Why Not Get Suspended?

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Photo by John Patterson

No, not from work or school, but from some classic Arrow steel track!  The Bat at Kings Island, opened in 1994 (not too be confused with the similarly named but ultimately failed early 80s suspended coaster) and was called Top Gun.   Appropriately, it was themed to the 1986 movie.  I think Kings Island nailed it with its current paint job and the revival of the legendary failure’s name.  It is certainly just as fun to sit and watch as it is too ride.

What’s Your Take?

Do you like Arrow suspended roller coasters?  Are there any that are now defunct you wish you could have ridden? Would you like to see new suspended roller coasters built?

John is a proud Clevelander, and lifelong fan of roller coasters and amusement parks.

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  1. I love suspended coasters!! They might not be as frightening or as intense as other types of coasters, but the excitement level is still high- depending on the creativity of the build. I have been on The Bat (Was called Top Gun when I rode it), Iron Dragon(Cedar Pointe) and, the best of the 3, Big Bad Wolf(Bush Gardens). Big Bad Wolf was and still is one of my all-time favorite rides. It’s not that the layouts are all that different. There is only so much that could be done with the tech. But the theming is what makes it. Flying through the German village in BBW was just too much fun!!! And flying out over(sort of) the Rhyne was a blast. I would love to see what could be done with this coaster type, with today’s know-how.

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  2. The only suspended coaster I’ve ridden is Vortex at Canada’s Wonderland, similar in layout but taller and faster. I thought that this was a pretty cool ride, especially when the train swooped dangerously close to the water. However, the swinging motion resulted in some spots being a bit rough. While worth riding, this coaster design is far from my favorite.

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  3. Big Bad Wolf, RIP. Not the first roller coaster I ever rode, but the first one I ever loved.

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  4. I have ridden all 4 of the suspended coasters listed above and have found them to be a nice, non-scary step up in variety for the elementary school crowd. My son was only 4 when he rode Big Bad Wolf, bargaining with the that he would only ride if he cod get a t-shirt. No one ever told me that a 4-year old could bargain like that!

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