Vote of the week: Is The Dark Knight Coaster really that bad?
Something interesting has been happening this summer on Theme Park Insider, and I thought it time to share with you.
Every year, we award a "Best New Attraction" honor to the highest-rated attraction on the site that debuted within the last 12 months. This year, that award went to Universal's The Simpsons Ride. But in the years that we've been handing out new attractions honors, none of those winners has managed to crack the top echelon of highest-rated attractions on the site: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Twilight Zone of Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean.
But... on the other end of the scale, this year, one new attraction has plunged to the very bottom, tying long-time TPI punching bag Stitch's Great Escape as readers' least-liked attraction on the site.
I'm talking about Six Flags' Dark Knight Coaster.
Seriously, Theme Park Insider readers seem to hate this thing, but is it really that bad? I haven't been on it, since Six Flags did not build one at my local park, Magic Mountain. So I'd love to hear from readers who have been on the ride. How does it compare with other bad attractions you've ridden?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
I'm interested to hear comments from others as well. Being close to Great Adventure we're heading over soon, but the reviews have been so bad I'm almost dreading it.
I think the whole problem with the ride is that alot of people are expexting a "E" ticket type attraction, when its not and wasnt meant to be this. This isnt hyped up to be a hyper coaster like Raging Bull, but it is a decent family ride that can be enjoyed by most people who visit the park.
Wow... never thought an attraction could drop below Stitch's ranking.
In the beginning...
I agree with Robert fully! When I went to the press event, I will admit it was a little disappointing. I went on it last night with my 10 year old cousin and she thought it was nice, but nothing special. Thats my view on it: nothing special. However, its not the worst I have ever been on, but its disappointing in the same way Stitch was since it is a so so attraction. I think people, including myself, am just disappointed that it replaced Alien Encounter which was voted at a solid 7 on the site.
I wonder if this ride was at a Disney park instead, would it get the bad reviews they talk about. Perhaps not since Disney is a master of taking tame rides and making them great. And the Disney fanboys would defend the ride. However since this is at a Six Flags park, it gets bashed.
Spider-Man opened with the rest of IoA in 1999, which was before the beginning of the awards.
I think you may have a point Vince. If the ride were at Disney, it would be defended to the death. I've never ridden this ride, but I've heard a lot of positives and negatives about the ride. Based on that, here's what I suspect.
Derek, I think you hit the nail on the head. When folks go to Disney, they are looking for highly themed, family friendly, narrative attractions. When folks go to Six Flags, they are looking for big time coaster thrills.
I was looking at how everyone that stated that this is a more family oriented ride, as opposed to a thrill ride normally associated with Six Flags.
No, kids hate Tuck n' Roll's, too. I took a slew of kindergartners to A Bug's Land before it opened to the public, and they unanimously disliked the slow, overstuffed "bumper" cars. They couldn't see anything or feel anything and didn't get the point.
Ah, point taken Robert! But do you or anyone else think any other kids rides are unfairly judged?
I think that a slew of rides at Legoland are underrated, notably Royal Joust. There's a window of about two years for that ride (ages 3-4, maybe 5, if the kid's nostalgic). Anything older than that and child will be bored. But for a three-year-old, it's a thrill ride.
As for the theming and "show" of the Dark Knight Coaster, it still is pretty terrible. Six Flags is no Universal or Disney!
In my opinion (and my friend's) the ride is pathetic. Part of the reason for my voting "yes" is the 1.5-2 hour line- it moves sooooo slllloooooow...ly.
Owing to the general malaise of the SF brand, it's not likely I'll be riding one any time soon.
And I'd just like to acknowledge that I am an idiot for screwing up the question on the vote. But it looks like figured out what I meant. Sorry about that.
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