King Cobra

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King Cobra
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Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 22, 1984 to November 5, 2001
Cost $3,000,000 USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Replaced by Delirium
Statistics
Manufacturer Togo
Designer / calculations James Rogan
Type Steel - Stand-Up
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1250
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 95 feet
Drop 90 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2219 feet
Inversions 1
Drop angle 53°
Duration 2:00
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King Cobra was a steel stand-up roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. Built by Togo, the ride operated from 1984 to 2001.[1]

History

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.[2] 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.[3]

After Togo shut their American offices down in 2001, replacement parts for King Cobra became much more scarce.[4] The ride also became uncomfortable and less popular towards the end of its service life.[5] The ride was closed that same year. After sitting in storage for a few years, it was scrapped in December 2006.

Design

Elements

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The trains were painted green and had black restraints.

Incident

On August 8, 1984, less than four months after the coaster's opening, a train derailed, injuring eight people.[6] The incident was blamed on defective parts, and King Cobra reopened in early September following the parts' replacements.[7]

References

External links


Articles on Kings Island
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