IAAPA 2000: Premier's Flights of Fear will be "different"
Posted Thursday, November 16, 2000 10:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff
When CoasterBuzz member RideMan (Dave Althoff, Jr.) made a comment to a Premier Rides rep about the "beating up" he experienced on Paramount's Kings Island's Flight of Fear launched coaster, the representative simply said to "wait until next year."
Could this mean changes in the restraint design of the notoriously head banging LIM-launched ride?
Some people say that a rough ride on a coaster is a good ride, but personally, if a coaster gives me a headache, as most rough ones do, I won't go near it ever again. I'm glad that they are at least addressing the problem of getting "beat up" when you ride the coaster. It looks like a fun one to ride, and when I visit there next year hopefully I can ride without all the headbanging. :)
I`ve riden Outer Limits at PKI more then 10 times before, and I agree that something needs to be done with the restraints. I often walk off the ride with a headache. I can`t wait to see if they do change the restraints when I go there next year(I have a 2001 season pass)
Actually, it seems like a great time for them to address their restraint design. Seeing as though all the Premier Rides LIM coasters (at Six Flags at least) had train problems near the end of the year, it would seem that they could address this headbanging concerns for the replacement trains. Maybe they will replace them with "Speed"-like trains. Every report seems to be favorable for Speed: The Ride.
I am sure the ride being in the dark doesn't help at all. The only Premier LIM rides I have ridden are PKI's Outer Limits and Speed, SPeed was much smoother, but it is newer, makes far fewer turns, and you can see where you are going. I doubt that makes all the difference, but probably contributes to the effect.
Apparently, the "corporate" reason for these restraints is to make sure that they don't -at all- let the riders hands above a certain level. They assume that the supports are too close. It will be nice if they change... I too get a headache.
I love you PKI!
Oh, by the way, "Speed T.R." seems easier on you because it has only 2 main turns.. put those trains on a curvy track and it will be just as bad. Believe me.
honestly OL:Fof isnt that bad. the trick is to keep your head against the pad in launch then after the launch tunnel put your head forward through the restraints. i've never had any problems using that method. hey it could be worse, it could be arrow!
Ok, At Six Flags Great America, Batman is NOT rough, Its onne of the smoothest rides I've been on. I do agree though about PKI's: OL:FLF, It is a cool ride but painful. That doesn't mean I don't go on it.
I just went to PKI this summer on a vacation and as i was in line i thought the ride looked very cool. As luck would have it, it was NOT bad at all. The key to it is to lean ur head back and the the right and keep it pressed there then it wont hurt or bang around and u will get some good rides in. ------------- magic mountain and CP rule
It looks like Arrow has solved the over the shoulder restraint problem with their new design on arrowbatic. There is no way to hit your head on that unless you have a rubber neck. I don't know if something like that could be fit into a closed car design like OL:FOF, but it would be nice to retrofit something like that into the Vekoma SLC's. There's quite a bit of head banging going on there too.