Random Superman Ride of Steel notes...

Random Superman Ride of Steel notes...

Post by Kyle Asqui » Sat, 20 Mar 1999 04:00:00

An article (which Lee first reported) in last Monday's Buffalo
Business First inspired these two random thoughts about Darien Lake's
Superman Ride of Steel.  For reference, the article is online at:

http://SportToday.org/|Lake

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#1 THE OPENING:  The article says Superman will "carry its first
riders on May 15", but sixflags.com still reports:

    May 8-9
    Park opens for a sneak preview of the new hyper coaster
    Superman Ride of Steel.

I'm *guessing* special opening ceremonies will be held on the 15th,
but Superman will be operating for the public as of May 8th.  That's
how I interpret things.  I'll go to Darien on May 8th no matter what.
If Superman Ride of Steel is operating, wohoo!  If it isn't, I'll
*** about false advertising (kidding!) then go again on the 15th.
And I'll definitely be back for CoasterFest on May 30th.

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#2:  STATS!  STATS?!  Here's a paragraph taken from this article:

    The coaster has a peak drop of 235 feet and top speed of 80 mph.  
    The ride itself, which covers 5,350 feet and has a 90-degree
    high-speed banked turn, lasts 3 minutes and 20 seconds, more than
    twice that of the fabled but long gone Crystal Beach Comet.

235 feet?!  MY GOD!  I guess the 208 ft measurement is the lift
height.  Again:  MY GOD!!!!!!!!

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K.