GETTING A “REAL” SUPERHERO EXPERIENCE
By Mike Balderrama
Sorry, folks: I hate roller coasters.
It’s something about the whole sensory experience: the stomach-churning as you wait in line; getting strapped in, only to be launched into the air—reaching dizzying heights—this odd dichotomy of ultimate freedom and sternum-bruising confinement.
It’s that whole experience that left me wanting (and slightly fearful) when Six Flags New England came out with Superman: The Ride of Steel back in 2000. Back then, I was a freshman in high school—a little too introverted for my own good—so when our class went up there to celebrate finishing the PSATs or something, I stayed earth-bound and watched everyone’s backpack. Needless to say, I didn’t share in the “Superman experience.”