Six Flags Great America Announces New ‘The Joker’ Ride For 2017

CHICAGO (CBS) – Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, announced Thursday a new thrill ride to be built by spring 2017.

The Joker, will be Six Flags 15th roller coaster and first ever free-fly coaster. The new coaster is set to open spring 2017 in the Yankee Harbor section of the park, next the Batman The Ride roller coaster.

The Joker, Six Flags Great America (Credit: Tess Claussen)

The Joker, Six Flags Great America (Credit: Tess Claussen)

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the DC brand as it continues to resonate well with our guests. The Joker is undeniably one of the greatest Super-Villains of all time,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president, in a statement. “This free-fly coaster will perfectly capture the essence of the warped and unpredictable nature of The Joker. It will take our park to the next level of thrills.”

The Joker will lift riders up 12 stories, along a 90 degree lift and flip riders at least six times throughout the ride. The roller coaster will use magnetic technology, unlike a traditional track coaster. It will feature cars that seat up to 8 people, with face-to-face seating. The park plans to run 5 cars at a time.

The Joker, Six Flags Great America (Credit: Tess Claussen)

The Joker, Six Flags Great America (Credit: Tess Claussen)

Six Flags Great America also announced the start of its 2017 season pass sales. The park is currently running sale through Labor Day weekend, with saving up to 70 percent off. Guests who purchase a 2017 season pass from Sept. 1-5 will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass. Gold Season Passes include admission to both Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, any other Six Flags theme parks, as well as free parking and special admission for friends. Guests who purchase a 2017 season pass will also receive unlimited visits to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America in 2016 and 2017.

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