Batman: Dark Knight SMOKES

Sunday, April 21, 2002 4:37 AM

Back seat is great, front is better, really there is no bad seat this being a floorless. The ride is really compact, intense and "well coordinated" making for a totally enjoyable ride. It is also a beautiful looking machine. The line winds in a cue behind the station, with cool music, pictures and descriptions of Batman and his supporting cast of heroes and villians. There is not too much room in the station itself, once you go up the steps you are basically on the next train. Loading is quick, seven car train, secure the restraint, the platform retracts and ride starts. The lift hill is steep, maybe 45 degrees. You hit the top and get a nice view of the Connecticut River directly in front, and then quickly into the first drop and loop, and away you go, the highlight being the zero-g roll but certainly the whole ride is a thrill. Bottom line is that this is a GREAT COASTER. I think this one finally makes SFNE legitimate.

The park was pretty crowded Saturday (opening day) with alot of people waiting a rediculous two hours for Superman. I am going to start taking up a collection so they can buy another train. Pretty unbelievable that they could not take care of that in six months, oh yeah I forgot this is Six Flags.

The wait for B:DK was 1 hour tops, sometimes as short at 20 minutes due to some rain which cut down the line in the mid-afternoon. Good news was that the ride operators were getting the two trains in and out quickly. Bad news was that the ride went down at least two times, and when it did, the ride ops looked like they didn't have a clue. But I also noticed a guy who I got the impression was from B&M because he was calmly explaining everything to the Six Flags maintenance crew and staff. But everyone seemed to work through first day jitters ok, and I didn't hear anyone complaining. Everyone seemed to love the ride, and I am sure that it will quickly become a park favorite.

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:17 AM

Thanks for the info, JDB. Sounds like a winner!

Has anyone here experienced S:UF yet? I watched the video and read the review on Robb Alvey's website, and he said that pretzel loop was VERY intense. I have to say, just the look of that loop was very impressive. I can't wait to go up north to visit my family this fall........I'll be going straight to SF and trying that baby out myself! :)

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:20 AM
Smoking is bad for you as well as a violation of park rules. Throw Batman out ;)

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*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 4/21/2002. ***

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:27 AM
Its not the Ride Op's job to fix the coaster if it breaks down, so of course they looked like they didn't have a clue!

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:40 AM
Why cant they get a second train on superman. Do the Sfa and SFDL ones operate their two trains or just one?
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:40 AM
I'll put some money in that basket JDB. The trains probably cost a fortune(got an estimate for us Peabody?), but if all else fail we can go sneak one away from SFDL, since they probably wont be needing an extra over there.) You can't believe it but most peoplee are still more intimidated by Mind Eraser. You drive up to the park and see Mind Eraser and B:DK in front of you. Mind Eraser appears just as tall, inverted, and much more crazy than B:DK to the GP. THen they see Superman:Ride of Steel and dart for that.
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:48 AM

Well, the train is supposed to be back on the tracks and in 2 train operation Memorial Day weekend. I think it's fixed, just didn't test it

Yeah, the lift is pretty steep, I like the way it's energy saving, and very quiet.

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:51 AM

Vertigo said:
You can't believe it but most peoplee are still more intimidated by Mind Eraser.


I think that's pretty easy to believe. I would think that Mind Eraser is scarier/more intimidating in just about every capacity imaginable.

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:45 PM
LET ME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU PEOPLE!!! Please stop automatically figuring that it's Six Flags' fault! Intamin sent them 2 new trains and one of them was missing essential parts. They sent it back to Intamin and are expecting to have it shipped back over soon. Jeez, people, don't always assume it's the fault of SFNE. Let me say that BDK is an INCREDIBLE ride and my experience on that was 100x better than on S:RoS that day.

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:55 PM

CoasterGuy said:
LET ME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU PEOPLE!!! Please stop automatically figuring that it's Six Flags' fault!


1. Do you have to shout?

2. Who said it was Six Flags' fault?

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 1:11 PM

ravenguy98 said:
"2. Who said it was Six Flags' fault? "

JDB said: "The park was pretty crowded Saturday (opening day) with alot of people waiting a rediculous two hours for Superman. I am going to start taking up a collection so they can buy another train. Pretty unbelievable that they could not take care of that in six months, oh yeah I forgot this is Six Flags. "

So in respone to ravenguy98, the hostyl one says "JDB".
jeremy
--anybody else want some "HaterADE" (TM)?

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 1:23 PM

Lallen--

O rode SUF yesterday. It is INCREDIBLE! It beat out Steel Force to become my favorite coaster. The pretzel loop is awesome!

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 3:30 PM

Am I the only one that was dissapointed by this ride? I mean I enjoyed it because it was my first floorless and the front seat view is amazing, but overall it didn't live up to my expectations. The drop, loop and diveloop were good but I thought the zero-g roll was forceless in both the front and the back, which I dont understand because many people have said that it gave great airtime. Also I had some bad head banging in the corkscrews which shocked me cause not only is the coaster brand new but it's a B&M, I thought they were supposed to be smooth as glass. I'd like to know what others think.

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 3:57 PM
You obviously had your restraint very tight then, or else, you don't realize when you're getting airtime. There's at least 1 second of airtime, probably more, and it's crazy airtime. Maybe they had the trim on wicked high when you rode, but that zero-g roll provides a lot of airtime, definitely better than medusa's!

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Why ride rough coasters when you can ride smooth ones?
1.Medusa-SFGAdv 1.Batman:The Chiller 1.Mo

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Sunday, April 21, 2002 4:10 PM

smoothness has little to nothing to do with headbanging in this case. It's because the train prbly. has alot of momentum going into it, and you just get thrown around. Suck it up.

I get to ride this this summer, along with Superman.. looking forward very much.

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