Removal of King Cobra Continues

Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 10:46 AM | Contributed by Jacob

King Cobra, Paramount's Kings Island's oldest operating steel coaster until this year, is being removed in pieces, not demolished. All that remains is the lift hill and station platform.

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Friday, April 5, 2002 10:46 AM

It's going somewhere that's for sure, even if it's just storage. That's not like the mangled mess that was Windjammer!

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin -,
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

Friday, April 5, 2002 10:58 AM

I have some pics from before the park opened. The sections of helix were lined up like they were pieces of slot-car track new in the box. There's no doubt in my mind that they've either sold it, or are still trying to.


Friday, April 5, 2002 11:03 AM
damn it, i read somewhere earlier where it was going, but i cant remember where i read it, i will try and find out
Friday, April 5, 2002 11:04 AM

here you go, taken from

Paramount's Terra Mitica is reported to be receiving the Togo International Stand-up coaster from Paramount's King's Island. The ride was the first ever stand-up rollercoaster ride.

think its true?

Friday, April 5, 2002 11:08 AM

Would that be considered a theme park hand-me-down?

"If it was good enough for your brother, it's good enough for you!"


Friday, April 5, 2002 11:52 AM
why did they remove king cobra?
Friday, April 5, 2002 12:00 PM

DuStin, because -

- It's very old

- Outdated

- Not the most popular attraction at the park

- They could put better use with the land it's on

- Maintenance monster

Friday, April 5, 2002 12:47 PM
Yep its goin to Terra Mitica for sure. Also the bunny hop still remains or so I think it does. It was there today and yesterday.
Friday, April 5, 2002 3:53 PM

King cobra was not the first stand up roller coaster. It was America's first, A family park in japan had a small stand up coaster before us. This is one of the major confusions of roller coaster enthusiasm, such as Magnum XL-200 being the first roller coaster over 200' tall.

(Moonsault sramble was built in 1983, and was 207' tall)

id rather be on a coaster.....

Friday, April 5, 2002 4:12 PM

Right, Foozycoaster, King Cobra wasn't the first stand-up coaster, just the first stand-up with a loop.

My gut also tells me that this might turn into another war...

All the world is born right-handed. Only the greatest can overcome it.

Friday, April 5, 2002 4:22 PM
Jacob, you beat me to it.:) I do have some more pics of the deconstruction at PKI Zone too. Just click on the link below and go to the Constrcution Zone link. Then hit the Construction photo gallery at that link. For some reason I can't get a good direct link to it. Sorry.

Bill Yost
"I never rode a B&M I didn't like."

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Friday, April 5, 2002 5:03 PM

King Cobra wasn't even the first looping stand up in the world, just in America.

When I interviewed Walt Davis, who was a park executive at the time, he told me that he rode one in Japan, loop and all.


Friday, April 5, 2002 5:10 PM

Well, congrats Terra Mitica. You have so much to look forward to. (extreme sarcasm)

Now lets just hope they put that space to good use.

Somedays it's just not worth chewing through the restraints.

Friday, April 5, 2002 7:30 PM
I just hope there's some left tomorrow so I can say goodbye....:(

I'm sure you all know about the standup trains retrofitted on one of St. Louis' mine trains. Oh, and then there was Worlds Of Fun, who tried the same thing on their Arrow Corkscrew. This was before Cobra, if I remember correctly. But nothing left an impact like the mighty snake. Let's just all appreciate what it did for the coaster scene, and be glad it will run again.
Brad Sherman
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 7:37 AM
They put some ride similar to vertigo only about 1/3 the size just infront of it. Also at the moment they are storeing the track of it way back where the haunted trail was in fearfest, if you go up in the Effile tower you can see it.

Its not a hobby, Its an addiction.

Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:14 AM
Terra Mitca is going to be recieving a lot of legends soon. First some type of suspended coaster and now a stand up. You think Paramount would give them the normal new park package, but a sitdown looper, family coaster, and new woodie are not the case. According to the trend , mister stand up or inverted should not have come till the fifth season and nothing in the world class category till the third season. Good job Paramount for ditching your usual plans and doing something good for a change ;)
Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:27 AM
I can't believe it...I actually feel a bit sad when I look at those pics (what a weirdo). Maybe it's time to back off the coaster hobby for a while.... :) Seriously, I just realized how great a ride KC was last season, and now that I've finally gained an appreciation for it, it's gone. Something good better be going there!

I get the feeling there's a conspiracy over at King's Island to remove anything that has "K" or "C" in its initials.

Saturday, April 6, 2002 4:38 PM
Didn't really like that ride anyways... all I got out of it was an atomic wedgie sittin on those horrible seats. It took forever to check everyone's restraints too. It was probably the slowest moving line in the park.

"Maybe the restraints will work better next time!"

Sunday, April 7, 2002 8:53 AM


Just a guess here but perhaps you would have had a better ride if you were standing instead of sitting on those seats? I have seen others attempt to sit down and from the sound of it, it's painful.



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