Batman: The Dark Knight
Previously known as Batman: the Ride
Batman – The Dark Knight train
Six Flags New England
LocationSix Flags New England
Park sectionGotham City
Coordinates42°02′07″N 72°36′47″W / 42.03528°N 72.61306°W / 42.03528; -72.61306Coordinates: 42°02′07″N 72°36′47″W / 42.03528°N 72.61306°W / 42.03528; -72.61306
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 20, 2002[1]
Cost$9,500,000[2]
General statistics
TypeSteel – Floorless Coaster
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
ModelFloorless Coaster[1]
Track layoutTwister
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height117.8 ft (35.9 m)
Length2,850 ft (870 m)
Speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions5[1]
Duration2:20
Height restriction54 in (137 cm)
Trains2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Batman: The Dark Knight at RCDB
Pictures of Batman: The Dark Knight at RCDB

Batman: The Dark Knight (formerly Batman: The Ride) is a steel floorless roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard located in the Gotham City section of Six Flags New England. The roller coaster has 2,600 feet (790 m) of track, reaches a maximum height of 117.8 feet (35.9 m) and features five inversions. The coaster was announced on February 6, 2002 and opened to the public on April 20, 2002. In 2008, the ride's name was changed to Batman: The Ride to avoid confusion with Six Flags New England's installation of The Dark Knight Coaster that was planned to be built at the park; but after the project was cancelled, the ride's name reverted to Batman: The Dark Knight.

History

Batman - The Dark Knight
Batman - The Dark Knight

Batman: The Dark Knight was announced to the public on February 6, 2002, though construction had started in September 2001.[1][3] After construction and testing was completed by Martin & Vleminckx,[4] the ride officially opened on April 20, 2002.[1]

In 2007, Six Flags announced three The Dark Knight Coaster roller coasters would be built at Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America and Six Flags New England. Because Batman: The Dark Knight's name was so similar to the new roller coaster, it was temporarily renamed Batman: The Ride to avoid confusion with the upcoming attraction.[5] However, as construction on the new roller coaster progressed, the city of Agawam forced Six Flags to stop construction after it was discovered the park had not received the appropriate construction permits.[6][7] In April 2008, Six Flags cancelled the project due to the delays and so the name was reverted to Batman: The Dark Knight.[6][7]

Ride experience

Plaza

Riders enter a plaza with an arched entrance, where they see the Batman logo covering the ground with Gotham theming. Riders then wind through either the Flash Pass queue directly to the station or the regular standby queue. When attendance is high, an extra switchback section is used.

Layout

Once the train is ready to dispatched, part of the station's floor is lowered. The train then departs and immediately begins to climb the 117.8-foot (35.9 m) lift hill. Once at the top, the train goes through a pre-drop before making a sharp downward left turn back to the ground. When the train reaches the bottom, it then enters a 95-foot (29 m) vertical loop.[2] Upon exiting the loop, the train then rises back up and goes through a 85-foot (26 m) dive loop.[2] The train then makes a 180 degree left turn through the loop before going through a set of trim brakes. Next, the train enters a zero-gravity roll followed by a right turn leading into interlocking corkscrews. After exiting the first corkscrew, the train makes a left turn before going through the second corkscrew. The train then makes another left turn into the final brake run which leads back to the station.[8] One cycle of the ride lasts about 2 minutes and 20 seconds.[1]

Track

The steel box track of Batman: The Dark Knight is approximately 2,600 feet (790 m) long and the lift is 117.8 feet (35.9 m) tall.[1] It was manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators located in Batavia, Ohio who manufactures Bolliger & Mabillard's roller coasters.[9][10] The track is colored purple (with blue rails) while the supports are black.[11]

Trains

Batman: The Dark Knight operates with two steel and fiberglass trains. Each train has seven cars that can seat four riders in one row for a total of 28 riders per train.[1] The trains have similar colors as the track, the seats are purple and uses black over-the-shoulder restraints. The black restraints replaced the yellow shoulder harnesses that were in place when the ride opened.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Marden, Duane. "Batman - The Dark Knight  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Kahn, Joseph (April 20, 2002). "Fasten your Bat belts". The Boston Globe. Globe Staff. Retrieved July 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Sur, Indranneel (February 8, 2002). "Super(Hero), Super Fast Coaster ; Six Flags New England Plans To Open A "Batman" Roller Coaster Whose Trains Will Reach Speeds Of 55 MPH". Hartford Courant. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bolliger & Mabillard". Martin & Vleminckx. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Six Flags announces the Dark Knight coasters". Coaster-net. September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on December 19, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Amusement park cancels indoor coaster project". Patriot Ledger. April 16, 2008. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Six Flags: No Dark Knight coaster in 2008". The Republican. April 15, 2008. Archived from the original on April 29, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Batman - The Dark Knight Front Seat on-ride POV Six Flags New England". wwwCOASTERFORCEcom (YouTube). May 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "Scott & Carol Present: Getting On Track With B&M". NewsPlusNotes. December 11, 2008. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  10. ^ Guido, Anna (November 7, 2005). "Steel plant's business on fast track". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Batman – The Dark Knight (Six Flags New England) Photo  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 9, 2013.