I thought he wanted to know about people's experiences...
It was my first stand up...and quite frankly, it scared the crap outta me!
First off, we stopped for about 5 min. on the lift hill (another first for me). That's not what bothered me, but everyone around me (in my party) freaked out.
My turn to pee myself came at the top of the hill after the loop- the one that comes back down in a helical fashion. I was actually lifted off of my feet going over the top of that thing, and since I had no prior experience to compare that to, my heart raced big time!
The rest of the ride was fun...actually sort of a blur now since that was way back in the early-mid '90's. But I remember lifting off of my feet like it happened a few weeks ago.
Really cool the first few years, especially because there was almost nothing else like it out there. (Except for its copies at PKD and PCW...) The helix was pretty cool, especially when there was a pond and a fountain that would occasionally hit you with a few drops of water as you went through.
But it got really rough and uncomfortable in its old age.
Shockwave at PKD isn't doing much better, and it doesn't have the trick-track on it either.
Only big gripe is that the brakes were always waaaaaay too loud. :)
I loved King Cobra. It was my first stand-up as well, and very intimidating to encounter back when I rode it for the first time (the year Vortex opened, or maybe that next season). Philthephorce I have to back you up, the pop of air just before entering the helix made me gasp and white knuckle the restraints. I loved how the helix was so heavily banked; most sit down coasters I had encountered at that time did not bank nearly as much. The trick track seemed like it would be very cool but I barely noticed it. The restraint system to me provides a much more open experience that that on an Intamin or B&M stand up. The first year I rode it I would give it an 8 of ten; 6-8 years later on my next PKI trip I would say 6/7 of ten. At that time my only other stand ups were Shockwave at PKD and SFGAdv. ------------------ Scott
It was one of my favorite stand ups, I certainly enjoyed it more than say, Chang, or Riddler's. I loved the air time, loved the helix, loved just about everything about it. I never thought it got excessively rough anytime in its life, and my mother always loved it too (and she just does not go on rough steel coasters, period.)
Vastly under apreciated coaster if you ask me. I practically grew up at Kings Island, and while Kobra ceterainly wasn't a marquee type ride for long at the park, it was a big deal to most kids because it had the tallest height requirement. :)
Best....coaster....ever. I'm not kidding either. I'd choose a ride on that over any other ride. A true airtime machine, that was like no other. Airtime first drop, power verticle loop, airtime second hill, helix, more airtime, trick-track, quick turn, and top it off with some more pops. Doesn't get any better folks! It was the best coaster out there.
Well, atleast that's my opinion. ;) But I was happy that it was atleast replaced by the King of flats, Delirium. I still miss it deeply, though.
Why do people insist on comparing KC to Sh**wave??? PKI's stand-up was delicious, fun, and not bangy at all, IMO. The PoS at PKD, on the other hand, is so bad that one guy decided to get out mid-ride...(if that offends you, read the sig). ------------------ Tact is for people not intelligent enough to comprehend sarcasm...;)
You know,PKD really needs another shuttle ever since KK's removal they've never added one since.
I wonder if a super invertigo would fit in DF's spot,a regular invertigo just wouldn't do what with SFA having theirs just 2 hours away to the north & an impulse would be too similar to V:TBC.
As for SW the sooner it's gone the better,I'm suprised it's lasted this long what with that accident in 99,when Galaxi had a fatal accident in 83 it was removed fairly quickly & SW was added in it's place,but this is suprising to see it last this long.