The last original Batman: Part 13 of our Inverted Coaster series

The last of the Batman: The Ride with the Warner Brothers theming opened in 1999 at Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX).  A major change happened in 1998 when Premier Parks purchased Six Flags from Warner Brothers and 1999 was the last year when movie style attractions would happen at Six Flags.  For example, “Batman: Knight Flight” opened in 2000 at Six Flags Ohio (was last known as Geauga Lake and was located in Aurora, OH) had a “Wayne Foundation” station, but beside an entrance portal with the 1989 City Hall statues, there was no theming.  The best you could hope for were signs with information on DC Comics characters, but the days of building a Skid Row or an abandoned Ice Cream factory were over.

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Entrance to Batman: The Dark Knight at Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA).  This ride opened in 2002 and represents well the Premier Parks approach to theming.

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The standard station building used here and on other rides at Six Flags between 2001 and 2003.

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Example of the information signs installed around the waiting line.

So with that optic, it was remarkable that Premier Parks did not cut the plans for Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Over Texas.  The familiar Gotham City Park was installed, but things were quite different as riders approached the station building, known here as the Wayne Foundation Power Plant.  The ground floor of the station is an elaborate power plant that serves as the waiting line and is divided in 5 sectors.  One welcome feature was Air Conditioning, only the second ride with a fully climate controlled queue in the park.  It does get very hot in Texas and this was a great feature to be included in the experience.

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David Stepanek provided us with this shot of the entrance plaza to Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Over Texas.

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The Batmobile seen in this picture is sometimes removed for repairs.  Flex provided us with this picture.

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In 2006, the park upgraded Gotham City with the addition of Batwing, a family ride.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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Batwing.  This was a brilliant move as it allowed younger guests to have a ride to experience while their older family members ride Batman: The Ride.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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A plaque dedicating Gotham City Park.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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Even the No Smoking signs are themed.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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After waiting in the park, you enter this steel tube.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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This pass by Skid Row and then heads into the indoor portion of the ride.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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The police car in line.  In order to avoid guest damage like at Six Flags St-Louis, chainlink fence creates a barrier between the guests and theming.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.SFOT Batman The Ride Nolan 15

The entrance to the indoor Power Plant portion of the line.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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The station.  Picture appears courtesy of Flex.

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The station design away from the dark Batcave design to a brighter and more elaborate theme.  This picture appears courtesy of David Stepanek.

The ride is the standard layout and it was the first Batman: The Ride to feature Yellow track and black supports.

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The Zero-G-Roll.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

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The first Flat Spin.  Picture appears courtesy of Nolan Thiele.

 

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