Dark Knight coaster debuts at Six Flags Great Adventure

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2008 11:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Great Adventure today unveiled the highly anticipated "THE DARK KNIGHT Coaster." Based on Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming movie THE DARK KNIGHT, the indoor, dark coaster offers guests a one-of-kind ride experience.

More than just a ride, THE DARK KNIGHT Coaster features the most world renowned DC Comics characters in an adventure that utilizes storytelling, physical movement, video, sound and special effects to bring guests a one-of-a-kind dark ride thrill. As part of the experience, park guests will see, hear and feel the action of the movie the moment they enter the ride queue line, as they are transformed into citizens of Gotham City — caught in the middle of a city under siege and torn apart by The Joker.

Read the press release and view video on PR Newswire.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:11 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I still think it looks like fun.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:47 PM
Mamoosh's avatar How about.......now? Still look like fun?
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 1:15 PM
Sound bites sounded really really cheesy/fake.
*** This post was edited by Geewhzz 5/15/2008 1:16:16 PM ***
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 1:23 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Yes, Moosh. It still looks fun.

I don't think it's going to quit. ;)

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Thursday, May 15, 2008 1:51 PM
Frantic Ferret's avatar It's "Fire the Hole 2008"!

FitH is still my favorite ride at Silver Dollar City, so I would probably love this.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008 2:28 PM
I can't believe I thought it was a spinner.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 2:37 PM
Mamoosh's avatar When it comes to this mouse, the only spin is coming from the park's PR dept ;)
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 3:10 PM
More pictures, and thoughts from this site: http://gainsider.com/

^As least, someone gets what they did. Slaps my head. It's a more of a kids roller coaster, and they put in a box to hide that fact, and put the Batman stuff on it so they don't have to spend for the big B&M, or Intamin. All of sudden, it's an exciting coaster, and they added the theme to get people that go on Kingda Ka to go on this ride too.

I am one of the few that really likes the standard non-spinning mouse coasters. I go to Busch Gardens Tampa, and I'm estatic when Cheetah Chase was empty. I find it funny that people are like this is the kids ride, and next year the park is going to get a gigantic coaster for the teens. Hello, this is the teen year.

One year was cleaning the parks, one year was family as in toddler rides, and the third year which is this year is teens/tweens year. I have no idea what they are doing next year.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:41 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Woah...I wasn't knocking the ride, just being funny at Ensign's expense. Not only do I think it's a great addition to the park I think it's a positive step by Six Flags towards themed story-telling rides. And I'd never categorize it as a kid's coaster. This screams "family coaster" all the way.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 6:38 PM
Just a quick question on someone who already rode it, if anyone. How long was the waiting for you over outside, then in the preshow room? Were they using all 10 trains?
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:17 PM
People who have ridden it state that its not trimmed so that its a pretty good wild mouse. They state you go too fast through the ride to notice the effects. Some people even state they think the pre show is better then the ride. I guess if you epect it to be better then a wild mouse you wont like it.*** This post was edited by majortom1981 5/15/2008 11:52:44 PM ***
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:25 PM
Of course Fire in the Hole has some Baldknobbers as part of theming, which will be very hard for TDK to beat(lol)!!
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Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:44 PM
I can imagine it in the middle of the Summer, and the line is 3 - 4 hours long. Everyone will come off the ride thinking I just waited that long to ride that? Better yet considering the crowd they draw from there people will be cursing instead. :) It looks fun, but I'll wait to ride it when the park isn't so crowded.
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Friday, May 16, 2008 1:30 AM
Though I haven't ridden it myself, I think from what I've seen in photos and videos thus far, these coasters look great. These are the first coasters done by Six Flags that actual attempt to incorporate a story line in with a theme via a pre-show entertainment area and on-ride sensory effects, ironically besting the mouse coasters at two of Disney's parks (surprise, surprise!)

The Dark Knight Coasters under Kieran Burke rule would have looked a lot more similar to the embarassing Mulholland Madness and Primeval Whirl mouse coasters at Disney's California Adventure and Animal Kingdom...if even that.

Congrats to Six Flags for doing a great job with these rides.

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Friday, May 16, 2008 8:47 AM
It is exactly what SF promised to everyone, a themed Wild Mouse in the dark. Now with that being said it is probably one of the best mice rides I have been on in a long time. There is little braking on the entire ride making it feel very out of control. The lack of braking is also a problem since the themed elements go by so fast they are almost a complete blur. In reality I wanted the speed over the theme while on the ride so I enjoyed every minute.

1) Full queue with the crew from yesterday was 45 min.
2) Great landscaping while in line and SFTV plays while you are waiting.
3) Pre-Show is fantastic. One of the best I have seen outside of Universal.
4) Station is nice and not overly crowded
5) Trains are very nice and roomy for those, like me, whom are tall. Some mouse rides seem to cram you in while this one had a comfy restraint and deep seat.
6) The ride is a wild mouse take it or leave it. If you like mice this is a standout if you do not then you will be disappointed.

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Friday, May 16, 2008 10:57 AM
I heard people waiting an hour for the full queue. The preshow is only 4:02, and it's on youtube. I wonder if this ride has the hard hitting brakes at the end of the ride. I really like that part when you slam into the brakes like on Cheetah Chase. Can anyone tell me about this?

The reviews I get from other sites are these (NOT my opinions, just saying what people are saying): It's a mouse coaster. Don't expect anything more than one. You can barely see the scenes because it's going too fast. The lifthill goes too fast. The preshow is awesome! The preshow is the best part of the ride, and than it goes downhill from there. The preshow is better than the ride. The building is themed nicely. The Joker cards are glued to the walls. How long will it last until the GP takes them?

It's probably the best themed mouse ride, but it's still just a mouse coaster. It's a kiddy ride. I heard the lines range from an hour to an hour and a half. Someone else says 45 minutes. I don't know who's right. The cars for the roller coaster always move similar to Primival Whirl. I can fit in the ride, and it's the most comfortable mouse coaster. 3 out of 5 stars, 8 out of 10

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Friday, May 16, 2008 12:08 PM
Just spoke to two people who rode. Comment was "Very lame, nice theming, cheap ass ride, not as good as what Kennywood did a decade ago with their indoor spinning mouse." Just talked to frineds who went to SFOT and rode Freeze a dozen times - faster than ever!! What a bunch of jerks to take away a major ride like Feeze's brother Chiller and stick a cheap mouse that I can ride any day down at the piers in the same location. they must think we are dumb.
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Friday, May 16, 2008 12:37 PM
Mamoosh's avatar I find it very hard to believe any one from the general public (in other words, a regular non-enthusiast guest) would say "...not as good as what Kennywood did a decade ago with their indoor spinning mouse."

I'm sure the two friends said that...but that's definitely enthusi-speak.

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Friday, May 16, 2008 1:03 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar ^^ More than likely, they are trying to actually turn a profit instead of caring what .000001% of their guests with no experience in the industry say they should do.
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