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Batman
Batman
The Escape was a steel stand-up roller coaster that is in storage at Darien Lake
Darien Lake
Theme Park Resort. It was located at Six Flags Magic Mountain from 1986 until January 1989 (where it was known as Shockwave); Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure
from 1990 until September 1992 (where it was known as Shockwave); and Six Flags AstroWorld
Six Flags AstroWorld
from 1994 until 2005. Batman
Batman
The Escape was designed by Intamin
Intamin
and featured one loop. This loop was followed by a diving turnaround, a midcourse brake run, and a helix through the loop before returning through a straight away back to the final brakes. History[edit] The ride was built in 1986 for Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain
where it was known as Shockwave. It was one of the first stand-up roller coasters in the world. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints. At the time, Six Flags had a ride rotation program, in which some coasters would remain at a park for a couple years and then transferred to another park. Late in 1988, the Shockwave was closed, in 1989 removed, and in 1990 relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure
and opened there. At Magic Mountain, the former Shockwave location would be where the California Psyclone wooden twister coaster would be built in 1991. At Great Adventure, the Shockwave opened a month into the 1990 season and was plagued with many technical difficulties. The ride continued to be quite rough but had some of the longest lines in the park. At times Shockwave did not open until noon while the rest of the park opened at 10:00 am. It was still a very popular ride at the park, like when it was at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride was painted blue instead of its prior color, black. The restraints also had been changed while at Six Flags Great Adventure, removing the padding. In June 1992, it was announced that Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure
would add Batman
Batman
The Ride, a state-of-the-art steel inverted coaster for the 1993 season and begin building it on the then-current site of Lightning Loops. Lightning Loops was shut down at the end of July to be disassembled and for construction of Batman
Batman
to begin. Then in August, the park was told it would also be losing Shockwave, which closed after Labor Day weekend. The site is now the location of the paid attraction, Slingshot. Shockwave was dismantled in September 1992, relocated to AstroWorld in 1993, and reopened in 1994. The coaster was painted a blue shade of white and renamed and rethemed " Batman
Batman
The Escape". A Batcave adjacent to the coaster was created out of an artificial mountain for a previous attraction and heavily themed as guests would prepare to ride the coaster. In 1998, the theming at the Batcave would be eliminated. On September 12, 2005, Six Flags CEO, Kieran Burke, announced that the company's legendary AstroWorld theme park in Houston, Texas, would be closed and demolished at the end of the 2005 season. The company cited issues such as the park's performance, and parking issues involving the Houston Texans football team, Reliant Stadium, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo leveraged with the estimated value of the property upon which the park was located. Company executives were expecting to receive upwards of $150 million for the real estate, but ended up receiving less than half of that amount. After spending $20 million to demolish the park and clear the land, Six Flags received $77 million when the bare property was sold to a development corporation in 2006 (reported in a corporate earnings report).[1] This transaction contributed to the decision by shareholders of the company to remove CEO, Kieran Burke, from his position on the board. He was replaced by Mark Shapiro formerly of Disney and ESPN. After being dismantled, Six Flags placed the coaster in storage at Darien Lake. It remained there in storage through the sale of the park to PARC Management and CNL Income Properties. The plans of park operator Premier Parks, LLC[2] are unknown. The ride remains in storage[3] outdoors. However, no mechanical parts exist. [4] Facts[edit]

The ride featured a 66-foot-tall (20 m) vertical loop. The ride was painted blue and black when it opened. It was painted white in 1994 but was re-painted yellow and black in 2004.

References[edit]

^ Jennifer Dawson (May 11, 2006). "Local developer to acquire former Astroworld site - Houston Business Journal:". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2011-01-01.  ^ Rodriguez, Miguel (April 1, 2015). "Gus Macker tourney won't make a Buffalo stop in 2015". Buffalo News. Retrieved April 23, 2015.  ^ "Storage".  ^ "No Mechanical Parts". 

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