Batman & Robin: The Chiller was a dueling LIM roller coaster located in Movietown at Six Flags Great Adventure and based on the film Batman & Robin. It opened on June 7, 1997 and closed on June 28, 2007. After a series of setbacks shortly after its debut, the roller coaster closed for much of its inaugural season, and didn't reopen until 1998.
Six Flags Great AdventureIn 1996, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that the park would be adding a new roller coaster in 1997, bringing their coaster count back up to seven. It was then announced that the coaster would be a prototype linear induction motor (LIM) launched dual tracked shuttle coaster dubbed "Batman & Robin: The Chiller". The theme was chosen with the intent of promoting the Batman & Robin film, which was set to open in summer that year; with "The Chiller" referring to the main villain of the film, Mr. Freeze. The ride was fabricated by Dynamic Structures and Intermountain Lift, Inc. Since it was a prototype (like X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hypersonic XLC at Kings Dominion) it suffered from many problems and flaws.
After several delays, the coaster opened briefly in June 1997 before shutting down due to further technical difficulties. It opened full-time ten months later in April 1998, although power shortages prevented the intended "dual launches".
With the original shoulder restraints, riders experienced some discomfort during the ride. The restraints were converted to individually ratcheting lap bars in the 2001 and 2002 seasons on the Batman and Robin trains, respectively.
During the 2004 season, the LIMs on the Robin side of the tower failed causing the train to stall in the zero G roll. The cause of the LIMs' failure is still unknown. The Batman side was also closed for most of the season.
Chiller was repainted before the 2005 season began, giving a new dark blue color to the Batman side while touching up the Robin side's fading red. Batman did not operate at all due to problems with the LIMs on the tower. The Robin side operated for most of the season.
During the 2007 season, the Zero-G Rolls were removed from the ride and replaced with banked hills. Robin's hill was installed in March and Batman's in April. Batman's train was painted red so that Robin could use it, because Robin's train was damaged during a previous incident.
The Robin side re-opened on April 7 and ran until June 28 when it was closed for the rest of the year. The Batman side did not operate at all, but three of the five cars from the original Robin train were placed on Batman's maintenance track. Because of all of the problems the coaster had and the numerous failed attempts to fix the coaster, Six Flags decided to dismantle the ride.
During the end of the 2007 season, the ride was completely removed, leaving only the station, observatory and queue line behind. The following year, the remaining caps under the observatory and the former exit ramp were removed. The ride's parts were relocated to a storage lot in the adjacent Plumsted Township in New Jersey.
The ride remained there for several years before Beto Carrero World, a Brazilian park, purchased the coaster. For reasons unknown, the ride was never assembled, the ride was scrapped in 2018.
Following the removal of the ride, the queue line was used for the "Escape From The Asylum" Terror Trail during Fright Fest. The Fright Fest exclusive attraction turned the former ride area into a Terror Trail maze for guests to walk through while costumed employees were hiding and frequently scaring guests. The remodelled observatory opened on July 3, 2009, as the "Xploratorium", a new attraction with many virtual and interactive features for park guests to enjoy.
The queue line played "Fun for Me" by Moloko, "Moaner" by Underworld, and "House on Fire" by Arkarna from the Batman & Robin soundtrack.
The Chiller used a linear induction motor (LIM) launch system that propelled the trains from 0 to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) in approximately 4 seconds. The Batman track featured a 141-foot (43 m) Inverted top hat with a 139-foot (42 m) drop, followed by a 128-foot (39 m) zero-g roll. The Robin track had a similar layout, but instead of an inverted top hat, it featured a 113-foot (34 m) cobra roll with 105-foot (32 m) drop. However, it still used the zero-g roll. Both sides ended at a 200-foot (61 m) incline with a 45-degree angle, which also featured a second set of LIMs that propelled each train close to the top. They rested momentarily before rolling backward down the incline, propelled by the LIMs and repeating the course in reverse.
In its early days, both tracks ran their trains simultaneously as intended to provide a dueling scenario. When operated in this fashion, the trains would reach the end of their respective tracks at approximately the same time.
However, the amount of power required by the LIM infrastructure led to the park only launching one train at a time. The zero-g roll element on each side was removed prior to the 2007 season and replaced with small hills.
In September 2001, the train on the Robin track was retrofitted with lap bars in place of the shoulder restraints. Both sides operated with lap bars by June 2002.
Several modifications were made to the number of LIMs on the Robin tower. From opening day to 2004, Robin operated with 7 LIMs on each side of the track. Before the 2004 season, 3 LIMs were taken off on both sides of the Robin tower, leaving 4 LIMs per side. Then two more LIMs were taken off (one per side) the Robin side's tower, leaving three per side before the 2005 season began. A few weeks after the Chiller re-opened in 2007, two more LIMs were added back to the tower, bringing the total back to 4 per side.
In December 2006 and January 2007, during the off-season, both zero-G rolls were removed from the ride. The rolls were a problem due to concerns of occasional stalling caused by a failure of the tower's LIMs. The rolls were replaced by a slightly banked inclined S-curve. Batman's train had its shells painted red so Robin could be ready to open first before Batman.
This was done because Robin was more reliable than Batman and the track replacement for Robin was completed first on March 13. It re-opened on April 7. Batman's track was replaced between April 16 and April 20, while the park was closed. However, Batman never re-opened.