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Batman The Ride
Website: Six Flags Great Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.8462
TPC Overall Rank: #209 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 117
Last Review: 1/1/2011 2:44:00 PM
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 1/1/2011 2:44:00 PM
Bolliger and Mabillard forever changed the roller coaster industry with the introduction of their revered inverted coaster design. With the first inverted coaster opening in 1992 at Six Flags Great America, Batman the Ride became a resounding success. Not only was the type of coaster a success, but the small, action-packed layout was as well. As a result, this innovative design was copied nine more times at parks in the United States, Spain, Canada, Japan, and Kuwait. One of these copies was erected at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Being my first Batman the Ride, I was expecting a lot from this compact coaster. Sure enough, I was not disappointed.

Located in Movietown, Batman the Ride towers over the area with its fresh, yellow paint scheme. Approaching the ride, anticipation mounted as I heard the legendary B&M roar that is prevalent in so many of their designs. Well, Batman’s appearance is certainly top notch. Not only does the ride’s paint scheme really stand out, but the ride is surprisingly well themed, especially for a Six Flags coaster. The queue line is very well done, as it begins by being themed to a beautiful Gotham City park, but it eventually transforms into a darker environment resembling the Axis Chemicals building from Tim Burton Batman movie. Finally, one reaches the station, which is perfectly themed to the Batcave. Complete with Batman paraphernalia, darkness, and a chilling soundtrack (Batman music, bat noises, and sewer sounds), the Batcave station amplifies the Batman atmosphere exponentially.

Due to the ride’s rather short duration, Batman really seemed to churn through people and have a high capacity. As a result, I typically only waited 15-20 minutes for any seat during my visit this past summer. Even better, Batman seemed to be a walk-on near closing as many visitors would flock to the park’s bigger, more intense attractions such as El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Nitro. Of all the seats, I personally enjoyed the front row best simply because of the view, but any seat is a blast on Batman.

Beginning with a quick lift hill, Batman then follows it up with an intense, curving first drop. Especially when riding in the back seat, there is a considerable whip produced from this drop. Following that is an intense vertical loop that really packs on the Gs due to the loop’s compactness. As a result, I momentarily began to black out on each of my rides while navigating this loop. Well, Batman didn’t give any time to catch my breath, as it immediately soared through my favorite element on the entire ride- the zero-G roll. Taken at high speeds, the zero-G roll is incredibly disorienting and thrilling, as there is some sensation hang-time during this element. Next, Batman zooms through yet another vertical loop. While this vertical loop is not quite as intense as the first one, it is still really intense and possesses plenty of positive Gs.

Kicking off Batman’s second half is a tight, thrilling upward helix. While this maneuver may look innocent, it is surprisingly intense and forceful as I felt all of the blood rush straight for my feet. Following that is a swooping drop and the first of two corkscrews. Taken at considerable speeds, the corkscrew is very disorienting and provides a great whip throughout the train. Next, there is a quick turn and then the second corkscrew, which is every bit as good and intense as the first one. Finishing off Batman is one final and intense 180 degree turn, as Batman then charges into the brake run. The entire experience is a smooth one, but what really impressed me was the ride’s impeccable pacing. From start to finish, there were simply no dull points or moments to catch my breath.

After riding Batman the Ride, I now understand why this design has been replicated so many times. Despite the ride’s fairly small footprint and pedestrian maximum height, Batman is an incredibly intense experience from start to finish. Not only that, but Batman is glass-smooth throughout; however, this is to be expected from a Bolliger and Mabillard creation. With that being said, Batman the Ride was not only one of my favorite attractions at Six Flags Great Adventure, but it was also one of the best inverts I’ve been on anywhere thanks to its great drop, fantastic forces, and excellent pacing.

Favorite Seat: Front Row (1:1)
Best Part: Zero-G Roll

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up weaver23 on 8/12/2009 10:25:00 AM
Like vampire at La Ronde and Raptor at Cedar Point, Batman: The ride follows the pattern of B&M's super intense and compact B&M inverts. The coaster starts out by clanking up the lift hill and then hurls you downward to the ground. Every elements on B&M inverts are taken inredibly fast and with precision. The first loop packs some crazy intense G's. After this you float through a zero gravity roll much like on Bizarro. Except this one seems to pull you right through it instead of slowing you down. After this comes another loop, this time even MORE intense than the first. All the blood rushes to your feet as you get sucked back into your seat. Then the coaster flys your through a maze of helixes, twists, turns and corkscrews which really flip your around. This coaster is yet another amazingly intense B&M invert.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DJ Mixer18 on 4/3/2009 10:11:00 AM
This ride is awesome and you should try it out is worth it.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterf42 on 5/2/2008 9:55:00 AM
I had been looking forward to riding my first Batman in seven years for a long time. I had heard of their amazing old-school intensity, and always look forward to a ride with some substance. Overall, I was very impressed with the ride, but it just felt like it was missing something. There was intensity from start to finish, good pacing, no brakes, very smooth for its age. But it just lacked that illusive "it" factor to bump it up to a 9 or 10! The front seat was clearly the best seat, as the visuals really make this compact ride feel even more out-of-control. Is it just me, or does it seem even MORE intense from the front? I thought the first turnaround was the absolute best part of the ride, as it was one of the most intense elements I have ever encountered. Unfortunately, the next little turn was the only "lull" in the ride, as the train seemed to loose a bit of speed. The next corkscrew provided a good "head-whip" style of intensity, while the final inversion provided a smooth, head-to-toe intensity. Overall, this was a great coaster that I rode 5 times on my first Great Adventure visit, and I look forward to riding many times in the future.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/2/2008 2:49:00 PM
Batman The Ride is a steel sit down roller coaster. (Inverted). It has 5 inversions. It was built by B&M in 1993. It is 105' tall, it is 2,693' long. Fun. Rerideable. Has good theming. Ride capacity large. It has a long duration.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RCGenius on 8/4/2007 7:12:00 AM
Batmans good, but nothing special to me. I was anticipating on the intensity factor as its not the tallest or fastest invert, yet I think it was somewhat overrated. I felt the intensity on the turns towards the end & the consecutive inversions, but it falls short towards Dueling Dragons: Fire in terms of being out of control with intensity. IMO, its a smaller version of Talon, but a way shorter ride. However, the theming blows Talons no theme out the water, but its just the experience that came with it. I just wasnt too impressed with Batman, but its still in all out good fun.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up woofboy111 on 7/17/2007 1:05:00 AM
This was the second Batman I have been on. I was on the Batman at Six Flags over Georgia back when Batman was a new ride. That was a long time ago and I dont remember all that much about it, although I do remember it was really short and there was green water flowing through a "sewer" in the queue line.

This Batman lacked the green sewer water and was a different color than Georgias Batman (this one is yellow rather than black), but if my memory serves me right, the rides are mostly the same. Out of all of the coasters at Great Adventure, I have to say that this ride was towards the bottom of the list. It really didnt do much for me. The ride was way too short. For some reason I was very unphased by all of the rides elements. Maybe if the line was shorter I would have given this another go and my rating of the ride would have improved, but there are just so many better inverted coasters out there than this. Montu, both Dueling Dragons, and Raptor are a few examples. Not to say you shouldnt ride Batman. Just dont expect anything too great...

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 2/11/2007 11:51:00 PM
I just realized that this is only the second copy of Batman the Ride Ive ridden. It seems like Ive been on so many inverts, and Ive been riding the Magic Mountain Batman forever (well, at least since 1994), that I thought Id done other Batmans as well. But nope, this is the only other one. Anyway, the ride itself is great. A nice combination of inversions and positive g-forces packed into a small area and relatively short ride. It may seem a little overshadowed by all the megacoasters in this megapark, but Id say its still definitely on par with Medusa and Superman.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/10/2006 10:23:00 PM
Send in the clones. As long as it is Batman the clone that is. This is certainly a ride worthy of cloning, since it delivers such a smooth and intense ride. There are better coasters, but seeing a Batman gives me a feeling like smelling some home cooking. Something good and familiar to sooth the soul.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up EltoroLuva on 8/27/2006 1:07:00 PM
i thought this ride would be a small easy one but it wasnt. im not a fan of hanging rides but this is an exception. there are so0o0o0o0o0 many positive Gs its crazy. the inversions are intense and it feels faster the 50 mph. it should have more height though. scarier than looks. if theres a long queue its not worth it.

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