Agawam, MA - February 6, 2002 Six Flags New England announces the latest addition to an already exciting line-up of spectacular thrill rides, as Batman-The Dark Knight becomes the eighth roller coaster and the latest super hero to arrive at New England's Thrill Capital.
Based on the courageous and popular super hero Batman, Batman-The Dark Knight is an innovative steel roller coaster that will take guests on an amazing free-soaring ride. Unlike traditional roller coasters where passengers feet are firmly planted inside the train, Batman-The Dark Knight allows passengers the freedom of a floorless coach. Once riders are harnessed into the pedestal style chairs, the floor drops away providing the "floorless" effect. The unique train is designed to simulate a "flying chair", giving every passenger a virtual front-row view through five inversions that include high speed banked turns, a dive loop and interlocked corkscrews.
"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in quality thrill ride innovation and Six Flags New England is no exception" Ron Sevart, vice president and general manager of Six Flags New England. "Batman-The Dark Knight is so thrilling and so unique that there is nothing to compare it to in New England," Sevart said.
Standing 117-feet high with over 2,600 feet of track, Batman-The Dark Knight will travel at a racing speed of 55mph, thrilling its passengers during 140 seconds of pure excitement! It provides the amazing thrills and adrenaline rush that only a super hero like Batman can give.
Batman-The Dark Knight is designed & engineered by Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, one of the leading manufacturers of roller coasters worldwide. Construction of Batman-The Dark Knight began in September with a scheduled public opening in April.
"Six Flags provides unprecedented fun with an exciting combination of thrill rides and family entertainment. And now, with the addition of our eighth coaster, Six Flags New England is an unbeatable value!" Sevart added.
Over the past several years the New England theme park has undergone extensive expansion in the form of world-class rides, attractions and new themed sections. The expansion has featured four roller coasters including Superman-Ride of Steel, the tallest roller coaster on the East Coast, standing 221 feet above the earth. Superman-Ride of Steel was voted the "#1 Roller Coaster on the Planet" by Park World Magazine in 2000 & 2001. Other coaster additions include Poison Ivy's Twisted Train, Flashback and the Mind Eraser, all steel coasters featuring hair-raising twists and turns.
Six Flags New England's 2002 season will be jam-packed with entertainment for the entire family. Highlights include the return of the fabulous Hollywood-style stunt show, The Batman Thrill Spectacular, family favorites in Looney Tunes Movie Town and Tiny Timber Town, fun festivals like Kids Fest and FrightFest and the coolest place to be all season long, Island Kingdom Water Park - FREE with park admission.
Six Flags New England is open weekends beginning Saturday, April 20th through Memorial Day. Island Kingdom Water Park opens May 25th. For more information on Six Flags New England, call 1-877-4-SIXFLAGS or go to www.sixflags.com.