The Jester (roller coaster)
|Previously known as The Joker's Revenge at Six Flags Fiesta Texas|
|Six Flags New Orleans|
|Park section||Sportsman's Paradise|
|Opening date||April 13, 2003|
|Closing date||August 2005|
|Six Flags Fiesta Texas|
|Park section||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|Status||Relocated to Six Flags New Orleans|
|Opening date||May 10, 1999|
|Closing date||January 3, 2001|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||79 ft (24 m)|
|Drop||69 ft (21 m)|
|Length||1,936 ft (590 m)|
|Speed||40 mph (64 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||40°|
|Capacity||2100 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
|The Jester at RCDB
Pictures of The Jester at RCDB
The Jester is a steel roller coaster designed by Vekoma, that is currently Standing But Not Operating (SBNO) at Six Flags New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Jester opened to the public on April 13, 2003.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas (1996 – 2002)
When Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas was bought out from Time Warner in 1996 (the current owners of Six Flags at the time), they helped flag the park into Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Time Warner saw the opportunity to advertise and promote their latest movies through their Six Flags parks, so they added The Joker's Revenge, the first Vekoma Hurricane roller coaster in the United States and the first Vekoma roller coaster to run backwards a full circuit in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section next to and along the parks quarry wall. Joker's Revenge was painted all pink during the years in San Antonio before the coaster got too rough and had mechanical problems in 2001. Six Flags Fiesta Texas closed down the coaster after the 2001 season and the coaster was SBNO all of 2002 until late 2002 where the coaster was moved to Six Flags New Orleans.
Six Flags New Orleans (2003 – 2005)
Six Flags took over the lease of Jazzland in 2002, operating it as "Jazzland" for the 2002 season, changing the park's name in 2003 to Six Flags New Orleans for the 2003 season. Before the 2003 season, the park opened a whole new selection of rides including moving The Joker's Revenge roller coaster from Fiesta Texas in San Antonio to the park in New Orleans and renamed it The Jester in the Mardi Gras section of the park. The coaster also ran backwards at the park with a new color scheme of Green and Blue. When Hurricane Katrina hit the park on August 29, 2005, the park was severely flooded causing Six Flags New Orleans to shut down and rides to remain SBNO. The park still remains closed.
In 2007, Six Flags began the process of moving rides from the park to their other properties. Batman: The Ride was the first ride to be taken out of the park. It was removed and taken to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, where it was refurbished and reopened as Goliath. Bayou Blaster and Sonic Slam were removed in 2008 and taken to Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, where it was refurbished and reopened as Sasquatch in 2009. The Road Runner Express was removed in 2009 and taken to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, where it was refurbished and reopened in 2011 under the same name. The Jester is still currently standing but not operating at the New Orleans park with the wooden coaster Mega Zeph and other coasters and attractions. Some of the Jester's green and blue paint is peeling away, revealing the old Joker's purple paint scheme. The park is still closed since 2005 and is no longer a Six Flags park. It is now owned by the city of New Orleans. Now that plans have been confirmed for the Jazzland Outlet Mall the coaster may be able to once again operate.
Once riders board one of the two Jester's trains, a train will then take riders up a 79-foot (24 m) tall lift hill. After the train goes up the lift hill it will then loop around and drop at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) through a Vertical loop and then the train will loop around over the station to the ride's double Corkscrew. Once the train passes the double corkscrews it will then take riders through a double helix's before entering the brake run that takes rides back to the station. There are two Vekoma Hurricane's in the world and The Jester is the only one to take riders backwards throughout the whole course of the coaster. The other Vekoma Hurricane is located at Walygator Parc as Waly Coaster that only travel riders forwards and not backwards.
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