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Six Flags Once Again Breaks the Extreme Thrills Barrier With The Riddler's Revenge -- World's Tallest, Fastest and Most Powerful Stand-Up Roller Coaster!

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 1998--

``Riddle Me This: What's Extreme ... With Standing Room Only?''

Six Flags Theme Parks has once again taken the art of the thrill to the extreme with the announcement of The Riddler's Revenge -- the world's tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster, debuting April 4 at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

``Six Flags is not a company that rests on its laurels,'' noted Del Holland, president, Six Flags California. ``As the industry leader in themed-thrill-ride experiences, we must continue to push the envelope and give our guests what they want -- the latest and most innovative thrill rides available.''

Looming 156 feet tall and reaching 65 miles per hour, The Riddler's Revenge will send riders racing head over heels six times over nearly one mile of contorted, twisting, looping, spiraling green steel track. Unlike traditional roller coasters, The Riddler's Revenge has a twist -- riders are standing, not sitting, throughout the three-minute ride.

``When it comes to in-your-face, unrelenting thrills, Six Flags Magic Mountain never lets up,'' said Paul Ruben, North American editor of Park World Magazine and noted roller-coaster historian. ``The Riddler's Revenge is the perfect complement to the park's thrill-ride arsenal -- it's tall, fast and nearly three out-of-control minutes of pure, wobbly-kneed excitement!''

``Batman and the Batman-related characters are among the most powerful brands in the world,'' said Robert A. Daly, chairman and co-chief executive officer, Warner Bros. Inc.

``Thrill rides based on world-famous characters are terrific brand extensions, and no one does it better than Six Flags. The Riddler's persona is perfectly suited for this exciting new thrill ride and makes a great companion to the already-popular rides also based on DC Comics icons -- Batman and Superman."

Themed to the diabolical character Edward Nygma (aka The Riddler) from the Batman legend, the adventure begins as guests are drawn -- mindlessly -- through a glaring green-neon entrance, disguised as a question mark, deep into the confines of The Riddler's lime-green industrial laboratory. Once inside, guests will witness mysterious and chaotic experiments of ``mind-bending'' proportions.

Somewhat puzzled and unsure, guests will board the warped scientist's latest standing-room-only invention -- The Riddler's Revenge. Standing four abreast and strapped in sleek green bullet-nosed trains, riders climb 16 stories into the unknown before plummeting almost straight down at 65 miles per hour.

The stunning experience intensifies as guests fly up and over a record 124-foot-tall vertical loop, through two over-the-top diving loops and over a 360-degree loop, before heading into a 250-foot-long high-speed spiral and venturing head over heels two more times through each of the barrel rolls. Whew! -- that's a stand-up roller-coaster record of six times upside down for three minutes of pure adrenaline rush!

``When our guests think of thrills, they think of Six Flags Magic Mountain. Following the success of Superman the Escape in '97, we'll deliver yet another record-breaking ride this spring that's sure to bring Southern Californians to their feet!'' added Del Holland, president, Six Flags California.

``The Riddler's Revenge is thrilling entertainment at its best -- legendary-archvillain-meets-thrill-ride with a unique twist!''

Representing the largest capital investment in the company's history, The Riddler green thriller will stand as the centerpiece attraction of the park's 4.9-acre expansion project, transforming Monterey Landing into The Movie District, a themed backlot experience, complete with new restaurants, retail shops, studio facades and rethemed attractions.

Designed and engineered exclusively for Six Flags by Bolliger and Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, The Riddler's Revenge marks the theme park's 11th roller-coaster addition to its world-class collection.

SATELLITE FEED COORDINATES:

Wednesday, April 1, 11-11:15 a.m. PT Ku-Band, Telstar 5/Transponder 12 Wednesday, April 1, 1-1:30 p.m. PT Ku-Band, Telstar 5/Transponder 12 Thursday, April 2, 10-10:30 a.m. PT C-Band, Galaxy 9/Transponder 1 Saturday, April 4, 12-12:15 p.m. PT C-Band, Galaxy (C) 4/Transponder 11

CONTACT: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Bonnie Rabjohn or Andy Gallardo

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