THE JOKER Takes First Test Run at Six Flags Great Adventure


JACKSON, NJ – April 27, 2016 – Six Flags Great Adventure’s insane, new 4D, free-fly coaster The Joker (formerly going to be called Total Mayhem) took its first test run late afternoon Wednesday. The flawless run was captured by on-board video.

PHOTO Harry with GoPro-rseizedThe coaster’s first riders were water-filled, plastic dummies that simulate the weight and proportions of human thrill seekers. A dummy named “Harry” captured point-of-view video of the ride from a chest-mounted GoPro camera.

After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, The Joker will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the seemingly weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below — just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.

During the next month, engineers will fine-tune the ride control system and complete extensive testing, followed by a series of inspections and certification by New Jersey ride inspectors. The coaster is expected to debut Memorial Day weekend.

The Joker is the second 4D, free-fly coaster of its kind anywhere in the world.  See the article Total Mayhem Coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in 2016 for more details on this incredible coaster.

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