a park where so much effort has gone in to the theming Parque Warner
has surprisingly few traditional dark rides. It has a scooby doo one
which is pretty good, but apart from that there's nothing else. Instead
it relies more on shows and enclosed thrill rides. This creates a few
problems. One is that it's a large park, so unless you put some effort
in to planning your not likely to catch some of the shows. The other
one is the language barrier for non Spanish speakers. This might sound
a little arrogant, but given this park is close to an appealing holiday
destination in Madrid, has some World class rides, and uses several
well known pop culture franchises, it's a park that if properly
promoted could have international appeal across Europe. It would
therefore be of benefit to the park to not have too many attractions of
limited appeal to non Spanish speakers.
It's a problem with the pre show of this ride. It sees you walking
through Wayne Manor, and down in to the Batcave. Surely the damp
Batcave isn't the best place to keep sophisticated crime computers.
Apart from the appearance of a shop window mannequin in a Batman
costume, most of the pre show is just watching a video on a TV screen,
where you can't really tell what's happening.
Luckily the simulator ride is pretty good. The animation looks a little
dated now, but it still provides a fun story of flying alongside Batman
in one of a fleet of Bat Planes, going out to catch a number of Gotham
Cities most notorious criminals. It does feel a little dated in
concept, but it's still one that provides some good fun, making it
worth doing when visiting the park.