Lex Luthor Drop of Doom Opens at Magic Mountain

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Southern California Parks

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Published on July 07, 2012 at 12:34 am with 15 Comments

Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom has finally opened to the public at Six Flags magic Mountain in Valencia, Ca (just north of Los Angeles).  A ride that has been on the drawing board ever since 1997, Drop of doom is the world’s tallest drop tower ride.

Drop of Doom plummets down both sides of the 400ft Superman: Escape From Krypton tower at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour.  A clever use of space and way to maximize an existing structure in the park. It’s a pretty wild ride, so let’s look at what you can expect when the ride officially opens today.

The entrance to the new attraction is just past Goliath, in the D.C. Universe area of the park.  What was a scarcely popular arcade has been re-purposed and re-themed to look like the lobby of Lex Luthor Corp.

Bonnie Rabjohn, President of Six Flags Magic Mountain, welcomed guests to the opening ceremony of Drop of Doom.

Bonnie then introduced Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who played Lex Luthor on the T.V. show, Smallville.

Michael got the crowd pumped up to ride.

A shot of confetti, and the first riders ascended the tower.


If all is timed properly, the Superman Krypton ride launches and reaches the top of the tower at the same time as the Drop of Doom seats.

Now, let’s enter the queue.  Just inside the building is the “Lobby” for LexCorp where one of Luthor’s means of destruction is on display.

In the switchback Queue, the walls are decorated with LexCorp signage and info.

The line then makes its way out the back hallway and out to the exterior queue, though it is mostly covered.

We reach the base of the Superman tower and come to the loading area.


Yes, this is a very tall ride

The line then divides, and you must choose which side you will drop from.


Sinking back into the bucket seats, we buckle in and are raised up the side of the tower.

Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is a logical addition to the iconic Superman tower, and a fitting place for the nemesis of the Man of Steel.  The ride is a surprising amount of fun considering it is over in a flash.  But WOW, what a drop.  The view afforded from the top of the 32 story tower is truly breathtaking.  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.  The attraction is a lot more intimidating than anything else, and for good reason . . .  it’s freaking tall!  But, if you can get over a fear of heights, it is a lot of fun.  Wait times should be pretty intense for this attraction, but there is also a single rider line available.

MiceChat had the pleasure to spend a few minutes with Six Flags Magic Mountain Director of Construction and Engineering, Tim Burkhart, to ask him some questions about Lex Luthor and the upcoming Fright Fest this Halloween:

SirClinksalot interviews Tim

MiceChat: As long time fans of the park, it seems that placing a drop tower on the sides of Superman has been a rumor since the original ride opened in 1997, what was it that finally got Drop of Doom off the ground?

Tim: When we re-introduced Superman: Escape from Krypton with the backwards launch, we saw that we had a lot of power to do some alterations and play with the DC Brand, so it kind of made sense to pursue the new ride one more time. When we went after it we found out that it could work into our long-term plans. It’s not a major coaster so it fit into our schedule easily.

MiceChat: Other than Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, were there any other kinds of drop towers you considered over the years?

Tim: No, we never really thought about doing a different drop tower because we had talked about doing this very ride for years. The time finally got right and all the planets lined up to get the ride done.

MiceChat: What were the major issues in getting the ride up and running?

Tim: The biggest hurdle was delivery of components. Once we got all the components and started putting the ride together, we had a few little bumps along the way, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect in a major construction effort. Once we got the operating system up and running it went pretty smoothly.

MiceChat: Many of our readers are Halloween fans. Last year was a big advance for Fright Fest, the new maze in the old Batman Theater was amazing, any new surprises this year?

Tim: Yep. We’ve been working our twisted little minds and we are going to have some brand-new stuff for Fright Fest. We want Fright Fest to be the dominate player at Halloween, and that’s where we are headed.

MiceChat: We can’t wait to hear about all the new fun you have in store for this year.

The L.A. Kings Ice Crew says hi to MiceChat from Six Flags

The surrounding area has been dressed in the DC theme as well.  There is a Lex Luthor slingshot game here that is deceptively hard.

DAILY PLANET GIFT SHOP
This is where you can pick up your Lex Luthor souvenirs.  We never thorught we would find a smaller shop than DCA’s Embarcadero Gifts, but here it is!

OLD LOG JAMMER SITE
In other news, there is still nothing interesting to report from the old Log Jammer site.  This huge expanse continues to sit idle while Six Flags prepares its plans for a new attraction.

It’s sad to see this space empty. Log Jammer was really an iconic attraction.

OLD METRO STATION
One of the old Metro Stations is still there, and easily seen by guests.  While dormant buildings are a normal occurrence at any park, this one just looks shabby and a little spooky.

PERFECT 6
On a positive note, we had a chance to take in a performance of Perfect 6 on our most recent visit.  The vocal talent  of this musical group was pretty good.  It was nice to see some atmosphere entertainment happening throughout the park.

And that is all that we have for today’s update.  Check back tomorrow for the latest information on SeaWorld San Diego.

Will you be headed to Magic Mountain for Lex Luthor Drop of Doom this summer?

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. Yep, I’m the third from the left in the seat, and my reaction is priceless. Not a big fan of drop rides, but this one was quite fun. I went on it a handful of times after this, so it didn’t scare me that bad.

    Honestly, it’s a ton of fun – and as my first superdrop, I had no idea what to expect. SFMM did a great job here, and I still think – to use the existing Superman tower to add a drop ride, makes it quite the sight. :)

  2. There is no way on earth you’d get me on a ride like that. Just thinking about those heights makes me sick to my stomach.

    I think it was a brilliant use of space by Six Flags. I’m sure the lines will be crazy.

    Thank you for the coverage guys, really enjoyed the video as well!

  3. I want to ride that!!

  4. Yaaa very smart of them To do that
    Now time for full throttle!!!!!!

  5. Nice article. It’s nice to see what they have going on over there. Magic Mountain is too scary for me. I don’t go there.

  6. Not a fan of this attraction for many reasons, two of them being that Six Flags chooses to ignore the rest of the park maintenance and guest experience. They have no issue with spending money on getting new attractions while the rest of the park simply looks run down and food choices are disgusting and far more expensive than Disneyland. Instead of trying to be competitive with the other parks in these categories they have chosen to take the easy route and largely ignore it. Being a former fan of this place, my last visit was very disappointing and I felt ripped off. I can only hope that in the future they attempt to attract a wider variety of guests instead of their very narrow segment of teens and thrill junkies.

    • I believe Six Flags and Knott’s Berry Farm have thrown in the towel when it comes to competing with Disneyland. Forget the theming, maintenance and overall guest experience. They know their target market; rowdy teens and young adults. Cram the park with as many thrill rides as possible and that’s all.

      • Yes, Magic Mountain and Knott’s are all thrill rides, and Las Vegas is no longer family friendly, leaving Disneyland (and maybe DCA) pretty much the only games in town. That’s how they can get away with the crummy carnival railings on Alice in Wonderland and Matterhorn, the Nemo Submarines, Tarzan’s Treehouse, and all their other bogus changes. There really is no other place to go.

  7. Thanks for going on a terrifying ride for our amusement. They reaction of the guy to the right of Fishbulb is pretty funny. Almost viral funny.

    And thank you for interviewing Tim Burkhart at 6 Flags M. Mtn! I love that he is trying to improve their haunt event! Will it again be included with daily admission? If so, I’m interested! How about a Micechat trip to 6 Flags Haunt that starts out with rides on Lex Luthor and Superman–maybe when the park opens at 10am that day for those interested. I’ll bring a book to read while y’all ride Goliath and other less comfortable coasters.

  8. Wow! How did you guys film this?

  9. They misspelled “a cappella” on the Perfect 6 sign! Two Ps!!!

  10. Tinkbelle, we were invited to the park to be part of their media event.

  11. “Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?” hahahaha.

    I have never been on a drop tower ride (I dont consider Tower of Terror one), but I may have to make this my first!

  12. That ride looks terrifying and stunning at the same time!!!

  13. Funny how it doesn’t look taller than the giant drop in australia..but according to wikipedia it beats it, for the drop at least, by a whopping 8 feet. I haven’t been to magic mountain since 97.,..I really must get back there sooner than later..before more rides I’ve never experienced go to the graveyard.