Batman: The Ride to run Backwards for Limited Time
Six Flags is bringing back the Batman Backwards gimmick, and will be shipping their train specifically formatted for backwards use to St Louis. The ride is scheduled to run backwards for a limited time, from March 24th to May 13th.
Considering that the park is only receiving a water slide for this year, it surprises me that they will not be running the program a bit longer to meet demand. It could be possible that Six Flags will be bringing the backwards train to other parks this season.
Six Flags St Louis has never participated in this program before, and was one of the only Batman models to not run backwards at some point or another.
The Boss receives Track Work
In other news, The Boss is currently receiving a major re-tracking, and the helix element will be removed to improve ride experience. While the helix accounts for around 15 seconds, or 8% of ride time, it has become very rough and hard to maintain over the years.
Similar to Timberwolf at Worlds of Fun, I'm sure that many people are happy to see rough and sluggish sections of rides removed, and replaced with more forceful and smoother elements. I still think that this ride would benefit the most from a hybrid conversion, given its layout, and the fact that SFSTL has two other solid wooden roller coasters, but that's just me. It seems like they are committed to keeping this a traditional wooden ride for the future.