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Batman Running Backwards At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 03/09/2014

One of the Six Flags Magic Mountain announcements for 2014 was that Batman: The Ride was going to run backwards for a limited time. That will happen on March 22nd, when the park officially returns to daily operation for the 2014 season. To ensure that everything goes smoothly for the masses, the park is currently holding season pass holder previews of the ride running in reverse, and I was there today to check it out.

I got in the Gold Pass entrance line nice and early today, because I wanted to be one of the first to ride it when the park opened. To my surprise, all of the Gold pass holders did the typical run to X2 and Full Throttle. I was the only one who headed to DC Universe to ride Batman. It was another one of those cool feelings, like you’re the only guest in the entire park:

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It was definitely weird to see the train facing backwards in the station:

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The park is using two special chassis that were specially built to run backwards. However, everything that hangs off of the chassis comes from the park’s trains, so they basically had to strip down their trains and rebuild them on the backwards chassis. Only one train is running backwards during the special preview days, while the other train is being built. Both trains will be operational and running when it opens to the general public.

Due to it running backwards, we lost a row of seats. There are now only seven rows of four seats, as opposed to the typical eight rows. As you sit in row 7, you can look up and see where the eighth row would normally attach to the chassis:

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Up, up, and away…backwards:

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Photos obviously don’t convey direction of travel very well, but if you’re familiar with this ride than you know this is going backwards. The vertical loops were a very unique feeling. Going forward, you’re typically pinned in your seat. Going backwards, you’re thrown forward. It’s a good thing those restraints work as good as they do:

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After several rides, the G forces through this sweeping turn really started to get to me. I was having a hard time keeping my hands up and I could feel the skin on my face sag as we went through it:

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Going below grade was a different experience as well. Because you couldn’t see the track, you weren’t sure what to expect. All you could see was that you were getting close to the ground, and then all of a sudden you were in it:

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I tried taking a quick selfie between rides, but it obviously did not come out well:

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After eight consecutive back-to-back rides, three up front (back?), three in the back, and two in the middle, I had to stop. I hadn’t eaten much yet and I was starting to feel a bit dizzy. But as you can see, there still wasn’t anyone waiting to ride. I could have kept going, but all experienced coaster riders know when enough is enough, and I needed a break:

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I think there were only two people riding up front when I left. I was the only one on the entire train for my first two rides. I love that feeling, like it’s your own personal roller coaster:

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Here is a video of me riding it backwards, narrating the elements:

If you like Batman: The Ride going forward, then you’ll probably like it even more going backwards. Honestly, I was expecting it to be very intense: jerky, with perhaps with some head banging thrown in, especially through the corkscrews. However, it was quite the opposite. It almost seemed smoother to me running backwards.

Batman backwards is only being offered to season pass holders through March 16th. Starting March 22nd, it will open to the general public and running two trains. It’s expected to be very popular, and busy, so try and get your rides in now if you can. It’ll only be running backwards until sometime in June, so don’t delay if you want to experience it.

Have you riden it yet? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.

12 Comments

  1. Jasper

    03/09/2014 at 11:21 pm

    I loved it! We got to go on it 6 times, we would have done more but we had to leave early. I like it a lot better backwards, it was so smooth it’s almost as if it was designed to go backwards.

  2. Candice Hargrove

    03/10/2014 at 1:39 am

    Woohoo! I am so excited to go back to the mountain to ride this! I think I’m finally getting my season pass sometime next month for my birthday 🙂 I’m super excited!!!

  3. Johnny

    03/10/2014 at 2:40 am

    We loved it also. It was intense, disorienting but smooth! After 4 rides I couldn’t take more, my stomach started to get to me. Great ride and great idea. It was so nice meeting you coaster guy, you are so cool!

  4. dylan

    03/10/2014 at 6:40 am

    I’m glad to hear its smooth. The one thing I was afraid of was allot of head banging and roughness.

  5. Brandon

    03/10/2014 at 8:08 am

    It was nice meeting you!

  6. M. Smith

    03/10/2014 at 9:11 am

    Cool, can’t wait to try it out. Two questions: 1) I assume there is only a backward operation during this time, right? (In other words, there is no “choice” of forward or backward operations).
    2) Any word on when Colossus will run backwards?

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/10/2014 at 9:19 am

      Yes, both Batman trains have been configured to run backwards. Colossus will start running backwards when the season starts on March 22nd. It will be running two trains backwards as well with no forward trains.

  7. Ash

    03/12/2014 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t have a season pass and was planning visiting MM for the first time in like 23 years. Does this mean Batman and Colossus won’t be on that day (March 16th)?

    Thanks

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/12/2014 at 8:36 pm

      On March 16th, Batman will only be open for season pass holders. Those with daily tickets won’t be allowed to ride it until daily operations resume on March 22nd. Colossus should be open for you to ride, however it will only be going forward. It doesn’t start running backwards until March 22nd either.

      • Ash

        03/13/2014 at 9:34 am

        Thank you for the response. I bought on online ticket that I can pick any day to go. I know the following week MM will be open everyday, but also know spring break will be starting. Can you recommend a day go to? Where all the big rides are open and lines not too long?

  8. Eric

    03/31/2014 at 5:59 pm

    First SFGAM runs Batman: The Ride backwards, and now SFMM gets its turn. We do know that SFMM will also be running Colossus backwards as well… iconic SFMM coaster doing backwards run during first half of 2014 continues to fuel speculation about inevitable RMC steel-hybrid transformation. Colossus’ transformation would likely be a Texas Giant sized project, that would require the ride to be down for a period of 12-16 months. My hope would be for newly re-profiled “Iron Colossus” staying true to its original layout with overbanking turns and airtime hills, and zero inversions.

    I may travel to California someday, and visit SFMM to ride the rides… I live in Georgia (on the east coast). I believe that SFSTL’s The Boss and SFOG’s Georgia Cyclone are rumored to be on the shortlist for RMC transformations, along with Colossus.

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