Orient Express (Worlds of Fun)

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Orient Express
Orient Express (Worlds of Fun) interlocking loops.jpg
The interlocking loops element.
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Worlds of Fun
Location Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 4, 1980 to October 26, 2003
Replaced by Spinning Dragons
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1,550
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height117 feet
Drop115 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length3470 feet
Inversions4
Steepest drop55°
Duration2:00
G-force3.5 g
HELP

Orient Express was a steel roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics of Utah. It was located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The coaster operated from April 4, 1980 to October 26, 2003.

History[edit | edit source]

Orient Express began operation on April 4, 1980.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

One of the lead cars was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[5]

Elements

Design[edit | edit source]

The loops interlocked. A short brake section followed the first vertical loop. The second vertical loop led directly into the batwing.

The right side of station had a chicken exit that guests could take if they chickened out at the last minute. The sign for the chicken exit now resides in the station for Timber Wolf.

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]

3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

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