The final coaster day of my trip began with a completely inaccurate weather forecast. All of the usual sites told me that it would be dry at Six Flags New England until early afternoon, but they were wrong; drizzle started when I was about twenty minutes away, and while it wasn’t particularly heavy it was significant enough to make me glad that I’d brought my raincoat with me. I was a little worried that the conditions might shut down rides, but fortunately pretty much everything was testing for my arrival. Having said that, in deference to the laws of Six Flags, absolutely nothing was ready to go at the advertised opening time.
I decided to camp out in front of Joker (#2972), the third and final S&S Free Spin of the trip. The ride opened about twenty minutes behind schedule, allowing me to claim a backwards-facing inside seat. This flipped right over on the first bump after the lift hill, making me wonder if I should have waited a little longer to digest my breakfast – but as things turned out this was the only really aggressive moment. The experience otherwise was relatively sedate, and almost enjoyable; there’s no doubt that these rides are growing on me as time goes on, though I definitely prefer the milder variants. I’d like to see more parks do what Adventureland Iowa has done with theirs and offer guests a choice of different intensity levels. With ten examples open already and a further two under construction I daresay I’ll be riding a few more of these at some stage whether I want to or not.
Batman - The Dark Knight was more or less a walk on, as it was running both of its two trains. The experience today was top notch, to the point that I did a small double-take when RCDB revealed that the hardware is twenty years old. The tracking was smooth, and the forces thrilling – delivering exactly what a good floorless coaster should. The difference in comfort level between this machine and the abomination at Six Flags America could not have been more pronounced.
The final coaster of the morning was Superman the Ride, which unlike its former namesakes is a completely bespoke airtime machine designed around the park's terrain. I'd forgotten just how aggressive the layout actually is, perhaps because I hadn't ridden it since my first visit to the park back in 2006. My one and only circuit was in the back seat, from where the experience was more reminiscent of Rocky Mountain than Intamin. After about half of the course I switched my hand position to brace against the lap bar as it was beginning to leave an imprint on my thighs.