Theme Park Review was invited to Batman: The Ride's media event and midnight party! According to Don McCoy, President of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, “As the world leader in thrills, Six Flags continues to raise the bar to deliver the most unique and innovative experiences in the industry." “On Batman: The Ride, riders are suspended outward on either side of the track as the cars flip continuously throughout the course of the ride. This coaster is a game-changer and the perfect complement to our already impressive DC Super Hero and Super-Villain lineup which includes Superman Ultimate Flight, The Joker and Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster.”
Here are some of the unique design of Batman: The Ride features:
- A massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design;
- One-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips, giving guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track;
- 4D wing vehicles that seat up to eight per vehicle with a total of five vehicles;
- Face-off seats that allow riders to face each other as they tumble head-over-heels;
- A 120-foot-tall, 90-degree hill that is ascended by an elevator-style, chain link lift; and
- Two beyond 90-degree “raven” drops giving the sensation of free-falling.
The media event was held in the morning and started off with some refreshments and then a statement by Don McCoy, Park President, and Kirk Smith, Director of Marketing. After that, there was the ribbon cutting ceremony and then the ride was open for the media! I was able to ride it quite a few times and it was a great ride! It was super smooth and it had some great drops and flips.
TPR was also invited to the midnight Six Flags Members opening. It was a really cool event and I hope they do it again in the future! The park was open 10 pm to 3 am, and by the end of the night, everything was a walk on and it was amazing! Everyone seemed to had a great time, and everyone I talked to said they should do a midnight event again.
I've arrived for the event!
The ride testing is always a good sign!
Each track is unique. They put the "fins" in different areas of the track on each side so that each side give a different ride! I like the side closer to the road the best.
A nice bag with some candy, a shirt, a battery pack, and more!
Don McCoy, Park President, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom gives a statement before opening the ride.
Time to open the ride!
First riders of the event. The operations all day for the ride were excellent!
Up the lift hill.
It's a great ride is such a small area.
Batman: The Ride has some pretty intense moments!
It's finally my turn!
The huge Batman logo can be seen from all over.
The ride is moving through the course pretty well!
One of the many times you flip around.
The one and only Batman and the Batmobile!
Penguin showed up to try and cause some trouble.
This is my favorite part of the ride.
Of course you have to have real bats at the opening to Batman: The Ride.
I love the drops on the ride.
It's a fun ride!
This area was open for the media event. In a construction miracle, they were able to put in all the railings and queue lines in only a few hours!
They had a bunch of these technical drawings in the line.
Some of Batman's weapons.
This was a cool holographic effect.
The inside queue.
I love the drops!
The DC area has a lot of great rides!
The 90 degree lift hill.
They are having a fun time!
Superman was running great as well.
The Joker was open and was eating people all day. F
The Flash Vertical Velocity was open as well.
It's been a while since I've seen it running, and the new paint job looks great!
It's a fun and unique ride.
Batman looks great in the park!
Wonder Woman was also running great today.
Harley Quinn isn't the most amazing ride, but it is fun and unique.
They seem to like it!
The sky cleared up and it was a perfect day!
Medusa was also running great today.
Batman: The Ride really looks amazing!
Here an advertisement for the ride.
I had to take my required "Ray" photo with my dad!
I made it the whole day! Now it's time to hang out in the car for an hour and then head back in for the Member Appreciation Party!
One of the perks of being a member!
TPR got the VIP treatment with a bag full of cool stuff and a bunch of food vouchers!
It's almost time to go in!
Just follow the signs!
The long walk to the DC Universe area.
We had some special VIP seating for us.
It's going to be a long and fun night!
The did a great job with the smoke and lighting!
It was really cool at night.
They also had the other rides in the area open, except for the Penguin since it was really cold.
I really liked the lighting that they had.
They had a DJ and a lot of people liked the dancing.
Only a few more hours!
For food, I got these delicious buffalo tater tots!
I couldn't take enough pictures!
Here is the inside of the gift shop.
And here is the other side.
They had some cool slime stuff that I hadn't seen before.
I love this ride, but it terrifies me.
The best part of the evening was no lines!
Oh yeah, they also had a bar in the VIP section!
The DJ did a great job keeping everyone energized.
Everyone is ready to ride!
Don McCoy gives a brief speech before opening the ride at midnight!
Some of the first ever GP to ride the ride!
Faster than a.... whoops, wrong ride.
It's a whole new ride at night!
I love how the ride towers over the queue.
This was the Joker line at around midnight!
See, all these railing were put in in just a few hours!
Joker line at about 1 am, it was amazing!
This was the Batman line at around 1:30 am! I love this event!
Around 2 am, you could just stay on all night!
It got eerily empty around 2:30 am. There were only a few of us left who could last the night.
This was the Wonder Woman queue
I ended up having the ride to myself! (Yes, I put my phone with a non-rider after I took these pictures.)
The lighting package looks great!
And that's a wrap! A huge thanks to Six Flags for such an amazing day!