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 Review of Batwing @ Six Flags America
0 Rating Posted by: Hercules on 10/23/2005 8:11:00 PM
Im not exactly sure what it is with me. I guess Im just not a flying guy in general. Dont get me wrong here, I thought this was a pretty good ride and was above average. However, to tell you the truth, I just dont know what to say. I guess flyers just dont do it for me. I can say that I enjoyed this more than Superman: Ultimate Flight. This ride is not as smooth as the B&M version, but I think that the much more elaborate layout of this coaster really pulls it over the top in the comparison. To start off my riding experience, I would like to comment on the loading time of this ride. It was horrible. It took about 5 minutes just to get straped in and dispatched. A walk-on turned into a 10 minute wait. Yet, once I did get on and I was off and running, it all started off fairly plesantly. While lying down going up the lift hill, you get a pretty nice view of the rest of the park. It is also kind of relaxing in a sense as if I could fall asleep in that position (almost like on Nitro). I had no discomfort going up the lifthill unlike that of Superman: Ultimate Flight. No hurting is a good thing, but there was just something about those restraints that creeped me out a bit. I dont really know how to explain it except that they look like they are that cheap Vekoma crap that looks like it is something that you would see on a portable carnival ride. Anyway, once I got over that, I was enjoying the view and... flip. Totally unexpected. Well, obviously not unexpected because I knew it would come eventually, but it took me by surprise for sure. The train was off and going. After a manuveur or two came the vertical loop. Upon the entry of this I was ready and excited to compare it to the pretzel loop on Superman. It was good, but nothing like the pretzel loop. A few flips here, a couple of close calls there (which were pretty cool and added to the ride) and it was over. I was pretty impressed, but I guess it is just not my kind of thing. I felt a slight discomfort from the flying position throughout the ride, which I didnt like, but the overall ride was ok. It is just missing something though. I guess it could just use some extra theming or something, not to mention it is just thrown in the middle of a grassy area and mudpit. I guess that is what Six Flags likes to do or something. If it had that extra something that was missing, it could be a better ride. Im not trying to say that they should add something or whatever, I think it just needs something else. I liked the layout and all, but like I said (and Im sure you are sick of reading it as I am getting sick of typing it) Im not a flying guy. Give me a sitdown coaster anyday of the week over one of these things. It is a definate crowd pleaser, but it is not a me pleaser. I enjoyed it, but, it wasnt anything worth riding again for me. Fun? Yes. My kind of thing? No.

Review Comments

Hercules on 10/23/2005 9:15:33 PM said:
Just a little extra something here... it doesnt really matter what row you take because you will get a pretty good view of things from anywhere. I was in the very back and could see everything.
SLFAKE on 10/25/2005 12:37:28 PM said:
Did you hold on to the grab handles or did you let go and put your arms out in a "flying" position? Reason why I asked... I have ridden Batwing (SFA), BORG (Carowinds) and X-Flight (Geauga Lake). I didnt think much of Batwing and BORG. I was using the grab handles. The restraints I found uncomfortable and I had that constant feeling like I was falling. Something about the way my knees were bent in the harness made it feel like I was falling out and I didnt like that. When I rode X-Flight this summer I decided (at the prompting of two kids in the same row of seats) to be daring and let go of the grab handles and rode it with my arms out in front of me (in a true "flying" position). What a difference. Somehow that maneuver changed my whole posture in the restraint and it felt much more comfortable and secure. I cant explain it. Face it, you may as well let go and put your arms out and enjoy the ride because at that speed, and with those direction changes, should the restraints fail, holding on to those grab handles will do you no good... you are still going to go flying and then go SPLAT!
Hercules on 10/25/2005 1:48:39 PM said:
Im not afraid of going splat. I was flying just like I always do. Im just not into the kind of ride that these things deliver.
SLFAKE on 10/26/2005 4:35:33 PM said:
Just a suggestion... I didnt know.
Hercules on 10/26/2005 4:45:25 PM said:
No problem. Its not like I actually explained my flying position in the review or anything. Thanks for the suggestion though. I appreciate it. Flyers just arent my thing. Sorry.
SLFAKE on 10/27/2005 9:00:42 AM said:
Im not exactly crazy about them myself. I rode X-Flight "for the count" the first time... and then got back on again after discovering that it was more fun to ride in the "flying" position. However, it was a walk on. Had there been a line, even a short one, I am not sure I would have bothered. Lets put it this way... by discovering the "flying" riding position, Flyers have moved from "Hate em, just ride them for the count" to "Theyre okay, but I wouldnt go out of my way to ride them."
coasterwom on 5/4/2006 12:36:46 AM said:
Flying coasters are much more fun in the flying position with arms out you feel like youre really flying and I think they are more fun then sit down coaters.
Hercules on 5/4/2006 1:49:09 PM said:
I dont think so... that is just my opinion though.
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