No Joker's Jinx for Fright Fest

Monday, December 9, 2002 8:02 PM

I know this is somewhat an old topic, but does anyone have an idea why Joker's Jinx at Six Flags America has been closed down every year for Fright Fest (except 99')? I was not able to visit the park this October because I had mono, but I understand the ride was down yet again. Were the trains removed as well?

I find it hard to believe that cold weather would be the reason and I figured it would be opened considering its popularity increase because of the new lap bars.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 3:55 AM
My manager told me that the reason they keep it closed during fright fest is because the brakes freeze in cold wheather.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 4:11 AM
That's crap. The brakes aren't any different than on the other rides (save for Superman).

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:49 AM

In theory the brakes could freeze in sub 32 degree weather if the air supply is wet, but it's not that cold for Frightfest. Also, I dont' recall ever seeing an air dryer on the air supply for any coaster.

The trains were pulled by the end of Frightfest. Maybe somebody else can fill us in on what SFA's reasons are for shutting down JJ early. Could be that it's temperature sensative on valleying, or could be that they got in the habit of pulling it's trains early when it wasn't very popular. Of course its popularity has increase dramaticly since the lap bar conversion.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 11:05 AM

I don't get it why they havn't been running JJ during frightfest as well,of course everyone claims that it is due to the cold weather but I don't think that's 100 % true after all it ran just fine in 99 during october so why not keep it open for frightfest in 2000,01 & 02?

If it is a weather related problem which forces it to close when the weather gets colder then has this happened with other premier launchers such as SFGRADV'S Chiller? I'm sure if that were a problem then Chiller would've been shut down for frightfest as well but it wasn't,we can only hope that SFA will take a chance on having JJ open in october 03 because it is a much better ride now than it was pre 2002.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 1:05 PM
I dont think brakeing would be the issue, becuase like Batwing said. The Chiller at SFGAdv runs in colder weather, and Great Adventure being my home park I can tell you I have rode The Chiller when it was like 40degs out, and it ran fine.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 1:27 PM
If Deja-Vu can run in the cold, so can Joker's Jinx. :)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 1:53 PM

Maybe they were just cutting corners and didnt have enough people to operate it.

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