Six Flags Discovery Kingdom The Joker Roller Coaster Opens in 2016

Similar to Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England, Northern California’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom closes a classic wooden roller coaster (Roar), and updates it to become a modern wooden and steel hybrid coaster with multiple inversions and a zero-g barrel roll called The Joker.  The new hybrid roller coaster is expected to open in early 2016.  Continue reading for more details, images, and video for The Joker coaster from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s press release.

Six Flags The Joker

From Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Press Release

In Spring 2016, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will open the most-anticipated new roller coaster in northern California in over 10 years, The Joker. This state-of-the-art extreme coaster will be the “must ride” coaster of the season, adding to the park’s status as Northern California’s most thrilling theme park.

Six Flags The Joker

“The Joker will be the most talked about new coaster in 2016,” said Don McCoy, park president. We are excited to introduce this innovative technology that marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to offer our guests an unparalleled and unique experience.”

The Joker ride is the second DC Comics-themed attraction at the park after SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight opened in 2012 and the villainous character’s personality is evident in the coaster’s chaotic twists and turns including a first ever “step-up-under-flip inverted roll” that takes riders horizontal. The Joker ride also features the ultimate “fake-out” with a unique breaking wave turn, the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

Additional highlights of The Joker include:

  • 3,200 feet of dual-colored purple and green track;
  • A wild Zero G barrel roll;
  • 3 inversions;
  • 15 extreme airtime moments; and
  • Maximum speeds of 53 mph.

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The Joker ride is being transformed from what was the park’s iconic and traditional wooden coaster Roar which closed on August 16, 2015.  The Joker ride is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.