The last I heard, King Cobra was sold to a park in Spain, but upon arriving at PKI a week ago I saw parts of it still here. Does anyone have any clue as to why it is still there? Did the deal fall through?
Well last i saw King Cobra was BACK up for sale on usedrides.com Well at least I think that is the address. Well there is a link to the site on the official ACE site. But yeah last I saw it was still up for sale.
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King Cobra was supposedly going to Terra Mitica ( a Paramount managed not owned park) in Spain. Whether or not that is true we don't know, I think it would have been sent by now, especially since it's probably rusting worse than my car.
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I don't THINK Paramount ever said anything about KC going to Terra Mitica...you might have *believed* it was official since it came from ME...repeatedly.
Sorry to disagree with our esteemed host, but I *am* surprised KC sits idle...it might require some work, etc., but it was a FINE ride, and it should run somewhere. SF moved Evolution and Viper to new parks and refurbished them. I can't say that KC wouldn't be just as big, or bigger, of a hit in a new park...it's the ONLY proof I have that Togo *can* build a good ride...
Personally, I'd take KC over either of the Vortexes, and WAY before Sh**wave... ------------------ It seems today, that all you see, are violins in movies, and sax on TV....
I didn't think it was a terrible ride, Gator (not a favorite either), but I look at it from an operational standpoint. If it was that big of a pain to maintain, and by many accounts by People Who Know(TM) it was, who wants to inherit that problem? I certainly wouldn't.
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Of the two TOGO stand-ups I've ridden KC was the better. It wasn't a terrible ride but it wasn't so great that I'll miss it. Intamin [and then B&M] took the concept to the next level, almost making TOGO's concept obsolete.
Besides...Delirium seems like a much better choice to inhabit that plot of land.
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Togo's concept may be obsolete, but consider me one to find many features of said concept much better than those of the Intamin/B&M stand-ups. The restraints are less-restrictive and more comfortable, the trains are WIDE open, the course actually allows for some (intense) airtime, and the vertical loop provides wonderful positive Gs, which I prefer over the typical hangtime found in B&M's loops (Togo's remind me so much of Schwarzkopf loops, which are my favorite of all inversions).
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The ride gave the best air of any stand-up I've ridden. Although not as smooth as the B&M's, I would gladly take the ride at my homepark. Of course, that would require me to have a homepark, as the nearest one is about 4 hours away. I'm so deprived.
i honestly do not see any park purchasing it....i would assume a lot of the replacement parts are hard to come by with TOGO being out of business...and like Jeff said, it had become a maintenence nightmare....$1.5 mil doesnt seem like a lot upfront, but for all the headaches would come with, its just not worth it....
personally, i LOVE Shockwave here at PKD, so id be sad to see any TOGO stand up get destroyed.....hopefully some park somewhere will be able to resurrect it....by the way, and rumours as to whether PKD is considering sending Shockwave to the same fate?
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I'd have to echo Mr. Rideman on this one. The restraints are actually quite comfortable... unfortunately they seem to be designed for folks in Japan (remember TOGO is a Japaneese company) where the size of the average person is a bit smaller.
I remember riding KC when I was a little younger (smaller than I am now) and thinking that the restraints were more comfortable than Mantis, which had just opened the year before.
Then, this April, I jumped on PKD's Shockwave and realized that since I'm bigger now the backpack style restraints no longer fit as well and the lap bar hits me in the giggle berries when not placed with the utmost care.
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