King Cobra at PKI

Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:04 AM
Curiosity is finally getting the better of me. After searching the internet for a while, as well as the archives for this site, I cannot find any reasons for the King Cobra being dismantled and offered up for sale. Can anyone fill me in?

Thanks.

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Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:23 AM
Well, RaptorGirl, have you ever rode a TOGO standup? I actually have ridden 2, and liked them both, but they are kind of painful. My guess is it was costing alot in maintanence(it was rather old), and they decided to use that area for expansion. Since KC wasn't that popular, they decided to use that area, and try to get some $$$ out of the ride. Hope that helps, I may be wrong, though...:)

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Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:27 AM
I emailed guest services at PKI with your question a minute ago. Perhaps they'll be able give us some specifics. As far as I know, King Cobra's sister coasters, Shockwave at PKD and Sky Rider at PCW are still up and running.
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Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:36 AM
It was a maintnance nightmare! The thing needed so much work to keep it open, and ridership was very low. I was my favorite standup (I've done quite a few- RRv, Vortex, Mantis, Shockwave and Iron WOlf). I saw nothing wrong with the ride other than the bad loading times...
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Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:42 AM
Since TOGO no longer exists PKI had alot of trouble getting parts. Some of the steel was showing wear and the ride was not that popular anymore. The ride lived 2 years longer that was planned anyways. Its been for sale for quite some time.

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Thursday, June 12, 2003 10:49 AM
Still, its too bad they took it down. It was one of my favorite rides before...
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Thursday, June 12, 2003 12:03 PM
Actually, I have ridden King Cobra. I thought it was pretty fun. I just seem to find all of my early coasters being torn down or already long gone. (As is the case with my first roller coaster, the Wabash Cannonball from the former Opryland USA amusement park--an Arrow looper whose pieces are now sitting in a field in Indiana.)

I'll be interested to see if PKI will reply to Railshark's query.
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Friday, June 13, 2003 7:13 AM
I liked the KC the first few years it was out, but it had it's heydey. I wasn't too heartbroken when it was dismantled. Look what we have in it's place! ;-)

-Tina

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 5:15 PM
If you want to see KC again, its sitting out in the "Bone Yard" (as I like to call it). If you ride SoB, look to your left as you climb the lift. Track segments are quite visable laying on the ground off in the distance. I can't remember is they are visable from Top Gun. It's odd to see them lying there. Sorry I don't have a picture. And I'm not headed to the park 'till August.

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