Losing Flight of Fear?
What's happening behind the fences at Paramount's King's Dominion?
I've heard many rumors including: They are removing it, renovating it, there was an accident. Why is Flight of Fear closed for the entire 2006 operating season? What is to become of it?
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Whoa, when was that announced?! This is the first I've heard of Flight of Fear being closed, but sure enough, the Roller Coaster database now lists it as SBNO. That really stinks; that's one of my favorite coasters. Hopefully, it's just a retheming as opposed to a ride removal, but I wonder why they couldn't have just done that during the long off-season.
My guess is that they are rethemeing it to "Soundwave", which was included in a Paramount survey some time ago.
From JR Walker
Posted April 9, 2006 at 6:40 PM
I hope it doesn't because everytime I go to PKD that ride is closed for some reason or another. Im going on Saturday so Im hoping it will be open. Is it really supposda be closed the entire 2006 season?
Not sure if the soundwave thing will go through or not. If Paramount sells beforehand, it probably won't get the MTV theme. I think that the soundwave thing is the plan though. I can't see it being torn out.
After taking a look on opening day, and listening to all the rumors, it looks like the Soundwave retheme is the most likely outcome. However, I have also heard that the coaster may be shipped to another park (PC or PGA) since PKD will soon have four differend launching coasters. The land between Volcano and Anaconda is a prime spot for a hypercoaster, which PKD will need to compete with BGE next season with Jamestown 2007 and BGE's new attraction.
I called King's Dominion on Friday, 4-14-2006, and the first person that I talked to told me that they no longer had any attraction under that name and that it had been removed. I asked her why that decision was made and she told me that she was going to transfer me to someone that could better answer my questions. I was put on hold for 30 minutes and was told that all that they knew about the attraction was that it will be closed for the entire 2006 season. No one was telling them what was going on with the ride either.
Could it possibly be that they are updating the ride? Rethemeing the ride? Replacing part of the launching system? What are they doing to one of the most popular attractions in the park?
If they were going to take out a coaster to make space for a bigger and better coaster, they should take out Anaconda. I know that a lot of people like that ride, but if you were thinking about ride attendence, it would make sense. I went one time and rode it 13 times in a row, 7 times front row. There is plenty of space there for a nice big coaster, maybe even something comparable to Alpengeist.
Also, there was a rumor that King's Dominion was already sold. Is there any truth to this? Apparently there was something in the local paper about it (The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, VA). I tried to find out some information on that too, but didn't find anything.
Anaconda is one of the cheapest roller coasters to operate and maintain in the park. Aside from the woodies, Anaconda costs PKD the least amount of money to run, so to remove or update FoF makes more sense than taking out Anaconda.
Not to mention that with the addition of Italian Job, the park will have four (4) launching coaster. PKD already had the record with three launching coasters in the park.
Also, PKD owns land way back behind FoF (old land used by the Safari Monorail), so if they wanted to build a hyper, they would take the coaster that it the farthers back in the park (FoF).
they should use the wild animal safari land for something. PKI used theirs for two new coasters, Top GUn and SOn of Beast
I don't know why they even put in the Italian Job because it isn't a great attraction. It's a small coaster in space and height. Also, it doesn't go that fast. Anaconda takes up so much space and isn't that big of an attraction where FOF is compact and is a high volume attraction. Also, keeping FOF could be useful if they did take out Anaconda and put in a new coaster. They could use the building of FOF and the Volcano to 'hide' the new coaster so you had no way of know what was back there unless you were on the Rebel Yell. FOF is just too good of an attraction to get ride of.
Also, if they are just changing the themeing to 'Soundwave,' what do you think the new name is going to be?
I was just reading something on screamscape and apparently there are a couple ideas for theme's for FOF. The most common being Soundwave (a rock and roll theme), but the 2 others are something to do with Star Trek or War of the Worlds. I think out of the three I'd prefer the Soundwave.
They also said that the reason that it's getting rethemed is because the license for the Outer Limits theme ran out (probably when they changed the name) and they haven't updated the themeing for a long time (it was pretty cheesy looking in there).
If this goes I dont think that they should at the spot were it was. People may think this is moroonic but here is what I think. Build Nickelodean Central their for the little kids and build Top Gun in kidzville. Make it the inverted Top Gun because the suspended one sucks.
Man, I love the flight of fear, I really hope they are just retheming, or I'll be one upset mother. I agree with Dustin, they should definatly take out Anaconda, it was cool when it first came out but I believe they have slowed it down, and its a real neck jerker at some parts of the ride.
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