|My son's friend Kurt, my son Ryan, my wife Debe and I stand up to our fear at Six Flags Great Adventure|
A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey with my wife, my son and his best friend with the mission to ride the new Green Lantern "Stand Up to Your Fear" roller coaster. The ride features the novelty of riding it from a standing position during all five of its inversions, reaching a top speed of 63 mph and a maximum height of 154 feet. While you're experiencing the ride from a standing position, rest assured that you are not going to fall if your legs buckle since there is a mini bicycle seat under your body that gives you a bit of support in addition to the brace that gets lowered over your head and locked down.
What really made me geek out about the ride was the attention to detail put into designing the panels that laid out the Green Lantern story for people waiting to get on the ride, the replica of Hal Jordan's (complete with the "Highball" call sign and a nice touch of using the sector number on the tail), and the use of a Ferris aircraft hangar design for the final que area, complete with the "Where Courage Takes Flight" slogan. There was also a Green Lantern kiosk near the exit of the ride where there were lots of shirts and collectible items.
The idea behind the ride, which you understand if you read the story panels during your wait, is that Parallax has come to Earth and you must stand up to your fear to help Green Lantern defeat the entity. Ride up the first lift hill you may hear the Green Lantern oath depending on whether or not the ride operator plays it during your ascent. As your round the corner of the lift hill and prepare to make the first drop you see a mock up of Parallax with mist spraying down on the track from under his face and his outstretched arms as he poises to attack. As you drop down you pass under Parallax's arms and into a high loop which is painted yellow to symbolize Parallax's tail. The ride continues through barrel rolls and a pretzel as you fly around the track before returning to the hangar to exit the ride.
The pictures below show a lot of the detail work that Six Flags put into the ride and I've included a ride video from YouTube so you can get an idea of what it was like, although the video was shot before the Parallax display was added to it. I can't recommend the ride and the park enough with the number of DC Comics related rides - there are two Batman coasters and a Superman coaster as well - plus the Hall of Justice gift shop, the mock up of the Batmobile and the costumed superheroes found throughout the park.
|No you get to stare down Parallax!|
|The entry to the Green Lantern coaster - the Lantern lights up!|
|The Green Lantern story plays out on this and the following panels as you wait to face the ultimate evil.|
|Hal's jet - note the easter egg of sorts on the tail.|
|They even included Hal's call sign!|
|The Ferris Aircraft hangar design used for the final queing area.|