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Batman The Ride (Six Flags Great America)

Batman The Ride (Six Flags Great America)

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roller coaster
Batman The Ride
Batman The Ride (Six Flags Great America) first drop and loop.jpg
Six Flags Great America
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Status Operating since May 2, 1992
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted
Model / product Batman
Riders per train 32
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height100 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length2,700 feet

Batman The Ride is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, USA. The ride opened on May 2, 1992 as the first inverted roller coaster in the world.[1] It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard.

History[edit | edit source]

The ride opened on May 2, 1992. Although prior roller coasters (called suspended roller coasters) have seated riders below the track, the train swung round corners and none of them featured inversions. Batman The Ride was the first inverted roller coaster as the trains did not swing. It was also the first roller coaster to seat riders below the track and feature inversions.

From May 4, 2013 to July 7, 2013, Batman The Ride ran backwards.[2]

Design[edit | edit source]


Batman The Ride begins with a curved drop leading into the first vertical loop. Next, it travels through a zero-g roll, and a second vertical loop. Several turns follow, and then two more corkscrews before the finishing brakes.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

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