Specific Type: Iron Horse
One of the biggest impacts on the coaster industry to happen in the 2000s was the revamping of wooden roller coasters by Rocky Mountain Construction. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California wanted to get in on the act after successes of other coaster revamps like the Iron Rattler in Texas. The park announced in 2015 that they would be closing the famous Roar wooden coaster and bringing in Rocky Mountain to create a brand new coaster using the existing wood structure left from Roar. The park announced that the new coaster would be The Joker in 2016 and would be the first RMC coaster to be themed after a super hero or villain.
The Joker opened in 2016 and featured the famous Rocky Mountain Construction I-Box track system where the ride will be smooth like a steel coaster with the aesthetics of a wooden coaster. The track allowed for some interesting and eclectic elements including the first ever step-up under-flip inversion. The Joker lifts riders to a height of 100 feet and traverses 3,200 feet of track at 53 miles per hour. Designer Alan Schilke surprises riders as the coaster goes upside down three times along its course. The next time you take a trip to the Bear Flag Republic, jump aboard the purple and green steel track of the Joker and laugh all the way to the bank.
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