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The Joker Coming To Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

By on 09/04/2015

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Just a few short months ago, Six Flags Magic Mountain opened the West coast’s first Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) hybrid coaster when they introduced Twisted Colossus, built on top of the iconic wooden coaster Colossus. People (myself included) went nuts with excitement, as these roller coasters are very fun. Now, we are excited once again as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announced that their wooden coaster Roar will be transformed into The Joker, another RMC hybrid coaster conversion.

RMC hybrid coasters are smooth, fast, and can perform crazy maneuvers like barrel rolls that traditional wooden coasters can only dream of. The Joker is no exception. Check out these ride stats:

  • 3,200 feet of dual-colored purple and green track
  • First ever step-up under flip
  • 3 inversions
  • A wild Zero G barrel roll
  • Breaking wave turn
  • 15 extreme airtime moments
  • 78 degree drop
  • 180 degree stall
  • Maximum speeds of 53 mph
  • Nearly 2 minutes long
  • (2) 24 passenger trains
  • 100-feet tall

Check out how gorgeous this ride will be once completed:

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The Joker will be the park’s second DC Comics themed ride. Superman: Ultimate Flight was just installed a couple of years ago and sits right next to The Joker, as seen here:

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I love the use of the dual-colored track to carry the theme throughout:

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There are three inversions on The Joker, which is three more than Roar had:

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This is the first and only breaking wave turn on the West coast:

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“The Joker will be the most talked about new coaster in 2016. 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.” -Don McCoy, park president

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Check out this animated on-ride POV video:

Ever since I rode The New Texas Giant back in 2011, I have fallen in love with RMC roller coasters. This company is building phenomenal rides and I am confident that The Joker is going to be another huge hit as well. I’m so excited that California will now be home to two of their coasters. I’ll be there on opening day to ride it. Will you? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

8 Comments

  1. tina

    09/04/2015 at 9:07 pm

    Sounds awesome!! Can’t wait to ride it. Also you stated in your stats list a “first ever step-up under flip”. What is that exactly?

    • The Coaster Guy

      09/04/2015 at 9:14 pm

      I’m not exactly sure, Tina. The press release says “a first ever step-up-under-flip inverted roll that takes riders horizontal.” I honestly don’t know what that means or which of the three rolls it is. I’m thinking it’s the third, but that’s just a guess.

      • tina

        09/04/2015 at 9:25 pm

        Ok thanks!!!

  2. joshfreund

    09/04/2015 at 9:17 pm

    I think it’s a 270° degree roll into a turn

  3. joshfreund

    09/04/2015 at 9:17 pm

    The first one

  4. Dan Sheffer

    09/04/2015 at 9:19 pm

    The JOKER Looks Wonderful!

    Can’t Wait

  5. joshfreund

    09/04/2015 at 9:20 pm

    Ya know the train rolls to the right 270° resulting in the bank for the left turn

  6. Nicholas

    09/05/2015 at 11:45 pm

    I am excited for this. I have some questions since you’re probably more well-versed in coaster terminology than I am. How would you describe a 180 degree stall, a breaking wave turn, and a zero g barrel roll? Thanks.

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