Sorry for taking so long to prep this. Again, I had this finished over a month ago, but ended up being logged out before I could post it and lost around half of what I had written. After that, well, procrastination is a *****. I'm going to post this as if the above video was not, but there are some things here that aren't in the video.
Anyways, I want to give a quick explanation for the format of the pictures. The pictures that I'm going to show were taken across three visits to the park. Pictures with a "1" were taken on June 30 (the day after the new rides opened), pictures with a "2" were taken on July 14, pictures with a "3" were taken on July 27, and pictures with a "6" are from the park website. With the exception of the "6" pictures, which can be found online easily enough, I have censored the faces of guests and team members for the sake of their privacy. Most pictures have been cropped to the picture's focus point.
Before entering the area proper, I felt it was worth showing off an updated direction sign, featuring some of the new ride logos (this particular sign is by Dare Devil Dive).
Here's the new area entrance sign.
Before I get to the new rides, let's take a quick look at the old ones. Joker Chaos hasn't changed, and while it's the only ride in here without a new sign, I'm pretty sure that the canopies are new.
Next, is DC Super Villains Swing. I forgot to take a picture of the sign, and this one from the park website is really small, so just pretend that there's a "6" in the corner. A larger picture from the park's Instagram page can be found here.
Deathstroke has replaced one of the previous villains (Two-Face?), but that's the only alteration to the lineup.
Some of the villains received updated artwork, with Harley Quinn having the most noticeable difference.
I have to say that I preferred having the villain names up top as opposed to the logos there now, as it makes everyone easier to identify, even for those who don't pay as much attention to Batman. I will admit to having to look up Deathstroke.
The center of Gotham City Crime Wave had a cityscape that has been replaced with a simpler solid color palette; same with the heroes originally featured on the base. The color variation on adjacent panels is also a two-tone palette that's the same on each side. I'm not a big fan of any of this, as it most certainly was cheaper than giving the nicer old art a touch-up.
Also gone is the old sign (naturally). This is also a bit of a shame. Six Flags New England has the same theming as the old Crime Wave, but I wouldn't be surprised if they update it in the future.
On my first visit, the top of the canopy hadn't been installed.
However, this was rectified before the second visit (this was Tuesday of the week that the park started closing on Thurdays, meaning that they either installed it overnight or closed the ride for a day or two to add it).
The Riddler Mindbender... lots of people are upset about the new sign. I'm indifferent towards it, but would prefer the old one (or a new sign in the same style as the old one) if given the choice. I also didn't see the ACE Landmark plaque, so I can only hope that they'll have it back by the time it reopens in 2021. I don't know of any other Landmark recipients changing their names, which means that topic could be uncharted waters.
Just after the wood boards is where the track currently ends. I believe that construction is currently halted and will not resume until the offseason. Wires are preventing track and supports from moving out of position, with some being visible in that picture.
The park showed the new track color on their Instagram page, but not a lot of attention has been drawn to the new support colors. Prior to Gotham's reopening, it was really only visible from Log Jamboree (the train was not operating until after Gotham reopened).
This picture comes from outside the park. The spiral staircase support, and the bottom of another, is painted the new color. You can also see the difference in one of the previous pictures.
The supports under the brake run have been enclosed in this metalwork, which was likely done to make it look a little less out of place. Maybe.
Harley Quinn Wild Whirl (formerly HQ Spinsanity) doesn't have many new visible changes beyond this sign.
Unlike the swings, Harley's jester design remains intact here. I remember someone speculating that the ride vehicles were going to be replaced with new ones that spin more, but I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor. The lap bars aren't leaving rust on your hands and clothes, which is a plus. In addition, the queue (a small cattle pen) was altered to allow for riders to not have to walk back and forth or go under the handrails, which is great considering the ride's typical wait time (walk-on). Plus, with how tilt-a-whirl cabins are designed, this ride is running at full capacity, despite the social distancing requirements hampering other rides.
Batman had its entrance moved sometime last year, and while it does mean the city park theming and test seat are gone, I don't consider this to be that much of a loss, as the extra queue space that it provided was chump change compared to the cattle pens under the station (that are almost never used outside of holiday weekends and Fright Fest), along with something else that I'll show off a little further down.
This, on the other hand, threw me for a loop when I saw it (I got a picture on the first visit, but this one was better). The size and outlets gave me an idea of what was to come. You might remember that I posted this picture as an apology for taking so long. Well, it's finally time to reveal what it means. I told you to be afraid, because...
Bruce Wayne has adopted 90 little blue bunnies, and wants to make sure that we all "enjoy" them. The bins in the station are closed and have the yellow "not in use" social distancing stickers keeping the lids down, "tamper-evident seal"-style. Waist packs and zippered pockets are still permitted, so I was able to walk right past these, but if you can't do the same, just be ready for them. With this addition, every B&M in the park has lockers.
But enough about these old rides, let's talk about the new ones. Here's Catwoman Whip. This is where Batman's entrance used to be. I had never been on a Zamperla Endeavor before (or any similar ride, such as the old Wheelie). Personally, I felt as though the ride was a bit underwhelming, especially for the line it drew. Probably the weakest ride in Gotham, especially since Joker Chaos does something very similar.
This image was taken from the ride's queue, which shows that the barbed wire fencing was being installed. The way they spread it out looked interesting, but it's a shame that I couldn't really see they guy use it, as it got a bit tangled up just before this picture.
So I'm just going to move on to Poison Ivy: Toxic Spin. This is where the Batmobile and games used to be (I honestly forgot about the games until writing this, they were so insignificant). The map boards located throughout the park show the Batmobile by the entrance to Batman, but there's not really space for it. Makes me wonder what the plan is for HitP, as there's no longer a Batmobile to replace with a Christmas tree.
On the first visit, the cabins were a solid color...
But that was rectified by my next visit (similar to the empty bunny cage, I chose a picture from a later visit due to quality).
Birds of Prey Cafe(sic) is mostly the same, with the only major differences being the new paint, new sign, and Mobile Order pick-up window. I believe that the menu is less varied than before, but that might be able to be chalked up to the health crisis as opposed to Six Flags just being lazy. We'll know for sure next season (or whenever we get some semblance of "normal").
This wall (sign? poster?) is also different. I recall seeing somewhere (here?) that a permit was filed for the demolition of the Axis Arena. As a result, I thought that one of the new rides would go there alongside a possible expansion of the food offerings (or at least more seating). It feels like they expanded the seating area, but towards the rest of Gotham as opposed to towards Axis Arena. As a quick aside, Gotham City Snacks didn't have any noteworthy changes, so I didn't get any pictures.
I should also mention that the "fries" being served at BoPC are this potato wedge/curly fry combo that I found to be really good. If you're going to have regular theme park chicken tenders, I would recommend doing so here purely for the potatoes.
The Big Top Store is now Gotham City Gifts. Not sure what changed on Batman's exit spiel (or if they just stopped playing it) because I didn't think about it until writing this up. The variety of products being sold remains the same.
However, there is this cool new statue of the Caped Crusader. Or at least, he will be once the employees attach his cape.
We'll finish off this tour of the new Gotham City with a picture of the new restroom building colors. The inside of the men's room is unaltered, and I don't know about the women's room for hopefully obvious reasons.
And there you have it, an extremely overdue look at the new Gotham City that ended up being a second look. Again, I apologize for taking so long with getting this up, but losing half my post really bummed me out. Anyways, my parting picture will be this shot of the new fans in Goliath's station:
Before, there were only fans in the front half of the station, despite the structure for them always being there.