Anyway King Cobra was Americans First Successfull Stand-up, Extreme Roller at WOF had Stand-up Trains fitted before King Cobra Opened i belive making it Americas First Looping Stand-up. *** Edited 3/27/2005 7:18:55 PM UTC by roomraider***
IIRC, and it's been a WHILE.....ExtremeRoller and Railblazer did run stand-up trains, but were not DESIGNED to be stand-up coasters. Assuming I *do* recall correctly...KC was the first N American coaster built specifically as a stand-up...
ExtremeRoller was an Arrow Corkscrew that they added the stand-up trains to. Not sure how long that lasted, but I know it wasn't long.
Railblazer ran stand-up trains on the mine train that still resides at SFStL. Didn't even last a full season IIRC, due to a death.
KC is, as far as I can tell, the first purpose built stand-up in America and the first successful looping stand-up in America. Or just plain first successful stand-up in America. Which makes me wonder, how many non-inverting stand-ups are there?
While I've only ridden three stand-ups, KC takes second behind Riddler's but ahead of Mantis. I sure liked it and join me to the list of people hoping that it could make a comeback (highly unlikely) somewhere. *** Edited 3/28/2005 5:40:13 AM UTC by Incidentalist***
King Cobra is THE only coaster where I almost lost my glasses on. I've never had a problem with them at all with no strap, but when I rode King Cobra the bashing was just too much, they slipped and fell and i grabbed them. KC & Drachenfire are my only defunct coasters..
Cobra has been for sale for 3 years. If no on has boughten it by now, then what reason do they have to sit on it? I assume they will ship the trains to the other Paramount Parks for spare parts and they will sell the steel to a recycling plant.
I know it wouldn't be the most thrilling ride but could it be re-built with sit down trains? Then maybe a smaller park would be up to installing it. I think there is/was a Togo coaster in Japan that has stand up and sit trains.