Sunday, March 20, 2016

Final Pieces of The Joker Installed at Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure has completed all track and supports for The Joker, the theme park's new-for-2016 4-D Free Fly roller coaster.  The final piece was installed at the end of last week, marking a major milestone in the construction process.

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The Joker was erected by Shamrock Construction, from Matawan, New Jersey, and workers (seen above) "signed the final piece of green steel just one day after St. Patrick’s Day before it ascended to its final resting place atop the extreme, 90-degree, vertical lift."

“We really appreciate the hard work by Shamrock Construction, S&S and the rest of the construction team, and we are one step closer to unleashing the spinsanity that is The Joker,” said John Fitzgerald, park president at Six Flags Great Adventure.

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The last piece of green track that went into place belonged to the crest of the 120 foot tall vertical lift hill.  The Joker has been built along the side of Great Lake, which borders the entire park.  The newly opened area, formerly home to several performance theaters, will give wonderful new views of the lake and a new feel to the center of the theme park.

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Here we see the final piece going into place.  Before long the individual cars will begin climbing the lift, and then give riders at least six inversions as they "experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next."  The design of the cars places riders outside of the track and supports, with nothing above or below them.

Next up in the construction phase will be adding the chain that will lift the cars to the top, ride control instillation, and eventually testing and certification.

If you haven't been following the park's updates on The Joker's website, they recently shared some great aerial footage of the coaster.  Check it out below.