The Joker (Six Flags México)

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The Joker
Joker at Six Flags Mexico (was Tony Hawks Big Spin, then Pandemonium, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom).jpg
Six Flags México
Park sectionPueblo Francés
StatusOperating
Opening dateMarch 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Spinning
ManufacturerGerstlauer
DesignerWerner Stengel
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height48 ft (15 m)
Drop27 ft (8.2 m)
Length1,351 ft (412 m)
Speed31 mph (50 km/h)
Height restriction42 in (107 cm)
CarsRiders are seated 2 across, in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car.
Flash Pass available
Single rider line available
The Joker at RCDB
Pictures of The Joker at RCDB

The Joker is a spinning roller coaster located at Six Flags México, a theme park in Mexico. The ride was designed by Gerstlauer and Werner Stengel. The Joker opened for the public on March 7, 2013.

The Joker's design consists of several cars holding four riders each. While the cars traverse the track, they spin around according to the angle of the track and the shifts in the riders' weight.

History[edit]

The Joker at Discovery Kingdom
as Tony Hawk's Big Spin

In 2007, Six Flags built "Tony Hawk's Big Spin", a spinning coaster, at both Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags St. Louis. After both coasters opened receiving high praise from guests and critics alike, the company sought to expand the product to its other parks. Towards the end of the 2007 season, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Over Texas announced that they would also receive the ride for the 2008 season. The ride was originally billed as the "Tony Hawk experience", and was designed to have the look and feel of a skate park. It 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.[1] Tony Hawk's Big Spin opened to the public on May 28, 2008 in California, in the Sky section of the park where Zonga was previous located.

In November 2010, Six Flags began the process of terminating several licensing deals they had with various brands that they deemed unnecessary, including the one they had with Tony Hawk to use his brand and likeness.[2] Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's 2010 season operating schedule lasted into January 2011 for Holiday in the Park, so the park quickly removed Tony Hawk's name from the ride and any other memorabilia associated with him and operated the coaster as "Big Spin" for the remainder of the season. At the beginning of the 2011 season, Big Spin was officially renamed to Pandemonium like the other versions of the coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's sister parks.

In late 2011, Superman: Ultimate Flight to announced to be built at Discovery Kingdom for the 2012 season, which would replace their installation of Pandemonium.[3] The ride permanently closed at the park on January 1, 2012. As Pandemonium was a relatively new coaster, Six Flags decided to moved the coaster to the headquarters of Larson International and Roller Coaster Museum, which are both located in Plainview, Texas, to keep in storage.[4][5] In mid 2012, Six Flags México announced The Joker for the 2013 season.[6] Freshly repainted and recolored track of the former Pandemonium roller coaster was later moved from Texas to Mexico, where it was reassembled and reopened on March 7, 2013.[7][8]

Layout[edit]

According to the Gerstlauer website, there are two different versions of its spinning roller coaster model, as well as a customization option for a park to fit its desires. The Joker is the only 400 model in operation, as the rest are the 420 model. The 400 model is shorter at 48 feet (15 m), more compact, and has a lower capacity. The layout consists of several "segments" separated by brakes. The first segment includes a swooping drop and a 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, which is a long loop that leads to a massive hill, and finally into the brake run. For most of the ride, the cart is spinning around rapidly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Continues the Adventure with Tony Hawk's Big Spin -- An All-New Spinning Coaster for 2008 Season" (Press release). Roller Coaster Database. September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ MacDonald, Brady (November 25, 2010). "Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers". LA Times. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Brady (June 7, 2012). "Bird? Plane? It's Superman coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ McDonough, Doug (March 27, 2012). "Six Flags roller coaster now in Plainview". My Plainview. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "Historic Greezed Lightnin' moving to Cliff's Amusement Park". Amusement Today. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Joker Takes Over Six Flags Mexico in 2013". News Plus Notes. September 6, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Six Flags Mexico (September 6, 2012). "Six Flags Mexico is ready ..." Facebook. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Montana Rusa (February 22, 2013). "AVISO IMPORTANTE: #TheJoker reprograma su apertura en @SixFlagsMexico". Facebook. Retrieved February 25, 2013.