Well after my friend arrived at my house really late and hearing that SFNE closed at 6 I was getting pretty mad. We finally arrived at the park at 2:30 pm thinking how we're gonna get to ride next to nothing.
Once we arrived at the gate I was relieved to see lots of people leaving and to see absolutely no one in line to enter the park. I was greeted by a very friendly and curtious employee who gave us hints in how to process our passes which lead us waiting two minutes to get our passes processed (it was great). After being checked by a surprisingly friendly staff (hahaha they're only friendly cause the jerks who enter haven't gotten to their charisma yet.... these employees will be bitter in a month) we entered the park and was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn't very crowded.
Wanna take a guess what our first ride was???? well it's that big purple dinosaur of a ride by Mind Eraser. It's Smoochy...errr Batman! I must say that the area around Batman has gained new life. They added a food stand by Batman too.... unfortunately it sells hot dogs (boooooo!). Anyway, the whole area around Batman is done nicely as you can sit by benches by the corkscrews. Also, the wind there is a giant Batman symbol painted on the ground as you enter the beginning of the line. There are nice gothic themed lamps that line the path and the line reminds me of the beginning of the Batman the Ride line at SFGadv. The ride even has a similiar entrance pillar with gothic statues. Along the beginning of the line there are cardboard cut outs of Batman's friends and villains. Unfortunately unlike the cool BTR queue the second half of B:DK's queue is outdoors with more cardboard cut outs. This part of the queue is dumb IMO because it sticks out into the former parking lot like a sore thumb. The park tried to make it harder to see into the parking lot but why oh why couldn't they have at least covered this are and half way themed it? Like the beginning of S:ROS's line. Oh well. Anyway after this queueing area you walk up the stairs into the incredibly small station.
Now onto the ride. I've been on two other floorless coasters being Medusa East and Batman Knight Flight. I'd have to say B:DK is better than the other Batman but Medusa turns this guy into stone with her evil gaze. (too bad Batman didn't have a mirror gadget). Anyway the ride has a very steep lift hill with a very scenic view of housing to your right and the parking lot, the Connecticut river in front of you along with Enfield, and to the left you can see the majestic city of Springfield. After no time the train is at the top and turn around and drop commence. I must say while this drop is not high... it's much more intense than Medusa and the other Batman which is weird, but cool nonetheless. After that a nice hang time loop is conquered by our train and we move onto a dive loop. followed by a boring and uneventful turn through the loop. Next comes the zero g-roll which is different than the other g-roll's I've experienced. This roll is slower at first but delivers a cool floating feeling that sustains from the exit of the roll until the bottom of the descent from the roll. Finally the ride has the standard corkscrew ending. This ending is more disorientating than the other two because you don't have time to become paced for it. However, I feel these corkscrews don't have the same force as the other two floorlesses I have ridden.
Overall, this Batman has the best drop, a cool feeling on the zero g-roll (I think Medusa's is more intense though) and has a more disorientating ending than the other floorlesses. However, this coaster is not as good as Medusa but better than Batman Knight Flight.
During the course of the day we rode Batman three more times all yielding the same result. We also rode Scream twice getting very good and itense rides. (I love space shots). We also rode Cyclone (was too slow for my tastes also a little rough.) Cyclone is weird, I think the ride quality depends on the day or where your sitting. I find the back seats of each car to be rougher than the fronts for some reason. Anyway we also rode Mind Eraser which was a mistake and gave Houdinie a whirle. We also waited two minutes to get our season passes processed at the end of the day after everyone was done. All in all, I had a very fun day at SFNE and was pleasantly surprised with the rides we got in.
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B&M ROCKS said:
How did you get your passes processed so quick?
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