Flight of Fear Changes

Friday, February 9, 2001 10:01 AM
Earlier in the year there were some comments made by people (I think it was at No-Coaster) that the Flight of Fear coasters were going to go through some changes to make the rides more enjoyable. I've heard alot of rumors about less padding on the shoulder restraints, new types of wheels, and even giving the cars only lapbars. Does anyone know if there has been "official" comment on this subject by anyone involved?
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Friday, February 9, 2001 10:21 AM
I was at No Coaster Con and I dont recall them saying anything to that sort. However they did say that the name will change from Outer Limits: Flight of Fear to just Flight of Fear. Maybe someone else on these boards will remember them saying that.
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Friday, February 9, 2001 10:45 AM
I'm glad they are changing everything. That ride was bumpy!.Anyway, I heard somethings about them changing the horsecollar brace to a lapbar.



-james
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Friday, February 9, 2001 11:13 AM
I don't think that's gonna happen with all the close clearances inside the spaghetti bowl. Take your pick - headbanging or missing limbs. Then again, lapbars and handcuffs could always work :)

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Friday, February 9, 2001 11:28 AM
I'm not sure exactly what they are doing to the trains, but the last time I went to Paramount's Kings Island last year, I saw several cars from a Flight of Fear train sitting in the Timberwolf Amphitheater. I saw them from Drop Zone, and I had heard rumors that they were doing something to the trains, but I really don't know what.
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Friday, February 9, 2001 11:48 AM
Lap bars on this ride would be the solution to its problems,ie. head banging.However Im not sure but I dont think that you can have lap bars on a coaster with a corckscrew,not sure exactly why but I thought I heard that somewhere before. That said without the head banging these woul be awsome rides.
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Friday, February 9, 2001 1:02 PM
Go back to the CoasterBuzz news entry where you read that there would be changes, and all will be revealed.

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=817

Jeff and I were walking the aisles at IAAPA and we stopped by the Premier booth. I proceeded to embarass Jeff and, to hear him tell it, intimidate the project engineer working the booth by sticking my head under the back end of the Son of Beast car that was sitting there. Anyway, we chatted a bit about Sonny and about ***** ******: Flight of Fear, and I may have said something about getting clobbered on that ride. The Premier engineer we were chatting with stated only that the ride would be "different" this season. She did not say what changes were being made, and as I pointed out in the above-referenced news thread, she could have just as easily been referring to the impending name change.

By the way, that ride has already had some significant changes since it opened. Most notably, I've learned that the LIMs have been replaced, the control system has been replaced, and the track has been not reprofiled, but reengineered. I think it says something about Paramount Parks that they've been willing to put this kind of effort into the ride rather than spending far less cash to simply yank it out and replace it with a ride without such problems...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, February 9, 2001 3:06 PM
***** ******? They are building one in the USA this year?

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Friday, February 9, 2001 4:09 PM
Embarrassed? No just a little worried that the rep would mistakenly think you were looking under her carriage, not the coaster car's! ;)

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Friday, February 9, 2001 5:39 PM
I agree with SOB lover cuz i don't think you could go through a corkscrew without falling out with a lap bar, but otherwise it would be a great improvement for the ride to just have lap bars
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Friday, February 9, 2001 5:58 PM
i heard on one of them they are going to make it smmother with still otsr (the reason at a paramount park you can only have one inversion just to only have a lap bar, and no parks allow it with a corkscrew), and same inversions just with new trains and a retrack. on the other one i heard it will just have 1 inversion, and will retrack, and will just have a lap bar. it will also reach a higheer sped
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Friday, February 9, 2001 6:43 PM
how about free PKI pillows to put behind your head

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Friday, February 9, 2001 11:36 PM

ragingbull2001 said:
"i don't think you could go through a corkscrew without falling out with a lap bar"


Just as a side note, I once rode Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney Studios, and had the shoulder restraint pop out one click. I had set it loose to begin with, so it was even moreso. It wasn't scary or anything because I knew that it wasn't loose enough for me to fall out of. Anyway, I took advantage of the opportunity and decided to not hold on at all during the ride. I went through the corkscrew with kind of a weightless feeling, but my shoulders never even touched the loosened restraint.

One more thing. The lapbars on SOB would surely keep someone in their seat in a corkscrew. You'd have to be awfully skinny to slip out of one of those!

Just thought I'd throw those comments in. :)

Jacob
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Saturday, February 10, 2001 4:20 AM
Actually you can't get out of The Wild One and Roar's lapbars, and they're just woodies.
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