Six Flags Great Adventure announced their 2016 attraction “Total Mayhem” on September 3, 2015. The 4-D roller coaster, manufactured by S&S Worldwide, was set to attract a lot of park guests to the area where Fort Independence once stood. Total Mayhem was announced with a nice logo, theming, and all that a new attraction could ask for. On January 27, 2016, the park announced that the ride would be renamed to “The Joker”.
The Joker was announced on social media and to news organizations all over the country. The name fits perfectly with the DC Comics brand as the super-villain masterminds a plot to seize control of the most insane coaster in the history of the park.
“The Joker is undeniably one of the greatest DC Comics Super-Villains ever created. Only someone with his warped sense of humor could provide this level of insanity ─ or spinsanity ─ with a new, vertical coaster that delivers gravity-defying somersaults with utter unpredictability. It is the perfect addition to our dynamic line-up of award-winning roller coasters because this ride delivers total mayhem with its next-generation, cutting-edge thrills,” said Park President John Fitzgerald.
The Joker will lift riders up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, and send riders through an I-Box style track as they flip six times head over heel before returning to the station. The ride will feature 5 4-D wing vehicles that can seat up to 8 riders per cycle.
Here is what you can look forward to on The Joker:
– 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
– Massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design
– 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
Why the name change?
From a personal perspective, the name change decision was made to correspond with the branding for Six Flags. The park has rights to the DC Comics characters, and changing the name of the attraction to better fit the overall branding of the park.
The Joker is scheduled to open in Spring 2016. This looks to be an exciting year for Six Flags Great Adventure, and I personally cannot wait to share all the exciting news surrounding The Joker and the rest of the park in 2016.
For more information about Six Flags Great Adventure, visit: www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
For more information about S&S Worldwide, visit: http://www.engineeringexcitement.com/
Logo and image credits:
Logos and images courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
Feature image courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator / The Amusement Wire
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