. As such, Santa Cruz Sentinel dubbed the roller coaster as "one of the worst rollers coasters ever," comparing it to other failed attractions (around Los Angeles) such as Rocket Rods at Disneyland, Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Musical at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Submarine Quest at SeaWorld San Diego.
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