American Coaster Enthusiasts who attended No Coaster Con on Saturday January 19 were treated to some disorientating news. The historic Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Great America would be turned backwards for a limited engagement during the 2013 season. This week, Six Flags Great America made this news official and released a press release detailing this big change to this classic coaster, Batman: The Ride.
Batman: The Ride which opened in 1992 was the first B&M invert of its kind. For the last 21 seasons, it has been thrilling guests and has given a reported 28 million rides taking them on along a track of 2700 feet and at speeds reaching 50 mph. Batman when opened started an inverted coaster craze that led to not only many clones of the same ride throughout the Six Flags chain, but also many custom inverted layouts that have amazed coaster fans around the world. In 2005, Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America was also awarded one of the highest honors any coaster could receive, being dubbed an ACE Coaster Landmark.
Six Flags believes that this change will make the ride, which is an already exhilarating ride, even more thrilling, since guests will not be able to see what elements are coming next. Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi said, "No matter how many times you have been on Batman: The Ride, nothing compares to the thrill of racing down 10 stories facing the other direction." Batman should be turned backwards for opening weekend May 4th and will only be in this special configuration for a limited time. Make sure to book your trip to Six Flags Great America early to not miss out on this great new experience for one of the most storied coasters in the country.