Joker - OK, so I had not ridden this ride yet, nor any of its clones. Last year it was either down or too long of a wait. Today it was a walk-on, so we figured why not.....well...2 days after the fact, I still don't know if I sort of liked it or hated it...It was more intense than I thought it would be. We flipped 4 or 5 times and it felt like I was going to fall out of the car. On the forward flips it felt like someone kicked me in the head, not sure why. I recognize it for being unique and I sort of enjoyed most of it except when the car flipped forward....Now, we have ridden X at SFMM back when it opened the first year...the wife and I loved that. We didn't love this. I came off this with a headache, which almost never happens, even when I ride SLC's or old Arrow loopers.
TBT at a later date
The first time I rode a Joker clone it was the one at Great Adventure. I rode it once, and got off the damn thing hating how much it beat me around. I swore I would never ride another one of these god forsaken rides!!! However, after getting some feedback here on TPR, I decided to give the one at SFOT a go last weekend. . . Everyone said: "Make your restraint as tight as humanly possible, and keep your head pressed back against the headrest as much as you can."
So, this is what I did and... HOLY CRAP!!! I actually ended up LOVING the ride!!! Once I got rid of the "being beaten" effect, and was able to actually enjoy the ride, I came off LOVING it. I even found myself wanting to ride it again and again!!! Those who asked me what it was like I explained it to them as: "Getting to know what it feels like to be a random article of clothing in the a dryer."
Seems like a pretty accurate description!!
Next time you get a chance to ride one of these try the "tight harness, and head pressed back the entire ride" trick
, and I bet you will come off with a new love for the ride!