Thursday, June 15, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure's New Justice League: Battle For Metropolis Ride Makes Grand Debut



Six Flags Great Adventure is very excited to open their brand new attraction, Justice League: Battle For Metropolis, this weekend to park guests.  Today was the attraction's initial preview and opening ceremonies, giving us the first chance to experience it and check out all the changes that the theme park has made.

And they've really made a ton!  The park took the opportunity of adding a mega-attraction to do a lot of work changing the area of the park that used to hold the Chiller's station.  Now the area is rethemed as Metropolis, and looks brand new.

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Before we explore the area we were able to hear from Six Flags Great Adventure's President, Neal Thurman.  Seen above, he officially opened Justice League: Battle For Metropolis along with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  Rightfully so, Mr. Thurman is especially proud of all the work that has gone into opening this ride, which he describes as "the most innovative and interactive attraction the park has ever built."  The ride was designed by famous dark-ride creators Sally Corporation, with vehicles from Oceaneering International, along with a host of other companies such as Alterface and Pure Imagination Studios.

With a rush of streamers and some fireworks, the ride was opened for the first time.  A fitting debut for such a heroic attraction.

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The building for Justice League, as mentioned earlier, sits on what was the site of the Chiller's station, but obviously this building is much larger than the former - 22,000 square feet to be exact!  There is both a themed indoor queue along with outdoor space as well on the left side of the building.

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The attraction is technically a part of the park's Movietown themed area, but the Metropolis area is really a sub-land, if you will.  To enter the area you first pass through the Metro-Narrows Bridge, seen above, a great idea for theming along the walkway!  This also makes the area feel a bit more secluded and builds anticipation.

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As you start to enter the area long time visitors of the park will notice that all the buildings have been rethemed to fit in with Metropolis.  Above is the Metro Grill, a food location, that will be serving as assortment of meals like cold and hot subs.

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Other park fans will recall these structures being a part of the Chiller, now themed into Metropolis wonderfully.  Munchopolis is a building with goodies such as cookies and brownies, and the large structure in the back has become the Lena Luther Science Explorarium.

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The main event still awaits us, so let's go exploring in the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.  The entrance to the attraction on the far right of the area's main plaza, seen above.  The park has meticulously landscaped around the ride to give many parts of its outside an almost garden feel.

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When you move inside the entrance doors there are a few different rooms before the boarding area.  Happily, all of these are air-conditioned which is going to be quite popular in the summer.  The first room, above, features statues of members of the Justice League along with monitors that explain the situation at hand.  More on that later, though.

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This is the second room before the board area, cool in both temperature and lighting!

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The loading area is filled with so much to check out, starting from the second you round the corner and enter the area.  First you get up close to Cyborg, a full-sized animatronic, who explains that the Justice League need our help to defeat Super Villains Lex Luthor and The Joker.  Several members of the League have already been captured, and we're going to join the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more to free them.

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Here is some film of Cyborg in action, he's very impressive and interacts with the characters in the movie that plays above the loading area.

The vehicles each seat six riders a piece, and before riding you put on your special 3-D glasses that will really make the ride come to life.  The vehicles are motion-based, meaning they are able to create a variety of movements that are synced to the ride.  For instance, the movements of racing through the streets of Metropolis, or through a loop in the sky, come to life through a combination of physical movement and 3-D video.  Plus, the vehicles freely move through the building requiring no track - they're very advanced and it's fantastic to see a system of this caliber utilized at Six Flags!

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Once the action begins there is a mixture of physical sets, animatronics such as the Joker, seen above, special effects like fire, 3-D film and plenty more that come together to make one slick ride.  I don't want to have too many spoilers about the ride's content, but it's safe to say that in the end the good guys always win!

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One other very important aspect to Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is the interactive gaming element.  Each seat comes with its own blaster, and throughout the ride there are more than 600 virtual and tangible targets that can be hit to help out the Justice League.  There's even a fog screen with targets projected on it that you can blast at.  Each rider's score is shown in the car in front of them as they earn points, and at the end the high score player of the car is shown on the screen.

This interactive element is a ton of fun, and makes Justice League: Battle For Metropolis highly repeatable.  Each time we rode today we were able to increase our scores, making us want to keep going back for more!

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Once the ride has ended guests are able to peruse a large gift shop, filled with an assortment of Justice League items.  With the popularity of the franchise growing by the year, this will be a great spot to pick up some swag!

The new attraction will open for season pass holders tomorrow, then the public can ride on Saturday June 17th.  We highly recommend checking it out this summer!  You can plan your trip and learn more about the new ride on the park's official website.  Many thanks to Six Flags Great Adventure for having NewsPlusNotes out today!


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