Early Reviews of the World’s Tallest Drop Ride, Lex Luthor Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Lex Luthor Drop of Doom is here with its epic, record-setting drop of nearly 400 feet. If the insane drop wasn’t enough, riders are reporting that Superman Escape from Krypton’s cars are adding a bit of an extra wrinkle. If you happen to be riding when the cars climb the tower, you get an added thrill as the tower sways a bit.
Lex Luthor Drop of Doom has unseated former drop ride record holder, The Big Drop at Dream World in Australia. I was a bit more impressed with the concept when it was announced until I found out that The Big Drop is attached to reverse freefall coaster Tower of Terror II, in the same way that Lex and Superman share a space. At least Magic Mountain’s attraction has the added cool factor of the theme as Superman and Lex Luthor will do battle high above the Earth.
Here are some reviews that I was able to find:
The one knock on the ride is unavoidable. With the queue sitting beneath the insanely loud Superman coaster, standing in line for Lex Luthor may prove hard on your hearing. Magic Mountain might want to hand out ear plugs to dampen the jet engine howl.
– Brady MacDonald of the LA Times Funland Blog
However, the ride is AMAZING. It seems like it never ends. The audio is great and we didn’t drop until the whole sound byte finished. It really is like an “over the shoulder lap bar”. I’m about 6 foot 2 and the OSTRs/handles didn’t even touch my shoulders.
– dylanreich on ThemeParkReview
The drop really surprised us in how smooth the drop and speed breaking are at the end of the ride. There is not a jarring halt at the bottom of the tower, but rather a firm slow down to a stop.
– Norman Gidney on MiceChat
. . .got 3 rides waiting 5 mins max each time via the single rider line. The drop is great, and the trip up the tower is fun too, it seems like it never stops! On my first ride I got lucky and had a Superman car go up the tower just as we were getting to the top, and the tower shook pretty good.
– BlakeCoaster on ThemeParkReview
And here’s an on-ride video of Lex Luthor Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain:
Official Lex Luthor Drop of Doom Info from Six Flags
The Coaster Guy’s On-Ride Video
The Coaster Guy’s Media Day Coverage (Tons of Photos)
Have you ridden Lex Luthor Drop of Doom? What’s your take? Leave a comment below.