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Postby CoasterDave316 on May 26th, 2017, 11:47 pm
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CoasterRiderSC wrote:What kind of restraints are there and are they comfortable?? Also, stupid question what "controls" the flipping?? Is it magnetic, your bodyweight or something else?


Not a stupid question. The magnets help the car to begin the flip process, however it's the distribution of the body weight in the cars that determines how much you flip so no ride is the same ever. The purple side has been set for less flipping and the green side you get much more. The park has the ability to set the strength of the magnets which constitutes how much flipping happens.

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After riding it a bunch on Thursday, I would disagree that no ride is ever the same. I rode it a bunch without getting up in all the seats on the green side. The ride was very consistent on where it flipped, and where it almost flipped. It actually surprised me at how consistent it was considering I rode it by myself and with a few different people and it was pretty much the same.

I didn't realize how controlled it was until I had rode in the same seat a few different times, the first few times riding forward and backwards felt completely different. The frontwards and backwards seats give a completely different feeling.
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Postby RollingCoasting on May 27th, 2017, 10:19 pm
A few pages back there was a debate of how long Joker's line would be at closing.

Just wanted to clarify - The line is still open until about 5 minutes before the park closes. I'm not sure how long it is to wait under the tent (I did SRL), but that's how about (About meaning 2 or 3 empty tent switchbacks) long the regular queue was when the line was roped off. Didn't use the switchbacks by Capone's all day, actually.

The single rider is much better than Superman and Goliath's - You merge in with the regular line, significantly reducing the wait. I waited less than 15 minutes
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Postby batmanfan80 on May 28th, 2017, 1:11 am
It was alright. Think I was in the outer seat in the 2nd set of seats from the right facing Batman. The ride is probably a bit more intense than I would like. Slams my thighs very slightly, gives a bit of a whiplash type feeling. Very disorienting. Got one full flip and a lot of halfs. Line moves very well. Seemed to draw a lot of people away from Batman as we went there first and the line was only about 20 min around 7ish tonight.
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Postby stergmi on May 28th, 2017, 9:27 am
Got 3 rides on it yesterday, SRQ moves really quick as they are running it like they should (i.e. group of 3 comes so they pull from SRQ instead of waiting to find another odd numbered group like Goliath team does).

2 rides on green side, one facing front (outside seat) and one facing back (inside seat). 1 on purple side facing back (inside seat). 2 night rides. Green track def more intense, actually got a double backflip off the first raven drop. More fun at night especially with how the ride is lit up. I'll admit I was really underwhelmed when this was announced but after riding it I'm totally sold on this ride and it's a solid addition. I get the complaints about it being another clone but the next closest 4D coaster is 850 miles away in New Jersey so I don't even think that matters anymore.
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Postby CoasterNick3157 on May 28th, 2017, 11:10 am
goliath SRL sucks totally sucks just 10 people in SRL will take 30 minutes
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Postby stockboy300 on May 29th, 2017, 1:45 pm
Just found out the Joker doesn't operate when winds are 20mph or above! At the park now and yes it's busy!
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Postby maxwellt on May 29th, 2017, 1:49 pm
stockboy300 wrote:Just found out the Joker doesn't operate when winds are 20mph or above! At the park now and yes it's busy!

I guess it makes sense. Like it could impact spins, and it's not that fast of a coaster, so it could impact that too

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Postby diggerg56 on May 29th, 2017, 2:26 pm
I'm guessing the 20mph wind limit came about after the issue in Texas a couple weeks ago, if it wasn't already a manufacturer's recommendation prior to that.
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Postby stockboy300 on May 29th, 2017, 3:28 pm
I heard prior to me getting here it was stuck for 45min. On lift with guest!

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Postby maxwellt on May 29th, 2017, 4:03 pm
stockboy300 wrote:I heard prior to me getting here it was stuck for 45min. On lift with guest!

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That could very well be it too lol

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Postby CoasterRiderSC on May 30th, 2017, 10:26 am
I got to ride Joker 3x on Friday during the ERT. 2x on green and 1x on Purple. I must confess this ride is better than I thought it would be and it's not as bad as it looks in terms of all the flips (no nausea or vertigo, etc).
I just kept saying WHOA! each and ever ride because of the unpredictability of the flips.
I used the SRL for the first ride and I got on pretty quickly but that also could have been due to the rainy weather. I rode it near closing and waited maybe 10-15 minutes and was able to run around and get on again.

It's a solid addition.

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Postby gottastrata33 on May 30th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Eh it's more difficult than it looks. Lol for me at least. I did it but felt like I was in a dryer
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Postby stockboy300 on June 4th, 2017, 12:00 am
The 2nd Raven turn on the green side! WOW! Double flip!

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Postby Guy_With_A_Stick on June 4th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Joker is closed at the moment due to another one(presumably SFOT) being closed.

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Postby maxwellt on June 4th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Guy_With_A_Stick wrote:Joker is closed at the moment due to another one(presumably SFOT) being closed.

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Hmm, that's odd, is there a main reason why the one either at sfgam or sfot closed it?

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Postby CoasterNick3157 on June 4th, 2017, 7:54 pm
They closed joker at 2 pm today for the rest of the day
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Postby SixFlags_Fan on June 5th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Don't know the exact reason but according to SF App all of the 4D Freeflys in the chain are closed.

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Postby maxwellt on June 5th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Eh probably a mechanical or electrical issue, and the chain was probably just worried that it could happen to the rest

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Postby Guy_With_A_Stick on June 5th, 2017, 5:14 pm
This might have something to do with it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0HowXZJs9A&ab_channel=CBSDFW

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Postby Goku1910 on June 5th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Guy_With_A_Stick wrote:This might have something to do with it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0HowXZJs9A&ab_channel=CBSDFW

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This was some time ago....Before our Joker even opened. I heard something different that happened recently was the cause for the closure.
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Postby maxwellt on June 5th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Well that explains why the wind closes the ride

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Postby gottastrata33 on June 5th, 2017, 9:51 pm
Despite the drastic change in weather from yesterday to today, we were going for just the water park today to find out it's closed til this weekend. So then we decided to ride Joker instead which was also closed. So we had some lunch on our pass, rode Raging bull & left. lol I was wondering why Joker was closed & then was told all of them are so are we sure it's wind?
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Postby Carlo on June 5th, 2017, 9:58 pm
I don't think it is the wind since all 4 are closed and they have updated the website showing the ride as "Temporarily Closed", something may have happened on one of them that caused them to close the rides down for inspection and/or modification.
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Postby maxwellt on June 5th, 2017, 11:37 pm
Maybe a bug in code, and of course because they're all clones they all have the same code (these rides should have code lol)
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Postby Goku1910 on June 5th, 2017, 11:41 pm
I read a rough translation for a S&S free spin that is also closed in japan. It was a very rough translation but it seemed to have something to do with the integrity of a safety device.....A recall maybe?
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