The Joker (roller coaster)

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The Joker
The Joker - logo.png
Joker at Six Flags Mexico (was Tony Hawks Big Spin, then Pandemonium, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom).jpg
Six Flags México
Park section Pueblo Francés
Status Operating
Opening date March 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)[1]
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Park section Sky
Coordinates 19°17′44″N 99°12′38″W / 19.29547°N 99.210674°W / 19.29547; -99.210674Coordinates: 19°17′44″N 99°12′38″W / 19.29547°N 99.210674°W / 19.29547; -99.210674
Status Relocated to Six Flags México
Opening date May 23, 2008 (2008-05-23)
Closing date January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
Replaced Zonga
Replaced by Superman: Ultimate Flight
General statistics
Type Steel – Spinning
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer Werner Stengel
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 53 ft (16 m)
Drop 27 ft (8.2 m)
Length 1,351 ft (412 m)
Speed 31 mph (50 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:51
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Cars Riders are seated 2 across, in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car.
The Joker at RCDB
Pictures of The Joker at RCDB

The Joker is a Gerstlauer steel spinning roller coaster operating at Six Flags México and opened on 7 March 2013.[1][2] Joker used to operate at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Pandemonium before relocating to México.

History[edit]

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (2008–2012)[edit]

The Joker when it was at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Pandemonium.

Joker was known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin when it first opened on May 23, 2008.[3] The coaster offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. The coaster was named after the skateboarding trick of the same name, which is a body varial with the skateboard rotating fully once, or 360 degrees.

In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of cancelling licensed intellectual property deals they had with various brands including Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk's Big Spin at Discovery Kingdom and others like it were originally renamed to Big Spin before being renamed and rethemed to Pandemonium.[3][4]

After January 1, 2012 (the end of the 2011 season at Discovery Kingdom), Pandemonium at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was closed to be removed to make room for the park's newest coaster Superman: Ultimate Flight for the 2012 season.[5][6][7] Days after January 1, Pandemonium started to be removed and then towards the end of January 2012, Pandemonium was completely removed from the site where the coaster was located.[8] By March 2012, Pandemonium traveled to the Roller Coaster Museum in Plainview, Texas before being sent to Six Flags México in Mexico City before to operate in 2013.[9][10]

Six Flags México (2013-Present)[edit]

On September 6, 2012, Six Flags México announced The Joker (which was the Pandemonium at Discovery Kingdom), along with Festival del Terror and Christmas in the Park.[1] Joker became the first 2013 Six Flags addition to be open for the 2013 season on 7 March 2013.[2]

Layout[edit]

The layout consists of several "segments" separated by brakes. The first segment comprises a swooping drop and climb into the second segment, which is a series of S-shaped turns. The third segment is a heavily banked figure-8; the fourth is a series of hills that form a semicircle; the fifth is a pair of small hills; and the sixth is a helix into the seventh segment; a long loop, which leads to a massive hill, and finally into the brake run.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Six Flags Mexico (September 6, 2012). "Six Flags Mexico is ready ...". Facebook. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Montana Rusa (February 22, 2013). "AVISO IMPORTANTE: #TheJoker reprograma su apertura en @SixFlagsMexico". Facebook. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ MacDonald, Brady (November 25, 2010). "Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers". LA Times. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 18, 2011). "When is Pandemonium closing?". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 19, 2011). "why is the Pandemonium going". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (September 1, 2011). "Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Announces New Thrill Coaster in 2012 — SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight". Press Release. Six Flags. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (January 23, 2012). "What a different two weeks makes ...". Facebook. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ McDonough, Doug (March 27, 2012). "Six Flags roller coaster now in Plainview". My Plainview. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Historic Greezed Lightnin’ moving to Cliff’s Amusement Park". Amusement Today. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.