|Added to the park for
the 1999 season as part of the "War on Lines", the Jolly Roger took over
an area that had formerly been part of the queue area for Skull
This standard park-model Zamperla Regatta ride was designed with a pirate theme to make it fit with the adjoining rides which were also vaguely pirate themed, including Skull Mountain and the Buccaneer. Other rides added in the same area of the park as part of the "War On Lines" were also pirate or nautical themed, giving further definition to an area of the park that never had much thematic coherence.
In the spring of 1999, the ride was still under construction as the park opened for the season. The main structure of the ride was nearly complete, with the central skull figure and the additional themed elements including the queue line fences and ride operator booth yet to be added.
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|Over the years since
the Jolly Roger opened, much of the time it remained closed due to short
staffing. Since many of the other rides added as part of the
"War on Lines" have been removed, the Jolly Roger has spent a lot more
time open and running.
The ride was added to increase the park's overall ride capacity and offer more "family" attractions which parents and children could ride together. The Jolly Roger's simple motion of rolling along the undulating track creates a fast and exciting ride which offers a mild thrill.
The theme elements chosen for the Jolly Roger are one of several theme package options available for the Zamperla Regatta ride, and is one of the more unique looking rides with the bony hands cradling the cars. A variation of the ride cars offered is a Pirate Ship design which was used for the neighboring Pirate's Flight ride, which was also manufactured by Zamperla.
Though many of the park's other flat rides have been removed, the Jolly Roger has remained.