Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Joker Takes Over Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in 2016 on New Thrill Coaster

After announcing the closing of Roar! many folks had suspected that the ride would be receiving a Rocky Mountain makeover, creating a new wood/steel hybrid ride - and they were right on the money.  Featuring a twisted layout that's got all the extreme elements we'd expect, the park has announced The Joker for its 2016 season.

The Joker will follow some of Roar's former layout, utilizing the ride's existing structure for most of the path.  Joker themed purple and green track will stretch 3,200 feet long with 15 extreme moments of air-time.  The ride starts with a 100 foot lift, slightly higher than the previous ride.  An intense 78 degree right turn plunge will send the trains into the course at 53 miles per hour.

The first element will be a first of its kind, and upward heartline roll that ends in a banking downward plunge, called a "step-up under flip" by the park.  The rest of the layout includes two more inversions, for a total of three, including a long 180 degree stall and a zero g barrel roll.

The Joker will give a nearly two minute long ride experience, an utilize two 24 passenger trains.  The front of the trains will have a nicely themed front plate like other recent Rocky Mountain rides, this time featuring the Joker's laughing face.

“The Joker will be the most talked about new coaster in 2016,” said Don McCoy, park president. We are excited to introduce this innovative technology that marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to offer our guests an unparalleled and unique experience.”

To keep us all anticipating The Joker until we can ride in 2016, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has released this point of view animation.  Hang on tight!