Joker's Jinx

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Joker's Jinx
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Six Flags America
Location Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
Status Operating since May 8, 1999
Cost $10,000,000
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Product Catapult Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 975
Propulsion LIM launch
Height 78.8 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Length 2705 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 0:56
G-Force 4.5
HELP

Joker's Jinx is a steel launched roller coaster located at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA. Opened in 1999, the ride uses linear induction motor (LIM) technology to launch riders from 0 mph to 60 mph in 3 seconds, without touching the bottom of the train.

History

Premier Rides track pieces were spotted on the property in the fall of 1998.[1] On October 28, 1998, it was announced that Adventure World would be renamed Six Flags America and feature several new attractions, including Joker's Jinx and Two-Face: The Flip Side.[2]

Construction was completed in March 1999. Testing then began on April 4, 1999.[3]

On May 8, 1999, both Joker's Jinx and Two-Face: The Flip Side opened.

When the ride first opened, it had over-the-shoulder restraints, which caused a rough ride. As a result, riders who returned back into the station had either bleeding earlobes or were dizzy from the side-to-side pounding of their heads against the restraints. In order to allow a smoother ride, the over-the-shoulder restraints were replaced with lap bars in 2002.

In 2022, a single rider line was added to Joker's Jinx.[4]

Design

Elements

Joker's Jinx begins with a 60 mph launch that sends riders through a tunnel into a "spaghetti bowl" of track which leads into a cobra roll. Next, the ride travels through a sidewinder followed by several winding curves and a corkscrew.

Color scheme

Joker's Jinx has a green track and purple supports.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.

Incidents

  • On August 11, 2014, a train full of riders stalled near the top of the ride. It took five hours for the fire brigade to evacuate all riders. The ride remained closed while an investigation was completed.[5]

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External links


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