Vipère (roller coaster)

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Vipère
La Ronde (amusement park)
Coordinates45°31′26″N 73°31′57″W / 45.523790°N 73.532505°W / 45.523790; -73.532505Coordinates: 45°31′26″N 73°31′57″W / 45.523790°N 73.532505°W / 45.523790; -73.532505
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2020
Six Flags Magic Mountain
NameGreen Lantern: First Flight
Park sectionDC Universe
StatusRelocated
Opening dateJuly 1, 2011 (2011-07-01)
Closing dateJuly 2017 (2017-07)[1]
Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain at RCDB
Pictures of Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain at RCDB
General statistics
TypeSteel – 4th Dimension
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelBall Coaster – ZacSpin
Height107 ft (33 m)
Length825 ft (251 m)
Speed37 mph (60 km/h)
Inversions0
Height restriction52–77 in (132–196 cm)
Trains5 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.

History[edit]

Six Flags Magic Mountain (2011–2017)[edit]

The Coaster when it operated as Green Lantern at Six Flags Magic Mountain

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.[4][5][6] The new coaster, a ZacSpin model from Intamin, would be the first of its kind in the United States.[5] 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.[5][7][8] Reports surfaced in February 2011 that portions of track had arrived on site.[9]

After delaying the ride's opening multiple times, Six Flags eventually settled on an opening date of July 1, 2011.[10] Park officials clarified that the delays were due to unplanned design changes to the loading station and not because of mechanical issues.[10] Primary construction was completed in May 2011.[11] 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.[3]

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. [12][13] [14]

After the deadly incident on Inferno at Terra Mítica in Benidorm, Spain on July 7, 2014,[15][16] 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.[17] A week and a half later, Six Flags Magic Mountain reopened the coaster.

La Ronde (2020–)[edit]

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.[1]. In July of 2019, The514LifeBlog reported that Super Manege will close and that the possibility of green Lantern moving to La Ronde was feasible[18].. 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[19].

Ride[edit]

Vipère is identical to Insane at Gröna Lund (pictured).

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.[2][20] 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.

Theme[edit]

The ride logo for Green Lantern First Flight

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.[10] The Green Lantern battery was located at the entrance of the ride.[21]

Reception[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Six Flags Magic Mountain to scrap 'one of the worst coasters ever'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Green Lantern  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (June 30, 2011). "Review: Green Lantern coaster delivers a kick at Six Flags Magic Mountain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Six Flags Magic Mountain Recaptures Coveted World Record of More Coasters than Any Other Theme Park on the Planet!". Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Sim, Nick (October 21, 2010). "Video, images: Six Flags Magic Mountain reveals further details of 2011 rollercoasters". Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Scollins, Mike (October 20, 2010). "Magic Mountain: More Coasters Than Any Other Theme Park ON THE PLANET!". Six Flags Blog. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Siruss, Kevin (July 2, 2011). "Review - Green Lantern: First Flight rollercoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain". Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Luca, Andrei (May 13, 2011). "DC Universe Update At Six Flags Magic Mountain". The Coaster Guy. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  9. ^ MacDonald, Brady (February 4, 2011). "Green Lantern roller coaster arrives at Six Flags Magic Mountain". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ a b c MacDonald, Brady (June 2, 2011). "Six Flags Magic Mountain pushes back debut of Green Lantern coaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Dahlin, Kurt (May 19, 2011). "Green Lantern Track Construction Complete At Six Flags Magic Mountain". The Coaster Guy. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ http://www.incrediblecoasters.com/SFMMRindgeDam12.html
  13. ^ http://www.incrediblecoasters.com/GreenLanternPhotos.html
  14. ^ https://www.yelp.com/biz/green-lantern-first-flight-valencia
  15. ^ Couzens, Gerard (July 7, 2014). "Teenager killed after being thrown from roller-coaster called Hell at Benidorm theme park". Mirror.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  16. ^ Gander, Kashmira (July 7, 2014). "'British' teenager dies after 'falling from rollercoaster' at the Terra Mitica in Benidorm". Independent.uk. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  17. ^ "Green Lantern Closed As Precaution After Tragedy In Spain". The Coaster Guy. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "Bye Bye Super Manege".
  19. ^ "Canada's First Ever Free-Fly Roller Coaster to Open at La Ronde in 2020".
  20. ^ MacDonald, Brady (October 19, 2010). "Six Flags Magic Mountain aims to reclaim coaster crown with Green Lantern in 2011". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  21. ^ Six Flags Magic Mountain (June 2, 2011). "Six Flags Magic Mountain's Photos – Wall Photos". Facebook. Retrieved June 3, 2011.

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