First Ever Skywarp, Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster Opening at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in 2018
As part of the Six Flags 2018 announcements today, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announced a “first-of-its-kind” attraction, the Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster.
The ride will be the first “Skywarp”, a new attraction design from Skyline Attractions that was revealed at IAAPA last November. The ride consists of a track that forms a vertical figure eight (a lemniscate if you’re fancy). Two trains connected to each other, and each holding 16 riders, race through the loops flying by each other in the middle of the figure eight. These head to head flybys happen at what the announcement calls “a combined 70mph”, which we’re interpreting to mean the trains are running at 35mph, so cross each other at 70mph relative to each other.
“Six Flags is the leader in thrills and opens new rides and attractions every year, at every park. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will debut a world’s first of its kind coaster and it will be our first to be themed after one of the world’s most iconic female Super-Villains, HARLEY QUINN,” said Park President Don McCoy.
Based on the specs from Skyline, the Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster will be 62 feet high, with a total track length of 360 feet. Additionally, the ride will cycle through the track several times, first sending riders forward for three cycles then backwards for three cycles. That means riders will experience 12 total inversions and 12 “high five” cross-overs . It appears this version of the ride is going to be driven by drive tires, although Skyline has said they do offer a version driven by linear synchronous motors.
Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster adds to the growing collection of DC themed thrill rides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. From the renderings and video, it looks like Discovery Kingdom did another impressive job finding a plot of land to sneak the ride into without removing anything. It appears to be nestled between Superman Ultimate Flight and the Go-Karts, across the midway from Joker, the parks signature RMC. This might require moving the exit of Superman and the current gift shop at the exit, but overall another impressive fit (like the park managed with Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth).
We’re still debating a bit in the Coaster101 team whether this counts as a coaster, as it’s a little unclear how much it actually coasts versus how much it’s driven by the tires. Either way it looks like a fun, compact, addition to the park, and further expands the growing DC themed area in an interesting way. Plus it’s always exciting to get a “world’s first”!
EDIT: Skyline confirmed on their Facebook page it’s not always being driven, so I’m counting it as a true coaster, similar to a launch coaster like a Sky Rocket II.
More information on the Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster and information on SFDK season passes, which are now on sale, can be found on their website. It’s set to open in Spring 2018 (based on past Six Flags openings, probably around Memorial Day). Let us know in the comments what you think of it, and then check out the rest of the Six Flags 2018 announcements (and heck, why not read up on the Cedar Fair announcements while you’re at it).