this will be one heck of a ride this year(: but imagine the line...the pukers the ride will have now....and its gonna cause alot of headaches to guests...although that this will probably happen i really wont mind riding it backwards! hope it runs backwards all season long...than i definitely know what ride im running to 1st this year(:
I sure hope the park knows what they're doing considering they didn't have much luck considering all the hardships that AEB possessed. I'm not saying it isn't a great marketing scheme....and I know there were rumors of testing being done at St. Louis during mornings/evenings when the park wasn't open to the public....but I just have a strange feeling about this one...
To elaborate a little on the details, to run backwards, the ride will have new chassis which the existing seats will be mounted to. Additionally, while Batman is running backwards, the trains will only have 7 cars due to the station set up. Basically, with the trains reversed, they have to drop the eighth car so that the train will fit over the floor platen and within the restraint platen.
Given that it is for a limited time only, and that new chassis aren't cheap, it is probably safe to speculate that these special chassis will be rotated around to other Batmen.
Yep, the new chassis designed to run backwards makes it possible. There is no way to reverse the entire train in the current configuration. That was the main problem. If I had to bet money, I'd say SFStL's or SFOT's batman backwards for Fright Fest
After finally being able to watch the video clips, someone asked about the amount of downtime required during the season to change everything back to normal....to which they replied "2 weeks, but we have something else that will be happening that you'd forget Batman being down".
For coaster buffs who visit frequently, it isn't an issue, but I've got to imagine that 2 weeks of downtime for a typical guest to visit and have a marquee ride down is not going to please those people....so I hope it is something that would get deviate people from the fact the ride needs to be shut down, changed over, and probably re-tested for state purposes (???).
UWW-10 wrote: "2 weeks, but we have something else that will be happening that > you'd forget Batman being down".
This is what I have been Told. (Being an employee at the park) Batman will run backwards for a 3rd of the season. Then While batman is down Viper will be running backwards for another 3rd of the season... Then For frightfest American Eagle will run backwards yet again.