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|Designer / calculations||James Rogan|
|Type||Steel - Stand-Up|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||50 mph|
King Cobra was announced in February 1983. A prototype stand-up coaster was fully built and tested at Togo's facility in Japan. It was then disassembled, relocated to Kings Island, and constructed. King Cobra opened on April 22, 1984. It was the first Togo roller coaster in the United States.
Like Shockwave at Kings Dominion, King Cobra started with a single drop which led into the ride's only inversion, a vertical loop, with the rest of the layout consisting of bunny hills, a downwards helix, twists, and turns.
King Cobra was closed on August 24, 1999 following an accident on Shockwave at Kings Dominion.
After Togo shut their American offices down in 2001, replacement parts for King Cobra became much more scarce. The ride also became uncomfortable and less popular towards the end of its service life. The ride was closed that same year. After sitting in storage for a few years, it was scrapped in December 2006.
On August 8, 1984, less than four months after the coaster's opening, a train derailed, injuring eight people. The incident was blamed on defective parts, and King Cobra reopened in early September following the parts' replacements.
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