Batman roller coaster opens at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Behold Batman: The Ride, the world’s first 4-D free-spin roller coaster. The new ride opens to the brave and the bold public Saturday at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.On a 4-D roller coaster, riders sit on either side of the coaster track instead of above or below it, so they hang out like wings with nothing above or below them, and rotate on a horizontal axis perpendicular to the track.

Read more and see photos from The Express-News.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:32 AM

It's funny you mention Holiday Word and Thunderbird, because to me it looks like one of the weaker offerings of the year. Then again, I'm just not big on Wingriders. And this one looks very well themed and fun, but not even close to anything I would travel to on it's own. When I head down tHW this summer, it will be mainly for more rides on Voyage and Raven and that awesome water park.

As for SF, I don't like the idea of something cheaper for every park either. But it is what it is, and has still allowed for for pretty awesome RMC rides to be built. Batman certainly isn't going to top anyone's coaster list, but to me it compliments the park's current line up very well, and I'm pretty stoked for a ride on it, even living hundreds of miles away from it.

I also have to add, Tatsu is fine the way it is. It was a $22 million dollar investment by the park, and it FEELS like it. I love flying high above the ground/mountain. The ride you're describing sounds more typical and meandering.

I don't like rides that add track length, but end up meandering around with nothing particularly interesting to do, while losing speed towards the end.

Last edited by John Knotts, Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:39 PM
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Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:11 PM

I'm not by any means a business pro, but I kind of feel like Six Flags needs to "spend money to make money", especially in light of the recent bankruptcy. They're spending enough to stay in the spotlight and attract new customers while not blowing their wad on one or two parks.

And this new coaster was just a prototype just a year or two ago. Maybe this was all S&S could do with it at this point. Maybe Six Flags felt that any longer of a ride and the upchuck factor would outweigh the fun factor. I see where some of these rides they've been putting in feel a little incomplete, but I kind of also like that they're thinking outside the box with rides like the newest Superman and this new Batman. Not every ride can or needs to be a big tall five minute long giant to be successful (for instance, Hershey's LaffTrakk seems like it will be a hit with families, but after riding it five times on Thursday, I can honestly say it is fun for even us coaster nuts).

The thing I always come back to though is this: be glad coasters are still going up. Maybe I am just more aware of them because of my hobby *coughcoughobsessioncough*, but it seems to me a LOT has happened in the coaster world in the last few years. The coaster wars ARE over, and nothing awesome seems like it was built for years and years (at least in my area, but I live near Dorney, so....*laugh*). Now we have two new gigas, wooden(ish) coasters that successfully invert and run smoothly, wing coasters, 4D coasters...

I for one am annoyed for a different reason: none of these new "incomplete" coasters are within driving distance for me to ride. None. THAT is something to complain about!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 4:00 PM

^ Yeah, enthusiasts can be very spoiled and entitled. Most of these new rides looks fantastic to me.

Has anyone been on Batman yet? I can't wait to hear how it is!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:04 PM

I'd like to hear how LaffTrakk is. I love those spinners, the one at Waldameer is fun, but I really liked the one at Seabreeze. It looks, at first glance, looks like a better than average "mouse in the box".

I think I'll go looking for reviews.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:19 PM

John Knotts, maybe you were referring to me and maybe you weren't, but if you were, not being interested in a few rides hardly qualifies me as spoiled and entitled. I'm allowed to not think every new ride is awesome.

If you weren't referring to me, disregard. ;)

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:42 PM

RCMAC said:
I'd like to hear how LaffTrakk is. I love those spinners, the one at Waldameer is fun, but I really liked the one at Seabreeze. It looks, at first glance, looks like a better than average "mouse in the box".

I think I'll go looking for reviews.

Laff Trakk is not a mouse in a box. It's got super banked turns, a shockingly fun drop, and some of the effects really can trip you out. And I rode with some of the lights on and it was still pretty trippy. I had a blast. No, it's not as scary as a big monster coaster when you can see where you're going, but I have a feeling when they drop all the lights, it's gonna be seriously disorienting. And the spins can really pick up speed if the cars are unbalanced.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:20 PM

sirloindude said:

John Knotts, maybe you were referring to me and maybe you weren't, but if you were, not being interested in a few rides hardly qualifies me as spoiled and entitled. I'm allowed to not think every new ride is awesome.

If you weren't referring to me, disregard. ;)

I was not. General statement based on what bunky said, and really going back to the original post that started the discussion. :)

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:23 PM

Ah. Copy that. :)

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Monday, May 18, 2015 12:30 PM

1) It's very hard to please coaster enthusiasts.
2) Pleasing coaster enthusiasts is not the goal.

I'm not super excited about Battle for Metropolis, but I bet it will get a better ROI than a mega coaster. And yes, NTG is still drawing crowds and it is "that good."

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Monday, May 18, 2015 3:06 PM

Yeah, the people wondering when the last time SF opened a great coaster, look no further that NTG. One of the best coasters anywhere.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:31 AM

One thing I really like about roller coasters and dark rides is the turns to the right and turns to the left, and how those turns fit into the space provided. I'm not saying that the ride sucks and is probably no fun. I'm saying it doesn't fit my definition of interesting. If you think it looks interesting, I'm seriously happy for you and don't fault you for it.

I guess that's the best I can explain my thoughts on the subject.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:52 AM

I still think this ride will surprise people.

Last edited by John Knotts, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:56 AM
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:49 AM

LostKause said:

One thing I really like about roller coasters and dark rides is the turns to the right and turns to the left

I really didn't know what to do with this clause at first.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:56 AM

It's a lost clause? lol

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:37 PM

Well played, sir.

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