It's official, The Joker has begun testing! We reported the rumors of this yesterday but it's now confirmed by the park. Check out their video below!
The time is finally here! Throughout the past 24 hours I've received multiple reports of The Joker testing. While the ride currently isn't running during park hours, I headed out so see what I could find. Sure enough a train with water dummies was loaded onto the track! Work on the station and queue also continues. It hasn't been long since our last update but a lot has changed. Lets take a look!
As I mentioned previously, a car filled with water dummies was parked in the station. The other 4 trains sit completed on the transfer track.
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Here you can see the very beginnings of the fun house inspired queue. The covered switchbacks will be complete with a large video screen featuring The Joker. During ACE's Winterfest it was said that you'll see "A lot of this character (The Joker) throughout the queue experience." The queue entrance will be located between the Coke Kiosk and the exit of Riddler Revenge.
Here's another look at the station concrete and control building. Once you approach the front of the line you will be sent to either side A or B. The station roof if yet to be installed and there's of course a lot of concrete that needs to be poured.
The Joker will be unique as other than the top level the "spin fins" will be completely different depending on which side you're riding. This means that riding side A will be a completely different experience from side B!
To finish off this update, here's a picture of The Joker standing tall above Gotham City. Next week we hope to have footage of the ride testing as well as more progress on the queue and station. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @overtexasthrills and like us on Facebook. Thank you for reading this weeks update and we'll see you again soon!
It's been a long time since our last update on The Joker but we are finally back! With water dummies on site and all 5 trains on the track there is a lot that has changed since our last update. Without further ado, let's get started!
Just like in our last couple of updates the track work for the ride has been completed. The Oil Derrick Tower happened to be open during my most recent visit meaning that most of my shots will be from up there.
If you look to the right hand side of the purple rail you'll see that the chain's in place. The motors have also been installed meaning that testing should begin very soon.
Land for the queue has been flattened and the the general shaping has begun. The queue location will flow perfectly with the rest of Gotham City making for a grand revel of the carnival looking structure. This of course is assuming that the queue will look similar to that of Six Flags Great Adventure!
Concrete has been poured underneath the station and all 5 trains have been put onto the transfer track. If you look closely you will also see that WATER DUMMIES are now on site!!! This is another sign that testing is getting close.
As far as I know this land is not going to be used for the 2017 season. The strip mall in its spot was torn down a few months ago and the land is just being flattened out. However, the park always have something up its sleeve. Wheather it may be this season or 5 years down the road, Gotham City still has a bit of land to expand on.
That's all for this update! Stay tuned to overtexasthrills.com and our official Instagram @overtexasthrills for weekly news and updates on the park. With The Joker's testing process soon upon upon us, there will be plenty of exciting news over the next few weeks. Thanks for checking out overtexasthrills.com and see you soon!
Yesterday all North Texas ACE members were treated to a behind-the-scenes construction tour of The Joker. Thank you to Six Flags Over Texas for agreeing to show us around on an already busy opening day! Also, a thank you to the rides construction crew for taking a 30 minute work stop for us while we looked around. The Joker is expected to open later this spring.
With just more than 10 days until the parks Opening Weekend, major construction on The Joker has begun coming to a close. The rides track is now completely finished meaning that ariel construction should start wrapping up within the next couple of weeks. More trains are being put onto the transfer track and the chain lift guide rail is going up too. This will be the sites last construction update before opening weekend so lets get started.
As previously noted, the rides track and catwalks have all been completed. The colors on this ride are extremely vibrant and really do pop. I can't wait to see cars flying by as I drive into the park!
The chain lift guide and anti-rollbacks are bring placed on the lift hill. While they only extend about 1/5 of the way at the moment this should change very quickly. Once this is done and the chain itself is put in, The Joker will be much closer to its testing phase.
Something odd to note is that one of the magnetic brake fins has been removed from the second raven turnaround. The top photo is from January 28th while the bottom is from February 11th. Occasionally small adjustments do have to be made so I wouldn't worry about it being a problem.
Another big improvement I've noticed is that the operators booth is much further along than last week. The basic frame work has been completed and it is now looking much more like a building.
4 of the 5 trains are now on the transfer track. One of them has the seats installed while the others are chassis only. I would guess that the seats should be installed on the other trains in the next week or two.
The large Joker sign has not yet been installed on the ride; this should happen once the "spin fins" are put into place. The sign however is on site, so hopefully it is up before the opening day crowds arrive!
To finish off this update, here is a picture of the new digital billboard put up during HITP. Within the past couple of weeks they have spiced it up a bit with the Six Flags Logo and I absolutely love it! One has also been installed at Hurricane Harbor with the same look.
That's all for this weeks update. I will be at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and of course Six Flags Magic Mountain this weekend meaning it'll be the last update until opening day! Stay tuned on Instagram at @overtexasthrills to be the first to know about new updates. See you next time!
We are now deep into February which means that opening day is just around the corner. Off season work is beginning to wrap up and rides are beginning to come back to life. The Joker is no exception as construction on the ride system is quickly getting closer to completion. Ground work for the queue is being done, trains are going onto the track and the operators booth is rising as well. The ride has also been officially topped off since my last update.
As mentioned previously, the ride was topped off on January 30th. If you haven't already seen the video of the final track being put into place, you can do so here.
The chassis assembly's have been put into place for 2 ride cars. The 3rd train is already complete (Seats, restraints and of course chassis) but because it was so far back I couldn't get capture a good picture.
If you follow us on Instagram you already have seen this picture, but the operators booth has gone vertical. Like the ride itself, it is surprisingly close to the road. Hopefully no one gets too distracted watching the ride run!
Perhaps the biggest change since last week is that the ground is being torn up for the queue structure. The hole is surprisingly deep (Maybe 3-4 feet) so it would be cool to see if an indoor queue is possible! The concept art at ACE's Winter Fest showed an outdoor queue similar to that of Great Adventure, but it will still be interesting to see if they do have a surprise in store.
Another thing to note is that Riddler Revenge had it's lights on. Maintenance was replacing any light bulbs or LED's that have burnt out over the past season to keep the ride looking new. It's great to see them giving the ride so much attention!
To close, here's a picture of Batman. Hopefully that with all of the care the Gotham City section is receiving we will see that and Freeze get a repaint for the 2018 season.
That's all for this update. Stay tuned for the last update pre season update on The Joker next weekend! Follow us on Instagram at @overtexasthrills to always be the first to know about a new update. Until next next time!
The time has finally come. After months of hard work, The Joker has officially been topped off! Signed by the rides construction crew, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Park President Steve Martindale, the final piece of track was lifted into place on Monday morning. Six Flags Over Texas posted a video from the construction crews perspective and it's surely not for those afraid of heights. Check it out!
Another week has passed and the Joker has officially been topped off! Trains are being put onto the transfer track and the large Joker sign is ready to be lifted into place. So much has changed since last week and the ride is really coming together. Lets check it out!
Only one more piece of track is waiting to be placed before both sides are officially completed. These photos were taken early in the morning so there's a good chance that it's now finished.
Catwalks are also in the process of being placed on the green side. I have to admit, the charcoal gray and green really looks great together! These catwalks will lead up to the top of the lift hill as well as the upper level of the brake run.
Speaking of brakes, the large magnetic fins for both raven turns have been installed this past week. These will be used to keep a maintainable and safe speed as the cars go down both "major" drops!
Perhaps the most exciting find this visit was that the first train is being placed onto the transfer track. As you may have noticed, the vests have not yet been installed over the restraints. These will be installed right before testing to protect the foam.
I still can't believe how great the colors turned out looking. The purple and green really pop together! This ride will unquestionably awe guests as they drive into the park with it being just feet away from the road. I'm sure that it'll cause it's fair share of accidents on the intersection and highway too!
As a bonus, here's a look at the Gold River Adventure boats being repainted. This classic family ride has definitely seen some wear and tear over the years so it's great to see it getting some attention! This is just one of MANY improvements coming to the park this season. Stay tuned to opening day for the rest!
Currently The Joker at Over Texas is 80 days ahead of Great Adventure's construction schedule. Seeing that theirs opened on May 28th last year (After some testing problems) it is very possible that the ride can open for Spring Break. In fact, if Over Texas continued at the same pace as Great Adventure AND encountered the same problems they would still be set for a March 9th opening. It's definitely exciting to see how it's coming together!
Thank you for checking out this weeks construction update. Today also marks he halfway point through the offseason. 27 days and 27 to go. Follow us on Instagram at @overtexasthrills and subscribe to us on YouTube. See you next time!
Opening weekend is just 5 weeks away and The Joker's track is now nearing completion! The ride is expected to be "topped off" next week if weather cooperates.
This week on the other hand had heavy fog, high winds, lots of flooding and even a tornado (Yes, we have them in January too) that forced construction crews to take a couple days off of ariel construction. Despite this, the ride still made a good amount of progress. Lets take a look!
That's all for this weeks construction update on The Joker. The ride is quickly coming along! Stay tuned for more park updates leading up to opening weekend and stay tuned on Instagram to be the first to hear about them. Thanks for checking us out and see you next time!
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