|Click here to watch the on-ride POV|
|A train about to descend the first drop|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Product||Inverted Coaster - Batman|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Inverted|
|Riders per train||32|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||50 mph|
Batman The Ride is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, USA. The ride opened on May 9, 1992 as the first inverted roller coaster in the world. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard, making it the fourth coaster to be manufactured by the company.
Batman The Ride opened on May 9, 1992. The attraction was a new prototype inverted roller coaster based on the Batman movies. The ride costed $7 million to build. 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.
On June 20, 2005, a plaque was presented to the park designating Batman The Ride a Roller Coaster Landmark by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
From May 4, 2013 to July 7, 2013, Batman The Ride ran backwards for a limited time.
Batman The Ride begins with a chain lift hill followed by 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 wing overs before the finishing brakes.
- Batman The Ride - American Coaster Enthusiasts
- "A guide to what's new in theme parks". https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1992-05-10-9202110640-story.html.
- "Batman The Ride Coaster Landmark Award". American Coaster Enthusiasts. https://web.archive.org/web/20140107232141/http://www.aceonline.org/CoasterAwards/details.aspx?id=45.
- Batman: The Ride goes backward at Six Flags Great America - Kenosha News
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.