Six Flags Great America installs final piece of new roller coaster "The Joker"

Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 17:08:24-05
Six Flags Great America has installed the last piece of track to their newest rollercoaster, “The Joker.”
The new 12-story tall “free-fly” coaster will be the park’s 15th rollercoaster and is expected to open for the 2017 season.
Six Flags Great America says the free-fly coaster will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey. Riders will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience this wild adventure with no track above or below ? just the sky, ground and plenty of sinister thrills.
“The Joker is undeniably one of the greatest Super-Villains of all time,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “This free-fly coaster will perfectly capture the essence of the warped and unpredictable nature of THE JOKER. It will take our park to the next level of thrills.”
Six Flags Great America will open for the 2017 season on April 29.
The unique design of THE JOKER features:
  • Massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design
  • One-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips providing guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track
  • 4-D wing vehicles that seat up to 8 per vehicle with a total of 5 vehicles
  • Face-off seats that allow riders to face each other as they tumble head over heels
  • A 120-foot-tall, 90-degree hill that is ascended by an elevator-style, chain link lift
  • Two beyond 90-degree “raven” drops giving the sensation of free-falling.

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