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?

Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:11 PM
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. :)

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My Karma Ran Over My Dogma
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:18 PM
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)
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:21 PM
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.
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:25 PM
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.
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:49 PM
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.
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:39 PM
I hope they change all the restraints, including the ones on Joker's Jinx, OLFOF at PKD, and Batman & Robin the Chiller at SFGA (the 3 closest to me).
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:43 PM
Good deal, I've never been on Flight of Fear, but I plan on attending Coaster Tours, and PKI is one of the stops.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 3:40 PM
When I went on OL:FoF at PKI, I took the information I got from here, and tucked my head down and back. I kept my eyes up, and I got a couple enjoyable rides in.
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 4:17 PM
I hope they change the design, too me it was as bad as arrows head bangers.

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Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger
"Welcome to Millennium Force"

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Thursday, November 16, 2000 4:37 PM
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!


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Steel aint better, wood forever!!
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 4:46 PM
So... does that cryptic comment mean it's going to get worse?
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 5:25 PM
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.
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 6:16 PM
As I've said before, I think the things track very smoothly, but if your head isn't given the freedom to move around in the transitions on its own, it'll beat you up.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 7:43 PM
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.
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magic mountain and CP rule
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Friday, November 17, 2000 12:32 AM
Exactly, Jeff.
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Friday, November 17, 2000 6:02 AM
Do you really need that horrible shoulder harness on this ride? Seems to me a seat belt and lap bar are sufficient safety constraints!
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Friday, November 17, 2000 8:51 AM
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.
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Friday, November 17, 2000 11:30 AM
JUST TO LET ALL YOU COASTER BUFFS OUT THERE KNOW. OUTER LIMITS IS NOW JUST "FLIGHT OF FEAR". PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. FLIGHT OF FEAR IS THE BEST RIDE AT PKI OR PKD.


P.S. STOP CALLING IT OUTER LIMITS!!
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Friday, November 17, 2000 11:49 AM
What is your source film4ever? According to PKI`s 2000 map it is Outer Limits: Flight of Fear. Also, have you riden Son of Beast? It is far better then Flight of Fear.
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