Superheroes, villains battle for dominance in roller coaster showdown

Grayson Salomon and Cameron Bevan-Abel

Summer is here, and with that come fun trips to amusement parks with friends. One of my personal favorites is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA, which has some of the most thrilling rides I’ve ridden. My favorite rides include Medusa, Joker, and Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth.

Medusa is a floorless coaster and the longest and highest in Northern California, standing at 3,937 feet with a 150-foot hill drop. This coaster is really smooth and will have you screaming at the top of your lungs. Nevertheless, it’s super fun, and the first roller coaster that took away my fear. I give it a 10 out of 10.

Up next is Joker, a wooden roller coaster. The coaster sends you out of the station fast, then going up a hill that seems like forever going up, just don’t look down. This hill leads to a crazy 78 degree drop that makes it feel like you could possibly get launched out of the seat, but trust me you won’t. The drop takes you through inversions and barrel rolls going at a max speed of 53 mph. Joker is a fun ride, but the wait can take forever. If the line is short, give it a shot but if it’s super long, come back later. I give it a good 8 of 10.

Six Flag’s Discovery Kingdom’s ride Joker is no joke. (SixFlags.com)

Next is my personal favorite, Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth.

This is not your traditional coaster. It is essentially a big “swing” that swings you back and forth, going at a max speed of 73 mph going as high as 147 feet in the air, leaving you to feel weightless all while spinning.

I personally love this ride, but it tends to give you a headache or to make you feel nauseous after the ride comes to a stop. I suggest that if you have a sensitive stomach, skip this ride or if you feel like you can handle it, go ahead.

Wonder Woman gets a good 10 out of 10.

Honestly, the Lasso of Truth is not for the faint of heart. (SixFlags.com)

The Superman ride in Six Flags Vallejo is an exhilarating and electrifying experience for all thrill-seekers. Throughout the park, there are many roller coasters and rides associated with a certain superhero or supervillain, but the Superman ride might be the closest roller coasters and rides associated with a certain superhero or supervillain, but the Superman ride might be the closest roller coaster you can get to feeling like Superman.

Before the ride starts, you hop in a cramped cart and you don’t know what to expect. As the ride starts, the cart goes through a tunnel and slowly goes up, then rushes backward in a heap past the starting location. It appears as if it is going to keep going backwards, but then in a full head of steam it rushes (up to 62 mph) through the starting location and keeps going up through a corkscrew, then goes straight down and hits a speedy loop-the-loop simultaneously with another corkscrew.

The ride lasts only for 45 seconds, but the experience will be remembered and reminisced for a lifetime.