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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Sat May 28, 2016 10:42 pm

^ It doesn't. The Joker music is basically out-of-tune funhouse music that plays continuously in a loop.

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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterlvr » Sat May 28, 2016 10:51 pm

Small little trip report. Made a last minute decision to go up north from so cal to check out The Joker. Decided to try the bus that other friends have used and was a cheaper option last minute. so, my plan would be, an overnight bus, get a couple hours at a friends house, a quick trip to CAGAm to ride Goldstriker, then off to SFDK. ending with another overnight trip home.

my bus left at 10pm and arrived at 4am. surprisingly got some good sleep on the bus. friend picked me up, and we went back to his house where i got a few more hours. had some breakfast his wife cooked us and we were off. we went to great america right around the 10am opening. buses galore, ugh. crazy packed to get into the park. i haven't been up north in a few years, before Goldstriker so i waited it out and got my one ride. my buddy was waiting for me outside since he doesn't have a pass.

off to discovery kingdom to ride the joker. took a while with some traffic but finally got there around 2pm or so. saw more school buses. oh well, really all i cared about was riding the joker. we hadn't eaten yet and wanted to get food before the lunch dining pass hours passed us by. after eating headed on over to joker and got in line. really slow train dispatches. actually, i'm not even sure how many trains had riders on them. we ended up under the station waiting for a while before the line was cleared for the breakdown. was getting that feeling you get when you're not sure you're going to be able to ride the new hotness and need to leave that night.

i didn't want to get stuck in a line somewhere so got an ice cream and we just hung around the area. that was when i saw alan by the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. i told my friend, alan is to coasters like george lucas is to star wars, the man. lol

i think the ride was down about an hour and the operators waved us in. so, just kept running around and getting in line and was able to get a number of rides in various seats. i'm a back row guy and overall, it was still my favorite on the joker. the middle part between your legs seems a bit beefier than twisted colossus and the shin pads seem to be larger or longer on the sides. anyone else notice this at all? still super comfortable.

i really like how fast the train leaves the station. alan said it could go even faster if they wanted it to. so many great elements but the ones i thought would be my favorites were. the two larger airtime hills, the mini double down like drop and the final one before the break run. and of course, still my favorite inversion, the zero g stall.

only other ride i rode was Medusa. i've only been to discovery kingdom once. Medusa was pretty new and it was before the spike on V2 was chopped down. 01, 02? i don't really remember. i thought medusa kicked ass. those pre drop b&m's with straight drops are awesome.

ran into a few really helpful and enthusiastic employees. that was nice. anyway, left around closing, got some food at outback and was back on the bus and got to union station in la at 6am this morning. should be able to get back later this year sometime.


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My ride to San Jose.

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Uh oh, Great America looks a bit crowded.

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Many school buses in the parking lot and getting in looks like this. :(

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Toyota Highlander on some IBOX Track. lol

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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby Fire2box » Sun May 29, 2016 1:14 am

I didn't even know the Highlander was on ibox tracking. Not sure if they added a second one or moved that from the main stadium/dolphin show. either way, still doesn't make me want a Toyota and I doubt anything ever will.


About the Zero G Stall I barely felt "zero g's" except maybe in the far, far back. I could feel it in TC's but not that much here.

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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby Jakizle » Sun May 29, 2016 8:37 am

Fire2box wrote:I didn't even know the Highlander was on ibox tracking. Not sure if they added a second one or moved that from the main stadium/dolphin show. either way, still doesn't make me want a Toyota and I doubt anything ever will.


About the Zero G Stall I barely felt "zero g's" except maybe in the far, far back. I could feel it in TC's but not that much here.


With full trains I still felt plenty of 0g hangtime in all three inversions. But earlier in the morning Chad and I got a ride where we were the only 2 people in the train and we really felt insane hangtime!!!

Joker is just all around solid in every area. Too bad we missed Alan later in the day!

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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Sun May 29, 2016 12:12 pm

Jakizle wrote:
Fire2box wrote:I didn't even know the Highlander was on ibox tracking. Not sure if they added a second one or moved that from the main stadium/dolphin show. either way, still doesn't make me want a Toyota and I doubt anything ever will.


About the Zero G Stall I barely felt "zero g's" except maybe in the far, far back. I could feel it in TC's but not that much here.


With full trains I still felt plenty of 0g hangtime in all three inversions. But earlier in the morning Chad and I got a ride where we were the only 2 people in the train and we really felt insane hangtime!!!

Joker is just all around solid in every area. Too bad we missed Alan later in the day!


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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby scooterdoug » Sun May 29, 2016 12:35 pm

Well, I joined the masses and headed to SFDK yesterday to try out the Joker for my first time. You usually couldn't pay me to go to a park on a Saturday (during a holiday weekend to boot), but the opening of the ride I've been waiting for all winter got me to make an exception. I got 3 rides on it...2 in the front and one in the back. My impressions? I loved it. I think it's the best roller coaster on the west coast. Twisted Colossus is outstanding, but the Joker is far more aggressive and intense, with stronger g forces. I counted 14 clear moments of airtime on that ride. The first bunny hop out of the station gives you a surprising yank out of your seat. Heck, even the breaking wave turn (the turn itself) gave air (like the first overbank on Iron Rattler). It sped up noticeably during each successive ride. The train was in a hurry to get back to the station during the final lap.
As for seats, I guess I'm in the minority here in preferring the front. The back definitely gave superior airtime in the first drop and second asian camelback. However, the airtime was more consistent and strong (and longer lasting) in the front. Plus, the view! I can't wait to get back. I can feel that this is the very beginning of an unhealthy addiction. I told my wife all about it, and she says that she wants to ride it now. All in all, a fantastic ride...undoubtably the best in the park. I'm heading back there on June 14 to get me some more airtime. Honestly, I have no desire to ride anything else in the park now.
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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby chadster » Sun May 29, 2016 12:42 pm

Here's the video Jake and I shot. 60fps!


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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby XSupremacy » Sun May 29, 2016 1:10 pm

the ride is still down. they fixed one train and they are working on the second right now
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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterlvr » Sun May 29, 2016 1:19 pm

chadster wrote:Here's the video Jake and I shot. 60fps!



so thankful for a great POV. sometimes when i see the videos the parks get i wonder who the hell they hired to take these videos?
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Re: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (SFDK) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Sun May 29, 2016 1:26 pm

jtaudioacc wrote:
chadster wrote:Here's the video Jake and I shot. 60fps!



so thankful for a great POV. sometimes when i see the videos the parks get i wonder who the hell they hired to take these videos?


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