COOL SUMMER RIDES: JOYRIDERS' PARADISE

FOR THRILL SEEKERS, 20 NEW ROLLER COASTERS TO HIE FOR

Only the movie business is better at creating summertime hype. But the amusement-park industry has a boast that remains astoundingly extradimensional (after all, cinematic thrills extend no farther than the screen): 20 new roller coasters are opening this year. Hold on tight. This is theater in the round, zooming off into real flights of fancy.

What are the standouts among the loopy score? Superman: The Escape, which opened--after a year's delay to get all the kinks out--at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. It is the tallest (415 ft.) and fastest (100 m.p.h.) roller coaster ever built. Chang, which opened...

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