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The Dark Night Coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure: Has anyone been on the Dark Knight? How is it

From Dan Rosenberg
Posted April 10, 2008 at 4:08 PM
I'm dying to go on the Dark Knight coasater at Six Flags. has anyone been on it yet?


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From Danny Melillo
Posted April 10, 2008 at 6:43 PM
Did it open yet? I remember reading that it won't open with the park.

From Lawrence Smith
Posted April 11, 2008 at 5:13 AM
It hasn't opened yet. Opening day is scheduled for May 15 at the present time.

From Danny Melillo
Posted April 11, 2008 at 7:24 PM
So now I think that's 3 rides I'm anticipating opening that day:
Toy Story Mania
The Simpsons
Dark Knight.

Sucks I have to wait to July to ride Dark Knight and probably won't get down to Florida this year:(

From Justin Spisto
Posted April 12, 2008 at 3:45 PM
It opens in May.

From Lawrence Smith
Posted April 15, 2008 at 5:04 AM
I might do a quick road trip up to the park on May 15th to check out the coaster.

From mixx masters
Posted May 15, 2008 at 6:33 PM
This is without a doubt the most disappointing ride I have ever been on in my life & I'm no spring chicken. I signed up on this site for the sole reason of letting everyone out there who reads this know, that this ride is a complete waste of time.

Avoid at ALL costs!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 15, 2008 at 10:22 PM
I am covering the Press event at SFGA. I will submit my report soon and tell you what I think. Personally, everybody in Chicago is excited!

From Chris Wilkes
Posted May 16, 2008 at 4:44 AM
Mixx Masters... You can't post something like that and not elaborate. What is it SPECIFICALLY that is so disappointing about it? Were there any redeeming features? Details man... Jeez, especially if you signed up JUST to talk about it... you've gotta give up more info than "it sucks".

From Dan Rosenberg
Posted May 16, 2008 at 6:43 AM
I think alot of people are going to say its bad because its short and it goes too fast to see the special effects.

From mixx masters
Posted May 16, 2008 at 7:28 AM
Fair Enough, It was late last night, I was tired :p

I was lucky enough to have a flash pass so we did not have to wait the 90+ minute wait.

The theming and video you watch while loading are good. Nice little build up of whats to come. Very similar to a ride at Universal or IoA. Only problem, nothing ever comes :(

Once on the ride you enter the "dark" area. I can only compare it to a Wild Mouse coaster, except that a Wild Mouse coaster is a LOT more exciting.

The effects on the inside of the "coaster" were sub-par at best. A flashing light, some colored text on the wall, very minimal. There are no real drops, no banks, nothing. It goes very slow & makes alot of small turns....boring.

I was expecting something along the lines of the Mummy at Universal, or at least a souped up Skull Mountain (which trumps this ride easily)

This should be in the Kids Area instead of being promoted as a thrill ride. Every person I saw coming off this ride was disappointed, I was certainly one of them.

:(

From Chris Wilkes
Posted May 16, 2008 at 7:45 AM
Are there any standees or video IN the ride itself... like do you ever SEE Batman or the Joker (on the ride itself, not the queue)? Is there onboard music at all?

From mixx masters
Posted May 16, 2008 at 7:55 AM
There is a Batman right at the beginning of the ride. No Joker, at least none that I saw. There was no video inside the ride.

As a huge coaster/comic fan, this was disappointing to say the least :(

From Dan Rosenberg
Posted May 16, 2008 at 7:54 AM
From what I know, there is a fake fire effect on the ride and a non-moving animatronic of Batman. As for sound effects, you constantly hear the Joker's voice luaghing or saying quotes from the movie.

From Chris Wilkes
Posted May 16, 2008 at 8:01 AM
Alrighty

From Justin Spisto
Posted May 16, 2008 at 1:58 PM
^ The ride is a wild mouse coaster. It is a standerd mack wild mouse, with just some speacial effects. So of course it is not going to be the most thrilling ride in the world.

From Chris P.
Posted May 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM
I don't know how anybody could be disappointed in this. It's a mouse in box for the love of God, everybody knew that. Expecting it to be like the Mummy is laughable.

From David Sutter
Posted May 20, 2008 at 5:10 AM
Oh well just another six flags...bad choice....guess they needed to do something .there..To bad it wasnt spent on rehabing...

From mixx masters
Posted May 20, 2008 at 7:09 PM
Why assume everybody knew it was a wild mouse? I don't study/research roller coasters, don't usually read sites about them. I heard there was an indoor themed roller coaster built around the Dark Knight franchise. Thats it.

As my point of comparison for movie themed coasters, The Mummy is what I had in mind going in. So of course I was disappointed.

I'll be sure to study next time before I hit the park......


From Christy Shuman
Posted May 20, 2008 at 7:47 PM
I just got back from SFGREADV Ididnt think Dark Knight was that boring. Its your typical mouse coaster but in the dark. I actually found it to give a few good pops of air that I wasnt expecting.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 20, 2008 at 8:27 PM
Just covered it at SFGA. It is OK, but nothing all that special.

From Leslie DeGroat
Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM
I'm totally bummed about the dark night guys... but, I am going to six flags new england in 2 weeks so, im excited and hopefully that will be a blast!! later my fellow rollercoaster enthusiasts! have u missed me?! =D

From Robert OGrosky
Posted May 30, 2008 at 11:23 AM
I also cant understand how anyone would think TDK would be like Mummy. Since the Mummy coaster cost at least 40 million over 4 years ago, and this one cost 7.5 million now, its easy to see it wont be as bog or as well themed, and then add in it is a mouse coaster.

As for the ride itself, I think it is a very good addition for SF. I have ridden the SFGAM version several times and it gives a very good mouse ride, with some theming, that isnt great but OK for a SF park. And from what im told theere are additional theming effects that are to be added soon.
I think those people who are unhappy had unrealistic expectations for what this ride was going to be. It is a good ride that almost the whole family can enjoy.

From Christopher Palma
Posted June 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM
I actually enjoyed the ride. Wasn't expecting there to be a major thrill associated, but for what it is I thought it was a rather enjoyabel ride with definite re-ride factor. I will say I was a little dissapointed that the exit isn't covered and is instead exposed to the "dark" area, but overall I think the ride was a nice addition, and considering the CHiller was there this will offer a more reliable ride I believe. Actually rode it 3 times this past saturday :)

From mike berg
Posted August 1, 2008 at 9:50 AM
I have season pass to great adventure and the dark night coaster is so bad ant believe they would spend the money building that....dont waste your time

From Ben James
Posted August 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM
I really think that the negative hype has got to stop. This ride is great. You have to accept that it is not a RNR type ride. It is a mouse coaster with theming. i really think this is an improvement for Six Flags. Give them some credit they are trying to be better.

From Michael Brosse
Posted August 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM
I agree more with Mike Berg; a complete waste of money. The theming is not good and the ride isn't great either. I prefer the Wild Mouse at Hershey. If you have to wait more than 5 minutes, don't ride it.

From Noel Blackman
Posted August 2, 2008 at 10:13 PM
Wow,

I rode this abomination today. Luckily the wait was only about ten minutes with a Gold Flash Pass.

I was expecting something along the lines of the Mummy at Universal Orlando, perhaps an indoor coaster / immersion ride without all the million dollar flame effects.

It was six rather uncomfortable hairpin turns and a ten foot drop.

I would say the waiting line for the Hulk at Universal is more fun than actually riding this "coaster".

Unless you have a Flash Pass, steer clear of this ride. The regular wait time was 3 1/2 hours by the way. People were coming off the ride furious.

From Ben James
Posted August 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM
Again, as I stated before. This is not Mummy and is not Rockin Rollercoaster. If you are expecting a huge coaster hidden in the building, your wrong.

You can't expect Six Flags to blow $25 million on one park when they have $100 million to spend on 29 parks.

Be reasonable folks, Six Flags built the best with the amount of money they had to spend. be glad they did that. The parks as a whol have improved and Great America is probably my new favorite, it puts SFSTL to shame.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM
I think that SFGA was great without the Dark Knight Coaster. I actually think Deja Vu (which is now gone) was a bigger mistake than the Dark Knight. The new attraction actually made an emptirer area of the park more crowded. Still, my main disappointment was that it was marketed at something that would be on the level of Disney or Univeral. I know that sounds silly, but I fell for it. The ride is fine, but SFGA has got much better roller coasters than to wait about two hours for this.

From Andrew Holden
Posted August 6, 2008 at 7:01 AM
Sorry to break it to you Leslie, but I am pretty sure they stopped construction on the one in New England and it wont be opening.

From gabriele gomez
Posted September 27, 2008 at 7:24 AM
ok this coaster is ok but i think SFGA could have putten i way better coaster up. I have good ideas for roller coasters i wish there was a way for people to see the coasters i've desiened and acsully put them up in a park. but anyway i still think the dark knight is kinda bad. i mean really its a wild mouse in the dark weeeeee a wild mouse oh and in the dark! omg its so fun! really?

From Danny Melillo
Posted September 27, 2008 at 12:21 PM
It's ok. A big step in the right direction for Six Flags. Not very thrilling at all. It's a mouse.

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