The Underworld has plagued Gothem City again, and now it is time for your escape on Batman: The Ride. The scenery for the queue line seems like it is the same on all of the Batman rides, but it is very detailed, so I cannot complain much. When you get to the turnstiles, you are seated in your car; feet dangling ready to make your escape from the Underworld of Gothem City.
The first Batman themed roller coaster that I ever rode was Batman: The Escape at the former Six Flags Astroworld in Houston, TX. Making my way through the queue line, you start off in Gothem City Park until you enter the interior which housed the Bat suit and the Batmobile along with a lot of other really cool scenery. Also this ride has a unique name that I really thought fit the coaster, The Escape. I am not sure why all of the other Batman coasters are called The Ride and not The Escape because the story behind most of the Batman rides is that you are escaping, and your means for escape are through this coaster.
While walking through Batman: The Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, it starts off like every other Batman coaster; you walk through Gothem Park. Gothem Park is always very nicely landscaped and has some really unique objects such as penguin statues and the speaker rocks with the sounds of the city in the background. The only problem that I have with the park theme at all of the Batman rides is that during the summer it can get blistering hot, and there is no way to put fans or air conditioning around the park because it is all outside. By the time you are at the end of the park, you are sweating profusely. Once inside, you get the chance to cool off because you are now in the underground. On the Monday that I went to ride this coaster, the line was really short, so I did not walk the entire queue line, but it seemed as though it was just rails in a few different buildings. Then I entered the main station where I was to make my escape.
Batman: The Ride is an inverted steel coaster. This means that instead of having the track underneath you, the track is on top of you and are you seated with your feet dangling. This ride was introduced in April of 2005 by coaster creators Bolliger and Mabillard. It has a ride restriction of 54″. There are two trains that can take you to your escape, so I take my seat and strap myself into my car. The trains hold thirty-two people per train, so it would seem that the queue line would go by pretty fast, but the track is 2,693 feet long, so it takes a while for the trains to return. During this ride you experience five loops including a zero-gravity roll. It reaches a top speed of 50mph and takes about two minutes to make your escape, while experiencing 4 G-Forces.
I definitely recommend this ride to anyone wanting to experience the four G-forces on Batman: The Ride. You just might want to make sure that it is early in the morning or late in the afternoon before you get in line for this ride because if it is a blistering summer day and your waiting 20-25 minutes in the Gothem Park queue line, you will get hot and dehydrated. But you can still make your escape from the terrors of the Underground on Batman: The Ride!