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By September 16, 2010

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Imagine climbing a 154-foot coaster tower, soaring down 144 feet at a 45-degree angle, and navigating five inversions--all while standing up. You'll have about seven months to imagine it before you'll be able to ride it. Next spring, Six Flags Great Adventure will open Green Lantern, a standup coaster, at its New Jersey park.

The "new" ride is actually a recycled coaster that dates back to 1997 at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom where it was known as Chang. Six Flags pulled out of the Kentucky park in 2009 and closed it as part of the debt-laden company's restructuring plan. It left most of the park's other coasters behind, and Kentucky Kingdom may reopen in 2011 under new owners.

It's no coincidence that Green Lantern, a slightly obscure DC Comic hero, will be featured in a major motion picture starring Ryan Reynolds that's set to debut in June 2011. Expect Six Flags to capitalize on the movie's spotlight when it opens its Green Lantern coaster around the same time. Read more about the Green Lantern coaster.

Photo: Six Flags 2010. Used with permission.

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