Flight of Fear (Kings Island)

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Flight of Fear
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Kings Island
Location Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since June 18, 1996
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Manufacturer Premier Rides
Type Steel - Enclosed - Launched
Model / product Catapult Coaster
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 2,000
Propulsion LIM-launch
Height74.2 feet
Top speed54 mph
Length2705 feet
Inversions4
Duration1:00
G-force4.5 g
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Flight of Fear (formerly The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear) is an enclosed launched roller coaster located at Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio, USA. It is a prototype Catapult Coaster by Premier Rides. There is a clone of this ride located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Flight of Fear is accessed via a path underneath the Racer's lift hill.

Flight of Fear was the first roller coaster to use a launch system driven by linear induction motors. This technology has now been used on many Premier installations.

The ride originally had The Outer Limits-based theming. However, after the Paramount's licensing to use the show expired, all references to the television show were removed for the start of the 2001 season. The attraction features an original soundtrack composed by Rob Pottorf and theming co-designed by Bob Dennis and David Ferguson of Paramount Parks Design & Entertainment.

The ride has won three awards from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, including one for Major Theme/Amusement Park Ride/Attraction and two for Technology Applied to Amusements.

History[edit | edit source]

The Fort Kinzel entrance sign.

On August 17, 1995, Kings Island announced that they would be adding The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear. It would have a theme based on the TV show of the same name.[1] The ride would be placed towards the back of the park in the Coney Mall section.

The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear opened to the public on June 18, 1996.

In 2001, The Outer Limits name was dropped after Paramount sold the license. That same year, the shoulder restraints were replaced with lap bars following complaints of roughness.

During the 2007 season, the Kings Island location was equipped with on-board video cameras that recorded riders with the option to purchase the video at the ride exit.[2] These cameras were removed at the end of the season.

The ride building received a makeover to retheme it to the new Area 72 land in 2020.

Design[edit | edit source]

The spaghetti bowl arena.
Elements

Occasionally, a lights on tour allows guests to walk through the queue line and the arena. A loud noise coming from the train is heard in the arena.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

Flight of Fear begins when a LIM launch fires the train from 0-54 mph in 4 seconds straight into a large arena filled with multi-colored lights and speakers that play music. Riders flip into a cobra roll, which leads directly into a sidewinder. The train makes a right curve, followed by a double left turn. After that, riders hit the block brake. The train slowly dives into a left spiral. After the spiral, riders go through a right turn. The train hits the ground, going through a few turns. Riders head into the last inversion, which is a corkscrew just before hitting the final brake run. An alien can be seen before the train hits the unloading area.

Trains[edit | edit source]

4 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

Flight of Fear originally had four trains with six cars each. Today only two of these trains operate simultaneously with only five cars each.

Incident[edit | edit source]

On June 2, 2014, smoke was given off from an overheating motor, causing the ride to be shutdown. Eighteen people were exposed to thick smoke, two of which were treated at the scene. The ride was reopened the following day.[3][4]

Facts[edit | edit source]

  • Flight of Fear is the only coaster at Kings Island that takes place completely indoors. As a result, this is the only coaster in the park that is not visible unless you are on the ride. Therefore, riders do not know what to expect compared to the other coasters that offer a view of the structure from various areas of the park. This is the first launched coaster to open at Kings Island. Almost ten years later in 2005, another launched coaster, The Italian Job: Stunt Track was built.
  • Due to the main ride taking place in the dark, a lot of former ride parts are stored in the building of this ride. Some of the most notable parts that are said to be stored here include the cars for the now-defunct rides King Cobra, Scooby's Ghoster Coaster and The Crypt.
  • During the beginning of Cedar Fair's ownership of the park, a sign was shown above the entrance labeling the area as "Fort Kinzel." This is a reference to former Cedar Fair CEO Richard Kinzel. The sign has since been removed due to Kinzel's retirement in 2012.
  • The UFO that guests enter in the queue line is actually only a half-build model. It appears to be full-scale due to mirrors on the wall that reflect the structure to give the appearance of a full-scale model.
  • While in the queue line, an alien can be seen spying on visitors if one is to look up in the right corner of the room that houses the UFO.
  • Another alien can be spotted near the end of the ride. Right before the cars approach the unloading station, the figure can be seen to the right, which is also the same side the riders exit at the unloading station. The area is dark, like most of the ride, but the figure is noticeable due to green lights that are nearby. The figure's presence is most likely to imply that this alien was controlling the ride cars.
  • It is not confirmed, but it is speculated that professional voice actor Jim Cummings provides the voice for the alien leader that speaks to guests before loading and exiting the ride. He is known for voicing Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.
  • The onride photo returned in 2020.
  • During Winterfest the ride is called Flight of Cheer.

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