Gotham City Gauntlet’s Coming to Six Flags New England
Three years after Six Flags New England was to open (and later cancelled) their last roller coaster, the park is about to open Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum. Like the Dark Knight coaster that was planned for the park, Gotham City Gauntlet will be a wild mouse coaster. Unlike that ride, however, GCG will be a pretty standard looking outdoor ride while Dark Knight was an indoor ride that received some of the worst reviews I’ve ever seen on the blog. The angry mobs expressed their disappointment with the Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Great Adventure rides on these posts: Dark Knight Roller Coaster Blueprints Emerge & Dark Knight Coaster Opens at Great Adventure
Why Gotham City Gauntlet Could Be Better Than The Dark Knight Coasters
Fast forward to today and Six Flags New England will get its wild mouse, albeit a less themed outdoor version in Gotham City Gauntlet. I have to think that Dark Knight received such horrible reviews because riders didn’t really know what they were in for. With theming amped up to such a high level, for Six Flags anyway, guests likely thought they were in for an amazing or at least an intense ride. That won’t be a problem with GCG as guests will be able to see just what they’re in for. In that way, Gotham City Gauntlet will be a better overall ride for the average park goer. No one likes to be disappointed. Especially after a lengthy weight.
Gotham City Gauntet is a bit of a strange choice for a new ride as Six Flags New England already has a compact family coaster in Mr. Six’s Pandemonium. At least that ride has spinning cars and a much more diverse layout than GCG with is standard wild mouse set up. Another orphan from a closed park, this coaster was re-located from Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom where it was Road Runner Express. To Six Flags’ credit, they’re giving the pre-owned roller coaster a nice little makeover. The ride will have some nice theming touches, but as I said, it won’t be enclosed. Gotham City Gauntlet will be located near Scream Tower.
To see construction photos visit Six Flags New England’s Facebook page. Also, the ride’s theming can be see via concept images found in a Six Flags investors document. Local fans posted some photos here: SFNE Online
What’s Your Take?
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