Posted Friday, March 16, 2001 3:36 AM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley
Coasterguide has received a tip from someone close to the project about details of a new restraint for the Flight of Fear LIM coaster. Coasterguide has also confirmed that a team from Premier Rides is on site and working on Flight of Fear.
According to Premier Rides a press release regarding the modification will be forthcoming. Coasterguide's news page
contains more details along with a photo of the project.
Oh great, so instead of getting bruises on my noggin from bad horsecollar design, now I'll have bruises on my legs the size of grapefruits due to bad lapbar design. Admittedly, I'd rather take a beating from a lapbar anyday before a horsecollar, but if they are anything like Sonny's, I'm gonna be in a world of hurt.
FOF is my favorite launched coaster, even with the head banging. This is great news. It seems to me that even with a SOB type lap bar, additional seat belts would be needed as the trains slow down quite a bit during the ride.
But Mike, I think the only reason the trains slow down so much is the minimize the headbanging. If headbanging is not an issue, perhaps they will run the train at full speed. Joker's Jinx @ SFA doesnt slow down like the FOFs...actually, I dont think JJ even has a midcours brake jerem
It only talks about the FoF at PKI, what about its mirror at PKD, will it be getting the same treatment? I hope that they do something with it, it needs some kind of change in restraints. As it is now, you can't fit your arms in the cars without them being stuck in between the restraint and the seat.
While I'm excited about Batwing at SFA, I'm more excited to see what they may have done to Joker's Jinx over the winter. First of all they had removed all the trains and put them on the ground next to JJ for what I hear was an inspection of all Premier-Rides coaster trains. Then the next time I was there I saw someone removing the cars one by one to a location beyond Superman. So, perhaps we're getting new trains and/or modifications also.
Intamin Fan...Though this is not confirmed (heck I was 2,000 feet over the park when the shots were taken and a 300mm zoom lens can only do so much, Those obejects under the tarps look like FoF cars, only they are red. Also I saw the Silver FoF cars in a storage area outside of the shop. They may be changing trains. They would about have to to put those lapbars in.
Those covered objects appear like they might just be new cars. However, if they were new cars I don`t see why they would be installing them there as the acess to the transfer trak area is on the other side of the picutre shop (the small extension of building coming from the large building. I sure hope what ever they are doing makes Flight of Fear better and not worse!
I thought it looked like a SoB car too, but the cars under the tarps have higher backs and headrests. I will email you a blow up of the picture tonight coastersz. SoB cars are strapped to pallets when they are apart and off the tracks. I did not see any pallets under these objects.
I took another picture last week, and all but two of the tarped objects are gone. I did account for all 4 trains in the maint. yard. The picture on my site is from 2 weeks ago. I did speak with the premier rep yesterday, so the premier team is still on site at the park.
They need to do something. Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disney MGM is a very similar coaster, yet it is comfortable. I would never ride FOF again...my ears really hurt when the ride was over. I can't imagime if you wear earrings
I always thought the Mad Cobras (OL:FOF), Mr. Freezes, and B&R the Chiller were BRILLIANT designs, and a marvel of new coaster technology. But, I'd rather get hit on a head with a brick than ride any of them again! (I'd only get hit once in the head that way!) If Premeir does go with just lap bars these could really be fun, enjoyable rides! I'm really excited and looking forward to PKD next week. After Hypersonic, I'm heading straight for OL:FOF! If this is true I hope both Freezes and Chiller get new trains too.
(I've said at length before how I belive only a few looping coasters actually need OTSRs to be safe. I have experienced dozens of woodies safely with stronger and sharper laterals with a loose lap bar. These forces are more sharp than forces pretty much ANY inversion element currently produces.)
Excellent question Josh. I thought of that too. I would guess that since the design was made before any trains were built that they designed it with the idea that people could raise their hands. Anyone ride it with the original restrains before media day? They were pretty skinny and all green. A picture of them is in one of the more recent coaster books. I had no problem putting my hands up, but I didn't keep them up because I was trying to lesson the severe beating I was receiving from the ride! When I was there on the opening day for the public in mid/late June, they had already added the massive padding and I couldn't put my hands up then. -Peabody