The Green Lantern Is a steel stand up roller coaster at Six Flags Adventure. Have a good guess who could possibly make such an awesome roller coaster? That’s wright, Bolliger & Mabillard, they are without a doubt my favorite and possibly many other peoples favorite rollercoaster manufacturer. It was originally constructed at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville in 1997, where it was also known as the Chang. The ride set world records for its height, drop, speed, length and numerous inversions. The ride was removed in 2009 and placed at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2011.
Chang means “long” in Mandarin Chinese. When the ride opened in 1997, Chang had yellow track and yellow supports. A couple of years later they changed the track to a lime green and they then changed the supports to Violet. There were lots of ideas for the ride but nothing ever came from it. At one point they were thinking of placing a Batman theme, and then naming Chang “Batman” or Riddler’s Revenge. Clearly nothing ever came from this and they removed the coaster to expand Splashwater Kingdom.
Finally they made up their minds with what they were going to do with this rejected coaster. In 2010 the ride reportedly showed up at Six Flags Great America after the announcement of The Great American Scream Machine got closed down.
On September 16, 2010, Six Flags officially publicized the ride as “Green Lantern”. By April 1, 2011 all track was in place. The entire track is painted green, with the exception of the vertical loop, which is painted yellow. Initially, the second corkscrew was the track section that was going to be painted yellow, but the decision was made to switch the scheme to the first loop. The loop is painted yellow because green lantern’s enemy is parallax who is yellow. Like the previous coaster built on the site, the Great American Scream Machine, the entire infield of the ride is covered with gravel. The coaster also reuses Scream Machine’s queue entry plaza building. Green Lantern opened to season pass holders between May 19–21 and it officially opened to the public on May 25th.
I have still to experience a stand up ride and its definitely something I will be doing very soon.
At the beginning of the ride you depart from the station and then climb up the 155-foot giant lift hill. Along the hill the Green Lantern oath is played on speakers. At the top, the train enters the signature B&M pre-drop before making a slightly banked 180 degree turnaround. After this, the trains drops 144 feet into a 121.58 feet tall vertical loop. Coming out of the vertical loop, the track rises up to the right into a 103.83 foot tall diving loop, hugging the first drop of Superman: Ultimate Flight. Riders then rise up and into a diving turnaround over the station. Dropping out of the turnaround, the train then enters a right leaning 72 feet tall inclined loop. The inclined loop elements are unique to the three larger B&M standup coasters: Green Lantern, Mantis, and the Riddler’s Revenge. After a small hill the train then rises up to the left into the mid-course brake run. Dropping out of the brake run, the train enters a right corkscrew, and turns to the right, weaving through the middle of the diving loop. The track then makes a ground hugging left hand turn, entering a low to the ground second right corkscrew. After a right hand turn, the train makes a final 180 degree left hand turn into the final brake run, before advancing back into the station.
Please let me know if you have ridden this ride since its opening and what it was like. I’m still very keen to know what a stand up roller coaster feels like and how you would rate it to sit down coasters.
Current Coaster Name: Green Lantern Current Park Name: Six Flags Great Adventure Previous Ride Name(s): Chang Location: Jackson, New Jersey, United States Status: Operating Links: http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/index.aspx Cost: $12,000,000
Type: Steel Stand-up Opened: April 4, 1997 (Kentucky Kingdom)
May 25, 2011 (Great Adventure) Designer: Werner Stengel Features: None Height: 154 feet Max Drop: 144 feet Max Speed: 63 mph Length: 4155 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 5 Duration: 2.30 Trains: 2 Capacity: N/A