This Theme Park Is Opening World's Longest and Tallest Single-Track Roller Coaster

Already known as a haven for thrill-seekers, Six Flags Magic Mountain will soon have another major attraction on its roster: the world's tallest and longest single-track roller coaster.

The Valencia, California theme park announced that Wonder Woman Flight of Courage will open in summer 2022. Having originally been set to open this year, the record-breaking coaster was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the monorail roller coaster will be located in the park's DC Comics-themed section. At its fastest point, the ride hits 58 mph—that is, after climbing a 131-foot-tall hill and descending for its first drop at an 87-degree angle.

Additionally, the 3,300-foot-long track features three points at which riders turn upside down, known in the industry as "inversions": a raven dive, a zero-gravity roll, and a 180-degree stall.

Flight of Courage will accommodate four trains, each carrying 12 passengers at a time.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain announced it will open the new Wonder Woman Flight of Courage rollercoaster in summer 2022. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images

In contrast to traditional roller coasters, in which the train is situated on tracks in between two rails, a single-rail (or monorail) coaster features only one—meaning that passengers typically sit in a single-file line, with each seat straddling the rail.

In June, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that their central New Jersey park was home to "the world's tallest, fastest, and longest single rail coaster," the Jersey Devil Coaster.

Wonder Woman Flight of Courage appears to be very similar to the Jersey Devil, albeit slightly larger—meaning that, once it opens, the former will hold the title for longest and tallest monorail coaster.

The ride, which replaces the park's Green Lantern attraction, will maintain Magic Mountain's status as home to the most roller coasters of any one theme park in the world. According to Coasterpedia, Six Flags currently houses 19 coasters, while the runner-up, Poland's Energylandia, features 18.

As was the case for nearly every industry, the early days of the pandemic were a major blow to amusement parks around the globe—a fact which was no doubt felt by Six Flags developers. Flight of Courage was in its planning stages during the March 2020 lockdown, reported the Los Angeles Daily News: just 10 days before the park shuttered, the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning approved the theme park's plans for their "2021 roller coaster."

The news speaks to how Six Flags—and amusement parks around the nation—have bounced back despite the virus' continued presence. Six Flags Magic Mountain reopened in April 2021 with increased safety precautions for guests, including requiring masks in indoor areas and vaccine mandates on high-traffic days.