Batman The Ride was the world’s 1st steel inverted coaster when it opened at Six Flags Great America in 1992; It was awarded Coaster Landmark status by the American Coaster Enthusiasts There are a total of seven Batman coasters throughout the United States.
The concept of inverted roller coasters was designed by Jim Wintrode, the general manager of Six Flags Great America, in the 1990s. Wintrode worked with Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard from the Swiss roller coaster manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard, and an engineer named Robert Mampe to develop Batman as the first inverted coaster.
Six Flags Great America announced on February 21 of 2013 that their Batman coaster would run backwards for a limited time during the 2013 season. On August 29 of 2013 Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Over Texas said that they would run their installation backwards for a limited time during the 2014 season.
I’ve ridden Batman at Six Flags Magic Mountain and it was a BLAST. Now that I know you can ride it backwards I’m gonna have to check that out! Have a gander below at photos of the different Batman coasters across the United States.
Locations: Six Flags Great America (Illinois), Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey), Six Flags Magic Mountain (California), Six Flags St. Louis (Missouri), Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags New Orleans (Louisiana)