Six Flags unveils plans for thrilling new "free-fly" coaster "The Joker"

"The most maniacal roller coaster to date"
Posted at 9:11 PM, Sep 01, 2016

Six Flags Great America already has Batman, and so it’s only appropriate that Thursday the amusement park announced plans for the 2017 opening of their 15th roller coaster, "The Joker."

The "free-fly coaster" will flip riders head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey. The special wing seats, controlled by onboard magnetic technology, mean riders will experience the adventure with no track above or below them - just the sky and ground.

Six Flags calls it the most “maniacal roller coaster to date.”

The Joker also will feature a 12-story, 90-degree lift hill that will be sure to amp up the tension before the real ride even begins. If that wasn't enough, two so-called "raven drops" beyond 90 degrees each will give the sensation of true free-falling.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the DC brand as it continues to resonate well with our guests. 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.”

The Joker will be the new centerpiece in the Yankee Harbor section of the park, and be located next to the pre-existing Batman roller coaster.

The ride is targeting a spring 2017 opening.