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Ride Profile: Batman The Ride

By on 10/23/2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Ride Type: Roller Coaster
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
Model/Style: Inverted Steel
Year Built: 1994

In 1992, the Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard flipped the traditional roller coaster on its head, literally. They built the world’s first inverted steel roller coaster, where the train is attached to and hanging beneath the track instead of above it. The very first installation was at Six Flags Great America and it was called Batman: The Ride. Never before had coaster enthusiasts experienced vertical loops with the track on the outside of the loop. It was a radical new concept and was an instant success. It was so popular that during the next few years, Six Flags started to install clones of the ride in its parks all over the country. Six Flags Magic Mountain was the third Six Flags park to receive a Batman: The Ride roller coaster and they debuted their clone to the public on 26 Mar 1994.

It should be noted that 1992 was the year that Time-Warner purchased Six Flags. Since Time-Warner also owns DC Comics, of which Batman is a part of, the theme park tie-in was a natural way for them to cross-promote their products. That explains why there was such a heavy push to clone the Batman theme throughout the different parks. Six Flags Magic Mountain did their part by re-theming an entire area of the park around Batman. Back Street was transformed into Gotham City, with existing rides, stores, and food outlets all taking on new personas related to the world of Batman.

The Batman: The Ride roller coaster itself was placed at the very back of the newly themed area and was the star attraction. It’s 2,694′ long, 105′ tall, and reaches a maximun speed of 50 MPH. There are two trains comprised of eight cars each. Each car seats four riders across, for a total of 32 riders per dispatch. There are five inversions throughout the circuit, pulling up to 4 G’s, and the entire ride lasts 2:00 minutes.

In 2011, Six Flags Magic Mountain installed the Green Lantern: First Flight roller coaster right next to Batman. Since Green Lantern has absolutely nothing to do with Gotham City, the entire area was re-themed again. As Gotham City, everything was made to look dark, grungy, and run-down. Over the course of 17 years, the area really did become grungy and run-down, and it wasn’t just set dressing. The area was long overdue for a make-over. Now called DC Universe, everything was renamed after characters in the DC Comics world. Everything was painted in bright, vivid colors, as if it was a living comic book. The only thing that didn’t change was Batman. It stayed exactly the same as it was, with the exception of a shiny new blue paint job on the track, which was done the previous year.

This is what the entrance to Batman: The Ride looks like today:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

When the entire area was themed as Gotham City, the entrance to the roller coaster was made to look like the city park. With the lush green trees and well maintained landscaping, it looked every bit the part, and retains that feeling today:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The exit and Flash Pass entrance are located on the far right side of the ride:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Just past the entry arch, on the right, are ride lockers to safely store your stuff:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

A plaque says the park was made possible through the generosity of Bruce Wayne:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The first two queue paths on the left just circle back on each other for overflow. When the ride was new, the queue lines were even longer, extending over and through where the Green Lantern roller coaster sits today, barely seen in the top-left of this photo:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The third path on the left is the one you want and will take you to the loading station:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

It’s a long path, with shade and vending machines for those extended summer waits:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

It really is a pretty walk, as if you were actually walking through a city park:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

There’s even a nice water fountain along the way:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The closer you get to the loading station, the more you start to realize that perhaps Gotham isn’t such a nice city after all. There is graffiti, trash, and bullet-ridden cars:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The ride’s station is built as Gotham City’s Public Works Power Plant. The doorway and ramp down you see in this next photo is the the exit. The doorway you can barely see the top of, over the fence in the center of the picture, is the handicap elevator:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

By the time you reach the station from the main path, there is nothing nice left. Everything is dirty and rusty, making you wonder if you made a wrong turn somewhere:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

This side path leads to the handicap elevator, up to the second floor exit we saw previously:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Lots of switchbacks. We enter the building through what looks like a large sewer tunnel:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

More switchbacks for those really crowded summer days:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The tunnel leads under the track, to the loading area on the other side:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Around the corner and up some stairs:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Around another corner and up some more stairs:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Don’t forget to wear your HazMat suit. You never know what you’ll catch in here:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The main loading area is very dark and resembles the bat cave. There are eight air gates, one for each car of the train:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The main ride operator’s station is in the front, on the opposite side of the track. The ride op on the left is standing in front of the exit turnstiles, leading to the exit ramp we saw earlier:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The station is very long. The second train can stack behind the first train and still be fully inside the building. In fact, the stacked position is also the transfer track and the maintenance area is located right next to it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

It’s hard to see from across the station in the dark, but there is a bat suit in a display case:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

From the exit side of the station, you can better see the profile of the seats and how the cars are attached to the wheel carriage on the track above. Once everybody is secure in their seats, the floor drops away, leaving your feet dangling, and the train is dispatched:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Once dispatched, the train immediately leaves the station and starts up the chain lift hill:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Being along the backside of the park, there is a good view of the access road and anything the park may have stored out back while you’re heading up the hill:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The top of the hill has a slight dip and sharp bank to the left as it drops:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The first drop leads right into an 88′ vertical loop, on the outside:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

After the first vertical loop comes a zero-G roll:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Exiting the zero-G roll lines you up for a second vertical loop:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The second vertical loop is 77′ tall, only 11′ shorter than the first loop:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Another shot of the second loop, as seen from the other side:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

This next shot really shows just how tight that loop is:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Exiting the second loop sends you into a tight, almost horizontal, 360 bank to the left:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

After the left turn comes a slightly wider sweeping turn back to the right:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The right turn drops down to pickup speed for the first corkscrew:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The first corkscrew is to the left:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Exiting the first corkscrew:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

After the first corkscrew, the train dips below grade to pickup speed for the next corkscrew:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The second corkscrew is to the right:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

After the second corkscrew, the train dips below grade again:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The train dips down to gain speed going into the last turn:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

This last turn leads the train up and into the final brake run:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The final brake run slows the train down so that it can enter the station:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

You exit the train on the left side, through the turnstiles and exit doorway seen earlier. That leads to this ramp, heading back down to the ground level:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Lots of tangled blue track as seen from the exit path:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

At the end of the exit path is the on-ride photography building. However, like most rides these days, that system is no longer in use and the building has been boarded up:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Looking back up the exit path from the photo building, you can see where the path splits. The path on the right is the exit, while the path on the left is the Flash Pass entry:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

The Flash Pass line meets up with the regular line where the switchbacks are located in front of the entry tunnel, bypassing the long walk through the park setting:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Set in the northwest corner of the park, Batman backs up to the park’s Administration building, seen here in the very top-right corner of the picture:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Batman: The Ride

Image © Google

For a few months in early 2014, they ran the Batman trains backwards. Here is a video of me riding it backwards, narrating each of the inversions:

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31 Comments

  1. Aaron

    10/23/2012 at 6:20 pm

    I was 12 when this opened, was such an exciting ride! Love your trip reports and ride profiles, thanks for all the work you do.

    • Kurt

      10/23/2012 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you, Aaron.

  2. Bob Magana

    10/23/2012 at 6:55 pm

    Great post as always! Here is a link to some construction photos of Gotham City and Batman.
    http://heylownine.tripod.com/159_1.htm

    • Kurt

      10/23/2012 at 7:57 pm

      I actually got permission from him to use those and I forgot all about them! I’ll have to do another post about the construction.

    • Eric

      10/24/2012 at 12:21 am

      If you look at this page, look at the name of the person who supplied the 1971 map. Now who could that be…? 😉

      • Bob Magana

        10/24/2012 at 4:50 pm

        Nice!

  3. Jimmy Tovar

    10/23/2012 at 7:01 pm

    What a great, awesome ride profile Kurt. Batman is one of my favorite rides at SFMM. I think the new paint job makes the ride look so much better it stands out a whole lot more.

    • Kurt

      10/23/2012 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, Jimmy. I didn’t comment on what the original color was because I wasn’t sure. Was it grey and yellow?

      • Eric

        10/24/2012 at 3:06 pm

        Gray track with black supports. I think Batman fit in with its theme better with those colors, but the blue does look nice.

      • JIMMY TOVAR

        10/25/2012 at 8:44 am

        It used to be gray tracks and dark grey/black columns….. Those colors always looked dull and flat. The new paint job goes well with the new D C Universe.

  4. JJJJ

    10/23/2012 at 10:45 pm

    Its an intense ride, my family never rides it because they say it gives them headaches. I guess because theres no break, its one loop to another.

    I like it, and the thing never has a line these days. Cant ever remember waiting for more than 10 minutes, usually you can ride twice without getting off.

  5. Eric

    10/24/2012 at 12:09 am

    Great review of Batman—The Ride, Kurt. 🙂

    My wife and I were at Batman’s media day event. It rained pretty heavily off and on, and we weren’t sure if we would be able to ride it, but the weather let up and we got on a bunch of times. They had a few operational glitches, but that’s to be expected for a new ride. Batman is just as good today as it was in 1994; still pulls some good Gs and is still fairly smooth.

    I look forward to forthcoming reviews of other rides at the park.

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  13. Jaryd

    10/24/2012 at 9:16 pm

    Great profile Kurt, but i wonder why did they repaint the ride. I also think they should replace that bat-suit with the one from the new movies. That would look nicer than the one they have now.

    • Eric

      10/24/2012 at 10:45 pm

      A few Six Flags parks repainted their Batman rides, usually in a different color scheme. My guess is that it just gives the ride a new, refreshed look. Viper’s track was originally a Caltrans Orange™ color till a few years ago when it was repainted red. X2 was originally magenta and yellow before it was repainted red and dark gray. Gold Rusher was a deep red in its first season (1971). Scream! has not been repainted, and it could greatly use it, being so faded these days.

      • Nathan

        03/17/2013 at 1:14 pm

        Tatsu wouldn’t mind a new paint job as well, along with Riddler’s Revenge

  14. Kyle Ibanez

    12/26/2012 at 10:53 pm

    How is batman? I’ve never been on this ride. I’m usually too scared to ride it. Should i ride it??

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  16. Caleb

    01/04/2013 at 10:06 pm

    Despite being so simple, Batman is definitely one of my favorite rides. I like the hanging feeling that made it famous as well as the quene for it is just really cool haha. When I went last Sunday the wait was actually almost to the Gotham City Park sign! (without using the overflow switchbacks). Thanks for the Ride Profile 🙂

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