On my recent trip to Kings Island (see TR) we got a chance to ride the new and improved FOF. Of course it was DELICIOUS, but my question is for a dark ride way would they have strobe lights on. It was really very light in there instead of how I thought it would be. Does anyone know why those lights are on? Still wonderful but would have been even better if those lights on the ceiling wouldn't have been there.
I noticed and wondered teh same thing but I think it made it even more intense, only coaster I have ever been afraid to put my ups up on, thought i was gonna hit everyone of those supports. I was told though that when it would be dark in there there is no way you would know what way was up.
Flight of Fear has four inversions. Two Sidewinders, a cutback, and a Corkscrew, if I remember correctly. Given the forces on that ride, if you couldn't see the inversions, could you identify them? I ask because the third inversion is really easy to miss with the lights *on*. With the lights off, you'd never know where you went!
Actually, I think it would be neat to ride that one sometime with the work-lights turned on, but that's just me...
It seems like when I rode in the first train of the day this year, it was very dark and really cool. But we quickley re-rode and it seemed like it was more lighted up. I think that the strobes weren't on the first ride, but the colored lights were. I liked it dark better.
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Actually, the four inversions include one cobra roll (2 inversions) immediately followed by one sidewinder and then a corscrew at the end. It took me the longest time to notice that sidewinder. I had to have someone literally point it out to me on Jokers Jinx (I-Fan) and FoF (RCTFan) jeremy
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I was disappointed that it wasn't totally dark too. That is what I was expecting. It was still a great ride though. I wouldn't be surprised if the reason it is slightly lit is because there are so many head/hand choppers and that some fool might hit a support if it were totally dark.
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I had the same problem. I went on it twice. The first time was great, very dark, with colored lights in the actual ride building. The second time, it was much lighter in there, and it really took away from the experience.
When I rode it in early may at PKI, it seemd pretty dark, but it was the only time ever and so far this year. All I remember is the camera and then the colored lights in the main part. I could see the track and supports, but I was so disoriented.
I knew the layout before I got on it (Joker's Jinx), but when I rode it, it seemed like we went through the boomerang in a mirrored version of Joker's Jinx. I mean enter on the right exit on the left. Kinda funny when think about how confused your directions get when your upside down.
BeastieBrent I thought that with the colored lights on. I am assuming that it was between the Boomerang and Sidewinder, or maybe after the Sidewinder. My friend yelled to me are we upside-down. I told him I had know idea I was seriously disoriented.
RideMan said: "Actually, I think it would be neat to ride that one sometime with the work-lights turned on, but that's just me..."
It's funny you mention that, Dave, because I was one train away from doing just that at PKD. They had just opened the ride and we happened to be standing there, so we got in line. Because at the time, with the OTSR's, we knew sitting outside of the front seat was lethal, we waited one train for it instead of another row. The first train launches, and sure enough, I notice I can see the far wall of the barrel with the lights on. I even saw the train go by.
I was excited, as I was dying to see the inside of the building. I had just been on Jokers' Jinx not 48 hours before, but it didn't matter. We board the train, and five seconds before launch, the lights are turned off. I was kind of pissed, because already that weekend I was on the SFA Superman chain break and what appeared to be some kind of setup on Escape from Pompeii at BGW. I wanted to "break" one more ride that weekend in some fashion!
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I've only ridden FOF once (back in its head bashing days)... I don't remember much of the layout because I was too concerned at the time that my ears might start bleeding, but is it similar to Joker's Jinx at SFA?
*** This post was edited by KicksTheSky on 9/10/2001. ***