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Six Flags Great America hits the reverse button on Batman: The Ride

8:14 PM, Mar. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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If you thought Batman: The Ride was a scream going forward, wait until you catch it going backward.

The world's first suspended looping coaster will travel backward for the 2013 season at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. That means plummeting down the 10-story lift hill without being able to see what you're in for, and then reaching speeds of 50 mph as the train zips over 2,700 feet of track, vertical loops, hairpin turns and corkscrews.

Batman: The Ride, which opened in 1992, begins backward operations for a limited time on May 4, the opening weekend of the park.

Also new this year at Great America is igNight, an evening multimedia production of lasers, pyro, video and music. It'll open this summer in a renovated Hometown Square.

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