This past week, Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas opened the world’s first 4D Free Spin Coaster – Batman: The Ride. Lucky for me, we had a school “field trip” (I know, right?) planned right after it opened. So of course this coaster-loving momma just HAD to try the new ride out. Here’s what we thought:
Batman: The Ride
Ever since Six Flags announced the ride was coming to Fiesta Texas, my kids have been excited about it. Batman: The Ride, created by S&S Worldwide, is a ‘4D Free Spin’ roller coaster. Riders can flip head over heels up to six times throughout the ride in a somewhat uncontrolled manner. The ride is the first of its kind in the world.
Batman: The Ride features:
- The world’s first, one-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring six smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips providing guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track
- A 4D wing coaster that seats up to eight and has riders “face their fears” by allowing them to physically face each other as they tumble head-over-heels
- A 120-foot tall hill that is ascended by an elevator-style lift straight up
- Two beyond 90-degree raven drops giving the sensation of free-falling
- Five vehicles with eight passengers each
- A Bruce Wayne/Batman theme throughout the queue line featuring the Batmobile and Bat-Signal.
The coaster is located in Rockville where Motorama Turnpike used to be. The queue starts in downtown Rockville, by the Texas Railroad tracks.
What Did We Think of Batman: The Ride
As we arrived at the park before it opened, we were allowed to walk to the roped area and wait for the official 10:30 am park opening. My kids ran ahead to get a place in line, so we didn’t have more than a 10 minute wait to ride it.
The ride is incredibly smooth and quiet compared to most coasters. We rode up the first hill backwards, so I didn’t see the first flip coming and it completely took me by surprise. From there, it felt like one flip after another until the finish. Towards the end, my head kept hitting the back of the seat, which made the ride less comfortable. The ride lasted less than one minute.
It’s a very fun and unique ride. If you are not a fan of flipping or spinning, this ride is not for you. Because it is a relatively short ride, my suggestion is to ride it early in the day, as the lines will be long this summer as the crowds get bigger. My kids thought it was fun, but they were more interested in riding the longer coasters than going back to ride it again.
Tips for Riding Batman: The Ride
- Get to the park early and ride it first.
- If you get to the park before it opens, head directly to Spassburg, past Texas State Square and under the railroad crossing. Once the rope drops take a right in Spassburg, towards the Superman, and follow it around to the streets in Rockville.
- Loose articles are not allowed on the ride with you and you can leave your belongings on the ground when you board or there are lockers as you enter the queue.
- Remember, there are up to 6 rolls, take caution with eating before your ride.