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FLASHBACK SET TO OPEN APRIL 25; REPRESENTS EIGHTH ADDITION TO SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN COASTER FAMILY

 FLASHBACK SET TO OPEN APRIL 25; REPRESENTS EIGHTH ADDITION
 TO SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN COASTER FAMILY
 Valencia Theme Park First Ever to Introduce
 Three Roller Coasters in Three Consecutive Years
 VALENCIA, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the introductions of its latest world-class roller coasters Viper in 1990 and Psyclone in 1991, Six Flags Magic Mountain has launched another one- of-a-kind coaster. Flashback, the only hairpin drop roller coaster in the world, brings the theme park's roller coaster total to eight, and adds a new dimension to what already is the nation's greatest variety of scream machines.
 "Three roller coasters in three years is a significant accomplishment," said Six Flags Magic Mountain President Joe Schillaci. "Flashback is an exciting addition to our variety of coasters and demonstrates our commitment to deliver the best theme park entertainment in Southern California. Now, there is a coaster for every member of the family."
 Flashback, with its unusual stacked track design and seating arrangement of four riders sitting side by side, represents one of the most important new designs in roller coasters since the development of the vertical loop in the 1970s.
 "When riding Flashback, you seem to be falling, face first ... six times." says Schillaci. "This is a new type of roller coaster thrill, and guests are unlikely to forget the feeling."
 To begin their journey, Flashback riders lift 86 feet, the height of an eight-story building. Immediately, they plunge through six steeply banked vertical 180-degree hairpin drops, each entered at the top, instead of from the bottom, as in other steel coasters. The resulting drops yield breathtaking, free-fall experiences as trains plunge through the turns. During the drops, riders experience three gravity forces as the centripetal acceleration presses three times a rider's body weight downward into the seat.
 Steel switchbacks connect the turns before trains careen into a 540-degree upward corkscrew that seems to defy all laws of gravity as riders enter the spiral at the bottom and soar toward the sky.
 Located on the northeast side of Six Flags Magic Mountain, between Mystic Lake and Bugs Bunny World, Flashback was designed in Switzerland by Intamin AG, one of the world's leaders in innovative thrill ride- technology. Other Intamin creations at the park include FreeFall, Roaring Rapids, Z-Force and Tidal Wave.
 Nearly 130 tons of blue steel tubing were needed to build the $4 million thriller. Flashback's 1,900-foot-track required 67 footings and caissons, set in 900 yards of concrete. Each of its three trains carry 20 riders, sitting four abreast. Safety restraints include both padded lap and shoulder harnesses. State-of-the-art, computerized braking systems maintain constant speeeds and safe distances.
 Flashback joins a roster of seven celebrated roller coasters including: Viper, the world's largest looping coaster; Psyclone, a classic wooden coaster, inspired by Coney Island's Cyclone; Colossus, the huge wooden dual-track out-and-back classic; Revolution, the first looping coaster ever built; the chilling Ninja suspended coaster; the Goldrusher runaway steel mine train and the Wile E. Coyote "woodie" for kids.
 Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of seven Six Flags theme parks. Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. is the country's largest regional theme park company. An estimated 85 percent of all Americans live within driving distance of one of the parks, which are: Six Flags Over Texas (Dallas, Ft. Worth); Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta); Six Flags Over Mid-America (St. Louis); AstroWorld (Houston); Six Flags Great Adventure (New York/Philadelphia); Six flags Magic Mountain (Los Angeles); and Six Flags Great America (Chicago/Milwaukee). Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. is a subsidiary of Six Flags Entertainment, a Time Warner affiliated company.
 The lushly landscaped, 260-acre theme park is located 25 minutes north of Hollywood, off Interstate 5. Detailed park information is available by calling 805-255-4111 or 818-367-2271.
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 /CONTACT: Eileen L. Harrell or Bonnie Rabjohn of Six Flags Magic Mountain, 805-255-4817 or 818-367-2271/ CO: Six Flags Magic Mountain ST: California IN: LEI SU:


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