You arrive at Six Flags New England and see
Superman dominating the landscape behind everything. You make your
way past Scream to the DC Comics Area and enter this exciting section
of the park. It does not take long before you find yourself at the
entrance of Superman with its logo above the entryway. Your height is
checked and you enter the queue.
As you wait for Superman (unfortunately, it is
quite rare that you will not have to), you watch as the train soars
over your head and either your nerves or excitement build up.
Finally, you reach the station. If you're daring, you'll go to either
the right to ride in the front or the left to ride in the back. If
not, you'll find yourself going forward and picking a row somewhere
Finally, your turn is up. There is no one left in
front of you and a train has just pulled into the station. It is
quickly unloaded and the gates open slowly. You drop your stuff into
the bins and sit down, buckling up immediately so the train can get
going. After adjusting it comfortably, you pull the lap bar down and
wait eagerly as the attendants check your seatbelt and lapbar. You're
not waiting long before the operator's voice is heard saying "All
clear!" The train begins to move forward.
You begin to ascend the lift hill and you take in
the view. To your right, you can see the rest of the park, and to
your left, you can see the Connecticut River, the town of Longmeadow,
and the city of Springfield. After fifty seconds that feel like
hours, the train begins to level off until you feel yourself heading downward.
The train quickly gains speed as you plummet down
the 221-foot drop at 77 miles per hour. The 75-degree angle of the
drop makes you feel as though it is straight down. You look below at
the tunnel; it definitely doesn't look big enough to enter without
pulling your hands down. Nevertheless, you clear it with ease.
The mist cools you down nicely, but now you can't
see where you're going. Red neon lights flash as you hear the echoes
of everyone else's screams. Finally, you begin to ascend again and
are out of the tunnel. You round the top of the 145-foot second hill
and feel yourself lifted out of your seat a bit. Airtime: one thing
Superman is known for! After being pulled back to your seat, you head
back toward the ground and into the over-banked turnaround. Because
of your great speed, you hardly notice the more-than-90-degree bank
of the curve.
Coming out of the turn, you head into the
straightaway, a nice respite to take in all that has happened. No
sooner than your mind catches up with you do you dip a bit and head
into Superman's fourth hill, achieving still more airtime. At the
bottom of the hill, be sure to smile because your picture is taken
for you to remember this amazing ride. Don't focus on that too long,
though, or else you will miss the excitement of the fifth hill,
providing still more airtime.
You pass the station and soar over everyone's
heads waiting in line. You smile as you remember yourself looking up
at the speeding train. Soon, you begin to turn and head right into
the ground. This is Superman's first helix. You gain speed as you
feel the G-forces increase and find it harder to keep your arms up.
Gradually, you decrease speed and gain altitude again, ending up
right back at the beginning of the helix.
Soon after, you find yourself heading back toward
the ground, this time curving to the left. Another helix. At least
this one levels off so you can enjoy the constant speed and
approximately 4 G's. After what seems like a while, you begin to come
out of the helix and head back up toward the sky, only to be pulled
right back down again, this time, underground!
As you head into Superman's second underground
tunnel, you see all of the guests on the path watching with
excitement. You are cooled by the mist again as you curve to the
right out of the tunnel. As the train does not have much speed left,
you know that the ride is almost over.
As a final way of delivering more airtime, the
ride concludes with a couple of bunny hops. As you come out of the
second, you take a hard turn to the right and stop, going from 40-0
mph in just seconds. The brakes release their grip and you come back
into the station. The lap bars go up, you unbuckle, and you get off
the "#1 Coaster on the Planet." What a ride!