The look of this ride, for a slight second makes my heart skip a beat but if you’re a fan of Batman it must be ringing alarm bells as Mr. Freeze is known as one of Batman’s arch enemies.
Mr. Freeze is a steel launched, shuttle roller coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas and at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri. These two rides are mirror images of each other. The rides use linear induction motor (LIM) launch systems to accelerate riders from 0–70 mph (0–110 km/h) in only 3.8 seconds.
Mr. Freeze was planned to open in 1997 with the release of Batman & Robin. Celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney were to appear at the opening of Gotham City at Six Flags Over Texas and be the first to ride it, but there were problems with the LIM system which delayed the opening until 1998. The main reason why Schwarzenegger never appeared was that he had another project at the time but Clooney did not turn up because Schwarzenegger didn’t. Maybe when he watched the footage it put him off!
Where i find it hard to do two things at once, Mr. Freeze has this sorted. It is able to multi-task by operating two five-car trains with 20 riders in total because of a sliding platform in the station. One train loads and unloads on either the right or left side of the station while the other train is launched out onto the main track. When this train returns to the station, it slides to the unused side of the room and unloads as the other train slides to the middle and launches. The trains are launched by 244 linear induction motors that help them achieve an amazing top speed of 70 mph in 3.8 seconds.
So now it’s time for the ride experience itself. Riders enter an old looking abandoned ice cream warehouse, that is made to look like the hideout of Batman’s enemy, Mr. Freeze. The ride starts when the lights in the launch tunnel turn on and then the lights in the station dim. LIMs launch the train through a 190-foot tunnel and up into a 150-foot tall inside top hat that flips riders completely upside-down. This element is followed by a 105-foot overbanked turn and a vertical spike. As the train climbs this spike and slows, it is gently pushed up almost all the way to the top by another set of LIMs. The LIMs stop, and the train runs the entire course in reverse. Yes its breath taking and when watching the footage again I still feel this ride looks as good as it is.