Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum

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Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum
Gotham City Gauntlet logo.png
Previously known as Road Runner Express at Kentucky Kingdom
Six Flags New England
Park section DC Superhero Adventures
Coordinates 42°02′26″N 72°36′53″W / 42.0406°N 72.6146°W / 42.0406; -72.6146Coordinates: 42°02′26″N 72°36′53″W / 42.0406°N 72.6146°W / 42.0406; -72.6146
Status Operating
Opening date April 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)
Kentucky Kingdom
Coordinates 38°11′47″N 85°44′39″W / 38.196385°N 85.744267°W / 38.196385; -85.744267
Status Relocated to Six Flags New England
Opening date May 2000 (2000-05)
Closing date 2009 (2009)
General statistics
Type Steel – Wild Mouse – Family
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Designer Ingenieur Buro Stengel GmbH
Model Wilde Maus Classic
Height 49.25 ft (15.01 m)
Length 1,213.9 ft (370.0 m)
Speed 28 mph (45 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:32
Max vertical angle 46°
Capacity 900 riders per hour
Height restriction 46 in (117 cm)
Flash Pass Available
Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum at RCDB
Pictures of Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum at RCDB

Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum is a steel wild mouse roller coaster at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.[1]

History[edit]

Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum when it was Road Runner Express at Kentucky Kingdom.

In May 2000, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky opened a new wild mouse roller coaster. It opened on the former site of The Vampire, (which was also relocated to Six Flags New England as Flashback). The ride operated as the Road Runner Express until the end of the 2009 season when Six Flags rejected the park's lease after a dispute with the Kentucky State Fair Board and closed the park.[2][3] As part of Six Flags' settlement with the Kentucky State Fair Board, Road Runner Express was removed from the Kentucky Kingdom site and relocated to Six Flags New England.[1][4][5] In 2011, the ride reopened as the Gotham City Gauntlet Escape From Arkham Asylum.[6]

The coaster opened on a site that formerly housed the Batman Stunt Show arena and was previously prepared for the cancelled Dark Knight indoor wild mouse roller coaster. The Gauntlet is generally a mirror image of the layout of the Dark Knight coaster that initially was intended to be installed on that same site.

Ride[edit]

Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape From Arkham Asylum follows the same layout as many other wild mouse roller coasters, with four people per individual car. The highest point is 49 feet (15 m) and the coaster includes 17 turns and numerous drops. The ride is primarily intended for younger children and families, but it is not specifically a junior roller coaster as the minimum height requirement is 46 inches (1.2 m).

Theme[edit]

There are eight different Batman villain themed cars. The story of the ride is that you are going along with the villain to escape from Arkham Asylum. It was previously themed to The Looney Tunes but when it was relocated it was rethemed to Batman villains. The ride is now themed to the Batman franchise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Unknown  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky Kingdom Rejects Lease Park to Close". Roller Coaster Database. February 4, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Road Runner Express  (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Six Flags New England: New Coaster in 2011". Six Flags. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fair board strikes deal for Kentucky Kingdom". Business First. July 23, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Investor Meeting Presentation". Six Flags. November 4, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 

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