The Bat reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for The Bat, a roller coaster at Kings Island. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
This Arrow suspended coaster takes riders to speeds of over 50 mph. Flying through trees and over hills, this intense attraction sends riders swinging outwards thanks to the train design.
The ride opened as Top Gun in 1993 before being renamed Flight Deck in 2008. Before the 2014 season, Kings Island renamed the ride again, to honor the park's original suspended coaster from the early 1980s, The Bat.
When I rode it a few years back it was still called 'Top Gun', which I loved since they had the soundtrack playing in the station/queue, and I'm a huge fan of the movie. Anyways, a decent suspended coaster overall with some good lateral swinging towards the end. The highlight for me was riding it once after a thunderstorm, where rainwater had collected in the 'baggies' that cover up the wheels and train connectors. At the bottom of the first drop, the 'baggies' dumped gallons of water onto me, and I was drenched for hours afterwards. It was a priceless, hilarious moment in my coaster-riding history. 7/10 (for nostalgic purposes) - Eric Stumpf
I have actually said this since it opened in 1993... They should have themed the ride as a return of "The Bat", now (at the time of this writing) rumors are circulating that K.I. is actually thinking about doing this for the 2014 season. I guess we'll see. As for the ride. It's about as good as a suspended coaster can get, it just suffers from being too short. A second lift hill and more track plus elements (perhaps a tunnel or fog) would make this good coaster great (7/10) - Randy Miller
Very long walk to get on to the ride which itself is not visually appealing at all. The actual course is pretty tame with no real thrills or sensation of speed, although it does manage to rough you up and hit your head against the over the shoulder restraints.. (5/10) - Lexi R
Good ride but maybe not worth the marathon walk, it is way back there. Action Zone is pretty weak, as of coasters. I see Flight Deck coming down in 5 years or so. It's sad to see Arrow coasters dying off. The trains are in really bad shape with trash bags duct taped to the top by the wheel assemblies and tape on the harnesses. It's like this because there are no replacement parts left. That's why eventually it'll come down. Kings Island needs a new inverted coaster, maybe a B&M called "Revenge of the Bat". Anyway, just ride Flight Deck, while you can. It's not a bad ride but like King Cobra when replacement parts run out the ride comes down. - Bradley Keith
I love this one! It massacred iron dragon! I love cedar point, but this was so much better. It had a lot of swinging. It was very short sadly though. 8/10 - Edward Morgan
Short and sweet short and sweet - ed shaheen
Suprisingly was very good. I mean I am a HUGE Cedar Point fan and the Flight Deck made the Iron Dragon look like crap after I rode this ride. It isnt the best ride I've ever ridden but it just surprised me on how good it was compared to how good I thought it was going to be. - Shayne Nissen
This coaster is too short and doesn't have enough elements. BBW and Ninja are far better achievements at this style of coaster. Normally, I LOVE this style. And the queue?!?!? What a long walk for nothing. - M. Ryan Traylor
Flight Deck is a verry short but awsome ride. If you really like roller coasters I sugest riding front seat. Sit down and injoy the fun. - Darrell Weaver
Flight Deck, though short, is a wonderful ride because of it's speed and the amount of swinging due to the cars. A must-ride! - Matthew Riczko
Its not a bad ride, but its very short so if the line is long (it usually isnt) its not worth it. Otherwise it is a good warm up for the big ones. - Michael Hurley
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