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|Batman and Robin: The Chiller|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Twin - Launched - Shuttle|
|Model / product||Dueling Shuttle Catapult Coaster|
Batman and Robin: The Chiller were a pair of steel launched shuttle roller coasters located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. The roller coasters were built by Premier Rides and operated from 1998 to 2007, based on the Batman & Robin movie that came out the same year it opened, alongside Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast at Six Flags Over Texas and a mirror image at Six Flags St. Louis.
History[edit | edit source]
In 1996, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that it would be adding a new roller coaster in 1997, bringing their coaster count back up to seven. It was then announced that the coaster would be a prototype LIM launched dual tracked shuttle coaster dubbed Batman & Robin: The Chiller. The theme was chosen with the intent of promoting the Batman & Robin film, which was set to open in summer that year. The Observatory scenery piece, that eventually loomed over the launch tracks and exit ramp, was taken directly from the film source material.
The ride debuted on June 7, 1997, but was closed that same day, as it suffered numerous mechanical flaws. On April 4, 1998, the coaster officially opened to the public.
The Chiller was very loud as the noise was heard throughout the park. Guests who were near the coaster were advised to wear headphones due to the noise.
For the 2004 season, the LIMs were taken off the vertical rollbacks. In addition, the Batman side operated for a brief period of time, as it was closed for most of the season.
In 2005, The Chiller received upgrades. The interior was repainted red and the Batman side was repainted dark blue. The Robin side was still original. However, the Batman side did not operate at all as it suffered problems with the LIM motors on the vertical rollback.
During the 2007 season, the Zero-g rolls were removed from the ride and replaced with banked hills. This reduced the amount of stalling in the rolls that put too much stress. Robin's hill was installed in March and Batman's in April. Batman's train was painted red so that Robin could use it, because Robin's train was damaged during a previous incident. The Robin side re-opened on April 7 and ran until June 28, when it was closed for the rest of the season as the coaster continued to suffer problems. The Batman side did not operate at all due to the damaged train, but three of the five cars from the original Robin train were placed on Batman's maintenance track. Six Flags wanted to order replacement parts for the ride. However, it was clear that The Chiller was far too difficult and expensive for the park to fix. So during the fall of 2007, Batman And Robin: The Chiller got removed from Six Flags Great Adventure. All track and supports were removed, however the station, observatory scenery piece, and outdoor queue line were left remaining.
After its closure, the ride was stored in a facility near the park. In 2012, it arrived at Beto Carrero World. It has since been scrapped. The observatory scenery piece and station were reformatted to become Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
Design[edit | edit source]
The Chiller used a LIM launch system that propelled the trains from 0 to 65 mph in roughly 4 seconds. In the debut season the ride originally ran dueling as intended for a short time. Due to the amount of power used by the LIMs straining the infrastructure with a duel launch, operations were changed so that a train could only be launched after the other train cleared the LIMs on the spike. Batman was launched into a 141 foot inverted top hat. It then went through a banked inclined S-curve (formerly a zero-g roll) and then repeated the entire process in reverse. Robin had a similar track layout, except it had a 113 foot cobra roll instead of a top hat (the largest of it's kind to date). Because of the differentiating heights in the main elements (and therefore the speed required to return through the course) Batman required 14 LIMs on the spike while Robin usually only needed 6 or 8.
Trains[edit | edit source]
2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. One train per side. On opening, the trains had over-the-shoulder harnesses. These were replace with lap bars on the Robin side for 2001 and on Batman for 2002.
Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.