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|The interlocking loops element.|
|Model / product||Custom Looping Coaster|
|Riders per train||28|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed50 mph
History[edit | edit source]
Orient Express began operation on April 4, 1980.
On July 17, 1999, metal fatigue originating in the support structure caused two cars to derail, leaving riders stranded 30 feet above the ground. Nobody was seriously injured. On October 29, 2003, Worlds of Fun announced that they would be removing Orient Express due to excessive maintenance costs and plans for future development. The ride's last operating day was October 26, 2003.
One of the lead cars was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.
Design[edit | edit source]
Ride experience[edit | edit source]
After leaving the station, the train enters a short tunnel, makes a right turn and climbs the 117 foot chain lift hill. Riders hit a right turn and drop 115 feet at 50 mph. The train makes its way to the turnaround, where it makes a left turn. After that, riders approach the first vertical loop, which is the top interlocking loop. Following the first loop, the train hits the block brake. Riders make a right turn and dive into the second vertical loop, which is the bottom interlocking loop. After completing the interlocking loops, riders head straight into a batwing (also known as a boomerang), where the train enters a backwards half loop, then a regular half loop and then exits in the opposite direction. The train then hits a helix over a small pond. After a right turn, riders hit the final brake run as they return to the station.
Trains[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Ride Renderings - Shane's Amusement Attic
- Coaster Train Derails Stranding Eighteen Riders - Ultimate Rollercoaster
- Metal Fracture Caused Orient Express Accident - Ultimate Rollercoaster
- Orient Express Retired as Spinning Dragons Introduced - Coaster Globe (Wayback Archive)
- American Coaster Enthusiasts South Central Facebook post
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Worlds of FunArticles on|
|Present||Boomerang • Cosmic Coaster • Mamba • Patriot • Prowler • Spinning Dragons • Timber Wolf|
|Former||Extremeroller • Orient Express • Schussboomer • Silly Serpent • Zambezi Zinger|