The Wonder Woman Flight of Courage delivers so much hill-hopping airtime and upside down hang time you’ll barely sit in your seat on the breathtaking new single-rail roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Magic Mountain hosted a media preview of the new Wonder Woman roller coaster on Thursday, July 14. The innovative single-rail roller coaster — billed as the world’s tallest and longest ride of its kind — officially debuts to the public on Saturday, July 16 at the Valencia amusement park.
I rode Flight of Courage six times and found the new thrill machine to be a more than worthy addition to Magic Mountain’s record-setting collection of roller coasters.
I held on tightly to the grab bar during the first few trips, but raised my arms the entire time on a later run when I snagged the one and only front seat. The front seat offers the best view, the back seat tons of negative G-force airtime and the middle seats the most unexpected surprises.
The new Wonder Woman coaster is made by the same company — Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction — that converted Twisted Colossus into an outstanding wood-steel hybrid.
The new Wonder Woman Flight of Courage is filled with all the thrilling intensity and surprising twists you’ve come to expect from a RMC coaster.
The new Wonder Woman Flight of Courage coaster reaches a top speed of 58 mph after climbing a 131-foot-tall lift hill and descending an 87-degree first drop. The ride’s four 12-passenger trains travel over a 3,300-foot-long track featuring three inversions — a raven dive, zero gravity roll and 180-degree stall.
The double out-and-back layout with a gold single-rail track and red supports stretches between the DC Universe and Metropolis Plaza areas of the park running alongside the Riddler’s Revenge coaster and switching back in front of the Justice League 3-D dark ride.
The unique single-rail setup seats riders in a single-file row, which makes for a narrow train that shimmies through seemingly impossible spaces. Single-row seating means you won’t see much of the upcoming track as you quickly ascend the double-time lift hill. But after you make it to the top, every seat offers a stunning view of what lies ahead as you whip through one element after another.
The Wonder Woman coaster crams a ton of thrills into a compact layout. A forest of support columns provide a never-ending supply of head chopper moments.
The narrow width of the train makes every track element seem new and thrilling to even the most jaded coaster enthusiast. Turns appear impossibly tight. Jackrabbit hills seem spaced ridiculously close. Gaps between support beams look like keyholes.
The ride’s unique restraint system features a lap bar that lowers over your head with an attached seatbelt-style shoulder harness.
Riders on the new Wonder Woman coaster will spend a lot of time pressed up against those lap and shoulder restraints — either hanging upside down for extended stretches or hovering weightlessly thanks to extreme ejector seat airtime.
The load/unload station uses an omnimover-style system that keeps the train moving at a slow crawl as riders disembark and climb aboard — making for faster throughput and higher capacity.
The lap bar/shoulder restraint combo automatically rises as the coaster returns into the station — allowing riders to hop out while the train is still in motion. There is only a single queue for loading — meaning riders get the first available seat with the train loading from the front to the back.
That adds a luck-of-the-draw randomness to where you sit. Ride operators may make accommodations for front and back seat preferences depending on crowd levels.
Magic Mountain was running two trains on media day, but the park plans to run as many as four trains on busy days.
The Raptor single-rail track by Rocky Mountain Construction employs an innovative new coaster design from the Idaho-based ride manufacturer. Passengers on a RMC single-rail coaster sit in an inline-style train with their legs straddling an I-beam track.
The single-rail layout means the track runs between your legs under the coaster train — with your feet on either side of the track hump on the floor.
Taller riders will have to sit with their legs akimbo — knees together and feet out to the sides — if they want ride attendants to give them a tight fit with the seat restraint. Riders who prefer a looser fit and more airtime can keep their feet and knees closer together — which will raise their thighs higher in the air.
The new Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage becomes Magic Mountain’s 20th coaster — a record for any single amusement park.
The Flight of Courage moves Magic Mountain ahead of Energylandia in Poland (19 coasters) and stretches the lead over Canada’s Wonderland (17) and Ohio’s Cedar Point (16).
Cedar Point — which once billed itself as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World — has closed as many coasters as it has opened in the past decade.
Magic Mountain’s new coaster reuses the station house of the former Green Lantern: First Flight, an Intamin ZacSpin coaster that was removed and relocated to Montreal’s La Ronde amusement park.
The Greek-inspired entrance and queue for Flight of Courage is themed to the hidden island of Themyscira, the fictional island home of Wonder Woman. The queue showcases the legacy and life of Wonder Woman while explaining how she obtained her super powers.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Magic Mountain to press pause on the Wonder Woman coaster project that was initially set to open in 2021 in the DC Comics-themed area of the park.