It was our great pleasure to meet "the caped crusader" at our favorite theme park during Media Day at Six Flags Great America last week.
I dig a man who can pull off spandex! And he had gorgeous grey blue eyes, too... and a sweet ride.
Check back with ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows for our Batman Backwards ride footage, video interviews and more in the very near future.
Today we have stills from the day for you. It was a pleasure to see Theresa from the Local Tourist with her entourage.
The highlight of the day was riding the coaster in the press seat, where we were filmed DURING THE RIDE! We even wore mic packs so you can hear the screams.
Click here to check out our original video interviews and footage from the X Flight Coaster grand opening last season.
I grew up near Kings Island in Ohio, coaster capital of the midwest for much of the 80's, and I've been on The Beast (the largest-fastest coaster when it was built), The Bat (a hanging coaster they took out for safety reasons), a looping coaster that goes forward & backward, and The Racer (their old wooden classic with red & blue racing coaster tracks--one forward/ one backward. At some point during my teen years I was talked onto all of them at least once, by friends and boyfriends, so I'm no stranger to riding backwards and looping at high speeds.
In spite of all that I'm really not a coaster person and even ski lifts freak me out a little. The whole drive out to press day at Great America I tried to advance justify wussing out on the Batman Coaster (where you hang from the track and do flips, a G force turn and a 10 story drop)... backwards.
I made excuse after excuse saying I'm too old, coasters make my muscles sore, I don't have to prove anything to anyone.... I almost wimped out a bunch of times on the way there, but when it came to crunch time, I DID IT and got video footage to prove it!
Even the coaster fanatics declared the Batman coaster extra intense backwards. It's rare as moms and/or mature adults, that we get to do something physical that scares us, and I felt an actual sense of accomplishment when I braved up and went for it.
Honestly, it was more like flying than falling and the view was spectacular! I'm glad I went and would do it again... though I was dizzy enough when I got off that I had to wait a few minutes before I could grab my camera and shoot straight. Batman Backwards is some heroic fun.
As the roller coaster climbs the 10-story lift hill, riders will take in the full scope of BATMAN: The Ride’s track as they anticipate the adventure that lies ahead. The train will reach speeds of 50 mph and travel through 2,700 feet of track, all while maneuvering hairpin turns, vertical loops, corkscrews and a zero-g roll. The excitement is magnified since guests cannot see the maneuvers that await.
“BATMAN: The Ride will open for its 21st season this spring, offering our guests an entirely different ride experience by going backwards. No matter how many times you have been on BATMAN: The Ride, nothing compares to the thrill of racing down 10 stories facing the other direction,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “You literally have no idea what is coming next. This is a tremendous new experience for our guests and one to take advantage of quickly since it will only be available for a limited time.”
Since opening in 1992, BATMAN: The Ride has given more than 28 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of the most popular roller coasters in the world. BATMAN: The Ride backwards launched on Saturday, May 4 – the park’s opening weekend – and be available for a limited time this summer.
They're busy getting the park summer ready!
So go already!!