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The Bat

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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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.

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It's a short, but very good ride for the duration. Although in the back, you can get a lot more swinging with the car but a little bit too dizzy. Rating in back:(5/10); Rating everywhere else (8/10)
As far as Arrow suspended coasters go, Bat is somewhere in the middle. It is reasonably intense, yet tame enough to be a family coaster. The ride also has a good amount of swinging. However, it is a short ride.
Long walk to get to. Slow & boring.
The entrance to the Bat is nowhere near the actual ride itself. Honestly, you have to walk about a mile to get to the coaster. The ride itself is a suspended coaster a lot like the former Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens. Overall it is a decent ride over trees and other greenery, with good views of the nearby Great Wolf Lodge, but nothing spectacular. It seems to have been maintained pretty well, but the long walk to the ride probably keeps ridership down even on the busiest of days. Not a bad ride at all, but not something to go out of your way to ride either. 6-Fair.


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