“It will feel like you're riding Wonder Woman's whip.”
This summer’s blockbuster hit “Wonder Woman” inspired a whole lot of firsts. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, the film, starring Gal Gadot, is the first female-led superhero film in more than a decade, the first superhero movie to be directed by a woman, and the first female superhero to get her own movie in the comic book universe.
And now, the film is inspiring another first: the world’s first single-rail roller coaster.
In honor of Diana, Princess of the Amazons, Six Flags announced Thursday that it will construct the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at its Fiesta Texas location in San Antonio, USA Today first reported.
According to USA Today, the coaster will ride along a single 15.5-inch-wide steel track.
“I expect it to be crazy smooth,” Larry Chickola, Six Flags VP and chief corporate engineer, told USA Today. “And crazy fun. There will be extremely quick twists and turns – quicker and smoother than regular coasters.”
According to Chickola, the single-rail construction will make the ride feel “velvety-smooth.” The difference, Chickola explained, is that coasters set on two rails have a very slight misalignment between the left and right sides, thus causing a few bumps along the way.
“It's just going to look wrong, but in a nice way,” Jeffrey Siebert, president of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, said, as the coaster’s super-thin track will also mean it needs less supports than a traditional coaster, thus making the entire ride look sleek and thin.
The ride will carry eight passengers aboard, each in their own single seat, meaning each passenger will have unobstructed views of the surrounding park while aboard the ride.
“You're going to feel like you're gliding through the air,” Chickola added.
The ride will climb about 113-feet before dropping about 100 feet straight down at 90-degrees, and hit a top speed of 52 mph, according to USA Today. It will also have three inversions, each at a "180-degree stall," which is when the train will roll halfway over.
As Siebert said, “It will feel like you're riding Wonder Woman's whip.”