This week Six Flags Great America invited select members of the media to get a preview of the reimagined DC Universe section of the park, which is formally known as Yankee Harbor.

Seeing it in person for the first time proved quite the glow-up.

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Vertical Velocity is now The Flash: Vertical Velocity.

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The Whirligig Swing is now DC Super-Villains Swing.

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Buildings have been repainted and look sharp.

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But my favorite addition is this new Batmobile on display. It's pretty awesome.

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One thing I also learned is an abundance of coffee isn't needed when handling radio responsibilities at 6 am inside Six Flags Great America. The 90 minutes drive to the park was fueled by a Starbucks Double Shot (mocha) and a donut.

Now, truth be told, I was running on "e" when I got to the park but sometimes you have to fake it 'til you make it. This was about to change when pure adrenaline was on the horizon.

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While getting escorted to The Flash: Vertical Velocity I learned I would be riding alongside Six Flags Great America Park President John Krajnak. (Apparently, he drew the short straw.)

Truth be told I had no clue I would be on the ride until I noticed a fancy camera rig attached to one of the cars on the ride. "Game. ON." I thought to myself. (I love coasters even though I'm deathly afraid of heights.)

BATTLE OF THE SCREAMS

After my experience on the 0-70 mile per hour ride that launches riders 185 feet into the air, I bumped into my longtime friend Whitney Martin, from WTVO Eyewitness News. She was a little nervous about the ride. I probably didn't help by telling her how terrifying it is when you're staring straight down at a height of 180-some odd feet in the air.

So, who's scream was better?

Before you compare the videos I'm going to concede right now because Whitney was authentically terrified on this ride. I laughed way too hard when I watched her video the first time.

Here's my vid:


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Here's Whitney's vid:

Now, do you understand why I conceded?

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