Three, Two, One, Scream!

When editor Robert Niles rode Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Full Throttle roller coaster last summer, the veteran journalist didn’t expect to be impressed.

Jim Seay
Jim Seay, president of Premier Rides

But he was.

“As its name implies, Full Throttle doesn’t take its time getting to the action, launching from the station to 70 miles per hour, up and into a 160-foot loop,” he wrote.

“And it’s in that loop that Full Throttle delivers its take-away moment—a full second (which seems like an eternity) of weightless airtime, upside down, lingering at the apex of the loop. Oh, and did I mention that Full Throttle doesn’t pin you down with over-the-shoulder restraints? Yep, just a lap bar—and the power of physics—keep you up there for your moment of floating in roller coaster heaven.”

Popular Science agreed, voting the ride as “Best of What’s New” among the top 100 innovations in 2013, while the Guinness Book of World Records declared it the tallest, fastest looping roller coaster in the world.