I have always been a fan of superheroes, and lately, super villains as well. There is something just so intriguing about villains. I happened to catch a few minutes of Gotham, and Robin Lord Taylor’s rendition of Oswald Cobbleworth drew me in like moth to a flame. Cory Michael Smith as Edward (Ed) Nygma was good too. I only saw a few seconds of their chemistry onscreen (in a commercial), and boy was it sizzling in a sinister way. Sadly I don’t have much time to catch up on this drama. But I digress.
Warner Bros. Movie World Gold Coast is definitely for comic hero lovers like me, where you can see superheroes in the flesh. And if you are a fan of the dark side as well, let me tell you this, the Joker and his partners-in-crime are absolute fun. They are hilarious and slightly mental, totally true to their characters.
The show opens with me riding BATWING Spaceshot. It has a height of 61 metres and is at its fastest at 64km/h. It is a pretty fun ride whereby you can up the thrill factor easily by swinging your hands up in the air, and you will feel yourself lifted off the seat as you fall. Don’t be afraid, for you are still very well protected by the safety belts. Life your hands up high in the air and let the adrenaline flow!
SUPERMAN Escape accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 2 seconds (!), and if you have seen the show you probably might think that Superman Escape is the best ride, but despite the cool effects within the tunnel and the super jet speed of the coaster, I was blown away by ARKHAM ASYLUM rollercoaster instead.
ARKHAM ASYLUM reaches a top speed of 85km/h, not as fast as Superman Escape, but it is the 5 inversions (1 roll over, 1 twist, 1 sidewinder and 2 in-line twist) of the rollercoaster made the rollercoaster clearly as mad as its name. If you listened closely there were times when my shrieks went off the meter, nearly spoiling our poor sound-man’s ears. These ear-splitting screams occur whenever I thought my legs were going to ram against the rollercoaster track ahead of me, as my legs were suspended. Somehow, this particular rollercoaster creates the illusion that you are always going to collide into the tracks, making it extremely thrilling. Also, this rollercoaster ride is perhaps the longest ride I have taken so far, as compared to other rides, they are usually done after a major slide, like the Superman Escape, but Arkham Asylum seemed to go on and on. So it would definitely be worth two hours of waiting!
Oddly, the final challenge, which usually is the scariest rollercoaster that I would have to ride in the show, wasn’t that scary. With a 121 degree-drop, GREEN LANTERN Coaster has the steepest drop of the Southern hemisphere, but its top speed is only 66km/h, so it is quite mild. If I had taken either Superman Escape or Arkham Asylum I don’t think I would have even said a single audible word during the challenge, much less think up multiples of 7.
One ride which wasn’t featured in the show but totally worth mentioning is the SCOOBY-DOO Spooky Coaster. Its top speed is 45km/h. As far as spooky goes, it is only Scooby-Doo standard, which is very bearable for me. But the roller coaster has awesome state-of-the-art animatronics, many sharp twists and turns and some unexpected drops, which were great fun!