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Magic 18! Six Flags reclaims coaster record

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia. California, is to add three new coaster experiences in 2011, allowing it to reclaim the title “Coaster Capital of the World” from Cedar Point in Ohio. With the new additions, Magic Mountain will boast 18 rollercoasters.

The big news is Green Lantern, America's first ZacSpin vertical track spinning coaster by Intamin. Features a zig zag track pattern, riders sit in eight- person vehicles (four seats each side of the track), spinning and rocking back and forth as the cars descend through 825ft of twisted track, from a height of 107ft. Green Lantern will be located in a newly themed section of the park.

Magic Mountain's popular Superman The Escape (also by Intamin) will fly again in spring 2011 as Superman: Escape from Krypton, reversing the direction of the vehicles. The L-shaped LSM launch ride, which will now blast riders backwards at 100mph, is also getting new cars as riders will hang face first with a birds-eye-view of the Santa Clarita Valley before plummeting back down to earth. In addition, a Vekoma junior coaster that formerly operated as Road Runner Express at defunct Six Flags New Orleans will make its California debut. Cedar Point, it's over to you...

Pendleton & Glover back at Hopkins

Water ride veterans Jim Glover and Jerry Pendleton are back at Hopkins Rides, now part of the Martin & Vleminckx (M&V) group. “We saw the need for good water flow engineering within the industry,” Glover tells Park World. “Hopkins still has a great reputation around the world and we hope to bring the company back to its former position while benefiting from economies of scale as part of M&V.”

Glover will assume the role of vice-president of sales while Pendleton, who has been friends with M&V founder Chuck Bingham for over 40 years, is managing partner. Although M&V is headquartered in Quebec, Canada, Hopkins will retain its premises in Haines City, Florida. Glover says that he has been “very busy over in

Jim Glover (right) with M&V’s Chuck Bingham Starliner returns

The Starliner wooden rollercoaster, closed when Cypress Gardens ceased trading in Winter Haven, Florida, is moving back to Panama City Beach (also in Florida), where it will be erected at Pier Park. The project is being overseen by Pier Park's Teddy and Jenny Meeks at a cost of around $2 million, including purchase, transport and reconstruction. Currently in storage outside of Tampa, the coaster will


Asia” in recent months and hopes eventually to expand the Hopkins product line to complement its tried and tested products including flumes, shoot rides, rapids and freefall water rides.

retain its original wooden structure, but with a couple of new safety features and magnetic brakes. The Starliner was relocated to Cypress Gardens after the closure of Panama City Beach's Miracle Strip in 2004. This will not be the first ex-Miracle Strip ride repatriated by the Meeks. The couple previously refurbished the painted ponies of the park's carousel and gave them new life at Pier Park. In addition the carousel, they also purchased and now operate Miracle Strip's old balloon and biplane rides.


MAIN PIC: The new look Superman ride ABOVE: Green Lantern

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