Six Flags New England announces Batman - The Dark Knight

Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 7:48 AM | Contributed by CoasterGuy

Six Flags New Englad, known for its famous Superman: Ride of Steel megacoaster, announced their new for 2002 coaster, Batman- The Dark Knight. The statistics aren't clear, but they do confirm the coaster will be 117 ft. tall, over 2600 ft. long, and will last 140 seconds long.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 7:53 AM
When Superman: Ultimate Flight was announced, we complained that they didn't bother to give us concept art.  This time we don't even get a full press release.  I have to say I like the name though.  It does sound very Six Flags, but I think it has a cool sound, at least if they had to go with the Batman theme.

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Erik Johnson
Theme Park New England
SFNE 2002: Bigger is not always better.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:03 AM
"Climb 117 feet and soar over 2,600 feet of track at speeds of 55 mph in just 140 second!"

"140 second!"  I thinks Six Flags does good in they're English skills.

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My wishlist for the 2002 season includes 121 different coasters, 92 of which I have not ridden.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:13 AM
MORE DETAILS FOR 2002: Straight from the source, SFNE will be adding a new train to Superman-Ride of Steel, bringing it back to 2 train operation. Also, Cyclone will not receive any patch work like in 2001, as originally thought back in October.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:14 AM
rollergator's avatar S:UF, B:TDK, S:UE...if they keep coming up with these quasi-original names, isn't SF gonna have to print up different shirts for EACH park....perish the thought!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:15 AM
DawgByte II's avatar 2600 feet? Man, that is SHORT!! It's probably short & intense... but short none-the-less.

Isn't Batman: Knight Flight at Worlds of Adventure over 4600 feet? That is non-stop fun, and seems to be a quick coaster once you get off the drop.

Take off 2000 feet, and then something has to be missing. Are there midway breaks?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:23 AM
stoogemanmoe's avatar Short? Geez the ride is only 140 second too...lol.
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Beer, My Baby, and Coasters. Is this a great country or what? ;)
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:24 AM
The dark knight is a great name for it, in 1986 there was a book and series released about Batman vs Superman and it was called the dark knight.
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Army Rangers lead the way
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:29 AM
Rollergator, they already don't print up different shirts for each park. There was a Batman the Ride shirt (killer, by the way) at Great Adventure that had no park on it.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:40 AM
If you compare B:DK with B:KF, you gotta remember one thing:  B:KF is a hell of a lot taller. Lets look at it this way:

BKF is 161 ft. tall, and 4210 ft. long.  Divide that out, and you get about 26 feet of track to every foot of height. 

BDK is 117 ft. tall and 2600 ft. long.  Divide that out, and you get about 22 feet of track for every foot of height.  That's still a big difference, but not as big if you are just comparing length alone. 

Here's another way to look at it.  If you proportionally increase BDK to BKF's height, the track of BDK ends up being about 3,578 feet long.  Now consider this:  BKF has a good length section of trackage that not a lot is really happening that BDK won't.  On BKF you got the trip to the lift hill, you got the turn into the station from the final breaks, and will BDK have a MCBR?  If not, then there's a another piece of track.  None of those sections are really long but take them out of BKF's 4,210 ft. or add them to BDK's theoretical 3,578 and BKD gets even closer.  Also, lets not forget that while BDK still lags a bit in track length, BKF is hilariously long but most standards, one of the ride's most positive aspects. 

So, as a result of my sheer boredom and fun with the calculator: BKD's length is not bad at all considering its height.   Hopefully, this will be much like the B:TR of floorless coasters, and bring a new elemtent of really fast paced, hard core thrills to floorless rides, something I currently think is sorely lacking in the genre. 

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Idle hands were orient to her.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:46 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar Did anyone ever confirm it will be floorless officially???
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The legend lives!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:47 AM
Yes, it is a floorless.  There are lots of pics with the floorless station. 
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Idle hands were orient to her.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:58 AM
According to the layout picture I saw at coasterforum.com, BDK will NOT have a block brake. The order of elements should be:

-banking first drop
-vertical loop
-diving loop
-180 turn
-zero g roll
-2 interlocking flat-spins (Edit: or corksrews, whatever you prefer to call 'em :-p)

No blocks... just constant intense speed, like Batman the Ride & Talon.

*** This post was edited by IslandKG on 2/6/2002. ***

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:08 AM
Jeff's avatar I've seen the layout, and yes, it's what you describe, only I'd call the last elements corkscrews.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:17 AM
It's gonna be a hot ride - it is so compact I bet it will be very intense.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:18 AM
Corkscrews, flatspins, wingovers...where *did* all these name come from anyway?

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Besides, if we were really shutting down people we disagreed with, would Jeremy (2Hostyl) still be around? :) I think not. - Jeff 1/24/02

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:18 AM
I did hear from one source that there is a trim brake at some point on the course.  I'm not sure where, though.  Jeff's right in that there will be no block.
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Erik Johnson
Theme Park New England
SFNE 2002: Bigger is not always better.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:27 AM
Did anyone notice that Ravenguy can be mistaken for Bill Nye the Science Guy??   My God, man, I'm a Math teacher and lost sleep last night trying to figure out what you were saying...... : )  :  )   

WAY TOO FUNNY!!!!!   I hope you know I'm just joking with you....but good try anyhow.   I understood it, but I'm sure most novices on this site will not.  Thanks.   You're calculator needs a break.

About the ride though, Knight Flight was my first floorless and Kraken, my second.  No matter how much I enjoy inverted, Floorless coasters provide an incredible feeling of flight.  Floating out of the stations, B & M creates a soaring, or floating feeling.   MY GOD, I NEED HELP, I'm becoming horny over coasters!!!!!!   I have to make a Spring break trip or something......LATER!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:49 AM
My school band is playing on a school day on one of the first two weeks of the park's season. After we play, we get the rest of the time to hang at the park.  Can you imagine, school day, school hours, Superman and Batman is all mine.  I challenged my school principle to go on Batman: Dark Knight 4 times with me.  I can't wiat to watch a 68 year old go on a floorless with me that many times.  Also, I hope to brake my record of 8 consectutive rides on Superman:Ride of Steel.  See you guys there(wait you're in school) :)
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:51 AM
I think haux does well with his English skills.
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