|Ride Type:||Steel LIM-launched coaster|
|Top Speed:||70 mph|
|Inversions:||2 (one forward, one backward)|
|Flash Pass Enabled:||Yes|
- Mr. Freeze Roller Coaster - Site detailing the construction (and problems/delays) of the ride
Rendering of Mr. Freeze from 1997
Mr. Freeze (Reverse Blast) is a launched roller coaster located in the Gotham City section of the park. Powerful linear induction motors (LIMs) that essentially act as electromagnets accelerate the train from 0-70 mph in 3.8 seconds. After the train traverses through a top-hat inversion and a 120° overbanked turn, the train is propelled vertically up the 218-foot "spike" tower1 before reversing and going through the same elements again backwards. Additional LIMs on the tower give the train an extra boost, ensuring it'll have enough momentum to make it through the ride's course in reverse. Mr. Freeze's close proximity to Batman the Ride makes it appear as if the rides are dueling each other.
Originally scheduled to open in 1997 to coincide with the release of the Batman & Robin movie, technical difficulties delayed Mr. Freeze's opening until 1998.
To combat the problem of shuttle coasters (coasters that don't make a complete circuit) having notoriously low capacity because of one-train operation, Mr. Freeze features an innovative loading station where trains are placed on transfer tracks that allow one train to unload/load while the other runs its course.
In 2002, Six Flags retrofitted Mr. Freeze's trains to swap its over-the-shoulder harnesses to lapbars. The change resulted in a significantly better ride as the original over-the-shoulder restraints caused considerable headbanging.
Mr. Freeze has a sister ride of the same name with an identical, mirrored layout at Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri.
Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast
In March 2012, Six Flags over Texas announced it would be reversing the trains of the Mr. Freeze roller coaster. Although the ride already traveled in both directions (being a shuttle coaster), reversing the trains resulted in 2 significant ride differences: being launched 0-70mph in 4 seconds backwards and directly facing the ground during the 218-foot climb to the top of the spike tower.
Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast opened to the public May 12th, 2012 with an inaugural concert from Vanilla Ice.
Guests enter "Snowy's Cones," an apparent ice cream factory to board the ride. Before long, it becomes increasingly apparent that the supposed ice cream factory is instead Mr. Freeze's secret lair, with nefarious machinery scattered throughout. In the station, an ominous Mr. Freeze looks down upon riders from his elevated control panel before they are launched in his custom contraption.
- Linear induction motors create 5,000 horsepower of launch thrust
- Launch requires 5,000 amps of electricity at 480 volts (2.4 million watts)
- Approximate cost: $6 million
- Fog was originally used in the launch tunnel until it was determined that it interfered with the ride's photoelectric sensors.
- The linear induction motors used on Mr. Freeze were engineered and manufactured by Force Engineering.
- While the train typically travels to a height of ~218 feet, the tallest point on the tower itself is 242 feet, leading to conflicting statistics.
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