Review: Batman The Dark Knight Floorless Roller Coaster Six Flags New England

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Batman The Dark Knight Floorless Roller Coaster First Loop Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England is filled with great coasters of varying size and type, with several unique coasters that make this park a great place to visit for any thrill enthusiast. The park is mainly known for Wicked Cyclone and Superman The Ride, but it also has one other main unique coaster, the floorless roller coaster Batman The Dark Knight.

This ride was designed by B&M and was built in the park in 2002. Over the years it has been known primarily as The Dark Knight, but it also had a brief stint as Batman: The Ride. It is themed with the classic colors of the Batman comics, blue, purple, and black. Its queue line is filled with comic book depictions of various characters from the Batman franchise, leading to a station inspired by Batman's lair.

The ride begins with a lift hill that brings you up 117 feet before making a pre-drop and turning into the biggest drop on the ride. The top of this lift hill gives you great views of the Connecticut River that the park is located along.

The first half of the ride is incredibly smooth, traveling through a vertical loop, then a dive loop before making an extended turn through the first inversion, which is the ride's most photogenic element.

At this point, transition into the second half of the ride's layout with a zero g roll, then entering two interlocking corkscrews before returning to the station. These corkscrews are definitely the roughest element on the coaster, but are typically not rough enough to be painful.

While there is not a lot of theming on the ride, its placement in the park allows it to feel somewhat secluded, serving as the border between the main park and water park, with the lift hill perfectly placed for views.

Batman The Dark Knight Floorless Roller Coaster Entrance Six Flags New England

This ride is built for packing as many inversions into the rides relatively small area as possible, fitting five inversions into the coaster one after the other. The transitions are solid and each inversion provides strong forces. It isn't anything too impressive, but it is a good mid-tier coaster that is solidly in the park's top five coasters. It's my no means the best floorless coaster, and is certainly in the lower tier of B&M coasters, but even the worst B&M is still a great coaster.