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I wasn't expecting the drop tower to be placed on the side of Superman, rather, but I have to say, this looks like it will be a great ride. The view should be amazing, and considering how scary a 200ft tall drop tower is, this ride looks terrifying. Also, it looks like riders will have their vertical view blocked like the carnival style drop towers(forget the manufacturer), which is one of the more terrifying aspects of those rides given their height(should be even more terrifying on this). Now if only this drop tower would drop riders immediately upon reaching the top like those carnival ones.

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That looks pretty INTENSE! And looking at the video superman cars don't go up that high lol

 

I think it's a great use of space, and really took advantage of the tall superman tower.

My only concern is the capacity. Gyro drop in Lotte world holds 40 guests but this only 16 with two cars.

 

It would be cool if the cars were two tier.

 

Yay for world's tallest drop tower! Looks awesome & scary!

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Awesome. I always wondered why SFMM hadn't done the same as Dreamworld and added a drop tower to their existing structure. I rode The Giant Drop at Dreamworld when I was a lot younger, but apparently age has chipped away at my nerve and on my recent trip I chickened out of riding it.

Looking forward to this SFMM addition, and hopefully I'll be brave enough to ride it

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Wow, I think this is an awesome idea, and it makes great sense using an existing ride as the supports.......however, from an engineering standpoint......will the forces of Superman impact how the drop tower operates, or is new ride being built upon the existing structure?

 

Not trying to be a party-pooper, but if the new ride utilizes the 'same' structure as "Superman", how is the effect of the launch figured into the rattle in the tower into the new drop ride. I would think that there would need to be some serious 'dampering' in the construction of the new ride to offset the vibrations of the existing ride, should they be launched/dropped while the counterpart was in operation. In other words, you can't have a straight drop if the forces of a launched coaster put the tower in nothing short of a 90 degree drop.

 

Maybe it's been discussed before ,but I am just curious

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I'm sure the awesome engineers at Intamin have already factored that in and it looks like they have come up with a design to fit onto the existing structure. All (drop) towers sway a little, some more than others, if they did not move at all they would break, so really this should not be a problem.

 

I always thought seeing the tower sway like that was sort of scary, but at the same time kind of cool to watch.

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^ those forces would probably be negligible. I was always just a naysayer because of the shape of the tower (lots of funky angles). Essentially my thinking was if they were able to do it, then why'd it take 15 years like everyone is saying?

 

Maybe it took them this long to figure out how to do it, maybe nobody ever thought of doing it before....who knows.

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I'm pretty sure it's been thought of before. I mean most of us here have thought of it before because of the Dreamworld tower.

 

I'm sure the people at SFMM thought of it a while ago aswell and had consulted Intamin about it. This is a pretty specific system and maybe Intamin didn't have time to develop this system with other projects they are working on. Also could be that SFMM didn't find it cost effective, and now they do after having built pretty much every other type of thrill ride in existence.

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Just came back from SFMM, arrived about 10 minutes after the park opened. This was the lightest crowd I've ever seen, obviously with school back in session it helped. Longest wait of the day was 45 min for Goliath due to only a 1 train operation. X2 only was a 30 min wait when I went in the morning. Deja Vu was a walk on all day considering that it is leaving the park. Everything else had little to no waits. Green Lantern, Tatsu, & Colossus (1 Train), were about only 15-20 min wait. Batman, Apocalypse, Scream (1 Train), Revolution (1 Train), Gold Rusher (1 Train) were all walk-ons and were able to ride multiple times without going back in line. Skipped Viper. Didn't ride Ninja or Superman due to the park closing at 6.

 

Regarding the earthquake, we were next in line at Riddler's, 5 min wait, when the station started shaking a bit. The train was already midcourse when it struck. The people around me all looked at each other and said if we all felt that. We knew it couldn't have been the ride as most of us were familiar with how things felt with the ride running. We were all calm as cucumbers since we all were from CA. Literally right after the moment it hit, a recorded announcement came on the loudspeaker that the ride was experiencing a delay. I checked my phone and sure enough a quake hit in Newhall, Ca, literally right near us. I was impressed how quickly it came on and they immediately stopped loading as soon as the train came back. While we waited they announced Tidal Wave was apparently open & some flats which was quick. I got the email regarding the new Drop Tower ride on Superman announcement and showed people in line on my phone the youtube video and pics, everyone had the same reaction when I mentioned it was gonna be on superman and how tall and fast the drop was, which everyone got all bug eyed and shocked, lol. The mechanics checked for about 30 min before the all clear was given. They only did 1 cycle before we were let on.

 

All in all was a fun, interesting day, full of firsts, first and last time on Deja Vu, first earthquake I felt as an adult (last one was 89 in the Bay Area), first time I was in a theme park when it hit.

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This is actually first ride from SFMM I am looking forward to in a long time. I freaking hate heights (my knees were shaking after riding Blue Fall), so this will scare the sh*t out of me. I am also very interested to see the construction/engineering behind the ride, as I was one of those who thought the S:TE structure couldn't support a drop tower.

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This is actually first ride from SFMM I am looking forward to in a long time. I freaking hate heights (my knees were shaking after riding Blue Fall), so this will scare the sh*t out of me. I am also very interested to see the construction/engineering behind the ride, as I was one of those who thought the S:TE structure couldn't support a drop tower.

 

I'm with you on seeing how they build this thing. Years ago I had asked somebody at the park about it who was farily high up the food chain (his name escapes me right now) and was flat out told that the structure just couldn't support a drop tower. End of story. Appearently either he was wrong when he told me that or the park has since figured out a way to make it work.

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This is actually first ride from SFMM I am looking forward to in a long time. I freaking hate heights (my knees were shaking after riding Blue Fall), so this will scare the sh*t out of me.

Same. I'm not necessarily scared of heights, but drop towers are the only type of ride that continually freak me out a bit...and this one is flat out sick. It's amazing that it's the only thing SFMM has done to catch my interest.

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This is actually first ride from SFMM I am looking forward to in a long time. I freaking hate heights (my knees were shaking after riding Blue Fall), so this will scare the sh*t out of me. I am also very interested to see the construction/engineering behind the ride, as I was one of those who thought the S:TE structure couldn't support a drop tower.

 

I'm not scared of heights, but this will probably freak me out a bit for sure.

 

Regarding the structure, this has always been what I've heard as well.

 

Which makes me wonder if the structure will be somehow independent of Superman's tower ... or something like that. It will be interesting for sure.

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Hopefully a lot of people will be too intimidated by the height of the drop to ride to shorten the line a bit (even though it will probably still be long enough with the 16 person capacity). I know this isn't the best comparison, but when I went to Raging Waters San Jose in July, Bombs Away was their newest slide with the capsule drop and was the talk of the park yet had one of the shortest lines there since most of the GP were too intimidated to ride it. I wonder if Lex Luthor Drop of Doom will create a lot of buzz among the GP being attached to the sides of Superman, yet most of the GP will be too intimidated to ride it once they walk by it.

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Which makes me wonder if the structure will be somehow independent of Superman's tower ... or something like that.

Based on the image and video that was released, it appears like they're going to be adding on to the structure of the ride, with steel i-beams that weren't there before (I circled and drew a line where the new i beams will be added). The front of the tower has always been wider than the back, making for a weird angle on the sides of the ride, it appears that will be fixed for the installation of this ride.

 

Also, I have never heard that the structure could not withstand a drop tower. I wouldn't believe it if I heard it either, because it just doesn't make sense...look at that structure, its made out of nothing but steel i-beams! I mean, if I were to place a bet on what structure in CA would still be standing if everything else toppled over after a huge earthquake or hurricane, I would put it on Superman. That thing is built so strong, it's never coming down unless you disassemble it.

 

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This will be hands down the scariest ride I have ever been on once it opens. 400 feet is just intimidating, so I'm actually curious as to how many people will be scared away just for fear's sake. The double drop tower, although very extreme, will be a great addition to the line-up at Six Flags. With the closest being Supreme Scream and Tower of Terror, this will take the cake as the best drop tower in SoCal.

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